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  • African Internet users swell to four million
    24 september 2001 15:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Estimates on the current numbers of people using the Internet daily in Africa have risen to four million, according to a status report just released. Full text...

  • Kenya curtails use of cellphones
    24 september 2001 14:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Motorists in Kenya have been banned from using cellphones while driving, as the country moves to control the use of the communication device. Full text...

  • Collapsing factory wall kills three
    24 september 2001 14:25:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Three people were killed and four others hurt when a wall collapsed Sunday night in Khartoum's industrial area, press reports said Monday. Full text...

  • Saudi relief plane arrives in Khartoum
    24 september 2001 14:18:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A second Saudi plane arrived in Khartoum Monday carrying over 50 tonnes of medicines, food and tents donated by Saudi King Fahd bin Abdel-Aziz, for victims of the recent flooding in Sudan. Full text...

  • Setting up a divorce regulation committee
    24 september 2001 13:45:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Participants at a workshop on repudiation in Niger have undertaken to set up a committee to regulate divorce according to Islam, in view of the scope of the phenomenon in the country. Full text...

  • Cameroon repatriates Benin survivors of boat mishap
    24 september 2001 13:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Twenty-three Benin survivors of a boat accident on 29 August in Yoyo Mouanko, Cameroon returned to Cotonou at the weekend. Full text...

  • Nujoma challenges Namibian youth
    23 september 2001 18:29:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma has urged his country's youth to take on the mantle of Pan Africanism to greater heights. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire introduces new reforms
    23 september 2001 17:03:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities have introduced free primary school enrolment for new pupils and made it vocational to wear uniforms since the 2001-2002 school year started on 17 September. Full text...

  • Nigerian Catholic bishops warn against Islamic law
    23 september 2001 16:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Catholic Bishops have asked the federal government to halt the continued spread of the Islamic legal system, Sharia, in the country's northern part. Full text...

  • 61 child trafficking victims return to Lome
    23 september 2001 15:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Cameroon has flown back to Togo 61 children who had been smuggled out of their home country by child traffickers. Full text...

  • Three Murder Suspects Escape From Jail
    23 september 2001 14:44:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi police have launched a manhunt for three murder suspects who escaped from Chichiri prison of Blantyre early Sunday. Full text...

  • Eight Niger nationals killed in Jos clashes
    23 september 2001 13:51:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Eight nationals of Niger were killed and four others injured in recent inter-ethnic clashes in Jos, Nigeria, Niger's Foreign Affairs ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Police Arraign Suspects In Jos Violence
    23 september 2001 13:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria Police have taken to court 270 suspects who were arrested during the recent ethnic and religious violence in the central city of Jos, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Benin, US sign agreement against drug trafficking
    22 september 2001 19:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin and the US Friday signed an agreement in Cotonou to fight drug trafficking and abuse in the West African country. Full text...

  • Mayors go tough on illegal occupants
    22 september 2001 17:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The mayors of the Mozambican cities of Maputo and Matola have in a joint dispatch given illegal occupants of land a month to quite or face forced eviction. Full text...

  • Mozambique to axe some teachers over alleged corruption
    22 september 2001 16:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An undisclosed number of Mozambican teachers may be sacked while some pupils are to be punished for cheating, Education Minister Alcido Nguenha said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tightens airport security after US attacks
    22 september 2001 14:31:00
    Harara- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe aviation officials said Saturday they had tightened airport security throughout the country following last week's deadly attacks in the US which left hundreds dead and thousands missing. Full text...

  • Rights group accuses Eritrea of crackdown on opponents
    21 september 2001 23:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Eritrean government has intensified a major crackdown on its opponents in recent days, Human Rights Watch charged Friday. Full text...

  • Botswana to help train Tanzanian police
    21 september 2001 21:59:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- An undisclosed number of Tanzanian police personnel would be trained in Botswana's new Otse Training College and the proposed International Law Enforcement Academy, local press reported in Gaborone Friday. Full text...

  • France restates commitment to training African forces
    21 september 2001 20:35:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- France Thursday restated its commitment in pushing forward an initiative it launched to equip African states with military capabilities necessary for conducting peacekeeping operations across the continent. Full text...

  • Police chief deplores chaos at Maya Maya airport
    21 september 2001 16:37:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's director general of police, Colonel Jean François Denguet, was upset to find the country's main international airport disorderly when he made a surprise visit to the complex Thursday. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch denounces escalating crackdown in Eritrea
    21 september 2001 14:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human Rights Watch, which is based in New York, on Friday asked President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea to free recently detained political dissidents. Full text...

  • Police find narcotics hidden in cemetery
    21 september 2001 09:40:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Malawi's central lakeshore district of Nkhota Kota early Friday arrested 10 drug traffickers who had allegedly hidden 28 bags of Indian Hemp in a cemetery. Full text...

  • SADC land officials meet in Mozambique in October
    20 september 2001 22:32:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A land meeting for senior officials responsible for land and land reform in Southern Africa will be held in October in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Namibian students join in calls for land expropriation
    20 september 2001 21:45:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian student leaders have called on the government to expropriate land belonging to absentee landlords to resettle landless Namibians. Full text...

