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  • Experts call for tighter control on small arms
    05 july 2001 23:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Social researchers and ministers on Thursday called for the tightening of controls on small arms entering Ghana, saying that existing statutes regulating weapons were outdated and ineffective. Full text...

  • RSF protests against threat to kill journalist
    05 july 2001 20:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Paris-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters sans Frontieres, on Thursday said it was worried by threats to kill the French Press Agency (AFP) Correspondent in northern Nigeria, Aminu Abubakar. Full text...

  • Botswana VP sues paper for defamation
    05 july 2001 20:09:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana vice-president Gen. Full text...

  • ECOWAS intensifies action against child trafficking
    05 july 2001 18:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it is intensifying the fight against child trafficking within the sub-region. Full text...

  • Interpol finds crime wave alarming in Africa
    05 july 2001 16:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Interpol Wednesday concluded its biennial African regional conference in Gaborone, Botswana, stressing the need to improve communications and technology with a view to better coordination of action against crime on the continent. Full text...

  • Lagos lawyer receives National service certificate
    05 july 2001 15:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Following an order by Nigeria's Human Rights Violation Investigation Panel, the country's National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Thursday formally released the discharge certificate of Lagos human rights activist and lawyer Femi Falana, 18 years after he completed the compulsory one-year national service. Full text...

  • Congolese families seeking missing relatives
    05 july 2001 14:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Relatives in Congo (Brazzaville) are clamouring for a parliamentary inquiry into the whereabouts of some 353 people arrested in 1999 by security forces, and who to date remain unaccounted for. Full text...

  • Armed robbery: no respite for besieged citizens
    05 july 2001 13:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A police patrol team returning to base in a convoy of vehicles after routing a gang of armed robbers suddenly runs into a hail of bullets from runaway bandits. Full text...

  • Tanzania's vice president dies at 60
    05 july 2001 10:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania Thursday declared a seven-day mourning period following the death of the country's vice president, Omar Ali Juma, who died of a heart attack Wednesday. Full text...

  • Benin breaks with the colonial criminal law
    05 july 2001 08:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin government has decided to break with the past by replacing the colonial criminal code with a new up-to-date law. Full text...

  • African parliaments discuss food security
    04 july 2001 20:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from Francophone and Lusophone African countries Wednesday began a three-day workshop in Yaounde on food security on the continent. Full text...

  • N'Djamena court sentences five to death
    04 july 2001 20:24:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- N'Djamena's criminal court on Tuesday sentenced five people to death, including one in absentia after convicting them for armed robbery. Full text...

  • Report says road accidents kill 500 people yearly in Niger
    04 july 2001 17:39:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 500 people die every year in road accidents in Niger, the daily "Tenere Express" reported Wednesday, quoting the National Director of Transport, Mahamane Habibou. Full text...

  • Missing fishermen return safe and sound
    04 july 2001 17:06:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The 12 fishermen from the Tarrafal municipality on Santiago island, who were declared missing a week ago, arrived safely at the Praia Port on Wednesday, Cape Verdian coastal authorities said. Full text...

  • Zambians prepare special welcome for Kadhafi
    04 july 2001 12:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Sections of the Zambian society are preparing an elaborate welcome party for Libyan leader Mouamar Kadhafi when he arrives in Lusaka at the weekend for the 37th OAU Heads of State summit. Full text...

  • Prosecutor wants Togolese human rights activist jailed
    04 july 2001 11:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The public prosecutor in Togo has proposed a six-year suspended sentence suspended plus a fine of 360. Full text...

  • America props WFP food assistance to Africa
    04 july 2001 08:52:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The United States has donated an additional 11. Full text...

  • Report reveals incarceration rates very high in Namibia
    03 july 2001 23:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- With 355 prisoners per 1,000 inhabitants, Namibia is among countries in sub-Saharan Africa with the highest incarceration rates, the ministry of prisons and correctional services in Windhoek says. Full text...

  • 8 Nigerians accused of fraud in Lome
    03 july 2001 19:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The gendarmerie in Lome Monday announced the arrest of eight Nigerians accused of forgery and fraud involving billions of CFA francs. Full text...

  • RSF protests seizure of Togolese newspaper
    03 july 2001 17:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Tuesday strongly protested against the seizure of the last edition of "Le Combat du Peuple," a Togolese weekly. Full text...

  • NGO offers expertise in population policy
    03 july 2001 17:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based African Population Advisory Council (APAC) has offered to help African institutions improve the design and implementation of population policies. Full text...

  • Burkinabe students begin 2001 Baccalaureate exams
    03 july 2001 16:17:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe students Tuesday began writing the 2001 session of the Baccalaureate examinations - equivalent to the Advanced Level GCE examinations - with official sources putting number of registered candidates at 16,172, up from last year's 13,825. Full text...

  • Envoy says stranded Liberians are not refugees
    03 july 2001 16:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Charge d'Affaires of the Liberian Embassy in Nigeria, William Ledlam, said the Liberians who arrived in Lagos aboard a Swedish cargo ship last week were normal travellers, rather than refugees as they have been widely described. Full text...

  • Police gun down gang leader, captures other thugs
    03 july 2001 15:09:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Gift Namacha M'bobo, Blantyre's most wanted criminal, died early Tuesday morning at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital after undercover agents shot him during a night raid. Full text...

  • Eleven killed and three wounded in road accident
    03 july 2001 14:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 11 people died and three others were seriously injured Monday morning in a road accident in southern Burundi, a reliable source said. Full text...

