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  • Police raid Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's home
    04 june 2001 19:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Police swooped on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Soweto home at the weekend in search of documents related to bank fraud. Full text...

  • Over 400 policemen attacked in five years
    04 june 2001 18:48:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 460 police officers have been attacked in the last five years in Mauritius, according to statistics released Monday in Port Louis. Full text...

  • Striking University teachers ordered back to classes
    04 june 2001 18:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has ordered University teachers across the country to end their two-month strike and return to classes next Monday. Full text...

  • Ghanaian woman said seeking Botswana husband
    04 june 2001 16:04:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A 26-year-old woman, identified as a Ghanaian, has sent her credentials to Botswana in search of a husband, the local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Rights group says torture rife in Mauritius
    04 june 2001 15:16:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The use of torture, inhumane treatment or degrading punishment is widespread in Mauritius, according to a report by the Islamic Human Rights Commission based in the United Kingdom. Full text...

  • Congolese Refugees accuse UN Agencies of neglect
    04 june 2001 14:56:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Some 2,585 DR Congo refugees recently repatriated from Sudan and Angola tabled their suffering before a UN official who visited their Sicotra camp east of Kinshasa Friday. Full text...

  • Maghreb women declare 1 June Mother's Day
    04 june 2001 13:01:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- At an ongoing meeting of the Maghreb Mothers' Association, holding in Casablanca, Morocco, participants have declared 1 June Maghreb Mother's Day. Full text...

  • Famous TV Gladiator Dies
    03 june 2001 16:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A day after she was declared brain dead, Sahara, the famous television gladiator died Saturday when her life support system was shut down. Full text...

  • Govt Investigates Top Officials Over Foreign Accounts
    03 june 2001 16:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the anti-corruption commission opens trial of indicted persons in Abuja, Nigeria's federal government has ordered the investigation of its officials with "fat foreign accounts" allegedly used to siphon public funds, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Jilted Lover Sues Boyfriend
    03 june 2001 16:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After their love went sour, a middle-aged lady in Nigeria's northern state of Katsina has sued her former boyfriend for a two million naira compensation (110 naira=1USD). Full text...

  • ICT access for African media crucial for democratisation
    02 june 2001 19:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Washington-based Global Coalition for Africa (GCA) contends that the need to foster the development of an open, free, critical and effective media in Africa has never been more urgent for a continent staking its claim on the 21st Century. Full text...

  • UNHCR reports relocation of Sierra Leonean refugees
    02 june 2001 18:59:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says it has completed the relocation of more than 54,000 refugees from an insecure area near Guinea's volatile border with Sierra Leone to what it said were better protected camps further inland. Full text...

  • Mano River women network in search for peace
    02 june 2001 18:51:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A nine-strong delegation from a peace network being set up by women across the Mano River (MARWOPNET), leave the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown for Monrovia, Liberia on Sunday as the movement makes its debut. Full text...

  • UNICEF flies in emergency relief for war victims
    02 june 2001 15:14:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A total of six metric tons of emergency relief supplies have been airlifted into Liberia for victims of the war in the north of the country, UNICEF resident representative, Scholastica Kimaryo, has said. Full text...

  • Authorities reject rumours of leaked exam papers
    02 june 2001 13:30:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Director of the Baccalaureate Board in Cameroon, Zacharie Mbatsogo, Friday denied rumours circulating in the country that final examination papers for this year have been leaked, prompting the authorities to postpone their sitting by students. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to establish women only university
    02 june 2001 13:11:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government has approved an application by women lobby groups to establish a female only university, officials said Sunday. Full text...

  • Gambia University signs memorandum with other institutions
    02 june 2001 12:23:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Desirous to create a congenial environment for co-operation, the University of Gambia has signed a memorandum of understanding with all the tertiary institutions in the country. Full text...

  • Gambia University sings memorandum
    02 june 2001 12:13:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Desirous to create a congenial environment for co-operation, the University of Gambia has signed a memorandum of understanding with all the tertiary institutions in the country. Full text...

  • RSF worries about Liberian journalists' working conditions
    02 june 2001 11:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Reporters without Borders (RSF) organisation said it was very worried by the worsening working conditions of journalists in Liberia. Full text...

  • Metical still going strong after 1000th issue
    02 june 2001 09:29:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Though a few observers gave it much of a chance when its first issue came out on 16 June 1997, Mozambique's independent newsheet, Metical, Friday marked its 1000th edition by paying tribute to Carlos Cardoso, its late founder and editor. Full text...

  • Maputo robbers pull a fast one on a payroll
    01 june 2001 23:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A group of five thieves, armed with two pistols, stole on Thursday more than 100 million meticais (about 5,000 US dollars) intended for the wages of the 67 workers of the Maputo detergent company MODET, reported the daily "Noticias" Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO helps local press to pay for newsprint
    01 june 2001 23:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- UNESCO has signed an agreement with eight newspapers and with a Mozambican paper supplier, under which the publications will be able to purchase their newsprint r as a group, thus reducing their costs. Full text...

  • Gambian youths shun journalism
    01 june 2001 23:23:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Young Gambians say they are not keen on becoming journalists, describing the profession as risky and hazardous. Full text...

  • GCA urges respect for constitutions
    01 june 2001 23:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The need to uphold respect for constitutions in Africa has been identified as the fundamental pillar on which the hard-won gains of democracy could be safeguarded on the continent. Full text...

  • Journalists take issue with corruption forum
    01 june 2001 22:52:00
    The Hague- The Netherlands (PANA) -- As the curtains are drawn on the second Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity at the Hague in the Netherlands, journalists have taken issue with the lack of transparency surrounding much of the conference. Full text...

