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  • Thousands of Muslim Pilgrims Flock to Touba
    12 may 2001 18:54:00
    Touba- Senegal (PANA) -- Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Senegal and abroad have converged on the holy city of Touba, 200 km from Dakar, for the 106th commemmoration of the departure of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacké into exile. Full text...

  • SADC discusses education plan for the San people
    12 may 2001 09:58:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- For the past three centuries, the San community, formerly known as the Bushmen of Southern Africa, has been struggling under marginalisation. Full text...

  • Ghana begins burial of football victims
    11 may 2001 22:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Muslim families Friday buried some 30 bodies released to them from the Accra football stampede. Full text...

  • Togo sends condolences to Ghana and Benin
    11 may 2001 22:42:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo has sent separate condolence messages to Ghana, where 130 people were killed in a football stampede on Wednesday and to Benin following the drowning of 30 passengers when a ship sank in Lake Nokoue. Full text...

  • Seven Rwandan lawyers reportedly detained
    11 may 2001 21:11:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Five public Rwandan lawyers and two of their colleagues have reportedly been detained in a secret place by security organs, news organisations in Kigali reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Combatting Illicit Drugs in DR Congo
    11 may 2001 21:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- An interministerial committee on drug control and crime prevention will between May and June organise a series of public meetings and other events intended to raise the people's awareness of the dangers of drug abuse. Full text...

  • CPJ urges lift of suspension on Swazi publications
    11 may 2001 16:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed grave concern over the "unwarranted suspensions" of Swaziland's private weekly Guardian and the monthly Nation. Full text...

  • Namibia honours the country's nurses
    11 may 2001 16:54:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- University of Namibia Vice Chancellor, Prof. Full text...

  • Zambian teachers threaten strike
    11 may 2001 16:04:00
    Mansa- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) in Luapula province said Friday that its members would stay away from schools next week unless government met their demand for 100-percent pay increase. Full text...

  • City Council workers down tools
    11 may 2001 15:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Lusaka City Council workers are on strike to press demand for payment of their salary arrears for two months, the Zambian News Agency (ZANA) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Law brands slavery and slave trade as crime against humanity
    11 may 2001 15:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French senators have unanimously adopted a law which recognises slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade as a crime against humanity. Full text...

  • Investigation begins on South African mine tragedy
    11 may 2001 10:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy Friday began its official investigation into last Tuesday's explosion at Beatrix mine at Virginiaon operated by Gold Fields Limited. Full text...

  • South Africa Airlink acquires Regional Jets
    11 may 2001 08:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa Airlink has made a deal to buy 30 new ERJ135 Regional Jets from Embraer in Brazil, the first two of which were delivered on Thursday, while further two jets are expected to arrive in August this year. Full text...

  • Cameroon plans to double education budget by 2011
    10 may 2001 22:49:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon expects to raise its education budget from 167 billion F CFA now to 351 billion F CFA by the year 2011 to meet the country's development needs. Full text...

  • Ivorian journalist sentenced three months in jail
    10 may 2001 21:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A court in Abidjan has sentenced Meite Sindou, editor in chief of the daily Le Patriote, to three months suspended prison term for defamation, legal sources revealed Thursday. Full text...

  • Namibian orphan organisations lack external assistance
    10 may 2001 19:59:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian organisations caring for orphans are starved of external assistance, according to the Managing Director of Social Impact of Assessment and Policy Analysis Corporation, David Cownie. Full text...

  • Plans to upgrade Maputo journalism school
    10 may 2001 19:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Plans have been floated to transform the Maputo Journalism School into a Higher Media and Marketing Institute. Full text...

  • Mozambican police learn FBI methods
    10 may 2001 19:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Fifty members of the Mozambican police are undergoing a weeklong advanced training course in Maputo conducted by four officers of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Full text...

  • Tanzanian Suspected Bomber Continues to Fight for His Life
    10 may 2001 19:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Defence counsels of a suspected bomber of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on Thursday made another attempt to save their client from a possible death sentence in the United States. Full text...

  • Liberian government cautions diplomats following shooting
    10 may 2001 14:46:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- After unidentified gunmen in a speeding vehicle fired shots at the Egyptian Embassy on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia's Foreign ministry has advised members of the diplomatic, inter-governmental and consular corps against keeping outdoors after 8. Full text...

  • 15 die in Benin boat mishap
    10 may 2001 14:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 15 corpses have been recovered, while 10 people have been taken to hospital following Wednesday's sinking of two boats at Lake Nokoue, west of Cotonou, Benin maritime officials said. Full text...

  • Liquidated company sues South African Airways
    10 may 2001 13:09:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The liquidators of Sun Air, a privatised airline that was placed under liquidation in September 1999 after being closed down by South African Airways (SAA), have sued the latter. Full text...

  • The spectre of wasted year haunts the Ivorian school system
    10 may 2001 12:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- With the suspension of lectures in universities because of the insecurity that prevails on campuses, the interruption of classes in primary schools and the threat of a strike in the country's high schools, the Ivorian school system is heading for a complete deadlock. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Govt attacks universities, civil society - HRW
    10 may 2001 11:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ethiopian security forces have used excessive force in dealing with student protests and are using the protests as an excuse for cracking down on all government critics, the US-based Human Rights Watch charged Thursday. Full text...

  • Benin police intercept 23 children from traffickers
    10 may 2001 11:10:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Police in Benin have arrested 10 people for allegedly attempting to smuggle 23 children from Benin to Cote d'Ivoire, police said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mansour Sow becomes Radio Senegal's new director
    10 may 2001 10:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The inspector responsible for mediation at Senegal's national radio station (RTS), Mansour Sow, has been appointed as director of the radio, the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) has reported. Full text...

