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  • Former Rwanda Minister rejects genocide charge
    19 october 2001 18:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former Rwanda Minister of Finance, Emmanuel Ndindabahizi, Friday pleaded not guilty to a charge linking him to the 1994 genocide that killed more than half a million people in his country. Full text...

  • Transparency International thumbs down Nigeria
    18 october 2001 16:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), has given Nigeria low marks in its fight against corruption as the second most corrupt country in the world, as the eighth Nigerian Economic Summit (NES) opened Wednesday in Abuja. Full text...

  • Gloomy family situation worries opposition politician
    18 october 2001 14:16:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A leading opposition politician sees "the family situation in Sudan in crisis because of the gloomy economic situation which is causing youths to shun marriage". Full text...

  • South African Airways reduces flights to US
    18 october 2001 13:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways on Thursday announced that it was cutting down its flights between Johannesburg and New York from seven to four a week with effect from November 1. Full text...

  • Kenya Issues Alert on Anthrax Infection
    18 october 2001 10:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Thursday issued a public alert on the possible presence of the anthrax bacteria in the country following positive results obtained from a letter received by an unidentified individual in Nairobi from the United States. Full text...

  • ADB, UNHCR Meet to Review Cooperation Programmes
    18 october 2001 08:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A high level consultative meeting between the African Development Bank Group and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees opened Thursday in Abidjan to review joint micro-financing schemes, the ADB has announced. Full text...

  • Burundi's food situation improves
    17 october 2001 10:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi has made a significant improvement in its food situation within the last one year, a report made public on Tuesday in Bujumbura says. Full text...

  • Benin fights poverty to eliminate hunger
    17 october 2001 10:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 12 percent of Beninese live below the poverty line, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Minister Theophile Nata said in an interview during celebration of the World Food Day on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa, Zimbabwe back off labour war
    16 october 2001 23:34:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and South Africa Tuesday backed off a diplomatic row over Pretoria's plans to deport thousands of its northern Zimbabweans working on the country's farms. Full text...

  • Striking Magistrates accuse President Yala of "terrorism"
    16 october 2001 22:20:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Maria de Ceu Monteiro, President of Guinea Bissau Magistrates' Association Tuesday accused the country's President Koumba Yala of "acts of terrorism, barbarism and violence" against some striking magistrates. Full text...

  • Niger finalises poverty reduction strategy
    16 october 2001 21:20:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The people of Niger are advancing concrete proposals and suggestions to enrich the country's poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP) formulated by the government. Full text...

  • Minister wants child welfare groups to focus on HIV/AIDS
    16 october 2001 14:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya on Tuesday called on all non-governmental organisations to render services to the most vulnerable children, particularly HIV/AIDS orphans and child-headed families. Full text...

  • Algeria to pay arrears to 41,000 workers
    15 october 2001 16:55:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government has decided to pay salary arrears to about 41,000 workers before the beginning of Ramadan (15 November) after meeting with the country's major labour organisation, the General Union of Workers in Algeria (UGTA). Full text...

  • Suicide Cases Up in Zimbabwe
    15 october 2001 16:17:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- More and more Zimbabweans, harshly caught up in the country's economic crisis, are committing suicide to escape hardships, a study released Monday shows. Full text...

  • Exam Report on First Lady Sparks Row in Zimbabwe
    15 october 2001 16:07:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A newspaper report showing Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe had dismally failed her university examinations sparked a row Monday with the Ministry of Information. Full text...

  • South African minister sues newspaper for defamation
    15 october 2001 15:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Housing Minister Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele has filed a three-million rand defamation charge against the Mail Full text...

  • Mbeki opens multi-purpose centre in the Eastern Cape
    15 october 2001 13:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has opened a one-million-Rand multi-purpose centre that will provide government services to the Sterkspruit community in north Eastern Cape. Full text...

  • Mass wedding of 160 couples in Addis Ababa
    14 october 2001 19:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A mass wedding of 160 couples took place at the weekend on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Official cites constraints of Internet growth in Nigeria
    13 october 2001 14:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An official of Nigeria's telecommunications regulatory body Friday identified exorbitant cost of leasing international dedicated circuits, the cost and insufficiency of telephone lines, irregular power supply and lack of a local internet exchange point, as some of the constraints inhibiting internet growth in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Customs officials auction relief donation
    13 october 2001 13:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Sofala provincial governor Felicio Zacarias has expressed dismay over the auction Friday of medical equipment donated to Mozambique as emergency relief by the office of the First Lady of Portugal. Full text...

  • Mozambican President criticises Mozal strike action
    13 october 2001 13:17:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has criticised the strike at the MOZAL aluminium smelter, now in its tenth day, and recognised that the entity pays higher wages than any other industry in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Tops SADC Emigration List
    12 october 2001 23:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe has the highest number of skilled citizens emigrating to other countries in southern Africa in search of better job opportunities, says a regional human resource development report released Friday. Full text...

  • Liberian lawyers stage second boycott of courts
    12 october 2001 14:33:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The legal and constitutional duel between the Lower House of Parliament and the national bar association entered its second round with lawyers effecting another boycott of Liberian courts Friday. Full text...

  • Belgium's health assistance rising in Equator
    11 october 2001 23:37:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Belgium is to provide 32,772,903 US dollars to finance several social development projects in northern Democratic Republic of Congo's Equator Province, the Belgian technical co-operation office revealed in Kinshasa Wednesday. Full text...

