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  • Tanzanian refugee camps get a break with food rationing
    07 september 2001 19:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The hunger crisis that hit several refugee camps in western Tanzania this year has been eased following increased donations and pledges of food supply from donor countries, a senior official of the World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday. Full text...

  • Liberia moves against illiteracy
    07 september 2001 19:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia has developed "strategic policy documents" designed to reverse its high rate of illiteracy put at 70 percent, according to Education Minister Evelyn Kandakai. Full text...

  • 30 prosecuted in Kenya for circumcising daughters
    07 september 2001 19:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thirty people from Tharaka district in western Kenya have been prosecuted by a court for secretly circumcising their daughters during the last school vacation, press accounts said Friday. Full text...

  • Portugal falls out with CPLP partners
    07 september 2001 16:39:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) would invest time towards building consensus on how to deal with the various delicate issues related to racism, slavery and colonialism, its Executive Secretary Dulce Pereira has said. Full text...

  • President dismisses State prosecutor
    07 september 2001 15:33:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Koumba Yala of Guinea Bissau on Thursday dismissed the State prosecutor, Rui Sanha in a presidential decree read on Radio Bissau. Full text...

  • Durban conference enters a crucial day
    07 september 2001 14:57:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Uncertainty still prevailed Friday over whether delegates at the Durban conference against racism would overcome their disagreements over how to deal with "reparations" for slave trade and "Zionism". Full text...

  • Imam of Dakar Grand Mosque dies
    07 september 2001 13:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Imam of the Grand Mosque of Dakar, El Hadji Maodo Malick Sylla, died Thursday after a long illness, the Senegalese News Agency, APS, has reported. Full text...

  • Strong political will needed to help African street kids - NGO
    06 september 2001 23:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The programme officer in charge of the International Catholic Bureau on Children NGO's activities on street children in Cote d'Ivoire, Desire Koukoui, Thursday in Paris lamented at the lack of strong political will among African leaders in charting out a serious policy on the education and rehabilitation of African street children. Full text...

  • African Ministers decry prison congestion
    06 september 2001 22:24:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A regional meeting on prison services, which opened in the Namibian capital Thursday, has identified overcrowding as a major problem facing prisons and correctional institutions in Africa. Full text...

  • Hereros file reparation case in US court against Germany
    06 september 2001 22:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A controversial court case currently proceeding in the US courts of law regarding German reparations for Namibia's Herero tribe following early 20th century genocide, can be a watershed that could open the floodgates of similar claims from other victimised groups. Full text...

  • NGOs submit platform to WCAR conference
    06 september 2001 22:02:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The NGO meeting that preceded and later continued alongside the racism conference in Durban Wednesday urged States attending the forum to recommend reparations for past crimes, regardless of their form. Full text...

  • UN meeting on children has talk, entertainment and celebrity
    06 september 2001 21:41:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- A special meeting of the UN General Assembly on Children scheduled from 19 to 21 September promises an offering of not only political talk by world leaders but a rendition of classy entertainment by great artists and the presence of renowned celebrities, including living legend, Nelson Mandela, the first democratic president of South Africa. Full text...

  • 4 million children return to school mid-September
    06 september 2001 21:01:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Figures from the ministry of National Education indicate that some 4 million pupils and students, about half of them in the rural areas, are on roll for the new school year scheduled to start on 13 September in Morocco. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mauritania deny discrimination accusations
    06 september 2001 20:26:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The head of the Senegalese delegation to the UN world conference on racism, Aminata Tall, denied in Durban Wednesday accusations of an NGO forum report whereby "the griot caste is subjected to discrimination in Senegal". Full text...

  • Mobile legal clinics for oppressed children
    06 september 2001 20:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi League for Children and Youths is to operate mobile legal counselling units across the country to assist children whose rights are violated, league sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Youth summit presents its conclusions
    06 september 2001 20:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The international youth committee meeting in Durban during the world conference against racism Wednesday evening proposed an 11-point action plan on measures to be taken to fight against racism, discrimination and intolerance more effectively. Full text...

