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  • Assailants rape woman after attacking lawyer's home
    10 june 2001 13:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Unidentified assailants Sunday raided the home of a lawyer for Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party, raping a woman they found as politically motivated violence in the country begins to rise ahead of three parliamentary by-elections. Full text...

  • Mbeki criticised for missing AIDS icon's funeral
    10 june 2001 12:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has been lambasted by AIDS activists and international media for failing to attend the funeral of Nkosi Johnson, South Africa's youngest AIDS activist. Full text...

  • Sudan says displaced people need urgent aid
    10 june 2001 12:14:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has urged the UN and its aid agencies to dispatch aid to tens of thousands of citizens displaced by the recent rebel attacks on Daim Zubair and Raja localities of Bahr el Ghazal State in southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Mbeki to revamp Alexandra in major urban renewal project
    10 june 2001 10:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki Saturday said that his government would spend 1. Full text...

  • Three Nigerian ministers in road crash
    09 june 2001 19:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A bus carrying three Nigerian government ministers skidded off the road and ran into a ditch during the president's official trip to the northern Sokoto state Friday, media reports said. Full text...

  • Salimata's tough life on her return to Ouagadougou
    09 june 2001 19:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina (PANA) -- The collapse of her marriage is one thing which pains Salimata most since being forced to return to Burkina Faso from Cote d'Ivoire over a year ago. Full text...

  • South Africa salutes 12-year-old AIDS hero
    09 june 2001 11:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Hundreds of mourners gathered on Saturday at the funeral of 12-year-old Nkosi Johnson who touched the hearts of millions of people around the world with his valiant fight against AIDS. Full text...

  • Senegal holds 5th international fashion week
    08 june 2001 23:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's fifth annual international Fashion Week, organised by local leading dress maker Oumou Sy, Friday entered its second day in the exhibition hall in Dakar. Full text...

  • ECHO donates US 3.1 million to WFP
    08 june 2001 20:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The European Community Humanitarian Office on Friday handed 3. Full text...

  • Three top defence ministry officials suspended
    08 june 2001 18:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Three top officials of the Liberian defence ministry have been suspended and ordered probed by president Charles Taylor, state radio said Friday. Full text...

  • Anglophone Africa paves the way in higher education
    08 june 2001 15:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- One of the characteristics of higher education in Africa is that it is facing greater difficulties in Francophone countries - where campuses are overcrowded and too much politicised - than in Anglophone states where the system seems to be running smoothly, less problematic and quieter. Full text...

  • Court grants journalist bail in genocide case
    08 june 2001 14:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mairegu Bezabih, former Editor-in-Chief of "Addis Zemen," Ethiopia's official Amharic-language daily, was released on bail late Thursday after spending several months in detention over genocide charges. Full text...

  • ILO to assist Kenya to review labour laws
    08 june 2001 14:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan delegation to the on-going International Labour Organisation conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday requested the ILO Director General Juan Somavia for technical aid to implement ratified ILO conventions and to review of its labour laws. Full text...

  • Kenya seeks ILO's assistance on labour laws
    08 june 2001 13:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan has asked the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for technical assistance in the review of labour laws and implementation of the Organisation's Conventions ratified by the country. Full text...

  • Houseboy in Nigeria kills director's wife, children
    08 june 2001 12:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a bizarre act of revenge, the sacked houseboy of top official of Nigeria's northern state of Katsina has killed his (director's) wife and two children, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe community in shock as coffin thieves pillage graves
    08 june 2001 12:10:00
    Beitbridge- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Residents of the small southern Zimbabwean border town of Beitbridge were in shock Friday after thieves exhumed 15 fresh graves from the local cemetery to steal coffins, police said. Full text...

  • Last chance for asbestosis victims to register claims
    08 june 2001 10:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The cut-off date for registration by claimants in the multi-million-dollar asbestos court case in South Africa has been fixed for 15 June. Full text...

