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  • Benin trade union launches three-day strike
    29 january 2002 20:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's National Organisation of Trade Unions (UNSTB) Tuesday embarked on three-day renewable strike, the union said in a press statement issued in Cotonou. Full text...

  • South Africa sends relief supplies to Goma
    29 january 2002 17:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Authorities said South Africa Tuesday dispatched its first consignment of emergency supplies for victims of the Mount Nyiragongo volcanic eruptions in the DR Congo. Full text...

  • Scheme raises funds for South African schools, clinics, roads
    29 january 2002 14:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Funds generated from a unique initiative in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province have been used to build 55 bridges, provide access to 14 schools and 8 clinics as well as upgrade several roads. Full text...

  • Parliamentarians set up African Education Forum
    24 january 2002 23:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from nine African countries last Wednesday in Dakar adopted a joint statement in which they pledged to set up an African MPs Forum for Education (FAPED) to promote education on the continent as a basic human right. Full text...

  • Yaounde-based regional Catholic University in crisis
    24 january 2002 23:28:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaounde, Cameroon is currently facing its first crisis ever since its inception 12 years ago, sources in Douala reported. Full text...

  • Calm returns after Somalia clans clash
    24 january 2002 17:25:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Elders and local militiamen in Koryole district of southern Somalia on Thursday managed to stop heavy fighting which erupted Tuesday between two Somali clans in Donburale village. Full text...

  • Germany donates 16.4 million FCFA for storm victims
    24 january 2002 16:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Germany has donated 16. Full text...

  • South Africa to fly relief supplies to Goma
    23 january 2002 16:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Gift of the Givers Foundation, in association with the Department of Foreign Affairs, has announced that it will deliver humanitarian supplies to the 500,000 hungry, displaced and desperate victims of the Mount Nyirangongo volcanic eruption in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • UNICEF donates 60 tonnes of emergency aid to DR Congo victims
    22 january 2002 23:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Monday sent 60 extra tonnes of emergency aid to Rwanda and DR Congo to assist hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the volcanic eruption in Goma. Full text...

  • Angolan authorities intercept illegal immigrants
    22 january 2002 22:51:00
    Cabinda- Angola (PANA) -- Sixteen foreigners who attempted to enter Angola illegally at the northern border Province of Cabinda were spotted last weekend by Angolan fishermen. Full text...

  • UNICEF grants Burundi over 32 million dollars
    22 january 2002 22:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- UNICEF plans to grant Burundi 32 million dollars to Finance several sauce-educational plans for Burundi's youths over the next three years. Full text...

  • Nigerian government threatens striking Universities
    22 january 2002 20:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The federal government in Nigeria has threatened to cut funding to universities whose lecturers refuse to teach, a reference to the incessant strikes by lecturers in tertiary institutions in the country. Full text...

  • Journalists stage silent protest against Zimbabwe
    22 january 2002 15:26:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Several scores of media and human rights activists staged a silent protest over the weekend at the Zimbabwe High Commission in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, to protest against "repressive laws" in Harare. Full text...

  • Burundi contemplates extension of retirement age
    21 january 2002 23:39:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Following a recent survey, the National Social Security Institute (INSS) has recommended that the Burundi government extend the retirement age of its functionaries from 55 to 60 years for civilians and from 45 to 50 years for the military. Full text...

  • Namibia University in dire straits
    21 january 2002 22:04:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The government Monday stepped in with a loan of nearly one million US dollars to bail out the University of Namibia, as some 800 staff risked going without pay this month. Full text...

  • East African employers want labour fine-tuned for globalisation
    21 january 2002 20:35:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The East African Economic and Social Forum focusing on the harmonisation of social and economic policies in East Africa has called for the adoption of labour market codes consistent with globalisation. Full text...

  • Govt undertakes emergency measures for Goma residents
    20 january 2002 18:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government decided has released an emergency aid worth 450 million Congolese francs (about 1. Full text...

  • Reunion packages relief aid Monday to volcano victims
    20 january 2002 16:51:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion's Red Cross said it would on Monday send a DC-8 aircraft containing more than 20 tonnes of relief items for persons displaced the Nyiragongo volcano in the eastern part of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Mozambique Plans Expansion of Secondary Education
    19 january 2002 17:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Education authorities in Mozambique are considering the introduction of special exams for pupils not integrated in the formal school system, but are taking lessons through distance learning, or are studying individually. Full text...

  • Students go on hunger strike in Abidjan
    19 january 2002 16:42:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About 20 students, expelled from Yamoussoukro Polytechnic Institute because of underperformance, are on a hunger strike since Wednesday to press their demand for readmission. Full text...

  • Missing transport minister returns to Khartoum
    19 january 2002 16:17:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's transport minister, Lam Akol, who had gone missing for several days after his annual leave ended, has returned to Khartoum to resume his duties, Khartoum press reports said Saturday. Full text...

  • Britain Funds Repair of Sierra Leone Defence Headquarters
    19 january 2002 15:07:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Britain has spent 800,000 pounds on conversion of a hotel building to be used as the headquarters of the Sierra Leonean defence ministry and centre of operations for the British military detachment. Full text...

  • Teachers in Bissau threaten to resume strike
    18 january 2002 17:17:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The national Teacher's Union in Guinea-Bissau, which ended a nine-day strike Friday, has threatened to resume the industrial action in 24 hours should the government fail to meet the teachers' demands. Full text...

  • Cape Verde Readies for Computerised Public Administration
    17 january 2002 23:08:00
    Praia-Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde will start computerised management of public administration this year, Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves has announced. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Trims Police Force
    17 january 2002 19:03:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone police force announced Thursday that it has sent over 250 of its members on retirement leave as a result of the ongoing restructuring of the force. Full text...