  • Benin hosts international meeting on peace
    06 september 2001 19:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A three-day sub-regional meeting on the culture of peace in Africa opened in Porto Novo Thursday. Full text...

  • Indian Dalit caste members go on hunger strike at WCAR
    06 september 2001 17:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the Indian Dalit "untouchable" caste on Thursday announced that they have embarked on a hunger strike at the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) to ensure their concerns are addressed in the final conference declaration. Full text...

  • Anti-racism meeting prepares draft recommendations
    06 september 2001 16:41:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Little progress had been made Thursday at the Durban conference to produce concrete recommendations on how to combat racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the world. Full text...

  • Ivorian police arrest 19 Libya-bound girls in Abidjan
    06 september 2001 14:24:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian policemen intercepted 19 young girls aged between 18 and 19 years as they were about to leave for Libya, via Lome, on 28 August. Full text...

  • Islamic countries seem more conciliatory
    05 september 2001 23:46:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Delegates from member States of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), met in closed-door session Tuesday and agreed "not to give the enemies of the Palestinian State any pretext to scuttle the Durban World Conference Against Racism," reliable sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Education Ministry closes 190 private schools in Congo
    05 september 2001 22:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Authorities in Congo Brazzaville have closed down 190 private primary and secondary schools in the country for "non-compliance with conditions governing their establishment". Full text...

  • Indigenous people assert rights
    05 september 2001 22:48:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Pygmies in Rwanda have at an international workshop on indigenous peoples and protected areas demanded respect of their rights as custodians of nature. Full text...

  • UNESCO official calls for higher education reforms
    05 september 2001 22:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- In view of the crucial role of higher education in the overall development process in Africa, the UNESCO director in the division of higher education, Komlavi Francisco Seddoh, has called for reforms in the sector to enable it to veritably become the engine of the continent's economic development. Full text...

  • Pay your telephone bills, govts told
    05 september 2001 22:33:00
    Livingstone- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian Government has called on governments in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to ensure that they paid their telephone bills to the region's telecommunications companies if development is to take place in Africa. Full text...

  • WFP steps up airlift of food aid to Sudan
    05 september 2001 22:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has resorted to airlifting food aid to drought-stricken locations in Sudan after heavy rains paradoxically rendered roads in many parts of the country impracticable. Full text...

  • Chiluba calls on Senegal, Libya to ease tension
    05 september 2001 22:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Wednesday urged Senegalese and Libyan governments to ensure that tensions which arose between them over the recent aborted trafficking of 100 Senegalese models to Libya would be kept under control. Full text...

  • Number of August quake victims goes up
    05 september 2001 21:40:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The number of Tanzanian households affected by the August tremors in Rungwe district has risen to 259, from the previous 181, following a house-to-house survey by ward leaders. Full text...

  • Nine die after Nigerian boat sinks
    05 september 2001 21:10:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- At least nine people are known to have drowned after a medium-sized boat, said to be Nigerian, sank off the Cameroonian coast last week, according to sources in Douala Tuesday. Full text...

  • Yaounde Mayor to be buried Saturday
    05 september 2001 21:06:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Yaounde Mayor Basile Emah, who died last week at the age of 76, is to be given an official burial Saturday, the Cameroonian Presidency has announced. Full text...

  • Man castrated in botched robbery
    05 september 2001 20:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A 60-year-old man in the banana growing southern district of Thyolo is recovering from a serious condition after robbers castrated him at the weekend in a botched mugging attempt. Full text...

  • Counting costs of Malawi's mysterious hospital fire
    05 september 2001 20:08:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Health minister Yusuf Mwawa Wednesday toured the gutted orthopaedic clinic at Malawi's main Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, and described the scene as a national tragedy. Full text...

  • Nigerian Minister chairs 46th UNESCO Conference on Education
    05 september 2001 20:07:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Nigerian Education Minister, Abraham Babalola Aborishade, was elected chairman of the 46th International Conference on Education (ICE), which opened in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday. Full text...

