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  • Mandela, Graca Machel write Youths at World Forum
    06 august 2001 16:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Africa's legendary freedom fighter and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and his wife, Graca Machel, have reiterated their "lifelong" commitment to assist UNICEF in its service to protect children worldwide. Full text...

  • Workers down tools at car manufacturing companies
    06 august 2001 15:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An estimated 21,000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Numsa, on Monday downed their tools at car manufacturing companies across the country. Full text...

  • Annan urges governments to promote youth activities
    06 august 2001 15:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Koffi Annan has urged governments worldwide to empower youths by placing them at the forefront of global change and innovation to enable them become the agents for development and peace. Full text...

  • Preparations hot up for summit on children
    03 august 2001 12:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN General Assembly is preparing for its final special session of the year with a summit on the world's children that would urge national leaders to deliver on child welfare promises. Full text...

  • Prosecution seeks life imprisonment for gendarmes
    03 august 2001 12:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At the trial on the massacre last October of 57 people during post-election unrest in Cote d'Ivoire, the Prosecution has called for life sentences for eight security officers (gendarmes) charged with the murders. Full text...

  • Foundation boosts research at black universities
    03 august 2001 11:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) has launched a new initiative to support research at historically black universities (HBUs) for the next five years. Full text...

  • Editor behind bars for publishing "secret" documents
    03 august 2001 09:29:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The publisher and editor-in-chief of the bi-weekly "Mutations" newspaper in Cameroon, Haman Mana, was by Friday still in detention at the Secretariat of State for Defence (SED), despite public outcry against his arrest, sources in Yaounde said. Full text...

  • Junior doctors in Sierra Leone go on strike
    01 august 2001 23:39:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Junior medical doctors in Sierra Leone government-owned hospitals embarked on an indefinite nation-wide strike effective Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde court refuses to extradite German national
    31 july 2001 13:00:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A court in Cape Verde has rejected a request by the public prosecutor for the extradition of Michael Fisher, a German national accused of internet fraud, legal sources said in Praia Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan Airways hostess nabbed for drugs in London
    31 july 2001 12:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenya Airways hostess was arrested by British police Friday for allegedly importing narcotic drugs into the UK, the local press reported in Nairobi Tuesday. Full text...

  • Displaced Ethiopians face starvation
    30 july 2001 22:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Out of 82,600 metric tons of food that Ethiopia requested from the international community for its war displaced population, only 20 percent has been secured. Full text...

  • UN investigates proliferation of small arms in Kenya
    30 july 2001 17:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Chris Obure, said Monday his country was anxious to receive support from the United Nations and other agencies to stem the influx of illegal weapons in the country. Full text...

  • UN investigates proliferation of small arms in Kenya
    30 july 2001 16:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Chris Obure, Monday said the country was looking forward to support from the UN and other donor organisations to help curb an influx of illegal weapons. Full text...

  • Mbeki appoints Guma as Reserve Bank deputy governor
    30 july 2001 13:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has appointed Xolile Pallo Guma as Reserve Bank deputy governor to succeed Timothy Thahane who retired in April. Full text...

  • Higher education workers in Sierra Leone resume strike
    28 july 2001 17:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Junior and intermediate staff at Sierra Leone's institutions of higher learning Saturday confirmed the resumption a strike they had put on hold earlier in the month. Full text...

  • Journalists, local groups mobilise to clean Freetown
    28 july 2001 15:05:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Saturday donated one million leones (500 dollars) to journalists of the independent Voice of the Handicapped radio station and members of the Mask Devil Association who organised a clean-up campaign of the capital city, Freetown. Full text...

  • Eskom employees end strike after agreement over pay dispute
    27 july 2001 16:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Eskom employees returned to work Friday after workers' unions and the company resolved their wage and benefits dispute. Full text...

  • Unions demand labour law review
    25 july 2001 22:59:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The National Union of the Cape Verdean Workers, a confederation of trade unions, plans to request the government to revise the country's labour law in order to remove "the uncertainties, incongruities and contradictions" from it. Full text...

  • Sub-regional weekly launched in Cotonou
    25 july 2001 11:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A 12-page regional weekly, 'Entente-Info', has been launched this week in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • Biography of Muhammad Ali to be released in South Africa
    25 july 2001 08:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- 'Ali', the gripping biography of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, has been jointly acquired for South African distribution by Warner-Nu Metro Film Distribution and Anant Singh's Videovision Entertainment The film follows the life of boxing legend Cassius Clay who lit up professional sports in the 1960s. Full text...

  • Officials say substance abuse cause of school unrest
    24 july 2001 17:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 25 secondary schools in Kenya have been closed within a week following a wave of pupil unrest which officials blame on indiscipline and drug abuse. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's largest vocational training centre to open soon
    24 july 2001 11:47:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's largest vocational training centre, constructed with assistance from Portugal, begins classes in October 2001. Full text...

  • Winners and losers of Safari Rally 2001
    24 july 2001 11:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For Mzee Chilalo Masyaya and most of his Maasai folk, Safari Rally 2001 provided only a momentary glee because of the famine that has enveloped his area in this pastoral part of Kenya. Full text...

  • Joint FIJ-WAJA mission visits Praia
    24 july 2001 09:33:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A joint delegation of the International Federation of Journalists and the West African Journalists Association is currently in Praia, the Cape Verdian capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius to celebrate Indian indentured labour
    22 july 2001 14:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian cabinet has approved a decision to set aside every 2 November starting in 2002 as a public holiday to celebrate Indian labour immigration to the island nation over 160 years ago. Full text...