  • Police retrieve cattle from suspected UNITA bandits
    20 september 2001 21:31:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Members of Namibian Police Special Field Force (SFF) on the night of Wednesday retrieved 33 cows from alleged UNITA bandits at Muroro village in Rundu, the Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • RSF disapproves suspension of independent papers
    20 september 2001 21:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The world press watch dog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Thursday protested against the suspension of eight independent newspapers in Eritrea. Full text...

  • Rustlers kill 16, steal 4,000 animals in northern Kenya
    20 september 2001 21:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 16 people have been killed and over 4,000 animals stolen in the last nine months in the northern Kenya area of Kwanza, a report by Kwanza Land Movement, a local lobby group, says. Full text...

  • New road transport regulations afoot
    20 september 2001 21:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government plans new road transport regulations to protect lives and "humanise" the sector, Transport Minister Tomaz Salomao has said. Full text...

  • Street children - a population on the rise
    20 september 2001 20:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- It started off as a small problem. Full text...

  • RSF denounces suspension of private newspapers
    20 september 2001 20:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international organisation for the defence of press freedom, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Thursday protested against the suspension of eight private newspapers in Eritrea. Full text...

  • Senior cop acquitted of shoplifting razor blades
    20 september 2001 20:40:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian police's inspector Willy Uushona Uutoni, arrested and charged with shoplifting razor blades earlier this year, walked out of the Windhoek magistrate's court a freeman Thursday. Full text...

  • Eight child trafficking victims intercepted
    20 september 2001 20:14:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Eight children between 10 years and 14 years old, who were being smuggled as labourers, were intercepted in Gayeri (250 km east of Ouagadougou), a town on the border with Benin, Burkinabe Radio reported Wednesday night. Full text...

  • African telecommunication to save over 400 million dollars
    20 september 2001 19:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa telecommunication experts attending a week-long meeting outside Nairobi said the continent could save at least 400 million US dollars annually if authorities could set up an intra-African satellite communication network. Full text...

  • Regional education drive in need of funding
    20 september 2001 19:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- National coordinators of a regional action plan within the "Education for All" (EFA) project have acknowledged the need for funds to get the initiative off the ground. Full text...

  • Kenya Supports International Action Against Terrorism
    20 september 2001 18:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya said Thursday it would support the international community and the United States in any retaliatory action following last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Full text...

  • Church Holds Special Service For Victims Of US Attacks
    20 september 2001 15:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian church has held a special service in Lagos in remembrance of the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in the United States. Full text...

  • Kenyan minister's son arrested over US attacks
    20 september 2001 14:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan foreign ministry officials are following up the arrest of the son of Kenya's assistant minister for trade and industry Mohammed Abdi in US, in connection with last Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Full text...

  • Botswana hosts first SADC-UNHCR meeting
    20 september 2001 13:46:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A two day consultative meeting opened in Gaborone Thursday to discuss the worsening refugee situation and related matters in the southern African region. Full text...

  • 20 University students die in Jos violence
    20 september 2001 11:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Twenty University of Jos students in central Nigeria were killed during last week's sectarian and ethnic violence which hit the city, the umbrella students' organisation has said. Full text...

  • Armed bandits wound Kenyan border security officer
    20 september 2001 09:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A policeman was seriously injured Wednesday when heavily armed bandits staged a surprise daylight assault on Liboi police station close to the Kenya-Somalia border. Full text...

  • Woman gives birth to a two-headed baby
    20 september 2001 08:56:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A Cameroonian woman gave birth to a two-headed baby on 6 September at the Meret district hospital in Cameroon's central province, the state-owned "Cameroon Tribune" newspaper reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • European Union supports ACP film industry
    20 september 2001 08:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The European Union has set aside 6 million euros (0. Full text...

  • Rights group co-opts Burundi media
    19 september 2001 23:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi Human Rights League has launched a scheme dubbed "Media for peace," to involve media workers in human rights crusade. Full text...

  • RSF decries arrest of journalist
    19 september 2001 23:30:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters sans Frontières (RSF), an international body advocating press freedom, Wednesday protested against the arrest of a journalist of a private radio station in Liberia. Full text...

  • Experts meet on electronic record keeping
    19 september 2001 23:09:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- More than 60 participants from Gambia, Ghana, the United Kingdom and Canada, ended a two-day conference in Banjul Wednesday, on proper management of electronic information and government records. Full text...

  • Prisoners go on hunger strike to protest crowded conditions
    19 september 2001 21:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Over 126 prisoners held in the Manjacaze District prison in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza have gone on a hunger strike to protest against overcrowding in their cells. Full text...

  • Mauritian firemen sympathise with American colleagues
    19 september 2001 21:35:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Firemen Welfare Association Wednesday conveyed its deepest condolences to families of US firemen and other Americans who died in last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D. Full text...

  • Gaza Province slowly recovers from floods a year on
    19 september 2001 21:33:00
    Xai Xai- Mozambique (PANA) -- The southern Mozambican province of Gaza is slowly recovering from the disastrous floods of February 2000. Full text...

  • Major oil spillage after thugs drill pipeline
    19 september 2001 20:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thousands of litres of paraffin Monday night spilled onto a roadside, damaging wheat farms, after some unknown people drilled a hole into the main oil pipeline to Western Kenya at Mau Summit in Molo, 170 miles west of capital Nairobi. Full text...

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