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  • Debate over the reform of the World Bank and the IMF
    25 august 2001 18:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Three international NGOs expressing solidarity with countries of the South are pushing for World Bank and IMF reform programmes to be featured at the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria, US sign agreements on agric, education funding
    25 august 2001 17:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and the US have signed two grants agreements for US funds to support economic growth, agriculture and education in Nigeria, a statement from the US Embassy said in Abuja. Full text...

  • 13 feared dead in Lagos crash
    25 august 2001 17:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thirteen people were feared dead in a road crash involving a passenger bus and a truck in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos Saturday, eyewitnesses said. Full text...

  • Police arrests another suspect in Cardoso's murder
    24 august 2001 23:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police have arrested another suspect in the murder case of the country's best-known journalist, Carlos Cardoso, who was killed in November 2000. Full text...

  • Mocumbi wants an apology but not compensation for slavery
    24 august 2001 23:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique wanted the developed world to apologise for the evils of slavery and colonialism, but was not pushing for reparations for the years of the slave trade and of colonial rule. Full text...

  • Bouake University under police surveillance
    24 august 2001 23:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The University of Bouake, 290 km north of Abidjan, is under close police and military surveillance since Friday, following a clash between security forces and students in which several people were injured, students union sources said. Full text...

  • Nujoma calls on creation of opportunities for youth
    24 august 2001 22:32:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- President Sam Nujoma has reiterated his call to create opportunities for Namibian youth. Full text...

  • Kenya, Ethiopia to eradicate cross-border banditry
    24 august 2001 22:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and her northern neighbour Ethiopia have affirmed their commitment to eradicate cross-border banditry, cattle rustling and other activities that hinder friendly relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Tanzanian police clash with Moslem demonstrators
    24 august 2001 21:32:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- About 171 people were arrested Friday evening in Dar es Salaam when police clashed with Moslem demonstrators protesting the incarceration of a member. Full text...

  • Mining company to review investment strategy
    24 august 2001 21:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- South African mining company, African Gem Resources (AFGEM), has announced plans to reassess its strategy in the prized violet-blue Tanzanite in the northern region of Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • President Wade expresses support to Amnesty International
    24 august 2001 16:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has called on Amnesty International to work on mechanisms for worldwide prevention of human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN Volunteer wins case against UNDP
    24 august 2001 08:23:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A court in N'djamena on Thursday ordered the Chad country office of the United Nations Development Programme to pay three months of subsistence allowances to a Belgian UN Volunteer. Full text...

  • NGOs reject government nominees for WCAR
    23 august 2001 22:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A group of French NGOs says delegates appointed by the Paris government to the forthcoming World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, are not representative of the entire civil society. Full text...

  • Rights group takes shot at Senegal
    23 august 2001 21:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In obvious reference to fugitive Chadian dictator Hissen Habre, who is currently holed up in Dakar, an Amnesty International (AI) official has taken issue with Senegal or any other African country impeding the prosecution of presumed perpetrators of human rights abuses. Full text...

  • Police recover some stolen funds from exchange house
    23 august 2001 20:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican police have recovered at least 274 million meticais (12,500 US dollars) of the money stolen earlier this week from the "Mundo Cambios" exchange house in Maputo, the daily Noticias reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Landmines pose challenge to public policy - Minister
    23 august 2001 19:41:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Land mines, small arms, light weapons or the threat of the HIV/AIDS pandemic are no longer matters of sterile academic debate or unproductive finger- pointing by way of apportioning blame. Full text...

  • RSF protests arrest of newspaper director
    23 august 2001 19:41:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- International press watch body Reporters without Frontiers (RSF) has registered a strong protest against the arrest of the managing director of the Monrovia Guardian, sources close to the institution said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria hosts African-African American Summit in November
    23 august 2001 18:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has confirmed 26-30 November 2001 as new dates for the sixth African-African American Summit being hosted by the country in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Thursday. Full text...

  • RSF protests against arrest of Zimbabwean journalist
    23 august 2001 18:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters without Frontiers, or RSF, the organization that defends press freedom, has protested against the arrest of Wallace Chuma, information director of an independent weekly magazine, Zimbabwe Mirror. Full text...

  • Journalist denounces detention as police set him free
    23 august 2001 18:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Released Liberian journalist Sam Dean on Thursday denounced his 71-hour detention by police as "unconstitutional" and reiterated his commitment to serve the Liberian people. Full text...

  • Malawians Fast In Protest Against Political Violence
    23 august 2001 17:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Christians of various Protestant denominations in Malawi have begun a period of fasting ahead of nationwide demonstrations planned for Sunday to protest against political violence. Full text...

  • Liberian students face unbearable condition in Russia
    23 august 2001 16:24:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian students studying in the Russian Federation on bilateral scholarships claim they are living under unbearable conditions due to lack of support from their government, press reports said Thursday. Full text...

  • Vatican's representative summoned over Milingo's saga
    23 august 2001 15:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian authorities have summoned the representative of the Holy See in Lusaka to explain the controversy surrounding former Catholic Church Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who married Maria Sung, a Korean Moon sect member, in May this year. Full text...

  • French NGOs adopt a common platform for WCAR
    23 august 2001 14:26:00
    Paris- France (France) -- A number of French non-governmental organisations have adopted a common platform of demands to be presented at the World Conference Against Racism which opens next week in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Militant group says leader surrendered, not arrested
    23 august 2001 11:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The militant faction of the ethnic Yoruba Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has debunked the claim by the Nigeria Police that their leader Ganiyu Adams was arrested Wednesday. Full text...