  • Mass graves linked to British mining company
    03 july 2001 14:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- New explosive evidence has linked the London-based Cape PLC Company with a secret burial of asbestosis victims in the Northern Cape and Northern Province decades ago. Full text...

  • 12 Cape Verdian fishermen declared missing
    03 july 2001 13:50:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian coastal authorities Tuesday said 12 fishermen from the Tarrafal municipality on Santiago Island have been missing since last week. Full text...

  • Girl guides and scouts conference begins in Cape Town
    03 july 2001 13:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) conference holding for the first time in South Africa under the theme "Building Africa's Future," has attracted hundreds of delegates from across the continent. Full text...

  • Violence Claims 10 In Delta State
    03 july 2001 13:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A fresh outbreak of communal violence in the trouble-prone Nigeria's oil-rich Delta State has claimed 10 lives and left many others injured, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • RSF commends France over jailed Tunisian journalist
    03 july 2001 12:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based association for the defence of press freedom, Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), has commended the French Co-operation Minister Charles Josselin for his "concern" over the fate of detained female Tunisian journalist, Shihem Ben Sedrine. Full text...

  • Focus on plight of children, Zambian paper urges OAU
    03 july 2001 11:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's biggest privately-owned newspaper Tuesday appealed to African leaders gathering in the country next week for an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Summit, to focus on the welfare of children on the continent. Full text...

  • Striking University Teachers Return To Classes
    03 july 2001 10:36:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After an agreement with the federal government, Nigerian university teachers have ended their three-month strike, called to press for better pay and increased funding for the nation's universities. Full text...

  • Police officers convicted of fraud
    02 july 2001 22:19:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- A magistrate's court here on Monday ordered two former Namibian police officers to pay 7,000 Namibian dollars or serve five years in jail each upon their conviction of fraud. Full text...

  • Defence lacks funds to bring Rwanda genocide witnesses
    02 july 2001 21:33:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Hearing of an extradition case against a former Rwandan army officer Bernard Ntuyahaga was on Monday postponed to September following a plea by the defence side at a court in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian business capital. Full text...

  • Ivorians react to charges filed against Gbagbo
    02 july 2001 21:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorians were on Monday still reacting to the "crime against humanity" charges filed in Brussels last Thursday against President Laurent Gbagbo as well as his military predecessor, Gen. Full text...

  • Muluzi Wages War Against Criminals
    02 july 2001 20:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- When it comes to fighting crime and ensuring public security, Malawi President Bakili Muluzi says he won't listen to human rights activists. Full text...

  • Govt. Pushing For Quick GSM Roll-out
    02 july 2001 18:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid growing uncertainty over the launch of Nigeria's much-awaited mobile GSM telephone network, the government has summoned a meeting of the three licence winners for Abuja on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan student dies in dormitory fire
    02 july 2001 17:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A student at a boys boarding school in Nandi district, Western Kenya died Monday morning and 27 others were admitted into hospital after an unknown arsonist set their dormitory on fire while they slept. Full text...

  • Mauritius private sector workers get bonus
    02 july 2001 16:33:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Parliament in Mauritius Monday passed a bill making compulsory an end-of-year bonus equivalent to a month's pay, for private sector workers. Full text...

  • Ethiopian woman gives birth to quadruplets
    02 july 2001 13:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A housewife in the Gomo-Gofa locality of Suka in southern Ethiopia has given birth to four baby girls after 12 months of pregnancy, the Ethiopian Herald reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Police, residents dispute number of dead in robbery raid
    01 july 2001 16:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Police and residents of the Lagos suburb of Bariga have disagreed over the number of people killed by armed robbers who struck in the area on Friday. Full text...

  • Leaders discuss means to stop communal violence
    01 july 2001 16:14:00
    Lafia- Nigeria (PANA) -- As uneasy calm prevails in Nigeria's central Nasarawa state, where over two weeks of communal fighting have left about 200 people dead, leaders of the state and the nearby Benue state met Saturday to find ways of ending the violence. Full text...

  • Nigerian singer dies in Johannesburg
    01 july 2001 16:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian singer and designer Tyna Onwudiwe has died of lung cancer at the age of 47, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Burundi refugees return from Tanzania
    30 june 2001 18:49:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- About 700 Burundi refugees in the last few days returned from neighbouring Tanzania to Rumonge in Bururi Province, official sources in Bujumbura said. Full text...

  • Zambia has 10.3 million Population
    30 june 2001 17:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian population is 10. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's Internet communication system upgraded
    30 june 2001 12:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopia Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Saturday concluded an estimated 1. Full text...

  • Prime Minister Boye worries over Senegalese children
    29 june 2001 23:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Notwithstanding progress made towards their protection, Prime Minister Mame Boye has expressed worry about the situation of children in Senegal. Full text...

  • Africans demand compensation for slave trade
    29 june 2001 21:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A symposium on "Slave Trade and Compensation," ended in Senegal's "slave" Island of Goree, Thursday, with a declaration insisting that slave trade and slavery, as well as colonialism and colonisation, be treated as crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Church bemoans judicial plight of Ivorian juveniles
    29 june 2001 21:27:00
    Abidjan- Côte-d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Catholic International Bureau for Children (BICE) has lashed at the country's Juvenile Delinquency Division, saying the unit has since its inception three years ago failed to deliver. Full text...

  • Money woes forces Tanzania out of integration groupings
    29 june 2001 20:58:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania has announced it is to withdraw from several regional and international groupings due to financial difficulties it is facing. Full text...

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