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  • Train crash kills two in Bobo Dioulasso
    19 september 2001 19:52:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A train belonging to Railway Company, "SITARAIL," crashed into a truck at a level crossing in Bobo Dioulasso, killing two passengers, some 385-km west of the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, the privately-owned "Le Pays" newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Four Zimbabweans Survive Terrorist Attacks On US, Two Missing
    19 september 2001 15:05:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean diplomats in the United States said Wednesday four of the country's six nationals who had gone missing after last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC have survived. Full text...

  • Nigerian Moslems Want Imam In Presidential Villa
    19 september 2001 14:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Moslems have called for the appointment of an imam for the State House mosque at the Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja, to equate with the employment of a chaplain for the State House chapel. Full text...

  • Refugees killed 573 Tanzanians in three years
    19 september 2001 10:15:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Refugees and illegal immigrants reportedly killed a total of 573 Tanzanians between 1998 and early this year in the country's western regions, government authorities said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Minister takes stock of education in Chad
    18 september 2001 23:43:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- On the eve of the reopening for the new school year, Education minister Abderahim Bireme Hamit noted that enrolment in primary education in Chad last year stood at 919 599 pupils (including 342 134) with a teaching staff of 13,222. Full text...

  • Journalist sanctioned in Comoro
    18 september 2001 23:17:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Comoran journalist Ahmed Ali Amir, says he has been rendered redundant at the pro-government newspaper "Al-Watwan," on the orders of the Under-Secretary of Communication, Abdou Soimadou. Full text...

  • RSF decries aggression on Zimbabwean journalists
    18 september 2001 23:04:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The media watch group, Reporters without Frontiers (RSF) Tuesday denounced an attack on three Zimbabwean journalists working for "The Daily News," blamed on some members of the country's war veterans. Full text...

  • Tanzania backs US call for coalition against terrorism
    18 september 2001 22:21:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania has pledged to support a US call for a coalition to fight against international terrorism. Full text...

  • Morocco registers 90 percent of pupils for primary education
    18 september 2001 20:53:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Some 772,000 pupils, or more than 90 percent of children of primary school-going age, (six years) have been enrolled for the 2001-2002 academic year in Morocco, according to the National Education Ministry. Full text...

  • Botswana court suspends state advert ban on two newspapers
    18 september 2001 20:19:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A Botswana high court judge has made a landmark ruling by suspending a government advertising ban on a radical newspaper group. Full text...

  • 5 bodies of illegal emigrants washed ashore
    18 september 2001 20:01:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan officials have found the bodies of five people whose boat capsized in their illegal attempt to emigrate to Europe, the national news agency (MAP), reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Visa applicant arrested for threatening US Embassy
    18 september 2001 19:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian police said they arrested a 27-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly threatening to burn down the US Embassy in Accra, for persistently refusing to grant him a visa. Full text...

  • Government troops kill 28 terrorists in southern Algeria
    18 september 2001 12:30:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian troops killed 28 suspected terrorists during a vast search operation in Mount Boukhil located between Djelfa and Laghouat in southern Algeria, reliable sources said. Full text...

  • Co-ordinators assess African Education for All plans
    18 september 2001 11:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About 40 'Education for All' co- ordinators from sub-Saharan African countries are meeting in Paris since Monday to assess the follow-up of recommendations adopted by the 1999 World Forum on Education, which was held in Dakar. Full text...

  • Kagame warns judicial officials to shun corruption
    18 september 2001 09:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame has urged Rwandan judges not to allow themselves to be compromised by corruption, official sources in Kigali reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya establishes desk for child abuse victims
    18 september 2001 09:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Alarmed by the escalating cases of child abuse in their society, Kenyan authorities have established a 'Crisis Desk' with a hotline number, for the public to report cases of child abuse. Full text...

  • Africans among the dead in World Trade Centre disaster
    18 september 2001 08:29:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- Africans of several nationalities, including Ghanaians, Guineans, Nigerians and Senegalese are among those who have gone missing or were killed when two passenger planes slammed into the World Trade Centre in New York over a week ago. Full text...

