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  • Public Servants' Strike Paralyses Nation
    30 may 2001 12:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Despite his personal involvement in negotiations with trade union leaders, Zambian President Frederick Chiluba has failed to break the deadlock over a wildcat strike that has paralysed his country. Full text...

  • Crime soars in Nairobi, Kenya
    29 may 2001 23:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Crime wave in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has reached alarming proportions with the UN rating the city at par with crime-prone regions like Bogota and Colombia. Full text...

  • Mozambique offers Sao Tome nationals scholarships
    29 may 2001 22:43:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi has said that Mozambique would continue offering scholarships to students from Sao Tome and Principe wishing to continue their studies at Mozambican higher education institutions. Full text...

  • Robinson chosen for UNESCO's Peace prize
    29 may 2001 15:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An international jury Tuesday chose Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, as the laureate of the 2000 Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize for her "great contribution to the defence of human rights. Full text...

  • Boesak banned from preaching at leading church
    29 may 2001 12:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A leading South African church group, His People's Centre, has banned disgraced cleric Allan Boesak from preaching to its congregation for refusing to apologise to the community after his release from prison last week. Full text...

  • Minister kicks off child protection week
    28 may 2001 20:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Child protection is everybody's business, according to Zola Skweyia, Minister of Social Development, in his message to mark Child Protection Week which began Monday. Full text...

  • Somali amputees to get free artificial limbs
    28 may 2001 20:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- One hundred amputees from the south- western Somali region of Baidoa, who are victims of the civil strife there, are to receive artificial limbs from the Rotary Clubs of Nairobi and Bombay and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • Africa retrospects rights, protection of children
    28 may 2001 15:13:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egyptian First Lady, Suzanne Mubarak was Monday elected to chair the first four-day Pan African Forum on Children which opened in Cairo. Full text...

  • OAU makes national action plan for children a priority
    28 may 2001 14:23:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim Monday said the OAU would make it mandatory for for all member- states to draw up action plans at national levels to make the world a better place for African children. Full text...

  • Kenya loses educationists to brain drain
    28 may 2001 11:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The educational sector of Kenya is facing a new threat due to the massive exodus of highly qualified teachers to the lucrative Southern African market. Full text...

  • UNICEF official up beat on African Children's Forum
    27 may 2001 19:06:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Rima Salah, Resident Representative of UNICEF for West and Central Africa has described as "unprecedented and historic," the mobilisation of Africa for the Pan-African Forum on the future of children, which opens in Cairo, Monday. Full text...

  • African NGOs want more than just resolutions on children
    27 may 2001 18:53:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Indications, as African NGOs meet in Cairo ahead of the Pan African Forum for the future of Children, are that they would expected more than another string of resolutions on when the forum opens 28 May. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe doctors on strike for allowances
    26 may 2001 10:15:00
    Bulawayo- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Junior doctors in the southern Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo went on strike on Saturday to press authorities to pay them agreed allowances. Full text...

  • International education seminar ends in Dakar
    25 may 2001 22:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 40 education experts from various countries concluded a meeting in Dakar Friday with a call on civil society organisations to increase training opportunities for teenagers and adults in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • 28,000 students to benefit from East African fellowship
    25 may 2001 08:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 28,000 students from the Eastern African region would soon benefit from a new international fellowship programme to be administered by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (ICEA). Full text...

  • Morocco to electrify all villages by 2010
    24 may 2001 19:24:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco intends to electrify all the villages in the kingdom by 2010, the Energy and Mining Minister Mustapha Mansouri has said. Full text...

  • SADC information experts to review proposed news pool
    24 may 2001 14:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ministers of information, sport and culture of the Southern African Development Community have scheduled a meeting in Mauritius next week to review the proposed creation of a regional news agency to be based in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • Breakthrough for asbestos victims in landmark case
    23 may 2001 11:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- About 5,000 South Africans suffering from asbestos-related diseases and suing British mining company, Cape Plc, appear to have achieved a major breakthrough after the company said Tuesday it may consider settling the claims out of court. Full text...

  • Ethiopia revokes Insurers Association licences
    23 may 2001 11:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian Insurers Association (EIA) Wednesday said government has revoked its licence to levy minimum charges "for bonds (surety) and applied such charges. Full text...

  • University of Pretoria launches Desmond Tutu Chair
    23 may 2001 09:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a rousing welcome from University of Pretoria students and staff when he launched the Desmond Tutu Chair in Leadership Development and Future Studies at the campus on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Television workers threaten strike
    22 may 2001 23:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian National Television and Radio workers have deposited a 72-hour strike notice starting Thursday if authorities fail to meet their demands, trade union sources said in Bamako. Full text...

  • Swedish grant to save starving refugees
    22 may 2001 19:36:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Food rations for Angolan refugees in Namibia would return to a minimum energy value following a Swedish cash grant of one million dollars to save those who were starving, the World Food Programme announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • African countries prepare UN summit on children
    22 may 2001 15:24:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Arab and African finance ministers are meeting in Marrakech, 320 km south of Rabat, in discussions ahead of an extraordinary session of the UN General Assembly on children, scheduled for 19-21 September in New York. Full text...

  • Teachers threaten to go on strike Tuesday
    21 may 2001 22:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- About 14,000 teachers in Niger are threatening again to go on a three-day strike as from Tuesday to press for wage increases and improved working conditions. Full text...

  • ICRC resumes flights in Sudan
    21 may 2001 14:01:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it would resume flights Monday in Sudan suspended 9 May, when one of its pilots was shot dead in the South of the country. Full text...

  • Schneider Electric Company to expand its market in Ethiopia
    21 may 2001 10:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Schneider Electric Company (SEC), one of the three largest electrical equipment companies in the world, plans to expand its market in Ethiopia and Sudan where there is a high consumer demand for electrical equipment, official sources said. Full text...

