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  • Gala night to promote solidarity against poverty in Burkina Faso
    31 december 2001 09:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity organised a gala night over the weekend to appeal to the generosity of Burkinabe with the aim of promoting solidarity in the fight against poverty. Full text...

  • Locally comedy breaks South African box office record
    30 december 2001 20:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A locally produced comedy about a white witchdoctor's folly has broken several South African box office records to earn more than 17 million rands. Full text...

  • Slang impedes language performance in Kenya
    29 december 2001 16:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Even as this year's top candidates in Kenya's primary school examination bask in glory, education administrators are alarmed at the negative impact slang was having on language performance. Full text...

  • Strike disrupts work on Chad-Cameroon pipeline
    29 december 2001 11:16:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- African workers on the construction site of the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline have gone on an indefinite strike on the Cameroonian side of the project. Full text...

  • Mozambique deports 140 Zimbabweans
    28 december 2001 12:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Mozambique has deported 140 Zimbabweans in the past few days, while 80 others are detained in jail as part of a crackdown on aliens by authorities in Maputo, a local newspaper reported Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya releases primary examination results
    27 december 2001 20:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Education minister Henry Kosgey Thursday released results of the 2001 primary education examination noting a marked improvement over last year's performance. Full text...

  • Mauritius Minister Promises Sacked Workers New Jobs
    27 december 2001 14:27:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Showkutally Soodhun has told 500 workers retrenched by textile mills that they would soon be reemployed. Full text...

  • 70 motorists in Zimbabwe die in holiday accidents
    26 december 2001 18:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Wednesday reported a sharp increase in road accident deaths over the Christmas holidays, which they mainly attributed to drunken driving. Full text...

  • Niger maintains freeze on wage increments
    26 december 2001 12:09:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger Prime Minister Hama Amadou has said that despite some improvement in the economy over the past two years, the government's financial situation does not allow a regular increase in salaries of civil servants. Full text...

  • Niger's ruling party condemned for roughing up journalists
    25 december 2001 18:03:00
    Niamey Niger (PANA) -- A union catering for private journalists in Niger has condemned the ruling National Movement for Development Society for exercising violence against local and international press journalists who covered the recent 4th congress. Full text...

  • Scores Die In Zimbabwe Road Accidents
    25 december 2001 09:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday reported 24 deaths and more than 60 injuries from separate road accidents country-wide over the Christmas holidays. Full text...

  • Christmas travel rush claims 14 lives in Kenya
    24 december 2001 09:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fourteen people have been killed in road accidents in Kenya, following the mad rush by thousands of people heading homeward from Nairobi for the Christmas holidays. Full text...

  • Suspected swindler gets over 54,000 dollars from Kigali bank
    22 december 2001 17:47:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's Bank of Commerce and Industrial Development (BCDI) has reportedly lost more than 54,000 US dollars to a suspected Canadian swindler, a newspaper reported in Kigali Saturday. Full text...

  • Police shoot schoolboy to death in town riots
    22 december 2001 17:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kisii district policemen in south western Kenya Friday shot dead a school boy and shattered the leg of another following riots prompted by the death of a woman while in police custody. Full text...

  • President Moi Pays Tribute to Senghor
    22 december 2001 10:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi of Kenya has paid glowing tribute to former Senegalese President, Leopold Sedar Senghor, who passed away Thursday at the ripe age of 95. Full text...

  • African aviation safety agency experiences downturn
    21 december 2001 22:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The board of directors of the Dakar-based African aviation safety agency (ASECNA) Friday urged the company's general manager, Ousmane Issoufou Oubandawaki, to devise strategies that would put ASECNA on par with its counterparts in the world. Full text...

  • Over 1700 former Hutu rebels return to their villages
    21 december 2001 19:56:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- More than 1700 Hutu rebels captured by the Rwandan army in the country's Northwest last May on Thursday returned to their villages of origin after completing six months of political re-education, official sources reported Friday The fighters belonged to a force of more than 4,000 combatants from the defeated former Hutu-dominated Rwandan government army, which had launched an offensive from north-eastern Congo in late May 2001. Full text...

