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  • 13,000 displaced Angolans to be assisted by NGOs
    12 march 2002 16:07:00
    Bailundo- Angola (PANA) -- Some NGOs and UN specialised Agencies are to assist some 13,000 war-displaced persons with humanitarian relief in Angola's central province of Huambo, officials said. Full text...

  • Beninese disabled get 17 million CFA F worth of donations
    12 march 2002 12:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese minister of family affairs, social protection and solidarity, Claire Houngan-Ayemona, has presented donations worth 17. Full text...

  • Rights group condemns conditions of Liberian police cells
    11 march 2002 15:37:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Conditions of inmates at police cells in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, are "life-threatening," the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) Director, Frances Johnson Morris, said Monday. Full text...

  • UNHCR prepares repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania
    10 march 2002 11:55:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- About 800,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania will be repatriated over the next six months starting April, authorities in Tanzania have announced. Full text...

  • Death toll at Liberia's displaced centres increases
    09 march 2002 13:53:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The death toll at the various displaced centres in Liberia is on the increase, health ministry officials said Saturday in Monrovia. Full text...

  • EU grants 27 million Euros aid to refugees in Tanzania
    09 march 2002 13:46:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has adopted a humanitarian aid plan worth 27 million Euros for refugees in Tanzania, an official statement said in Brussels. Full text...

  • UN official expresses concern over abuse of refugee children
    09 march 2002 11:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A UN official overseeing war- affected children Saturday expressed "grave concern" about recent reports alleging extensive sexual exploitation of children in refugee camps in West Africa. Full text...

  • Ex-chairwoman of French humanitarian body decries NGOs' greed
    07 march 2002 23:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A former chairwoman of the French humanitarian organisation, Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Sylvie Brunel, has denounced the "malfunctioning" of the organisation in Africa and other areas of operation. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean health workers join strike
    07 march 2002 08:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Hundreds of health workers in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone Thursday joined a nation wide strike by doctors and nurses to press demands for salary increment and better working conditions. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso distributes 2,463 sheep carcasses to needy
    06 march 2002 22:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe authorities started Wednesday to distribute some 2,463 sheep carcasses to the needy in the country. Full text...

  • DRC "Banyamulenge" refugees stage protest in Bujumbura
    05 march 2002 12:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 50 "Banyamulange" refugees, a group of Congolese nationals of Rwandan origin, on Monday staged a brief demonstration in front of the UNHCR office in Bujumbura to press for protection against rampant insecurity. Full text...

  • Taxi drivers' strike cripples Cameroonian capital
    04 march 2002 16:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Police had to intervene in Yaounde, Cameroon's capital Monday where a strike by the taxi drivers paralysed the capital city's transportation system. Full text...

  • One killed, three arrested following Malawi land clashes
    04 march 2002 13:09:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Three people have been arrested in the northern Malawi border district of Karonga following violent clashes over land that left one dead this past weekend. Full text...

  • Twenty killed in Nairobi slum fighting
    04 march 2002 10:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 20 people have been killed and 28 others hospitalised following fighting that started in one of Nairobi's slums Sunday night and continued Monday morning. Full text...

  • Senegal's Coumba Gawlo to grace African Development Forum
    03 march 2002 13:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Senegalese star singer Coumba Gawlo has been booked to perform at a special cultural event packaged for the ongoing Third African Development Forum sponsored by the Addis Ababa-based UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Full text...

  • Morgue workers attack mourners in Kenya
    02 march 2002 10:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nairobi city mortuary attendants protesting over a cash award from the United States government, went wild Friday and attacked mourners who had gone to collect bodies at the morgue, a local daily has reported. Full text...

  • Kenyans Hail Mayor who Flopped Exams
    02 march 2002 10:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite scoring an average of grade E in last year's Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations, Mwalimu Mwahima is one of the most popular Kenyans at the moment. Full text...

  • Ivorian authorities put pay raise on hold
    01 march 2002 15:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan has enjoined Public Service trade in the country to call off a strike initiated two weeks ago to press for a pay raise. Full text...

  • Private broadcasters to get licence in Ethiopia
    01 march 2002 15:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Broadcasting Agency will start issuing licences to prospective private broadcasters from May, Information Minister, Berket Simon, announced in Addis Ababa Friday. Full text...

  • Britain warns its citizens against visits to Madagascar
    28 february 2002 19:02:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has advised its citizens against making any holiday and other non-essential travel to Madagascar for the time being following the tense situation in the Indian Ocean Island nation. Full text...

  • Strikes disrupt activities in Cote d'Ivoire
    27 february 2002 15:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Public and parastatal services in Cote d'Ivoire have been disrupted by strikes in recent weeks, with the government describing the situation as "manipulation by people who want to destabilise the current political regime. Full text...

  • Blind women leaders meet in Ouagadougou
    27 february 2002 12:53:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 40 blind women in leadership positions are attending a two-day seminar in Ouagadougou, organised by the Women and Development Committee of the African Union for the Blind (UAFA). Full text...

  • Call for social integration of Africa's blind persons
    26 february 2002 22:29:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A five-day international seminar for blind women in leadership positions opened here Tuesday under the auspices of the African Union for the Blind (UAFA). Full text...

  • Bamako residents protest against power price hike
    26 february 2002 19:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Consumers' Defence Group (REDECOMA) Tuesday stage a demonstration in Bamako to protest against the increase of water and power tariffs effected in January by the country's power supply company. Full text...

