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  • Namibian court adjourns treason pre-trial hearing
    19 june 2001 15:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A high treason pre-trial involving more than 100 people charged in connection with the August 1999 alleged plot to secede the Caprivi region from the rest of Namibia, is being stayed for two months. Full text...

  • Kenyan elders to pray for rain
    19 june 2001 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of elders from the Giriama community in Kenya's coast province Tuesday said they would soon conduct special prayers that they hope would bring then rain. Full text...

  • Namibian youth to address domestic violence via Internet
    19 june 2001 14:42:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian youth plan to address the issue of domestic violence through a digital medium, when they design a web site presenting the problem as experienced in their own communities. Full text...

  • Burkinabe forum craves improved image for Islam
    19 june 2001 13:26:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Muslim intellectuals from across West Africa recently wound up a conference in Burkina Faso to think up ways to improving the image of Islam within the sub region. Full text...

  • Benin to get second University in Parakou
    19 june 2001 09:45:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister, Dorothee Sossa, confirmed Monday in Cotonou that the country is to open its second University. Full text...

  • Modular training for Benin Journalists
    19 june 2001 08:54:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The French School of Journalism in Lille and the West African Media Development Centre (WANAD) in Cotonou, Monday launched the first phase of training for some 50 Benin journalists working in the print and electronic media. Full text...

  • Two Namibian commercial farmers arrested
    18 june 2001 23:34:00
    Gobabis- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian police on Monday arrested two commercial farmers at Gobabis on charges of assaulting communal farmer, Manfred Tjivava. Full text...

  • Further details on arrested poachers
    18 june 2001 22:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The South African High Commission in Maputo has provided further details concerning the arrest of eight suspected poachers during last week's joint operation between the Mozambican and South African police forces. Full text...

  • Telephone scam case postponed
    18 june 2001 21:56:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's High Court on Monday postponed the final pre-trial hearing of a long-distance telephone call case involving five suspects to 18 July. Full text...

  • Densely populated townships errupt in flames
    18 june 2001 20:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Angry residents of two densely populated townships on the outskirts of Johannesburg errected barricades in the streets and set tyres alight Monday to prevent a court sheriff from carrying out evictions. Full text...

  • Wounded U diplomat in stable condition
    18 june 2001 20:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A United States government official shot and wounded by Liberian government soldier early Sunday is in a "stable condition," US embassy's political counsellor, Anthony Newton said in Monrovia Monday. Full text...

  • Minister accuses NGOs of not serving poor communities
    18 june 2001 20:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya, on Monday accused local NGOs of not reaching out to the poorest communities in rural areas while they continued to receive funding from the government. Full text...

  • Mauritian police arrest 10 demonstrators
    18 june 2001 19:07:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian police on Monday morning briefly arrested 10 people who staged a protest against the envisaged voluntary retirement of of 6,200 sugar industry workers. Full text...

  • Rwanda liberalises airwaves
    18 june 2001 18:18:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda is liberalising broadcasting, the Kigali-based semi-official "The New Times" newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Gambian newsroom resigns in protest over coercion
    18 june 2001 14:27:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Irked by the interference of management, 10 members of the editorial staff in Gambia's only daily, "Observer" including the editor-in-chief Paschal Eze, have tendered their resignation. Full text...

  • Congo to set up human rights commission
    18 june 2001 13:15:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government has said that it would soon set up a national commission for human rights as provided for in the first draft of the country's new constitution. Full text...

  • Privatisation of Ethiopian Telecomm on course
    18 june 2001 13:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The privatisation of government controlled Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation, has reached an advanced stage, an official has said. Full text...

  • Rights group, UNICEF mobilise for children' rights
    18 june 2001 12:52:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's National Human Rights Observatory (ONDE) group and UNICEF will Friday launch an operation to collect signatures in support of children's rights for the September extraordinary session of the UN General Assembly on children, official sources said. Full text...

  • Ghana ready to punish illegal firearms dealers
    18 june 2001 11:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana police has warned that the authorities would punish unlicensed firearms and ammunition dealers and anyone else involved in illegal weapons transactions in the country. Full text...

  • Tunisia and Burkina Faso sign co-operation agreement
    18 june 2001 08:47:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The governments of Tunisia and Burkina Faso have signed a co-operation agreement to promote women and the family, press reports have said. Full text...

  • African Child Day marked in Namibia
    16 june 2001 19:33:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia Saturday joined the rest of the continent in celebrating the Day of the African Child, with various activities, including a children's procession through the Independence Avenue to the Zoo Park in Windhoek. Full text...

  • Gambian leader contemplates Sharia
    16 june 2001 19:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Yahya Jameh has said he is seriously contemplating introducing the Sharia, (Islamic law) in Gambia, the Islamic international agency reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Namibia launches Global Movement for Children
    16 june 2001 18:59:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- More than 40 Namibian MPs Saturday pledged to support the improvement of the welfare and development of children in the country. Full text...

  • Ex-ruler's comment sparks religious controversy
    16 june 2001 18:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Controversy is raging in Nigeria over a former military ruler's call on Muslims in the country to vote for a Muslim President in the 2003 general elections. Full text...