  • Spanish, Swahili proposed for African Union
    22 july 2001 11:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Spanish and Swahili are the two most suitable official working languages of the recently formed African Union, two academics have argued. Full text...

  • Bereaved families dig own graves in Harare
    22 july 2001 10:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Bereaved families in Zimbabwe's capital Harare faced double trouble at the weekend as they had to dig their own graves to bury relatives due to a striking municipal gravediggers. Full text...

  • Entente Council to adopt common tourist visa
    21 july 2001 16:27:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A common tourist visa will be issued beginning 21 September in the five-member states of the Entente council, the Ivorian ministry of tourism and crafts said Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Man jailed one year, caned, for selling cow meat
    20 july 2001 13:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Court in Nigeria's northern Sokoto State has sentenced a man to one-year imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane, under the Islamic Sharia code, for selling the meat of an animal that died of unverified cause, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN underscores need for community empowerment
    19 july 2001 13:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The UN resident representative in Liberia, John Kakonge, said the development process in the war- torn country can only be attained through empowering the local community and fostering its participation. Full text...

  • ADB to support health, poverty reduction in Sikasso
    19 july 2001 11:36:00
    Sikasso- Mali (PANA) -- A representative of the African Development Bank (ADB) in Mali said the bank would help finance the government's 10-year socio-sanitary development plan (PRODESS) in the Sikasso region, 380 km south of Bamako. Full text...

  • Trade unions condemn increase in prices of foodstuffs
    18 july 2001 19:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSAS) on Wednesday expressed "profound disappointment" and disapproval of latest hikes in price for consumables and rates for water and electricity. Full text...

  • Mali launches poverty alleviation projects
    18 july 2001 18:17:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian Rural Development minister Ahmed El Madani Diallo has launched a 15. Full text...

  • Assistant prosecutor at UN tribunal tours Rwanda
    18 july 2001 12:54:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Deputy Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda (ICTR), Adama Dieng, is in the country on a three-day official visit, sources said. Full text...

  • Namibia university, Ghana management institute sign agreement
    17 july 2001 20:31:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the University of Namibia (UNAM) have entered into an agreement of cooperation in postgraduate training in business administration and management. Full text...

  • Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation in deficit spending
    17 july 2001 20:07:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- High running costs have driven the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) into excess of expenditure of 243 million rupees over the last four years, Prime minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth told Parliament Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania sacks 107 corrupt policemen
    17 july 2001 19:40:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A total of 107 Tanzanian policemen have been sacked in what the government said was campaign to remove corrupt and undesirable elements. Full text...

  • Malian village gets ambulance from immigrants in France
    16 july 2001 15:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Malian immigrants in France have donated an ambulance to their home village of Sadiola in south- western Mali. Full text...

  • Female only university takes off in Zimbabwe
    16 july 2001 08:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean women activists at the weekend formally launched a controversial female only university, which they say will help address some of the gender imbalances in the country. Full text...

  • Air Afrique staff unhappy with administrator
    14 july 2001 13:24:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Air Afrique's personnel has accused the acting administrator of the company, Jefrey Erickson, of "distorting the truth" when it comes to Air France's financial participation in the troubled multinational airline company. Full text...

  • Special education teachers meet in Dakar
    13 july 2001 23:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UNESCO Dakar Office will from Monday host a five-day national workshop for teachers involved in the education of the handicapped. Full text...

  • Six Ghana gold thieves jailed 15 years each
    13 july 2001 21:34:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- An Accra High Court Friday sentenced six people involved in Ghana's 1999 highway robbery of unrefined gold valued at one million US dollars, to 15 years each. Full text...

  • IDA disburses 40 million dollars to create jobs
    13 july 2001 11:28:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The International Development Association is to give Burundi a loan of 40 million US dollars to finance a new public works and employment-creation project. Full text...

  • Envisaged dam sparks off controversy in Mali
    12 july 2001 23:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian people of Djenne (a world cultural heritage) have mobilised against government plans to build a dam at Tallo for the irrigation of rice fields. Full text...

  • Ethiopia contemplates population census
    12 july 2001 18:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Central Statistical Authority (CSA) has announced that the next national population and housing census would be conducted in 2004. Full text...

  • Government, trade unions sign two-year truce
    11 july 2001 10:04:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government and two of the country's major trade unions signed Tuesday in Brazzaville a renewable two-year social truce aimed at "sheltering Congo from social conflict", an official source said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guinea Bissau trade unions launch strike
    10 july 2001 22:15:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Education, transport, communications, port and airport workers in Guinea-Bissau are on a five-day strive called by the country's Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CSI). Full text...

  • Report says poor countries can benefit from new technologies
    10 july 2001 10:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Poor countries that ignore science and technology do so at their own peril, and they do not necessarily have to reinvent the wheel. Full text...

  • Benin gets new workers' confederation
    09 july 2001 19:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Independent Trade Unions of Benin (COSI) have formed a confederation. Full text...

  • Algeria hosts 15th World Youth Festival
    09 july 2001 16:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At least 30,000 youths are expected to participate in the 15th World Youth Festival (WYF) which entered its second day in Algeria on Sunday. Full text...

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