  • British Airways flies to Ethiopia
    11 october 2001 14:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- British Airways, operated by British Mediterranean Airways, Thursday launched a bi-weekly flight between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Reintroduces Price Controls
    10 october 2001 19:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Alarmed at rising prices for basic commodities as a key presidential election draws close, the Zimbabwe government Wednesday re-imposed price controls and set up a monitoring team to enforce the curbs. Full text...

  • Former Rwanda official pleads not guilty to genocide
    10 october 2001 16:56:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- Protais Zigiranyirazo, a former Rwandan government official and brother-in-law of late President Juvenal Habyarimana, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sitting in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • ADEA launches Education Journalism Award
    10 october 2001 15:00:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) has launched an annual award for outstanding articles on education in Africa, written by African journalists and published by African press. Full text...

  • World Bank pledges more support to education in Africa
    10 october 2001 07:55:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- The World Bank has promised increased support for education in sub-Saharan Africa to help the region reverse present trends of economic stagnation. Full text...

  • Striking Hospital Workers Reject Minister's Plea
    09 october 2001 20:40:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Striking workers at Malawi's Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital have told health minister Yusuf Mwawa they would not resume work until the government met their demands in full. Full text...

  • Genocide trial of former Rwandan minister adjourned
    09 october 2001 18:05:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- The trial of former Rwandan minister of Finance, Emmanuel Ndindabahizi, by the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda has been adjourned to 19 October 2001 to give him time to acquaint himself with the charges preferred against him. Full text...

  • Tanzania calls for decisive action on education
    09 october 2001 16:56:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- Vice-President Ali Mohammed Shein of Tanzania has called on African countries to invest in the education of the girl child if they hoped to achieve any meaningful development. Full text...

  • Biennial African education meeting opens in Arusha
    08 october 2001 10:11:00
    Arusha- Tanzania (PANA) -- Education problems and prospects in Africa came under the scanner Monday, as the 6th biennial conference of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) opened in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Angolan Bishop goes fundraising in Portugal
    06 october 2001 13:55:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Bishop of Angola's northern Uige province, Francisco da Mata Mourisca, is in Portugal to solicit funds to renovate the local Cathedral. Full text...

  • US supports war displaced Ethiopians
    05 october 2001 23:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US government and Ethiopia's regional government of Tigray, signed a grant agreement of two million dollars Friday to help war displaced Ethiopians. Full text...

  • Zambian teachers urge government to sit up
    05 october 2001 22:19:00
    Ndola- Zambia (PANA) -- On the occasion of World Teachers Day, the Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) warned Friday that unless government stepped in to sponsor further training for teachers, the bid for quality education would remain illusive. Full text...

  • Bomb scare disrupts work at Accra Barclays Bank
    05 october 2001 20:07:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A bomb scare at the head office of Barclays Bank in Accra Friday sent panic-stricken staff and customers running for safety. Full text...

  • University administrator deplores conditions
    05 october 2001 19:00:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niamey University's chief academic officer Ali Bouli Diallo has lamented that the institution can hardly afford even the barest of conditions necessary for it to function well. Full text...

  • Govt prepares guide for monitoring children's welfare
    05 october 2001 14:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government is working on a practical guide for institutions involved in improvement of the welfare of women and children, it was disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • Government suspends wages of over 9000 workers
    05 october 2001 13:16:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese authorities have suspended the salaries of 9,710 civil servants with effect from October because their reference numbers are missing at the treasury. Full text...

  • Five die in Nairobi road accident
    04 october 2001 23:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Five people were Wednesday killed in a road accident in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • Africa, Asia in dire need of teachers
    04 october 2001 22:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- On the eve of World Teachers' Day coming up 5 October, UNESCO has stressed that some 15 million more teachers would have to be hired in the coming decade, if the solemn pledge by governments for universal basic education by 2015 is to be achieved. Full text...

  • Transport union opposes privatisation
    04 october 2001 21:44:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The president of the Common Front for Transport in Mauritius, Wakil Lalloo, has urged government to nationalise the sector throughout the country. Full text...

  • Ivorian customs officers end their strike
    04 october 2001 16:24:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A three-day strike by the Ivorian Customs Workers Unions was called off Thursday morning after extensive negotiations between government authorities and the strikers. Full text...

  • Mauritian civil servants threaten strike
    03 october 2001 22:50:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The chairman of the Federation of the Mauritian Public Sector Unions, Rashid Imrith, has called on civil servants in the country to begin a national strike Saturday, the regional press agency, MATERA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian customs strike paralyse border traffic
    03 october 2001 16:47:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A strike by Ivorian customs officers entered its third day Wednesday paralysing activities at Abidjan port and Cote d'Ivoire's Felix Houphouet-Boigny international airport. Full text...

  • Niger plans to build 20,000 houses in 10 years
    03 october 2001 15:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's Equipment minister, Abdou Labo, has announced that the government plans construct 20,000 housing units in the next decade to meet the needs of the country's growing population. Full text...

  • Tanzania hosts African Education Conference
    02 october 2001 23:48:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania is hosting the sixth biennial meeting of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) from 7-10 October in Arusha. Full text...

  • Distance education programmes could assist Africa
    02 october 2001 15:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Many cash-strapped countries in Africa and other parts of the world are investing in distance education programmes because it costs less. Full text...

  • Six deaths in police cells spark public furore
    02 october 2001 09:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Police came under severe public criticism Tuesday following the reported deaths of six suspects in a police cell at the weekend. Full text...

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