  • International Conference on Education opens in Geneva
    05 september 2001 19:48:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Some 180 national delegations, including 80 Education Ministers as well as representatives of UN agencies and NGOs, are taking part in the 46th International Education Conference, which opened in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday. Full text...

  • Africans stick to their guns over demands for reparations
    05 september 2001 19:37:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Unlike the Arabs, who are prepared to wait for another occasion to press their case, Africans at the World Conference against Racism are far from relenting on their demand for apologies over western abuses. Full text...

  • UN to lift sanctions on Sudan in September
    05 september 2001 19:26:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council intends to lift this month the number of sanctions it had imposed on Sudan five years ago, Council President for September, Jean-David Levitte of France, announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Archbishop Tutu says WCAR can learn from South Africa
    05 september 2001 17:10:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Wednesday told journalists covering the World Conference Against Racism that the entire world could draw lessons from South Africa's experience in dealing with the legacy of apartheid. Full text...

  • Ghana's revised education programme rolling back on track
    05 september 2001 15:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- After a near disastrous start to a new education system in the middle 1990s, education officials in Ghana are beginning to heave a sigh of relief that it is rolling back on track. Full text...

  • Durban conference ready to make concessions
    05 september 2001 12:37:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Conference against Racism, under way in Durban since Friday, made substantial progress at the end of its fifth day. Full text...

  • Former presidential adviser dies
    05 september 2001 10:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's defunct NPN party's national secretary, Suleiman Takuma, has died, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe feels cheated by London and Washington
    05 september 2001 09:56:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- It was on the basis of commitments and promises made by the British and American governments that Zimbabwe agreed to national reconciliation, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the ongoing World Conference against Racism. Full text...

  • Campbell sisters to appear before Magistrate Wednesday
    04 september 2001 23:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- French-Senegalese twin sisters, Nancy and Leila Campbell, are to appear before a Magistrate's Court in Dakar Wednesday to answer charges over last week's aborted trip of 100 Senegalese models to Libya. Full text...

  • Trans-Atlantic solidarity in favour of reparations
    04 september 2001 23:48:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The world conference against racism and discrimination Tuesday staged a trans-Atlantic solidarity rally in favour of reparations for the prejudices endured for centuries by black communities and those of African origin. Full text...

  • Victims of racism describe horrific ordeals
    04 september 2001 23:05:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A 15-year-old South African school girl fought back tears on Monday as she described the humiliation she endured when she was wrongfully accused of shoplifting and painted white last year. Full text...

  • Attorney general sued over new districts
    04 september 2001 21:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two opposition Kenyan members of parliament have gone to court to file a case against Attorney General Amos Wako over 22 districts whose creation they alleged flouted the country's constitution. Full text...

  • Fire guts part of Malawi' main hospital
    04 september 2001 20:35:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The orthopaedics department of Malawi's main hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Central in Blantyre, was gutted by a mysterious fire late Tuesday evening. Full text...

  • Government wants court to dismiss Catholic radio lawsuit
    04 september 2001 20:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's state attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the government by the Catholic Church to restore its radio broadcast rights, press reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Technical hitch forces Egypt Air flight to land
    04 september 2001 18:39:00
    Kano- Nigeria (PANA) -- An Egypt Air plane carrying more than 100 passengers from Cairo to Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire, was forced to land at the Aminu Kano International Airport in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, Tuesday due to a "technical hitch," aviation sources said. Full text...

  • Computer hackers access to security secrets
    04 september 2001 16:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Police have raided two cyber-cafes in downtown Nairobi suspected to have hacked into Kenya government's classified data, a daily reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Play focuses on racism and reconciliation
    04 september 2001 16:18:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Personal stories of Apartheid brutality, injustice and the complex issues of truth and reconciliation are being staged alongside debates and presentations at the ongoing World Conference against Racism in Durban. Full text...

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