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  • Kenyan Mayor's stolen chain reported found in Paris
    21 may 2002 18:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The multi-million-dollar Nairobi City Mayor's golden chain, which went missing 11 months ago, has been found in Paris, the local press reported in the Kenyan capital Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian rights violation Panel submits report
    21 may 2002 17:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Human Rights Violation Investigation Commission (HRVIC), Tuesday submitted its report to President Olusegun Obasanjo, almost two years after it was inaugurated to investigate human rights abuses in the country from 15 January 1966 to 28 May 1999. Full text...

  • Juveniles crowd Burundi prisons
    21 may 2002 17:37:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 200 minors were detained in prisons across Burundi in February, according to official sources in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Ex-Mauritius president to speak for Chagos children
    21 may 2002 17:26:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Former Mauritius president Cassam Uteem has been chosen to represent Chagos children at negotiations with Britain and the United States concerning compensation demanded by the Chagos Refugee Group (GRC). Full text...

  • Nigerian academic says Africa can finance its Education
    21 may 2002 15:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African countries are capable of financing the Education for All (EFA) programme through prudence and without external support, Nigerian education Professor, Pai Obanya said in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • 10 African countries attend EFA symposium in France
    21 may 2002 14:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At least 10 African countries are taking part in the international symposium on basic education for all in French-speaking countries, which opened Monday in the French region of St Denis. Full text...

  • Experts discuss Education for All in Africa
    21 may 2002 13:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A three-day international meeting on Education for All programme in French-speaking countries, especially in Africa, is underway at the University Paris VII, in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Top Swazi govt official faces theft charge
    21 may 2002 13:01:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swaziland high court Tuesday granted senior accountant Wilmoth Kunene a bail of R5,000 (500 dollars) after he was charged with stealing over R65,000 (6,000 US dollars) from the public coffers. Full text...

  • Nigerian police downplay attack on Lagos governor's driver
    21 may 2002 12:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian police have downplayed the attack on the driver of the official vehicle of Lagos governor Bola Tinubu at the weekend, saying it was nothing "unusual. Full text...

  • S. African Communist Party slams move to release Hani's killers
    21 may 2002 10:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Communist Party has condemned speculation that the killers of its former leader, Chris Hani, might get a presidential pardon. Full text...

  • Evict those who harbour criminals, say Swazi senators
    21 may 2002 09:51:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Following the brutal killing of a senior policeman over the weekend by heavily armed gunmen in the eastern Swaziland, Parliament Monday night called for the eviction of families found to be harbouring dangerous criminals in their homes. Full text...

  • South African murderers get nearly a thousand years in jail
    21 may 2002 09:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African high court in Johannesburg has sentenced two men convicted of multiple murders and other crimes to nearly a thousand years in jail. Full text...

  • Mauritania strengthens its child protection measures
    21 may 2002 07:43:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The National Assembly in Mauritania has passed two bills authorising President Maaouya ould Sid'Ahmed Taya to ratify two international instruments related to greater protection of children's rights. Full text...

  • Uganda army in a losing battle with Karamojong rustlers
    20 may 2002 22:56:00
    Moroto- Uganda (PANA) -- Rejecting official disarmament, Uganda's traditional Karamojong warriors have put up a strong resistance against government troops, according to army officers leading the operation. Full text...

  • Rights groups urge Nigeria to disband vigilante groups
    20 may 2002 22:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Nigerian government should disband government-backed vigilante groups without delay, Human Rights Watch and the Centre for Law Enforcement Education (CLEEN), said in a joint report on vigilantism Monday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe gets food aid from Germany, Finland
    20 may 2002 22:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Germany and Finland Monday gave Zimbabwe 66 million ZW dollars (1. Full text...

  • Eritreans Lose Refugee Status
    20 may 2002 21:18:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- All Eritreans who fled their country during the war of independence from Ethiopia have lost their refugee status, the UN refugee agency announced here Monday. Full text...