  • Ivorians shun hard drinks
    09 may 2001 22:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian drinkers have been avoiding distilled liquor since Monday's official ban on the sale of 'Pastis 45' and J Full text...

  • Press freedom body pleads for Guinean journalist
    09 may 2001 20:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The African bureau of Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday demanded the release of a Guinean journalist who was arrested in Conakry Tuesday. Full text...

  • Commission accuses six judges of corruption
    09 may 2001 19:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The anti-corruption Commission of the State of Zamfara (Nigeria), which began applying Islamic Sharia code since January this year, has recommended the sacking of six judges of the Islamic court on grounds of corruption and abuse of power, the commission's chair, Alhadji Aliyu Sani Jangebe, said. Full text...

  • Mozambican among South African mine victims
    09 may 2001 16:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Mozambican miner is among the dead from Tuesday's underground explosion at the Beatrix gold mine in South Africa, the Mozambican News Agency (AIM), reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Teenager testifies against Pagad murder suspects
    09 may 2001 16:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A teenage girl on Wednesday identified three members of the vigilante group People Against Gangs and Drugs (Pagad) as being the killers of her mother, Abieda Davids, and three other people who were gunned down in a hairdressing salon outside Cape Town in April 1999. Full text...

  • Anglicans anguish over distribution of lottery funds
    09 may 2001 15:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Anglican Bishops of Southern Africa, despite their concerns at the level of private profiteering within the gaming industry, Wednesday agreed to assist the trade and industry ministry with the distribution of charity funds generated by the State lottery. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau begins demobilising war veterans
    09 may 2001 14:43:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau has launched a programme to demobilise and reintegrate about 500 war veterans and other volunteers into civil society. Full text...

  • Nigerian Telecom company to invite bids for GSM equipment
    09 may 2001 14:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has directed the country's telecommunications giant NITEL to invite international bids for the supply of equipment needed for the launch of the company's much-awaited Global Systems of Mobile (GSM) telephone network, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • ARTICLE 19 sees new chapter for African Broadcasting
    09 may 2001 14:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The London-based press freedom watch dog, ARTICLE 19, has hailed this Year's World Press Freedom Day (3 May) as a unique celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on media freedom in Africa. Full text...

  • Cameroonian ex-gendarmes nabbed over missing youths
    09 may 2001 12:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Former gendarmerie legion commander Col. Full text...

  • Swazi government clamps down on private press
    09 may 2001 11:02:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's emerging independent media is under siege as government clamps down on publications seen to be critical of the establishment. Full text...

  • Fatal mine explosion kills 12 in South Africa
    09 may 2001 10:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In its first fatal mining accident in two months, an underground explosion at the Beatrix gold mine at Virginia in South Africa Tuesday killed 12 miners. Full text...

  • South Africa hesitant over renewed Helderberg air crash probe
    09 may 2001 09:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Transport minister Dullah Omar has admitted suspicions surrounding the 1987 Helderberg air crash, but said no decision has been made to reopen investigations into the matter. Full text...

  • Fishing crew rescued off Cape Point, South Africa
    09 may 2001 08:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Fourteen crewmen were Wednesday morning recovering at the Simonstown Naval Base outside Cape Town after being rescued from a sinking fishing trawler by the South African navy the previous evening. Full text...

  • Police arrest newspaper founder in Conakry
    08 may 2001 23:22:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Police in Conakry on Tuesday arrested Tibou Kamara the journalist and founder of the Guinean weekly "L'Observateur" or Observer, Tibou Kamara. Full text...

  • Symposium on press freedom under way in Niamey
    08 may 2001 22:55:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A three-day international symposium on the exercise of press freedom in Africa started Tuesday in Niamey. Full text...

  • Child traffickers caught in Parakou
    08 may 2001 22:50:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Police in Parakou about 350 km north of Cotonou, Benin's economic capital, on Tuesday dismantled a child trafficking network involving agents from Benin and Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN regional peace centre launches research programme
    08 may 2001 21:30:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The UN Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa based in Lome on Monday launched its first research programme devoted to peace, security and disarmament in the continent. Full text...

  • Soldiers threaten to kill Mogae over low pay
    08 may 2001 19:10:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae left Gaborone for Nairobi Tuesday to begin a three-day official visit of Kenya amid press reports that his soldiers were threatening to assassinate him over low pay. Full text...

  • Montepuez (Mozambique) trial goes into closed session
    08 may 2001 17:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- After hearing the accused and several witnesses, the trail of the 18 suspected ringleaders of last year's riot in the northern Mozambican town of Montepuez has gone into closed session, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian primary school teachers strike for better pay
    08 may 2001 15:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Primary school teachers in Cote d'Ivoire are on a three-day strike to press for better wages, sources in Abidjan said Tuesday. Full text...

  • WFP says humanitarian crisis unfolding in eastern DR Congo
    08 may 2001 15:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme Tuesday warned that a humanitarian crisis is surfacing in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northern Katanga Province as desperate men, women and children begin arriving in towns in search of help, after years of isolation due to the civil conflict. Full text...

  • Another senior judge resigns in Zimbabwe
    08 may 2001 13:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a move that will likely re-kindle worries about the independence of Zimbabwe's judiciary, a senior High Court judge resigned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Stray cow halts governor's convoy in northern Nigeria
    08 may 2001 13:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The official convoy of governor Bukar Ibrahim of Yobe state in northern Nigeria was involved in a serious crash at the weekend, after a stray cow ran into the motorcade as it travelled from the state capital of Damaturu to Buni Yadi, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Monday. Full text...

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