  • Disgraced South African cleric Boesak goes poetic
    08 june 2001 09:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Controversial cleric Allan Boesak is back in the news, just two weeks after being released from jail following a one-year term for fraud and theft. Full text...

  • Rapists of Deputy President's wife get heavy sentence
    08 june 2001 08:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A KwaZulu-Natal court has slammed lengthy jail terms on four men convicted of raping and assaulting the wife of Deputy President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • Union presses for release detained journalist, Messan
    07 june 2001 23:47:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's Association of Private Press Editors on Thursday announced plans for a series protest actions to press for the release of journalist Lucien Messan Djossou of the weekly "Le Combat du Peuple" currently serving a 12-month sentence. Full text...

  • UNICEF highlights food insecurity in war-torn north
    07 june 2001 23:07:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A UN official Thursday emphasised a looming threat to food security in northern Liberia as she announced the arrival of an additional 30 metric tonnes of relief supplies in the country. Full text...

  • Mali's Ombudsman dies
    07 june 2001 22:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's ombudsman and founder president of the Malian Human Rights Association, Demba Diallo, died Wednesday in Paris at the age of 76, the national radio announced in Bamako. Full text...

  • OAU to hold civil society conference
    07 june 2001 22:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The OAU will next week convene an African Civil Society Conference aimed at promoting civil society in Africa and developing modalities and mechanism that will enhance collaboration between the OAU and African civil society organizations. Full text...

  • Deputy Premier Accused of Assisting Murder Suspect
    07 june 2001 21:35:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Deputy Prime Minister Paul Berenger faces a charge of aiding and abetting a murder suspect to escape arrest. Full text...

  • US charity gives prisoners health care and medicines
    07 june 2001 20:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The NGO International Prisons Fraternity, run by a group of American volunteers, has given health care and medicines worth 30 million CFA francs to some 3,000 inmates in Benin's civilian prisons of Cotonou, Abomey, Lokossa and Parakou. Full text...

  • Warder strike forces sealing of Ivorian jails
    07 june 2001 17:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The gates to virtually all Ivorian prisons have been closed for two days following a strike called on 2 June by the National Union of Prison Warders (SYNAPAP-CI). Full text...

  • Kenyan town bans careless spitting and nose blowing
    07 june 2001 17:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Handkerchief and serviette hawkers as well as private garbage collectors appear headed for a fortune in the Kenyan town of Eldoret, if the municipal council lands a new legislation barring, among other things, careless spitting and nose blowing. Full text...

  • OIC Secretary-General in Mali
    07 june 2001 14:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Abdelouahed Belkeziz in Bamako to prepare for the Organisation's 28th Foreign Ministers meeting slated for 25-29 June in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • UNCIEF, Ethiopia TV, launch joint film competition
    07 june 2001 14:11:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF and the Ethiopian Television are floating an award for local film makers focusing on Child rights issues. Full text...

  • ECOWAS commission meets on trade liberalisation scheme
    07 june 2001 12:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thirty-seven new applications from companies wishing to benefit from the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme will be considered during the ongoing meeting of the organisation's Trade, Customs, Taxation, Statistics, Money and Payments Commission. Full text...

  • Striking university teachers adamant to return to work
    07 june 2001 12:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid threats of salary stoppages and an ultimatum to return to work, teachers at Nigeria's universities have resolved not to call off their two-month strike, which they called to press for better remuneration and more funding for the institutions. Full text...

  • Police investigates woman on child trafficking
    07 june 2001 12:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria police has moved the 14 children found hidden in a bus in Lagos Monday to its Criminal Investigation Department in the city to continue with the investigation into the incident. Full text...

  • Lecturers reject banning university students from studies
    07 june 2001 11:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Lecturers at the National University of Benin, grouped in the Autonomous Research and Higher Education Union (SYNARES), have rejected a five-year education ban imposed on four university students who are blamed for violent demonstration that took place earlier in the year. Full text...

  • TRC grants amnesty to several applicants
    07 june 2001 09:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Amnesty Committee Wednesday granted amnesty to 23 apartheid-era security police officers for several offences, including the attempted murder of a former leader of the South African Communist Party Chris Hani in Lesotho in 1980. Full text...

