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  • NGO urges end to teachers strike
    16 june 2001 19:18:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A Congolese NGO, Human Rights Observatory (OCDH), has called on the government and the National Federation of Congolese Teachers (FENATREC), to end the teachers' crippling national strike through dialogue. Full text...

  • Organisers strip Miss Nigeria of her title
    16 june 2001 13:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's semi-official newspaper, Daily Times, organiser of the annual Miss Nigeria beauty pageant, has stripped the 2001 winner of her title because she falsified her age and her educational certificate. Full text...

  • Experts urge inclusion of ICT in school curricula
    15 june 2001 20:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Experts from seven sub Saharan countries meeting in Dakar have recommended the introduction of new information and communication technologies (NICT) in school programmes across the continent. Full text...

  • WFP to begin distributing food in Niger
    15 june 2001 17:16:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The WFP says it would begin distributing food to over 7,000 people in Niger's famine stricken region of Damagaram Takkaya. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire gets 1 billion FCFA loan from France
    15 june 2001 10:10:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire has obtained a loan of 1. Full text...

  • South Africa to tap cellphone calls to fight crime
    15 june 2001 09:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African cabinet has approved a Bill authorising investigative agents to tap cellphone conversations of people suspected of being involved in crime. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS takes toll on education in Mozambique
    14 june 2001 23:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The 3rd Mozambican National Human Development Report sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has warned that on current trends the education sector would lose 17 per cent of its staff to AIDS by 2010. Full text...

  • Children to march to parliament Friday
    14 june 2001 21:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibian (PANA) -- Some 50 Namibian children are expected to march to parliament Friday to appeal to the country's parliamentarians to make their pledges of support for the Global Movement for Children (GMC). Full text...

  • Cleric appeals for food aid to southern Sudan
    14 june 2001 21:00:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Catholic Church of Sudan has appealed for urgent food aid to save thousands of people displaced by recent fighting in Sudan's southern Bahr el Ghazal state. Full text...

  • Ten years after summit, children still suffer in great numbers
    14 june 2001 20:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Girl-child Flora Kuya, 6, from a remote northern Kenya outpost, sits with her chin sandwiched between her hands, eyes staring far into the horizon. Full text...

  • Concrete action on children expected from Lusaka Summit
    14 june 2001 17:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- With African countries already formally agreed on a common position for the September UN General Assembly Special Session on the future of children, stakeholders are now anxious about how the Lusaka OAU summit would move to make the African Children Agenda binding on states. Full text...

  • Candidates sit for end of primary school exams
    13 june 2001 23:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Examinations marking the end of primary school studies (CEP) and entrance to secondary schools started Wednesday morning in Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • ASECNA board meeting opens
    13 june 2001 13:38:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The 90th board meeting of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) opened Tuesday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Weather forecasters go on strike
    13 june 2001 10:12:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's meteorological staff Wednesday remained on strike to press their demand for an increase in wages. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe War Veterans Launch Trade Union
    13 june 2001 09:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two months after the authorities put a stop to their controversial arbitrations in company labour disputes, veterans of Zimbabwe's war of independence Wednesday formed a trade union to fight for workers' rights. Full text...

  • Senegal's Andresia Vaz Joins Rwanda Tribunal
    12 june 2001 11:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, has appointed Andresia Vaz of Senegal as judge in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, a release of the Arusha-based court said. Full text...

  • Police recover Ex-Commissioner's stolen car
    11 june 2001 21:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Police have recovered a 4x4 vehicle belonging to George Fivaz, a retired South African Police Commissioner, which was hijacked early this month. Full text...

  • Government accused of provoking "popular revolt"
    11 june 2001 21:27:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The National Federation of Education Workers in Congo (FENATREC) has warned that the government was inciting popular revolt, after it suspended the salaries of 6,000 striking teachers. Full text...

  • Govt to sell shares in oldest surviving daily
    11 june 2001 15:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As part of the ongoing privatisation of inefficient public companies, the Nigerian government is set to dispose of its controlling shares in the country's oldest surviving daily newspaper, the Daily Times. Full text...

  • Govt suspends salaries of striking teachers
    09 june 2001 10:43:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Authorities in Congo have suspended the payment of salaries to more than 300 executives of the National Federation of the Teachers in Congo, whose three consecutive weeks of strike have crippled schools in the country. Full text...

  • Namibia's prison conditions appalling
    08 june 2001 22:22:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Inhuman conditions in Namibia's prisons and police brutality were leading among complaints presented to the office of the Ombudsman in 2000. Full text...

  • Striking lecturers, Congolese government reach agreement
    08 june 2001 10:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Lecturers and workers at Brazzaville's Marien Ngouabi University are expected to end a strike after signing an agreement with the authorities. Full text...

  • Tanzanian VP Advocates More Support for Poverty Alleviaton
    07 june 2001 22:45:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Tanzanian Vice President Omar Juma called Thursday on rich countries to step up their support for poverty alleviation efforts, including full cancellation of the debts of developing countries. Full text...

  • Witness says 85 detainees died in Mozambican prison
    07 june 2001 17:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A prison guard Daniel Wahia, says 85 detainees died last November in Mozambique's northern Montepuez prison, the Maputo daily "Noticias" reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Civil servants' strike bites harder
    07 june 2001 13:50:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The management of the Lusaka University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Zambia's largest health facility, has ordered 10 of its wards closed following a worsening strike by nurses and paramedical staff. Full text...