  • UNICEF earmarks 100 million dollars for Sudan
    17 january 2002 18:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan and the UNICEF Thursday signed an agreement under which the world body's children's agency will provide 100 million US dollars to fund health, water and education projects between 2002-2006. Full text...

  • Director of ILO Africa's Office visits Senegal
    16 january 2002 23:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The director of the regional office of the ILO for Africa, Regina Amadi-Njoku is Dakar to attend the Pan-African conference on the role of the private in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Elephant visits fruit vendor, attracted by mango aroma
    16 january 2002 13:00:00
    Kariba- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A fruit vendor in the Zimbabwean resort town of Kariba was Wednesday thanking his Gods for sparing his life after a marauding elephant, attracted by an aroma of mangoes in his house, broke its roof and snatched a bag of the fruit, but left him unharmed. Full text...

  • Ivorian primary school teachers on strike
    15 january 2002 23:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A strike by teachers demanding for higher wages paralysed primary schools in Cote in d'Ivoire Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates 250 refugees from Guinea
    14 january 2002 21:04:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A total of 250 Sierra Leonean refugees have been repatriated from neighbouring Guinea, a spokesperson for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Isha Blyden said in Freetown. Full text...

  • Kenya authorities dismiss report on police killings
    14 january 2002 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Police Monday dismissed local press reports implicating the force in several killings recorded last year. Full text...

  • 25 feared killed in Nigerian clash
    13 january 2002 15:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 25 members of the Yoruba Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) were feared to have been killed during Saturday's clash with guards at the palace of the traditional ruler of Owo, in Nigeria's south-west Ondo state, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Four Killed in Kenyan Communal Clashes
    13 january 2002 11:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Communal clashes that last year claimed more than 100 lives in Kenya's south-eastern Tana District, flared up again this weekend with four deaths reported. Full text...

  • S. Africa, Zimbabwe police arrest armed robbery suspects
    12 january 2002 12:46:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A combined operation by Zimbabwe and South African police to hunt down armed criminals who stole 117 million rand (nine million US dollars) from the Johannesburg International Airport in December has netted 13 suspects in Zimbabwe, a police spokesman said Saturday. Full text...

  • Kabbah seeks assistance for the blind in Sierra Leone
    11 january 2002 17:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone has asked the Danish Association of the Blind for assistance to tap the potentials of blind persons in the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania wants refugees out
    11 january 2002 14:08:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa has called for a repatriation of thousands of refugees sheltered in Tanzania, local papers reported Friday. Full text...

  • Teachers on strike in Guinea Bissau
    09 january 2002 11:51:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Teachers in Guinea Bissau are on the second day of a nine day strike called by the National Teachers' Union (SINAPROF) to protest against government's refusal to honour an agreement signed on 10 October 2001. Full text...

  • UK minister supports free press in Kenya
    08 january 2002 21:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting British Minister Baroness Valerie Amos said her government supported a free and vibrant press in Kenya. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean teachers go on strike
    08 january 2002 20:42:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Primary and secondary school teachers in Sierra Leone Tuesday began a nation-side strike to press for the payment of salary arrears and allowances, union officials explained. Full text...

  • Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on 7 January
    06 january 2002 16:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Unlike elsewhere in the world where the Gregorian calendar holds sway, Ethiopians keeping to the ancient Julian calendar would on Monday, 7 January, celebrate Christmas. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police fish largest marijuana haul
    06 january 2002 14:13:00
    Nyazura- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in the eastern city of Nyazura in Zimbabwe Sunday fished out more than 1,600 kg of marijuana at a roadblock, the largest drug haul ever made in the country. Full text...

  • Train crushes herdboy taking nap on rail tracks
    06 january 2002 13:10:00
    Zvishavane- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A herd boy in central Zimbabwe was crushed to death by a train on Christmas Day after he took a nap on a rail track, a local newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • More than 29,000 crimes committed in Sierra Leone last year
    05 january 2002 18:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A total of 29,364 crimes were committed in government controlled areas in Sierra Leone from 1 January to 31 December 2001, says a police report issued in Freetown Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe newspaper group thrusts sales abroad
    03 january 2002 21:29:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's state-controlled newspaper publishing company said Thursday it had expanded sales to regional countries and Europe to counter the country's growing negative publicity by the foreign media. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Teachers Threaten to Strike Over Wages
    03 january 2002 19:31:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Exerting pressure on government to pay up their overdue wages, teachers in Sierra Leone have threatened a strike Monday when schools are due to open. Full text...

  • 1.4 million US dollars required for Social Centres in Angola
    03 january 2002 10:08:00
    Lubango- Angola (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • Angola registers significant fall in crime rate
    03 january 2002 08:59:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Police in Luanda Wednesday reported a significant fall in the rate of crime committed in the country during end of year festivities. Full text...

  • Accidents kill nearly 100 in Zimbabwe's festival season
    02 january 2002 19:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe said in Harare Wednesday that nine people had died in separate car accidents on New Year's Day, bringing the Christmas and end of year holiday death toll on the country's roads to nearly 100. Full text...

  • Benin's public radio and television employees end strike
    31 december 2001 12:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Employees of the Benin Radio and Television Office (ORTB) have abandoned a two-day strike meant to protest against telephone, electricity and water cuts that they have been subjected to in their workplace in the past two weeks. Full text...

  • Priest demands only bank notes - not coins - from congregation
    31 december 2001 10:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An enraged priest returned to the faithful who had gathered for a Sunday church service all the coins they offered during a collection, saying he wanted only high denomination bank notes instead of the low value metals. Full text...

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