  • Ex-Guinean minister chides African leadership style
    17 september 2001 23:55:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Former Guinean interior minister, Alhassane Conde, Monday said the leadership style of African politicians is core to the proliferation of crisis on the continent. Full text...

  • BBC launches FM broadcast in Yaounde
    17 september 2001 23:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) would on Tuesday officially launch a relay antenna enabling FM broadcasting in Yaounde, following an agreement signed in October 2000 with Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV). Full text...

  • Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga passes away
    17 september 2001 23:08:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Professor Albert Rakoto Ratsimamanga, 94, a Malagasy scholar who has written several scientific books, died Sunday, the MATERA Agency reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania postpones opening of school year
    17 september 2001 22:28:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Following a clash with the country's election calendar, the opening of the new school year in Mauritania has been moved from 4 October to 4 November. Full text...

  • OAU human rights commissioner probes prisoners' conditions
    17 september 2001 22:09:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The special rapporteur of the Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights on Prisons and Conditions of Detention in Africa, Vera Chirwa, began her two-week tour of Namibian prisons Monday. Full text...

  • Benin news stands get health bi-weekly
    17 september 2001 22:04:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A bi-weekly, "Le Conseiller," has appeared on news stands in Cotonou, focusing on health and family life. Full text...

  • Civil, media groups discuss democracy, integration in MRU
    17 september 2001 21:57:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Civil society and media organisations within the Mano River Union (MRU), Monday began a two-day consultative conference in Conakry, on democracy and integration in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Minister opens new Yatsani Radio station
    17 september 2001 21:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government said Monday it embarked on a deliberate policy of liberalising the country's airwaves because it recognised the important role played by community radio stations in the development of the nation. Full text...

  • State bungles as alleged thieves go free
    17 september 2001 20:29:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A group of 17 civil servants in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, accused of stealing about seven billion meticais (320,000 US dollars) from the state coffers, have been acquitted, apparently on technicalities linked to incompetence by the prosecution. Full text...

  • Zambians hold service for US terror attack victims
    16 september 2001 15:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Hundreds of people from different religious organisations gathered Sunday at the Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Northmead, Lusaka to pray for the families and victims of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks in the United States. Full text...

  • Zambian local council under probe
    16 september 2001 14:52:00
    Ndola- Zambia (PANA) -- The City Council in Ndola is under investigations by Zambian authorities after it failed to pay workers salaries despite assistance from central government. Full text...

  • Obasanjo visits violence-hit Nigerian city of Jos
    16 september 2001 13:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo Saturday paid an unscheduled visit to the central city of Jos to see first hand the destruction of lives and property from days of sectarian and ethnic violence, press reports said Sunday. Full text...

  • Reporting of US attacks edges news on local violence
    16 september 2001 11:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Sectarian and ethnic violence may be threatening Nigeria's fragile unity, but these days the country's 120 million people are more likely to read, hear or watch the news about the apparent terrorist attacks on the US than that of the tension enveloping the nation following days of street battles in central city of Jos, and the bandwagon effects of the fighting across the country. Full text...

  • President Mogae's father laid to rest
    15 september 2001 17:23:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The father of Botswana President Festus Mogae was laid to rest Saturday morning in Palapye, 250 km east of Gaborone, the capital. Full text...

  • Police describe Lagos as calm after Friday's clash
    15 september 2001 17:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The situation was reportedly calm Saturday at Owode-Onirin, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, where two soldiers were shot dead Friday by militant youths suspected to belong to the banned Yoruba group, called the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC). Full text...

  • Suspected UNITA bandits abduct Namibian villagers
    15 september 2001 16:46:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- An unspecified number of villagers have reportedly been abducted by suspected Angolan UNITA bandits in the Lighuyu area, 135-km kilometres east of Rundu, in northern Namibia's Kavango region. Full text...