  • Dozens injured as Pretoria shopping centre collapses
    20 december 2001 22:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- About 50 people, most of them children, were injured and many more have been trapped after the roof of a large shopping centre in Pretoria collapsed Thursday afternoon. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to get World Food Programme assistance
    20 december 2001 21:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- World Food Programme (WFP) has agreed to provide Zimbabwe with emergency food aid worth 60 million US dollars to avert starvation in the southern African country, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • WFP to give Zimbabwe food assistance
    20 december 2001 20:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The World Food Programme has agreed to provide Zimbabwe with emergency food aid worth 60 million US dollars to avert starvation in the southern African country, officials said Thursday in Harare. Full text...

  • Kenyan man vandalises statues in cathedral
    20 december 2001 11:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities Thursday confirmed they have locked up a man who made his way into the Holy Family Basilica Cathedral Church in Nairobi and beheaded some of the most sacred icons of the Roman Catholic faith. Full text...

  • Lack of funds hamper landmine awareness in Ethiopia
    19 december 2001 23:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF supported landmine awareness activities targeting children in Tigray and Afar regions of Ethiopia will begin a progressive reduction in scope and technical coverage beginning January due to lack funds, UNICEF said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sexual exploitation of children in Kenya is real
    19 december 2001 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- They come in droves, arriving in Nairobi as early as 6. Full text...

  • FGM goes high on Kenya's public agenda
    19 december 2001 08:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Even as he announced a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) last week, President Daniel arap Moi and top aides had little doubt that it would take more than an injunction from even the highest authority to stem the practice in Kenya. Full text...

  • Rwanda's Gacaca trials slated to begin by May 2002
    18 december 2001 19:28:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Trials under Rwanda's traditional courts known as "Gacaca" are set to begin in May 2002, judicial sources said in Kigali Tuesday. Full text...

  • ILO suggests ways to combat child trafficking
    18 december 2001 14:00:00
    Yokohama- Japan (PANA) -- Due to its trans-national nature, the trafficking of children around the world has to be addressed not only within a country, but also among all countries concerned at bilateral and international levels, the International Labour Organisation has suggested. Full text...

  • Child sexual abuse is a growing phenomenon in West Africa
    18 december 2001 13:28:00
    Yokohama- Japan (PANA) -- Laws of west and central African countries do not provide for the protection of children from sexual exploitation for commercial purposes, UNICEF says in a regional report presented Tuesday at the ongoing Second World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Yokohama, Japan. Full text...

  • Child sexual abuse: A growing phenomenon in West Africa
    18 december 2001 12:56:00
    Yokohama- Japan (PANA) -- Laws of West and Central African countries do not provide for the protection of children from sexual exploitation for commercial purposes, according to a UNICEF regional report. Full text...

  • Child defilement is rife in Rwanda
    17 december 2001 15:32:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Child defilement is on the rise in Rwanda where young girls - and even babies - are raped by adult males, human rights activists have said. Full text...

  • UNICEF earmarks 10-million-dollar assistance for Rwanda
    17 december 2001 14:41:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund plans to spend 10. Full text...

  • Celebrated Kisumu becomes Kenya's second city
    17 december 2001 12:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kisumu, Kenya's third largest town on the shores of Lake Victoria, has been elevated to the status of a city, ahead of the Indian Ocean port town of Mombasa, which had hitherto been considered as the country's second largest conglomeration. Full text...

  • Angolan president opens training centre
    17 december 2001 09:34:00
    Benguela- Angola (PANA) -- President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has inaugurated the Evokiyo professional training centre for rehabilitating youngsters - especially orphans - from the country's on-going long war. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe signs food aid deal with donors
    15 december 2001 13:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has concluded a food aid deal with international donor agencies to avert starvation in some areas of the country, officials involved in negotiating the agreement have said. Full text...

