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  • Nigeria announces biggest ever illicit drug seizure
    31 august 2001 10:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigeria steps up its efforts to curb drug trafficking, the country's drug law enforcement agency has announced its biggest drug seizure yet. Full text...

  • Benin, Nigeria begin joint border patrols
    30 august 2001 23:40:00
    Krake- Bénin (PANA) -- Benin's interior and security minister, Daniel Tawema, and his Nigerian counterpart of police affairs, Steven Ibn Akiga, on Thursday officially launched joint border patrols at Krake along the common border. Full text...

  • Police dismantle girl trafficking network in Dakar
    30 august 2001 23:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese gendarmerie Wednesday dismantled a girl trafficking network in Dakar via Libya with international ramifications, according to Interior minister Mouhamadou Niang. Full text...

  • Exiled DRC soldiers want to return home
    30 august 2001 22:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Exiled soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday requested authorities in neighbouring Congo Brazzaville to prepare a legal framework for their return home. Full text...

  • University Students Continue Class Boycott
    30 august 2001 22:09:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A class boycott at the University of Botswana continued for the second day Thursday after the student leadership refused to discuss their demands with administration officials. Full text...

  • Rwandan church loses grant for opposing homosexuality
    30 august 2001 20:28:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The American Episcopal Church has withdrawn a grant of 146,000 US dollars from the Anglican Church of Rwanda after a local bishop allegedly refused to support homosexuality, religious sources in Kigali said Thursday. Full text...

  • Togo affirms moves against arms trafficking
    30 august 2001 15:19:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's Defence minister, Gen. Full text...

  • Kano flooding kills 40 people
    30 august 2001 12:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a second disaster to hit Nigeria's northern state of Kano within a week, 40 people were reportedly swept away by floods triggered by a collapse of the Tiga/Challawa dam on the Wudil River on Tuesday, press reports said Thursday. Full text...

  • Aikhomu finally answers state summons, says paper
    30 august 2001 12:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nine days after Nigeria's State Security Service stopped him from travelling abroad for failing to heed its summons, the country's former number two man, August Aikhomu, has finally answered the security agency's call, the privately-owned Guardian newspaper reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Training programme for science subjects
    30 august 2001 11:50:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia has to be self-sufficient in the provision of mathematics and physical science teachers for local schools if the dependency on foreign teachers is to be reduced, a senior education official has said. Full text...

  • ACDP sends condolences to the Mbeki family
    30 august 2001 09:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The deputy president of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) of South Africa, Louis Green, Thursday expressed his sincere condolences to President Thabo Mbeki and his family on the death of his father, Govan Mbeki. Full text...

  • Activists join forces to redress US policy on African refugees
    30 august 2001 08:22:00
    Boston- United States (PANA) -- Black lawmakers in the US state of Massachusetts and advocates for African immigrant causes in the country have joined efforts to ensure equity and fairness in US refugee admission policy in respect of Africa. Full text...

  • President Thabo Mbeki's father Govan Mbeki dies
    30 august 2001 07:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Govan Mbeki, the father of the South African President Thabo Mbeki, has died in Port Elizabeth in the southeast of the country. Full text...

  • UNESCO official says traders had licences to buy slaves
    29 august 2001 22:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Slave traders took commercial licences to conduct their trade in millions of Africa's vibrant sons and daughters forcefully transported across the Atlantic in the 15th century to work plantations of the Americas and the Antilles, a UNESCO official said Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Traditional courts to try genocide suspects
    29 august 2001 22:01:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The government of Rwanda is preparing a nationwide election of lay judges before whom minor crimes related to the 1994 genocide will be heard from early next year. Full text...

  • South Africans fear unemployment and crime than racism
    29 august 2001 21:45:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Most South Africans regard racism as a serious problem, but they do not feel that it is an immediate crisis in their lives. Full text...

  • NGOs deplore Powell's absence from Durban conference
    29 august 2001 21:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French NGOs have deplored the US government decision not to send a high-level delegation to the World Conference against racism to be held in Durban, South Africa from 31 August to 7 September. Full text...

  • Circus camel calves during performance
    29 august 2001 20:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Johannesburg magistrate's court let the Brian Boswell circus off the hook after the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) complained that a camel had given birth while performing. Full text...

  • Maltese freighter sinks off Mauritius
    29 august 2001 19:06:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A freighter registered in Malta sank Monday night 228 nautical miles southeast of Mauritius, the daily 'Le Mauricien' has reported. Full text...

  • Senegal wants clarification over unauthorised immigration
    29 august 2001 18:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal is seeking clarifications from Libya over an alleged attempt to illegally transport some 130 girls to Tripoli for the anniversary of Libya's Revolution. Full text...

  • Youths say slavery is crime against humanity
    29 august 2001 18:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian youths have said that slavery should be declared as a crime against humanity. Full text...

  • Rebels abduct 28 Burundi fishermen
    29 august 2001 17:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 28 Burundi fishermen were abducted in a ship Tuesday night by suspected Burundi rebels at Lake Tanganyika, west of Bujumbura, the Burundi News Agency (ABP) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Six charged with arson after violent land dispute
    29 august 2001 15:48:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Six people appeared before a Malawi Court Wednesday charged with arson and assault after a group of rampaging youths set about 14 houses alight at the weekend over a land dispute in the central border District of Ntcheu. Full text...

  • Over 20,000 Burundian refugees repatriated
    29 august 2001 14:05:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- More than 20,000 Burundian refugees have been repatriated home from neighbouring Tanzania and given assistance for reintegration, an official disclosed in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • IHRF calls for inquiry into alleged abuses in Cameroon
    29 august 2001 12:23:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The International Human Rights Federation (IHRF) is demanding an independent international inquiry into atrocities allegedly committed by security operatives in Cameroon's coastal city of Douala. Full text...