  • 40-percent of Swaziland's one million people starving
    20 may 2002 21:09:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Nearly 40-percent of Swaziland's population are at risk of starvation following this year's poor harvest, the National Disaster Task Force warned Monday in Mbabane. Full text...

  • Former Burundian President Defends Press Freedom
    20 may 2002 19:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Former Burundi President Sylvestre Ntibantunganya has described as "unfortunate and ill-timed," the government's decision to tighten press censorship in view of the escalating attacks by armed rebel groups. Full text...

  • Obasanjo explains deal with late Abacha family
    20 may 2002 18:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said his administration's deal with the family of the country's late military ruler Sani Abacha, for the return of millions of dollars in stolen public funds, was the best way to avoid a lengthy litigation. Full text...

  • Fire renders 4000 persons destitute in rural Guinea-Bissau
    20 may 2002 17:50:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- A huge fire has burnt 57 houses in the Gabou region, situated about 200km east of Bissau, leaving some 4,000 families homeless, national radio announced in Bissau. Full text...

  • UNHCR wants Somali refugees in Kenya relocated
    20 may 2002 17:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says it is in talks with the Kenyan government to relocate some 10,000 Somali refugees to a camp at Dabaab on the border with Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Authorities in Bujumbura tighten press censorship
    20 may 2002 17:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The government in Burundi has banned the public and private press in the country from interviewing any rebel leader as private radio stations have done in the past weeks. Full text...

  • Poor drinking habits worry east African winemakers
    20 may 2002 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nyama Choma (grilled beef) in the middle of several binges of beer at the weekends is becoming a popular socialising habit among East African nationals, who would go any extra mile just to "have one for the road" before retiring to bed. Full text...

  • Soldiers retrieve dismembered body of a man from crocs
    20 may 2002 15:44:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese soldiers have retrieved the dismembered body of a fisherman from about seven wild crocodiles in Bahr el Jebel River, South of the country, the press reported in Khartoum at the weekend. Full text...

  • Niger gets 2,000 tons of rice from Italy
    20 may 2002 14:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Italian government recently delivered 2,325 tons of rice to Niger as food aid, official sources disclosed Monday in Niamey. Full text...

  • Mali adopts seven-digit telephone numbers
    20 may 2002 13:57:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali will at midnight on 29 June switch to a seven-digit telephone numbering system, according to an announcement by the Malian Telecommunications Company (Sotelma), which explained that the move was with a view to extending the country's telephone network. Full text...

  • Robbers snatch Lagos governor's vehicle
    20 may 2002 13:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Daring armed robbers at the weekend snatched the official Mercedes four-wheel drive vehicle of Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, shooting his driver in the process, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Traffic Controller gives insight into Nigerian air crash
    20 may 2002 12:55:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Air Traffic Controller, who cleared for take-off the plane that crashed in Nigeria's northern city of Kano 4th May, said he noticed the plane was in trouble shortly before it lifted off the runaway. Full text...

  • S. Africa releases names of pardoned prisoners
    20 may 2002 12:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Justice Department Sunday released the names of the 33 prisoners who received presidential pardon last week, a move which has caused a national outcry. Full text...

  • Communal violence leaves 27 dead, 20 injured in Western Sudan
    20 may 2002 11:06:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Twenty seven people were killed, 20 others injured and several villages burnt down during tribal clashes in Habila district of the Western Sudanese State of South Darfur, according to police spokesman Sayyed el Hussein Sunday night in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Suspected criminals kill policeman in eastern Swaziland
    20 may 2002 10:12:00
    Siteki- Swaziland (PANA) -- Suspected criminals in Swaziland have shot dead a third policeman since March, the police said Monday. Full text...

  • Tutu criticises pardoning of 33 prisoners in South Africa
    20 may 2002 08:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A presidential pardon of 33 prisoners, 20 of them previously denied amnesty, has been criticised by Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Full text...

  • Seminar on slavery ends in Gabon
    20 may 2002 08:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The 10th interdisciplinary seminar on historical and contemporary slavery has ended at the Oral Tradition University Laboratory (LUTO) of the Omar Bongo University in Libreville, Gabon. Full text...