  • 20 Teachers Sacked Over Love Affairs
    15 september 2001 12:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 20 teachers in Kenya's southern district of Nyamira have been dismissed in less than three months for engaging in love affairs with pupils and desertion of duty, the East African Standard daily reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Freetown residents slam inefficient public utilities
    15 september 2001 11:34:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Residents of Freetown have slammed Sierra Leone's electricity and telecommunication companies for failure to provide adequate services that would enable them to follow up the terrorist attacks on the United States. Full text...

  • Six Zimbabweans feared dead in US terrorist attack
    15 september 2001 11:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Five days after terrorist attacks in the United States, Zimbabwe's ambassador in Washington said Saturday that six of his nationals, who worked at the disaster sites, remained unaccounted for. Full text...

  • Journalists Associations Launch Press Award
    14 september 2001 22:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Three west African media organisations Friday announced the launch of an award in memory of Lorenzo Natali, a former vice president of the European Commission who was in charge of development cooperation. Full text...

  • Yaounde to host regional human rights centre
    14 september 2001 20:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A sub-regional human rights and democracy centre is soon to be established in Yaounde under an agreement signed by the Cameroonian government and the United Nations. Full text...

  • Islam and terrorism should not be lumped together
    14 september 2001 20:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Leaders of several mosques in Paris took advantage of Friday's collective prayer to express regret over the loss of lives in Tuesday's terrorist attacks in the United States. Full text...

  • Togo observes a day of national mourning
    14 september 2001 16:15:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A day of national mourning during which flags will be at half-mast and prayers held by the country's various faiths will be observed in Togo Friday in memory of the victims who perished during the Tuesday attacks Washington and New York, USA. Full text...

  • Rwanda tribunal set to probe racism charges
    14 september 2001 16:02:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) plans to conduct a scientific probe on charges of racism, discrimination and intolerance raised against the Arusha, Tanzania-based court by its former workers. Full text...

  • South African driver, baby die in Livingstone riot
    14 september 2001 13:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A four-year-old child and a South African truck driver died when cross-border traders ran riot in Zambia's southern tourist capital of Livingstone Thursday evening. Full text...

  • NGOs prop Senegal's education system
    14 september 2001 10:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In its fight against illiteracy, Senegal benefits from the aid of some NGOs, most prominent among which are Plan International and "Aide et Action," now called "Ecoliers du Monde". Full text...

  • South African Airways stays resumption of US flights
    14 september 2001 08:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways has reversed an earlier decision to resume flights to Atlanta and New York. Full text...

  • US-led prisons meeting to hold despite terror attacks
    14 september 2001 08:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Council Meeting of the US-based Prison Fellowship International will hold 16-19 September in Johannesburg as planned, despite last Tuesday's massive terrorist attacks that closed US airports. Full text...

  • South Africa police arrest hoax plane hijacker
    14 september 2001 08:06:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A 40-year-old man is to appear before a Magistrate's Court in South Africa Friday, in connection with what was thought to be a hoax plane hijack. Full text...

  • Police dismantle network of fake document makers
    13 september 2001 23:16:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Police in a Ouagadougou on Wednesday dismantled a network of fake document makers who had been forging all sorts of administrative and commercial documents, the state owned daily, Sidwaya, reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Road accident kills 11 in Mozambique
    13 september 2001 22:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Eleven people died in a traffic accident on Mozambique's main north-south highway on Tuesday morning, reports Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". Full text...

  • Minister urges ECOWAS to check cross-border crime
    13 september 2001 20:28:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Minister of Presidential Affairs, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, on Thursday urged members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to prevent cross-border criminal activities from undermining the sub-region's development. Full text...

  • Unemployed Liberation War Veterans On The March To Windhoek
    13 september 2001 20:13:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Sixty-three liberation war veterans Thursday began an 800 km trek from Oshakati town in northern Namibia to Windhoek to tell President Sam Nujoma that for them 11 years has been too long a wait for jobs. Full text...

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