  • Lawmaker loses car to robbers
    07 june 2001 13:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian lawmaker lost his four-wheel drive Lexus vehicle to armed robbers in Abuja Wednesday, reinforcing the theory that not even the highly-placed in the society are immune from the spate of armed robberies that has hit major cities in the country in recent times. Full text...

  • Child charity initiative to benefit 25,000 children
    07 june 2001 08:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The child charity initiative, HELP, on Thursday announced plans for 75,000 US dollars it raised with the help of 50 South African celebrities and businesswomen. Full text...

  • University lecturers threaten to strike
    06 june 2001 22:58:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Lecturers at the Benin national university have threatened to embark on an indefinite strike 20 June to protest the government's refusal to fulfil their demands. Full text...

  • South Africans to fight child abuse with the telephone
    06 june 2001 17:27:00
    Johannesburg - SA (PANA) -- South Africans will be able to make a difference to the plight of abused and abandoned children from Wednesday by simply making a telephone call, in a new fundraising drive being used in the country for the first time. Full text...

  • Five sentenced to life in prison by Gitega court
    06 june 2001 14:02:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Five people charged with murder have been sentenced to life in prison by the criminal court in Gitega, central Burundi, according to a legal source in the region. Full text...

  • African leaders to address housing issues at UN
    05 june 2001 17:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Housing minister Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele is among six African leaders who would address the Special Conference of the UN Centre for Human Settlements in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Comoros celebrates birth of Prophet Muhammad
    05 june 2001 16:01:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Thousands of people, including senior officials and businessmen, Monday gathered at Moroni's Independence Square to celebrate Mawlid, the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI congratulates Muslim leaders
    05 june 2001 13:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco has sent a congratulatory messages to all Muslim leaders on the occasion of Mawlid feast, celebrated Tuesday and Wednesday in Morocco to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. Full text...

  • Pope John Paul appoints 2 bishops for Cote d'Ivoire
    05 june 2001 13:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Abbots Jean-Pierre Kutwa and Joseph Ake have been appointed bishops by Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Bernard Agre of Abidjan's Saint Paul's Cathedral has announced. Full text...

  • 19 perish in Ghana road accident
    05 june 2001 11:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Nineteen 19 people were killed on the spot when a fuel tanker crashed into a bus in Ghana's Ashanti Region on Monday. Full text...

  • Mozambique hikes postal tariff by 70 percent
    04 june 2001 18:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Post Office has raised its tariff for international mails by up to 70 percent, effective 1 June. Full text...

  • 3 feared dead as car plunges into Lagos lagoon
    04 june 2001 17:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Three people are feared dead after a Mercedes car veered off the Eko Bridge and plunged into the lagoon in Nigeria's economic capital of Lagos, police sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Goats for Jobs
    03 june 2001 17:26:00
    Muzarabani- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Penniless job seekers in Zimbabwe find the going tough when they come to the hurdles of corruption. Full text...

  • Benin national at helm of ORAF/CISL
    01 june 2001 22:54:00
    Cotonou Benin (PANA) -- Benin national Guillaume Attigbe, elected president of the African Regional Organisation of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ORAF/CISL) has said his immediate focus would be a revamping of the near moribund movement. Full text...

  • 3 die in tanker fire
    01 june 2001 21:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least three persons were burnt to death when an ocean-going tanker, "M. Full text...

  • Burkinabe soldiers drill in child protection
    01 june 2001 20:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe military officers Friday wound up a training session that focussed on respect for the rights of children, before, during and after conflicts. Full text...

  • Congolese government juggles IMF, Union pressures
    31 may 2001 23:26:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The government in Brazzaville is virtually in a catch 22 position, juggling in one hand IMF demands for cuts in public spending and, in the other, mounting pressure from striking teachers pressing for better conditions and pay. Full text...

  • Namibia to approve global movement for children
    31 may 2001 22:28:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian government is to officially approve the Global Movement for Children (GMC) after its decision to declare 28 September as the Day of the Namibian Child. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's rural hydraulics gets World Bank prop
    31 may 2001 22:25:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The World Bank has announced the commitment of two million US dollars to the rehabilitation of four provincial water supply facilities in Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Premier launches national policy for elderly
    31 may 2001 22:08:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian prime minister Anerood Jugnauth launched Thursday a national policy on the elderly at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Moka, 11 km south of Port Louis. Full text...

  • Nigeria signs African Charter on children's rights, welfare
    31 may 2001 21:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nigeria's Women's Affairs minister Aicha Ismaila Thursday signed the African Charter on the Right and Welfare of the Child, at the OAU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Mauritanians to celebrate the Maaouloud next Monday
    31 may 2001 20:03:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Following recommendations from a committee observing the lunar month, Mauritanians will celebrate the Maaouloud feast (anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohammed) next Monday. Full text...

  • Africa adopts plan for UN Summit on Children
    30 may 2001 22:25:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- African countries Wednesday agreed a common position on the rights of children to be tabled at the September UN General Assembly Special Session on the future of children. Full text...

  • 16 die in road crash
    30 may 2001 19:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 16 persons died in a road crash along the Ondo-Ore road in Nigeria's south-west Tuesday, observed as a national holiday to mark the second anniversary of the country's return to democratic rule. Full text...

  • OAU delegation visits refugee camps in DR Congo
    30 may 2001 16:55:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A delegation from the OAU Commission for Refugees on Tuesday inspected the Inga camp in Lower-Congo Province which hosts Angolan refugees in the south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

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