  • Nigeria's knee-jerk response to national malaise
    20 may 2002 07:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 4 May air crash that killed some 150 people in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, has not only added to the growing statistics of predictable disasters in Nigeria, but the initial measures by the authorities follow a familiar pattern of knee-jerk response to national malaise. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt dragged to court over dreadlocks
    19 may 2002 20:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a controversial case, two dreadlocked teachers in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital have taken the government to court over its ban of their hairstyle. Full text...

  • Nigerian senate investigates Kano plane crash
    19 may 2002 15:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal upper legislative chambers Saturday began a public session in the northern city of Kano, as part of its investigations into the 4 May EAS airlines plane crash which claimed 148 lives. Full text...

  • UNHCR investigates alleged sexual abuse in Congo
    19 may 2002 14:43:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UNHCR representative in Congo, Ibrahim Traore has begun investigating allegations of sexual harassment by UNHCR staff against refugees. Full text...

  • Algerian University students boo Bouteflika
    18 may 2002 21:09:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was reportedly booed and pelted with stones at Algiers' University of Social Sciences in Bouzareah, where he had gone to celebrate the 19 May International Students' Day Saturday, witnesses said. Full text...

  • UN official worried by plight of Angolan children
    18 may 2002 19:35:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Olara Otunnu, UN official in charge of the protection of children war victims, Saturday in Luanda expressed deep worries about the situation of children in Angola. Full text...

  • Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau sign mine clearing agreement
    18 may 2002 19:25:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau and Mozambique have signed an agreement that would foster cooperation between them in the domain of mine clearance. Full text...

  • 900 Liberian refugees pour into Cote d'Ivoire
    18 may 2002 19:12:00
    Danane- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 900 Liberian refugees including 160 children, fleeing fighting in their country, have arrived at the Ivorian-Liberian border town of Daname, 600-km north-east of Abidjan, humanitarian agency officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • 2,076 Burundian refugees return from Tanzania
    18 may 2002 19:00:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 2,076 Burundian refugees returned from neighbouring Tanzania to their eastern home province of Ruyigi, between 1 April and 15 May, the Burundi News Agency (ABP) reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Mandela, Mbeki salute Sisulu on his 90th birthday
    18 may 2002 17:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- African National Congress (ANC) veteran Walter Sisulu, celebrated his 90th birthday in Johannesburg Saturday, with South African President Thabo Mbeki and his predecessor Nelson Mandela paying a glowing tribute to the octogenarian. Full text...

  • Ex-Governor blames Nigerian crisis on Bin Laden agents
    18 may 2002 14:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A former governor of Nigeria's central Plateau state has blamed suspected agents of Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden for a series of sectarian and communal violence that have hit the capital city of Jos since last year, local press reports said. Full text...

  • Congolese Army bombards Ninja positions in Pool
    18 may 2002 13:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese MI-24 military helicopters have been bombarding positions of Ninja militiamen in Vindza in the western part of Pool region south of Brazzaville, Army sources affirmed Saturday. Full text...

  • Minister engages in bitter row with Asians over land
    18 may 2002 12:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's rich Asian community has accused the government of racism over the country's controversial new land policy which does not allow foreigners to own land unless they become citizens. Full text...

  • Trial of foiled coup suspects reopens in Bissau next week
    18 may 2002 11:57:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A regional court in Bissau has postponed to 21 May the trial of Major Samba Diallo, suspected of involvement in the attempted coup organised on 22 and 23 November 2000 by the late General Ansumane Mane, court sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Liberian govt troops execute nine in Gbarnga
    18 may 2002 11:19:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian government troops Friday reportedly executed nine men branded as dissidents in Gbarnga, 150 km from Monrovia the capital. Full text...

  • Two Nigerians feared dead in Lagos tanker fire
    18 may 2002 10:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two persons were feared dead while several vehicles were burnt Friday when a tanker loaded with diesel overturned and caught fire in the Lagos suburb of Mieran in Nigeria. Full text...

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