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  • 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...

  • Bloody violence erupts in western Kenya
    08 may 2001 13:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Provincial authorities in Kenya's Rift-Valley Province Tuesday moved fast to allay fears of an escalation of tribal hostilities in the Kipkelion area of Kericho district, Western Kenya following a wave of violence that left four people dead and considerable destruction of property. Full text...

  • Nigerian Red Cross Society marks 40th anniversary
    08 may 2001 13:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) said in Lagos Monday that it would invest over 90 million naira in the next 18 months to improve knowledge, understanding and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, among young people in the country. Full text...

  • Swazi government bans two private publications
    08 may 2001 11:13:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's emerging private media have come under siege following official clampdown on two publications considered critical of the government and the monarchy. Full text...

  • Killer Elephant killed
    08 may 2001 10:29:00
    Katima Mulilo- Namibia (PANA) -- An elephant has been put down after it killed a young man at a village in Namibia's Ikumwe District, some 60-km east of Katima Mulilo, the Namibian News Agency (NAMPA) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Editors respond to criticism of Mbeki
    08 may 2001 09:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has called for a meeting with a group of leading black businessmen, which has accused the media of promoting a right-wing campaign against President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • Gidada lauds Red Cross anti-AIDS efforts
    08 may 2001 08:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian President Negasso Gidada has commended the country's Red Cross and its volunteers for their anti-AIDS activities during the last two years. Full text...

  • Pregnant woman falls to death from moving ambulance
    08 may 2001 08:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Police and health authorities in South Africa's Northern Province are investigating Tuesday's bizarre death of a pregnant woman, who fell off a moving ambulance. Full text...

  • Senegalese TV signs accord with Africable Network
    07 may 2001 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The director general of Senegalese Radio and Television (RTS) Mactar Silla on Monday signed an exchange programme agreement with the managing director of Africable Network, Ismaila Sidibe. Full text...

  • South Africa agrees to stop repatriation abuses
    07 may 2001 22:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican and South Africa have signed a co-operation protocol under which the latter pledged to stop abuses in the repatriation illegal immigrants to the Maputo side, reports Monday's issue of the daily paper, Noticias. Full text...

  • NGOs worried by unqualified Mozambican public workers
    07 may 2001 22:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The educational level of most public service workers in Mozambique is very low, according to data submitted by NGOs to the ministry of state administration in Maputo Monday. Full text...

  • First Rwanda Tribunal President Dies
    07 may 2001 21:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first president of the Arusha- based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Judge Laity Kama of Senegal, died at the weekend in a Nairobi hospital. Full text...

  • Immigration Officials Uncover Passport Racket
    07 may 2001 19:47:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Malawi have arrested at least 50 people, most of them said to be illegal immigrants, after immigration officials over the weekend uncovered what they called an illegal passport syndicate. Full text...

  • Mozambican lawyers uncover prison abuses
    07 may 2001 19:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Lawyers sent by the Mozambican Human Rights League to investigate the prison conditions of those detained after the 9 November clashes between the police and demonstrators organised by the main opposition party Renamo have uncovered a vast range of illegal and brutal behaviour. Full text...

  • Hani's killers continue to fight for freedom
    07 may 2001 19:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A lawyer representing the two killers of former South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani on Monday requested the Cape Town High Court to grant them leave to appeal against the rejection of their bid for amnesty. Full text...

  • South African trade unions to discuss national strike
    07 may 2001 18:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Leaders of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its affiliates are expected to meet this week to discuss a national strike to protest against the privatisation of state enterprises. Full text...

  • Thousands of Liberian women march against war
    07 may 2001 17:52:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Thousands of Liberian women Monday marched on the offices of the UN in Monrovia to appeal for intervention to end the war in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Relatives of Helderberg crash want boycott of airline
    07 may 2001 17:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Relatives of some of the 159 people who were killed when a South African Airways (SAA) Boeing 747 crashed off the coast of Mauritius in 1987, have called on passengers to boycott the airline in protest against its failure to provide crucial information about the tragedy. Full text...