  • South African school kids get gist of aviation industry
    26 february 2002 17:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Pupils in the northern parts of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province are this week receiving a taste of what it is like to work in the aviation industry. Full text...

  • UNHCR head Ruud Lubbers expected in Kinshasa Wednesday
    25 february 2002 19:06:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers is expected in Kinshasa Wednesday as part of his tour of Great Lakes region states, which ends on 2 March, informed sources said in the Congolese capital Monday. Full text...

  • Algeria marks trade union's anniversary amid uncertainty
    24 february 2002 20:00:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Uncertainty prevailed among Algerian workers Sunday as they marked the anniversary of the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) in 1965 and the 1971 nationalisation of the oil sector. Full text...

  • S. Africa's deputy president wishes Muslims happy Eid-ul-Adha
    23 february 2002 15:20:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma Saturday congratulated all Muslims who successfully performed the Haj this year. Full text...

  • Cape Verde institutionalises children's Parliament
    19 february 2002 22:06:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Top officials of the National Assembly, the ministry of Education and the Cape Verde institute of minors have signed a protocol aimed institutionalising children's Parliament in the country, sources in Praia disclosed. Full text...

  • Benin yields to striking teachers' demands
    19 february 2002 19:26:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin government has announced that it had "temporarily suspended" the application of a newly enacted law on promotions in the civil service, an official statement issued in Cotonou said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malian NGO trains disadvantaged children
    19 february 2002 16:18:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 30 children, trained in different crafts by a non-governmental organisation in the Malian capital, Bamako, Tuesday received certificates attesting their skills. Full text...

  • PANA correspondents drill in education reporting
    18 february 2002 19:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- PANA correspondents from ten countries Monday began a week-long seminar in Dakar on reporting educational issues. Full text...

  • Kenyan journalists threaten strike
    18 february 2002 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Officials of Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) warned Monday that they would call a nationwide strike to protest against the contravention of labour laws in some of the local media houses. Full text...

  • Social upheaval engulfs Algeria
    18 february 2002 11:45:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- There is an escalation in social upheavals in Algeria on the eve of the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the confederation of trade unions on 24 February whereby workers unions take major decisions. Full text...

  • Classes partially resume at University of Dakar
    15 february 2002 20:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Classes have resumed at three of the five Faculties of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, following a month-long strike by students. Full text...

  • EU gives Angola 7 million dollars humanitarian aid
    13 february 2002 23:52:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has released eight million euros (6,980,000 US dollars) for a humanitarian aid programme in Angola. Full text...

  • Strikers take to the streets in Cotonou
    13 february 2002 20:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- At least 2,000 striking civil workers on Tuesday staged a peaceful demonstration in Cotonou, Benin's business capital, as their industrial action entered its fourth week. Full text...

  • African education network members meet in Dakar
    13 february 2002 19:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Education officials from 25 countries will hold a five-day session in the Senegalese capital from Monday aiming to promote African expertise in educational practices and policies. Full text...

  • Ivorian trade unions plan strikes next week
    13 february 2002 19:26:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A series of strikes are expected in Cote d'Ivoire next week, trade union sources said in Abidjan Wednesday, quoting decisions taken by a meeting attended by 27 civil service trade unions on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gluttonous Kenyan Girls Suspended From School
    13 february 2002 12:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan head teacher has suspended a group of High School girls and imposed a "food" fine on them for gluttony and hiding food, a local daily reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Multiple labour strikes in Algeria
    13 february 2002 11:38:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Bankers and Insurance agents in Algeria have threatened a strike, expected to hurt the country's vital social sector. Full text...

  • IDRC wants to hear more from African experts
    12 february 2002 21:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- International Development and Research Centre's chairperson Maureen O'neil and other senior directors are in Dakar to ascertain whether the priorities on the ground were in line with the organisation's principles. Full text...

  • Thefts in Paris worry African diplomats
    11 february 2002 23:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Gabon's Foreign Minister Jean Ping was at the weekend robbed of about 300,000 dollars cash and credit cards in a Paris hotel. Full text...

  • 50,000 dollars raised for Algerian disaster victims
    11 february 2002 21:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- About 50,000 US dollars were raised for the victims of the 10 November flood disaster in Algeria during a concert organised last November at Zenith, Paris. Full text...

  • Regional Summit On Street Children Opens In Nairobi
    11 february 2002 15:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A regional Summit on the rights of street children, opened in Nairobi Monday with participants calling for greater efforts to alleviate the plight of the youngsters. Full text...

  • Nigerian Ex-ECOMOG Commander Dies
    10 february 2002 18:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A former Nigerian ECOMOG field commander, retired Brig-Gen. Full text...

  • UNIFEM experts end study visit in Sierra Leone
    08 february 2002 23:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A team of experts from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has concluded a two-week study on the impact of conflict on women and their role in peace building in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe changes colonial era school names
    08 february 2002 11:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- At the end of last year, Bernard Ndlovu, a high school pupil in the Zimbabwe capital Harare, struck a pen-friendship with a Canadian student whose name he had picked from a magazine. Full text...

  • Mauritius to host 8th MINEDAF next December
    07 february 2002 20:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius would in December host the 8th Conference of African Education Ministers (MINEDAF 8), official sources indicated in Port Louis Wednesday. Full text...

  • Algerian banks to go on two-day strike
    07 february 2002 18:47:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 45,000 workers in the Algerian banking and insurance sectors plan to embark on a two-day strike beginning 19 February to press for better working conditions. Full text...

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