  • Kenya celebrates centenary of Kisumu City
    15 december 2001 12:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Celebrations marking the centenary of Kisumu, Kenya's third largest city on the shore of Lake Victoria, got underway Saturday, graced by leaders from three East African countries. Full text...

  • Reunion's Catholic Church supports early retirement scheme
    15 december 2001 11:00:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Church of Reunion has appealed to the country's partners to adopt a government decree that seeks to set retirement age at 55 years. Full text...

  • Ex-workers of state-run companies demonstrate in Yaounde
    14 december 2001 22:26:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 50 former workers of liquidated or restructured state-run companies this week staged demonstrations on the foregrounds of the Economy and Finance ministry in Yaounde, to press for outstanding dues. Full text...

  • Britain launches new immigration scheme
    14 december 2001 14:49:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The British government has launched a new immigration scheme dubbed 'Highly Skilled Migrant Programme' (HSMP) to enable talented people abroad with exceptional skills, abilities or experience to get jobs in the United Kingdom. Full text...

  • Malawi University students protest death of colleague
    14 december 2001 11:11:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Students from the University of Malawi's Polytechnic on Friday marched through Blantyre's Chipembele Highway to protest the death of their colleague earlier in the morning. Full text...

  • South African Muslims prepare for Eid-ul-Fitr
    14 december 2001 08:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of African Muslims are looking forward to the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr at the conclusion of Ramadan, which is expected to occur Friday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde gets US food aid worth 2.7 million dollars
    14 december 2001 07:37:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde is to get US food aid worth 2. Full text...

  • East-West highway project delayed in Algeria
    13 december 2001 19:31:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's 1,200 km east-west highway project has run into delays after building only 49 km since its launch 15 years ago. Full text...

  • Increasing number of black South Africans obtain degrees
    12 december 2001 19:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- There has been a 173-perent increase in the number of degrees and diplomas going to black South Africans over the past decade, up from 14,798 in 1991 to 40,333 in 1998. Full text...

  • Nigeria to spend 26 billion naira to expand assembly
    12 december 2001 17:53:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government announced Wednesday it would spend 25. Full text...

  • Nigerian Polytechnic teachers on strike
    12 december 2001 14:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Polytechnic teachers have embarked on an indefinite strike to press their demands for better welfare, in the latest of incessant work stoppages threatening to paralyse the country's educational sector. Full text...

  • Dramatic Increase In South Africa's Informal Housing
    12 december 2001 09:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance says the dramatic increase in informal housing in the country should be a strong message to government about priorities. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou students on strike
    11 december 2001 21:59:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Under the aegis of the National Association of Burkinabe Students (ANEB), Ouagadougou University students have gone on strike to press for the repeal of a government decision denying repeating students a third chance should they fail. Full text...

  • Minister accuses Kenyan officials of complicity in deaths
    10 december 2001 22:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A cabinet minister Monday accused the government officials of complicity in the death of 18 more people killed in clashes over pasture land in Kenya's Coast Province. Full text...

  • Report challenges Zambian Govt on child survival issues
    10 december 2001 21:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 2002 State of the World's Children Report was launched in Lusaka Monday with a challenge to the Zambian government to assure voters ahead of the 27 December elections on how government will redress the worsening social ills that has plagued the nation's young. Full text...

  • Six Rwanda genocide convicts sent to prison in Mali
    10 december 2001 18:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Six former high-ranking Rwandan officials convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity by the UN war crimes Tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania, were transferred to Mali Monday to serve their jail terms, the Tribunal said. Full text...

  • Algerian income tax workers to begin strike Tuesday
    10 december 2001 18:12:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The 25-member Algerian Union of Income Tax Workers has decided to go on strike Tuesday and threatened to start a 10-day work stoppage with effect from 22 December, if their demands are not met. Full text...

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