  • Televised South African mugger gets 12-year jail term
    07 may 2001 17:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A brazen mugger who was filmed live on South African national television stabbing a victim on a Cape Town street in January, was Monday sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe launches direct flight to London
    07 may 2001 15:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's national airline Monday inaugurated its direct flight from London to the country's tourist resort of Victoria Falls, in a bid to boost the sagging tourism industry. Full text...

  • 8,000 students take WAEC Exams
    07 may 2001 15:36:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 8,000 Liberian candidates Monday began examinations for the Secondary School Certificate, conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Full text...

  • Gambian, Liberian indicted in large ivory seizure
    07 may 2001 14:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Fund Animal Welfare (IFAW) Monday announced that two men, reportedly from Gambia and Liberia, have been indicted in Los Angeles, for what officials said was the largest-ever seizure of illegal African elephant ivory on the US West Coast - some 165 kg of ivory, with an estimated value of 327 000 US dollars. Full text...

  • Technicians quit SAA for overseas airlines
    07 may 2001 12:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Forty technicians working for South African Airways have left the carrier in the last 12 months to take up jobs overseas. Full text...

  • Over 20,000 refugees face starvation in Namibia
    07 may 2001 10:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- More than 20,000 refugees at the Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia are facing starvation, the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Namibia has confirmed. Full text...

  • Burundian bishop Nterere dies of heart attack
    06 may 2001 19:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- One of Burundi's leading Catholic Church leaders, Mgr Jean-Berekmas Nterere of the eastern Mujinga Diocese died on Saturday night following a heart attack at the age of 69, the national radio reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to stem graduate unemployment
    06 may 2001 16:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government is to introduce a new measure under its re-packaged Poverty Eradication Programme (PEP) to reduce the high graduate unemployment, the privately-owned Comet newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Ivorian farmers deny employing "slaves" on plantations
    05 may 2001 20:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian coffee and cocoa producers have expressed outrage over a documentary by a private British Television station, which alleged that "90 percent of the Ivorian cocoa harvest is done by children from the Sahelian region who live in conditions that border on slavery. Full text...

  • 31 bodies recovered from capsized ferry
    05 may 2001 19:44:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Thirty-one bodies have been recovered from the ferry which capsized Thursday in Lake Kivu in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Central African journalists create association
    05 may 2001 18:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Journalists from eight central African countries at conference on press freedom ending Saturday in Windhoek, Namibia have created an association called Central African Media Organisation - Organisation des Medias d'Afrique Centrale (OMAC). Full text...

  • Mozambican NGOs advocate debt reduction strategy
    05 may 2001 18:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Debt Group, a coalition of NGOs and individuals campaigning for a break with the country's external debt, has called for a national strategy to the problem. Full text...

  • Experts worried over rising suicidal rate in Tanzania
    05 may 2001 16:03:00
    Dar Es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists and criminologists have expressed concern at the rapid increase of suicidal cases in the country. Full text...

  • Jury to pick ECOWAS Anthem
    05 may 2001 15:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Members of a jury drawn from 10 ECOWAS member countries will converge in Abuja next week to pick the winning entry for the lyrics of the community anthem, sources at the Abuja secretariat of the sub-regional body said Saturday. Full text...

  • Alleged hitman appears in court
    05 may 2001 13:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An alleged member of the vigilante group, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad), appeared briefly in Cape Town's Paarl Magistrate's Court Friday in connection with the murder of a couple who were to have turned state witness in a major urban terrorism court case. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's son escapes unhurt in car crash
    05 may 2001 12:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's sons narrowly escaped death when his car was involved in an accident in Abuja earlier in the week, according to the privately-owned Punch newspaper Saturday. Full text...

  • The rich scramble for president's memorabilia
    05 may 2001 12:33:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawians with deep pockets from Friday night until early Saturday morning sampled both the culinary and fashion tastes of the country's first family at a charity dinner held at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre. Full text...

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