  • "Smart Partners" launch international news agency
    22 august 2001 23:20:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Eight "Smart Partnership" member countries meeting in Uganda's capital Kampala have formally launched an international news agency intended to be an alternative to the main international news outlets. Full text...

  • Namibia plans University College of Agriculture
    22 august 2001 22:37:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Cabinet has approved a draft Bill for the establishment a University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (NUCA). Full text...

  • Capacity-building programme registers 64 percent success
    22 august 2001 21:15:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A UNDP programme aimed at beefing up Niger's capacity in economic management and governance was Wednesday reported 64 percent deep in its objectives. Full text...

  • WCC scribe ends Namibia visit
    22 august 2001 20:25:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- World Council of Churches (WCC) Secretary General Reverend Konrad Raiser Wednesday wrapped up a five-day sojourn in Namibia, that was part of a tour of southern African countries. Full text...

  • Tanzanian police ban Muslim demonstration
    22 august 2001 20:02:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian police have issued an injunction against countrywide demonstrations called for Friday by Muslims to protest the imprisonment of one of their members on charges of defaming Jesus Christ. Full text...

  • Leading Israeli journalist visits South Africa
    22 august 2001 19:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Hirsh Goodman, a leading Israeli journalist, editor and author, is currently visiting South Africa to discuss the situation in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Drug trafficking on the increase in Namibia
    22 august 2001 19:16:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian police have reported a rise in drug trafficking in the country, blaming the development on foreigners, notably Nigerians and Tanzanians. Full text...

  • Drug trafficking on the increase in Namibia
    22 august 2001 19:14:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian police have reported a rise in drug trafficking in the country, blaming the development on foreigners, notably Nigerians and Tanzanians. Full text...

  • Militant leader may face murder charge
    22 august 2001 18:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Police hinted Wednesday they may soon charge the arrested leader of the militant Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Ganiyu Adams, with conspiracy, murder and armed robbery. Full text...

  • Panel established to implement property grab report
    22 august 2001 16:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian authorities have created a 14-member panel to implement the report of the commission on the illegal acquisition of government's property. Full text...

  • AI wants victims of racism highlighted at WCAR
    22 august 2001 16:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International has expressed fears that conflicts of interest likely to emerge at the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in Durban could throw victims of racism into oblivion. Full text...

  • Nairobi crime is not only poverty-driven, Says UN expert
    22 august 2001 14:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poverty alone should not be blamed for the crime wave in Nairobi, the Co-ordinator of the "Sister City" programme, Cruz Vanderschuereu, said in the Kenyan capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sharp price rise forces Malawians to eat maize bran
    22 august 2001 14:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The acute shortage of maize in most parts of Malawi, exacerbated by the dramatic increase in the prices of the staple food, has left thousands of desperate Malawians to resort to eating maize bran. Full text...

  • Kenyans blinded by lethal brews to receive training
    22 august 2001 13:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan adults who lost eyesight after drinking illicit spirits will be taken to school to learn how to cope with their disability, a local charity has announced. Full text...

  • Brother of liberation hero dies
    22 august 2001 11:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Harland Woods, the only brother of former leading anti-apartheid activist Donald Woods who died Sunday, has passed away. Full text...

  • Paris-based African groups seek French help for WCAR
    22 august 2001 10:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A growing number of African groups are calling on the French government to include their leaders in the country's official delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, starting 31 August in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • CPJ criticises trial of Zambian journalist
    21 august 2001 23:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday denounced the trial of Fred M'membe, Editor-in-Chief of Zambian private daily "The Post," saying that journalists should never face criminal prosecution for their work. Full text...

  • New academic year postponed in DR Congo
    21 august 2001 22:46:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The beginning of the 2001-2002 academic year in the DR Congo, earlier planned for 3 September, has been postponed by one week to 10 September, National Education Minister Omer Kutumisa Kyota has announced. Full text...

  • Dog discovers abandoned baby
    21 august 2001 21:27:00
    Keetmansshoop- Namibia (PANA) -- A hunting dog has helped in the discovery of a nine-month-old baby abandoned in the outskirts of Namibia's southern town of Keetmansshoop, police said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Clans set for full war, VP to mediate
    21 august 2001 21:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian Vice President Ali Mohammed Shein faces his big test since his appointment when he starts an official tour of Mara region in the northern Tanzania next week. Full text...

  • Public transport operators move to curb accidents
    21 august 2001 20:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan transport operators at the weekend launched an initiative seeking to instil discipline and better driving skills among members. Full text...

  • Police nabs journalist over semantics
    21 august 2001 20:39:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Police Tuesday failed to produce before a court a journalist from a private paper it arrested and charged with "criminal malevolence" growing out of a news item that borders more on semantics than on criminal wrong doing. Full text...

  • Judge Stops Serialisation of Book about Moi
    21 august 2001 20:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nairobi court Tuesday barred the Nation newspaper from serialising "The Rogue Ambassador," a book written by former US ambassador to Kenya, Smith Hempstone. Full text...

  • Slavery's disastrous impact on Africa
    21 august 2001 20:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- As postulated by History Professor Daniel Abwa of Cameroonian nationality, the major consequence of the Slave Trade for Africa was its being stripped of its manpower. Full text...

  • Govt fires more Nigeria Airways executives
    21 august 2001 15:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has fired four directors of the national carrier, the Nigeria Airways, barely four days after sacking its managing director. Full text...

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