  • Police kill five suspected pirates on Lake Victoria
    07 june 2001 08:57:00
    Kisumu- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan police in Kisumu confirmed Thursday that five suspected pirates had been killed on Lake Victoria and an assortment of firearms recovered after a fierce gun-battle with security personnel on patrol in the lake. Full text...

  • Prison wardens enlightened on human rights
    06 june 2001 22:27:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- More than 30 Chadian prison wardens are attending a four-day meeting in N'Djamena to acquaint themselves with UN regulations for the treatment of prisoners. Full text...

  • Praise for envisaged community service sentences
    06 june 2001 21:28:00
    Keetmanshoop- Namibia (PANA) -- Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency's councillor Albert Krohne has praised plans by Namibia's Prisons and Correctional Services minister Marco Hausiku to introduce community service for offenders sentenced to less than a year. Full text...

  • Schoolboys jailed nine years for gang rape
    06 june 2001 20:35:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Three former pupils of Kandjimi Murangi Secondary School in Namibia's Kavango region have been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for gang rape. Full text...

  • Tension mounts in Daadab refugee camp.
    06 june 2001 20:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tension is mounting at northern Kenya's Daadab refugee camp where its occupants are threatening to stage a hunger strike to protest the drastic reduction of regular rations by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Full text...

  • Schoolboys jailed nine years for gang rape
    06 june 2001 20:01:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Three former pupils of Kandjimi Murangi Secondary School in Namibia's Kavango region have been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for gang rape. Full text...

  • Nigerian giant phone company opens bid for GSM
    06 june 2001 18:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's telecommunications giant NITEL Wednesday opened the bid documents for its mobile telephone GSM launch and transmission network expansion, with six international telecommunications companies under consideration. Full text...

  • Hundreds bid farewell to Aids hero
    06 june 2001 18:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Hundeds of mourners on Wednesday paid tribute to 12-year-old Aids activist Nkosi Johnson who died Friday after a lengthy battle against the disease. Full text...

  • Ex-combatants assault Liberian Minister
    06 june 2001 17:16:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A group of Liberian ex-combatants from the disbanded Lofa Defence Force (LDF), has flogged a Deputy cabinet Minister for allegedly being in possession of a vehicle belonging to his dead colleague, according to local press reports Wednesday. Full text...

  • RSF against Ghana's decision to deport Liberian journalist
    06 june 2001 15:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- French-based Reporters without Borders (RSF), whose Africa bureau is based in Abidjan, has protested against the decision to deport Liberian journalist Darryl Ambrose Nmah of Radio Gold, a private station in Accra. Full text...

  • RSF condemns jailing of Togolese journalist
    06 june 2001 14:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- France-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters without Borders (RSF), has condemned the jailing of Togolese journalist and called for his release. Full text...

  • Texas to return Malawi's 100 million-year-old fossil
    06 june 2001 13:56:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Plans are underway between Malawian and US cultural authorities to ferry back to Malawi a 12-metre long skeleton of a 100 million-year-old dinosaur from its adopted home in a museum in Texas. Full text...

  • Burundi police arrest paedophile businessmen
    06 june 2001 13:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi police have reported bursting a network of wealthy and influential businessmen engaged in paedophilia. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe veterans' future uncertain as leader dies
    06 june 2001 10:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Former fighters of Zimbabwe's war of Independence face an uncertain future after the death last Monday of their charismatic leader Chenjerai Hunzvi, pundits believe. Full text...

  • Commission amnesties killers of human rights activist
    06 june 2001 10:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has granted amnesty to former senior apartheid security police officer Willem Schoon for his role in the 1981 murder of Durban human rights lawyer Griffiths Mxenge. Full text...

  • Crime on the rise in Yaounde
    06 june 2001 10:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- At least nine armed raids or suspicious deaths were recorded in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, in the latter half of May, official sources conceded. Full text...

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