  • Authorities fear for Tanzanian children
    16 june 2001 17:42:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa has on the occasion of the African Day of the Child expressed concern over the growing number of children being conceived with HIV/AIDS each year in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Mali officials decry child labour, begging
    16 june 2001 17:20:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian officials have denounced child labour and begging by minors as the nation marked the Day of the African Child Saturday. Full text...

  • Zambian children press for parental empowerment
    16 june 2001 16:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- At a State House function commemorating the Day of the African Child, Zambian children Saturday urged President Frederick Chiluba to allocate reasonable resources to child welfare and development programmes, including education and health. Full text...

  • Long road to freedom for African children
    16 june 2001 13:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Twenty five years have passed since the children of Soweto took on the might of the apartheid security forces with their bare hands and changed the course of South African history forever. Full text...

  • Violence study centre puts vigilante groups under spotlight
    16 june 2001 13:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation has called for a public seminar to look into the rising incidents of vigilantism in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya grapples with problems of child labour
    16 june 2001 13:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As she wakes up on this Day of the African Child, she could be in your house, scrubbing the floor, cooking, washing or minding the baby, yet she is only twelve. Full text...

  • Rwanda postpones celebration of Day of the African Child
    16 june 2001 12:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The commemoration of the Day of the African Child in Rwanda has been postponed to early July, official sources in Kigali reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Millions commemorate 25th anniversary of the Soweto uprising
    16 june 2001 11:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of South Africans on Saturday commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings - the moment when the revolution to topple apartheid began in earnest. Full text...

  • Small arms proliferate in West Africa
    16 june 2001 11:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- There are between seven and 15 million small weapons reportedly circulating in the West Africa region, organisers of a small arms meeting in Dakar said Friday. Full text...

  • Small arms proliferate in West Africa
    16 june 2001 11:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- There are between seven and 15 million small weapons reportedly circulating in the West Africa region, organisers of a small arms meeting in Dakar said Friday. Full text...

  • Africa observes Day of the African Child
    16 june 2001 10:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa's primary duty is to protect and to ensure a good start in the life of the continent's children, said OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenyan youth to help fight poverty
    16 june 2001 09:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya says it will involve its youth in the implementation of its poverty reduction strategy since the youth made up the highest population group in the country. Full text...

  • African states review girls' science education
    16 june 2001 09:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Some 60 participants from France and 20 African countries meet in Lusaka Monday for a week-long congress on girls science education to prepare an African plan of action for 2001-2005. Full text...

  • Mkapa seeks WIPO's protection from intellectual theft
    15 june 2001 23:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has asked the World Intellectual Property Organisation, or WIPO, to help Africa protect its intellectual property from the West, which continues to access with abandon traditional African knowledge as well as flora and fauna, including rare medicinal plants without any form of compensation. Full text...

  • France to donate emergency aid to CAR
    15 june 2001 23:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France said Friday that it would give the Central African Republic three million francs worth of emergency humanitarian aid to be used to help 50,000 displaced people to return to their homes in Bangui, the capital. Full text...

  • Namibian Refugees in Botswana fear persecution at home
    15 june 2001 22:05:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Lawyers representing 13 Namibian refugees in Botswana, wanted back home on charges ranging from treason to possession of firearms, argued Friday that their clients risked persecution on repatriation. Full text...

  • RSF condemns restrictions on foreign media
    15 june 2001 21:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international Organisation for the defence of media freedom, Friday protested against new restrictions on the international media in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Swazi Appeal Court finds non-bailable order unconstitutional
    15 june 2001 20:57:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- After years of national outcry and denunciation, Swaziland's Court of Appeal has ruled that the country's Non-Bailable Offences Order is unconstitutional. Full text...

  • Thief killed after robbing army commander's house
    15 june 2001 20:35:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A burglar was shot dead while another was fighting for his life after three armed men Friday morning broke into a guest house of the Malawi Army Commander, Gen. Full text...

  • Situation of African children still precarious
    15 june 2001 20:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Vision International's West African Regional director, Daniel Ole Shani, recently got a note from creditors eager to know what his office had done to prevent child slavery in this part of the continent. Full text...

  • A quarter of Cote d'Ivoire's population is alien
    15 june 2001 19:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's population of 15 million is 26 percent alien, i. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe labour union demands 70-percent wage hike
    15 june 2001 14:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main national labour union Friday demanded the government decrees a 70-percent salary increment for all workers to cushion them against the expected rise in the cost of living after the authorities steeply hiked the price of fuel earlier in the week. Full text...

  • Citizens want information on oil contract
    15 june 2001 11:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A pressure group has called for an independent investigation into the legality of an oil exploration memorandum signed recently by the Sierra Leonean government a US-based oil exploration company based in Texas. Full text...

  • Namibia to launch global movement for children
    15 june 2001 09:42:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Global Movement for Children is to be launched in Windhoek Saturday as part of activities marking the Day of the African Child. Full text...

  • Former homeland ruler shot during attempted robbery
    15 june 2001 09:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Oupa Gqozo, the former military ruler of the apartheid-era Ciskei homeland is in a critical condition after being shot and wounded during an armed robbery in the Eastern Cape. Full text...

  • Moi calls for objectivity in news reporting
    15 june 2001 08:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi on Thursday asked the international press to be accurate and objective while reporting events about his country. Full text...

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