  • Youths march against racism in rural South Africa
    29 august 2001 10:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ahead of the Durban World Conference against Racism, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in South Africa Tuesday held a march in Petersburg to decry racism in small towns, rural areas and farms. Full text...

  • Emotional farewell for unlikely hero
    29 august 2001 09:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Film director Richard Attenborough and Nkosinathi Biko, son of slain anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko were among hundreds of people who Tuesday attended an emotional funeral service in London of veteran anti- apartheid activist Donald Woods who died of cancer a week ago. Full text...

  • RSF condemns constant attacks on journalists in Cameroon
    28 august 2001 23:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international press freedom defence organisation -- Reporters without Frontiers -- on Monday protested the attack and arrest of two journalists in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Unions threaten to disrupt coming academic year
    28 august 2001 22:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Five unions under the Cameroonian Federation of Educational Trade Unions have urged their members to boycott the beginning of the 2001-2002 academic year on 10 September. Full text...

  • Govt releases ailing judge from prison
    28 august 2001 21:12:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A 74-year-old appeal court judge in Sierra Leone, M. Full text...

  • Kimbanguist Church gets new leader
    28 august 2001 20:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The see of the Kimbaguist Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Tuesday the appointment of its new spiritual leader. Full text...

  • Nigeria contemplates training Sierra Leonean broadcasters
    28 august 2001 19:50:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A seven-man Nigerian broadcasting delegation Tuesday arrived in Freetown to assess broadcasting and television services in Sierra Leone and recommend corrective measures. Full text...

  • Police teargas striking, peaceful teachers
    28 august 2001 17:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi police brutally stopped a second peaceful teachers' demonstration Tuesday, this time after lobbing teargas at the defence-less protestors in the Ndirande area of the commercial city of Blantyre. Full text...

  • Namibia rallies behind compensation call
    28 august 2001 17:02:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, PANA -- With only a few days before the conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance begins in Durban, South Africa, Namibia has restated its resolve to press for reparations for slavery and colonialism. ) Full text...

  • Botswana arrests over 500 aliens in crackdown
    28 august 2001 16:20:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana police said Tuesday that it had arrested 526 immigrants for various offences in a countrywide crackdown code-named "Operation Clean-Up". Full text...

  • Woman arrested for child trafficking
    28 august 2001 16:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A woman claiming to be a US national but holding a Cameroonian national identity card, is in police custody accused of child-trafficking, police sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Catholic Church sues govt over revoked radio licence
    28 august 2001 15:49:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Roman Catholic Church in Liberia has sued the Liberian government for revoking its license to operate a short-wave frequency, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Teachers begin strike, hold peaceful protest
    28 august 2001 15:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian teachers in the commercial city of Blantyre Tuesday held a peaceful street march to protest against President Bakili Muluzi's government's failure to pay them promised salary increases and leave grants. Full text...

  • Drunk father kills son over 12 cents
    28 august 2001 15:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A drunk father clobbered his 14- year-old son to death in Nyeri, central Kenya at the weekend over 10 Kenyan shillings (about 12 US cents). Full text...

  • Church signpost thief shot dead
    28 august 2001 14:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A man who stole a wooden signpost belonging to a church was shot dead by police after killing a policeman and wounding a church official, a local daily reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO slates roundtables for Durban racism conference
    28 august 2001 14:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ahead of the racism conference opening in Durban on Friday, UNESCO has announced it would at the forum organise three roundtables focusing on new forms of discrimination, notably those linked to genetic progress, the consequences of the slave trade and the role of the media in the fight against racism. Full text...

  • Senegalese beauty queen leaves South Africa for New York
    28 august 2001 13:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Senegalese beauty queen Ramatoulaye Diallo, who won this year's M-Net's 'Face of Africa' competition is about to take her place on the catwalks of the international fashion world. Full text...

  • Namibia kicks off second census after liberation
    28 august 2001 13:13:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibia Population and Housing Census began its nation-wide counting Tuesday after it officially kicked off Monday, the day the government referred to as "reference night. Full text...

  • Patients shocked as doctor, nurses engage in group sex
    28 august 2001 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Patients at the main hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe Tuesday watched in disgust as a doctor and two nurses engaged in group sex, while a forth person took photographs. Full text...

  • African immigrants on hunger strike in Zambia
    28 august 2001 09:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- More than 60 African immigrants in detention at Milima prison in Kasama, northern Zambia, are on hunger strike demanding repatriation to their home countries, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian detainees want televised trial
    27 august 2001 22:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Fifteen detained former employees of the Cameroonian ministry of posts and telecommunications have demanded a televised hearing of their case in which they are accused of involvement in a financial scam. Full text...

  • Praia creates housing and urbanisation fund
    27 august 2001 22:17:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Praia municipal council, the biggest in Cape Verde, has created a fund to meet the capital city's housing and urban planning needs, informed sources at the mayor's office said on Monday. Full text...

  • Court orders Telecel to pay shareholder 1.4 billion FCFA
    27 august 2001 19:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Abidjan's Court of Appeal has ordered Telecel, Cote d'Ivoire's main cellular phone company, to pay 1. Full text...

  • Preparations hot up for ECOWAS security confab
    27 august 2001 17:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Preparations are underway for the third ECOWAS conference of ministers in charge of security, billed for 30 August in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • African Police Chiefs meet in Mauritius
    27 august 2001 17:30:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian police boss Ramanooj Gopalsingh opened the annual meeting of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO), Monday, noting that globalisation, improved transportation and the growing ease of communication had impacted positively on the population. Full text...

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