  • Ex-police Commissioner jailed 6 years for theft
    18 may 2001 22:37:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- A former Namibian senior police officer was Friday sentenced to six years in jail for stealing court fines and bail monies. Full text...

  • Ethics For Free Press In East And Central Africa
    18 may 2001 13:24:00
    Mombasa- Kenya (PANA) -- Journalists of private media (otherwise known as freed press) rose from a five-day workshop in Mombasa Friday with the preparation and adoption of a code of ethical standards to improve performance and promote the emerging democracy in the region. Full text...

  • New luxury jet for Thabo Mbeki
    18 may 2001 09:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota has revealed that the government had decided to purchase a "Boeing BBJ" presidential aircraft. Full text...

  • More than 1,000 Jews pilgrims visit Jerba, Tunisia
    17 may 2001 19:16:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- More than 1,000 Jews, including dozens of Israelis, gathered in the south-western Tunisian island of Djerba late last week in a rare pilgrimage to an Arab land. Full text...

  • Cape Town businessman shorlisted for international award
    17 may 2001 10:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zitulele Combi, winner of the Absa/Ernst and Young sponsored award, "South Africa's Best Entrepreneur 2000," on Wednesday night flew to Monte Carlo to compete for the international title of "World Entrepreneur of the Year". Full text...

  • Police re-arrest fugitive murder suspect
    16 may 2001 22:16:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia police say they have re-arrested a run-away murder suspect who allegedly macheted his girlfriend to death. Full text...

  • Mali court jails Mayor, TV director for slander
    16 may 2001 20:52:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A defamation suit filed by the Mali Union of Judges has landed Bamako Mayor Ibrahima N'Diaye and Mali's State Television director Sidiki Konate a jail term of one month along with a fine (damages) of 1. Full text...

  • Students unsatisfied with cumbersome grant arrears
    16 may 2001 17:27:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Students at Lome University have described as "insufficient" the decision by President Gnassingbe Eyadema to pay only a month out of the 16 months grant government owes them arrears. Full text...

  • Ex-Telecoms Director in court for fraud
    16 may 2001 16:10:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The trial of former Managing Director of the Malian telecommunications company Tiemoko Maiga who faces charges of fraud was on Tuesday postponed indefinitely after his lawyers contested the competence of the Bamako court to hear the case. Full text...

  • Mauritius gets Islamic history centre
    16 may 2001 13:58:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Islamic Society of Mauritius has officially opened an Islamic history centre in the southern town of Moka, an official of the centre said. Full text...

  • Koran to be translated into Hebrew for Israelis
    16 may 2001 12:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Egyptian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (ESCIA) intends to translate the Holy Koran and other Islamic texts into Hebrew for the Israeli public, the Islamic News Agency (IINA) has reported. Full text...

  • Kenyan experts to advise Botswana on tourism
    16 may 2001 10:03:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana tourism officials have requested Kenyan consultants to recommend ways through which the threatened camels in the country could be utilised in promoting tourism. Full text...

  • Family day observed in Zambia
    15 may 2001 20:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A United Nations official said Tuesday high inflation rates and an unsustainable external debt are the major challenges facing Zambia in her efforts towards achieving peace, justice and sustainable human development. Full text...

  • Police hunting armed robbers
    15 may 2001 20:16:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian Police are still on the heels of armed robbers, who carried out two raids and made away with cash totalling 103,000 Namibian dollars in Windhoek at the weekend. Full text...

  • Benin passes bill on right to strike
    15 may 2001 15:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The parliament in Benin has passed a bill legalising strike under its multiparty democracy. Full text...

  • Residents of Lagos recover from drivers' strike
    15 may 2001 13:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Residents of Nigeria's economic capital of Lagos got some reprieve from a debilitating drivers' strike as more transport vehicles returned to the roads Tuesday, but an unexplained fuel scarcity and an early morning downpour subtracted from the gains. Full text...

  • Niamey hospital workers to begin a four-day strike Tuesday
    15 may 2001 13:11:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Doctors and nurses at Niamey's government hospital have threatened to embark on a four-day strike beginning Tuesday to press for better working conditions. Full text...

  • Striking water workers sacked en masse
    15 may 2001 12:22:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Water Board in Lilongwe the Malawian capital has sacked all the 350 workers who went on strike last Thursday and asked them to reapply. Full text...

  • Mombasa hosts workshop on Press Freedom
    14 may 2001 21:21:00
    Mombasa- Kenya (PANA) -- A five-day workshop on Press Freedom opened in Mombasa, Kenya Monday, with the increasing repression of the private media in East and Central Africa high on the agenda. Full text...

  • Mauritius Proposes Law to Protect Ageing Population
    14 may 2001 14:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Elderly Mauritians may soon have a more comfortable retirement if the country's parliament passes a law for their protection against exploitation and abuse. Full text...

  • UNICEF grants over 400,000 dollars to Burundi
    12 may 2001 17:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has offered the Burundi government 422,000 US dollars to fund two projects for the protection and promotion of children's and women's rights, official sources in Bujumbura said. Full text...

  • EU Offers Grant for Poverty Reduction Programme
    12 may 2001 15:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Union will grant Mozambique about 65 million US dollars in support of a macro- economic programme for poverty reduction, under an agreement signed Friday in Maputo. Full text...

  • Air Mauritania strikers resume work
    10 may 2001 17:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Air Mauritania's striking technical flight personnel returned to work Wednesday, at the expiry of a three-day ultimatum issued to them by management. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to revive labour schemes
    10 may 2001 14:08:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The government in Cape Verde has indicated it would next week reopen the country's labour- intensive programme (FAIMO), closed in March. Full text...

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