  • Women's group demands release of abducted girls
    01 june 2001 22:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Sierra Leone branch of the Mano River Union's Women Peace Network Friday demanded the release of all girls and children abducted or forced into the region's conflict by the warring sides. Full text...

  • Freetown and Banjul renew 85-year-old relationship
    01 june 2001 22:18:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Mayor Henry Ferguson of Freetown and his Banjul counterpart in Gambia, Samba Faal, have signed in Banjul an agreement calling for the revitalisation of friendship between the two cities. Full text...

  • PANAPRESS, ANGOP sign Portuguese Service agreement
    01 june 2001 21:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Dakar-based Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) and the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) signed an agreement Friday for the production of Portuguese news casts. Full text...

  • South Africa commemorates international children's day
    01 june 2001 19:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A National Programme of Action for Children in South Africa was launched in parliament on Friday to coincide with International Children's Day on Friday. Full text...

  • UN habitat authority stresses urgency of shelter for all
    01 june 2001 19:30:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The Executive Director of the UN Centre for Human Settlement (Habitat), Anna Tibaijuka, has warned of a pressing need to provide adequate shelter for all as developing countries head for a major population shift from rural areas to cities in the next 30 years. Full text...

  • Holidaying pathologist delays burial baby
    01 june 2001 15:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A holidaying pathologist in Zimbabwe has delayed the burial for weeks of a boy whose post- mortem he has to conduct before the child is finally laid to rest, family members said Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan media to be streamlined
    01 june 2001 14:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Stakeholders in Kenya's media industry will meet in Nairobi soon to work out a policy that would do away with discrepancies in the allocation of radio and television airwaves. Full text...

  • UNAIDS grieves over death of Nkosi Johnson
    01 june 2001 14:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS Friday expressed sorrow over the death of South African AIDS activist, 12-year-old Nkosi Johnson, saying "we have lost a champion, a hero in the fight against AIDS". Full text...

  • Condolences for young AIDS victim
    01 june 2001 13:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Messages of condolences are streaming in following the death of 12-year-old AIDS victim Nkosi Johnson who died in his sleep in the early hours of Friday. Full text...

  • Cleric slams attempts to legalise prostitution
    01 june 2001 13:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, President of the African Christian Democratic Party, has told the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ANC that they would be digging their own graves if they legalised prostitution in the country. Full text...

  • Fire kills 3 children in Central Zimbabwe
    01 june 2001 12:56:00
    Gweru- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean police Friday said three toddlers were burned to death in a thatched farm hut which they lighted after being left unattended at London farm in the central Zimbabwean city of Gweru. Full text...

  • US cutter partakes in naval exercises in Cape Town
    01 june 2001 08:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The United States Coast Guard cutter Sherman is in Cape Town as part of a goodwill visit aimed at strengthening relationships with the South African navy. Full text...

  • TRC to submit final report by year-end
    01 june 2001 07:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission charged with investigating apartheid-era crimes in South Africa will present its final report to President Thabo Mbeki before the end of the year. Full text...

  • Abdel Kader Boye to head Dakar University
    31 may 2001 23:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Prof. Full text...

  • Mozambican ministry halts municipal curfew
    31 may 2001 21:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The State Administration ministry in Mozambique has ordered the northern municipal council of Angoche to withdraw a local order imposing what critics had earlier dismissed as an illegal curfew. Full text...

  • Angoche town decrees illegal curfew to curb crime
    31 may 2001 21:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Faced with an increase in crime, the authorities in the northern Mozambican town of Angoche, rather than improve policing, have taken the cheaper but illegal measure of ordering the residents to stay at home at night. Full text...

  • Mozambican municipality decrees controversial curfew
    31 may 2001 21:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Overwhelmed by rising crime, authorities in the northern Mozambican town of Angoche have ordered residents to stay at home at night, decreeing that no one be out on the streets between 23:00 hours and 4:00 hours, and that bars and other leisure places close at 19:00 hours. Full text...

  • Muslim umbrella body disowns arrested sheikhs
    31 may 2001 20:46:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM), the umbrella organisation for all Muslim sects in the country, has disassociated itself from a hard-hitting "Sheikhs' Letter" accusing President Bakili Muluzi of misruling the country. Full text...

  • Judge refuses to view key state evidence in Pagad trial
    31 may 2001 19:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Prosecutors in the case of five men accused of the 1996 murder of Hard Livings Gang boss Rashaad Staggie, received a major blow on Thursday when Cape High Court Judge John Foxcroft ruled that he would not view video footage taken the night that Staggie was killed. Full text...

  • African MPs urge legislation on reproductive health
    31 may 2001 19:37:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- MPs from Benin, Cameroon, Guinea and Togo, have at the close of a meeting in Lome, Togo enjoined African Parliaments to legislate laws on reproductive health, in keeping with an undertaking in June 1998 to curb population growth. Full text...

  • Police chief defends South African court decision
    31 may 2001 19:35:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's criminal investigations department head Kenny Kapinga Thursday said that he is not surprised by a recent ruling by a South African court that suspects likely to face the death sentence in other countries would not be repatriated to face justice. Full text...

  • Malawi driver in for manslaughter after killing Britons
    31 may 2001 19:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The state prosecutor in Malawi, Fahad Assani, has announced he would charge a driver whose pick up truck caused the death of five people including three young Britons last March, with manslaughter. Full text...

  • Fatal Truck Driver Faces Manslaughter Charges
    31 may 2001 12:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's Director of Public Prosecutions, Fahad Assani, has said he would charge the driver of a pick-up truck in which five persons were killed, following a road crash in March, with five counts of manslaughter. Full text...

  • Ten Zimbabweans seek accident compensation
    31 may 2001 11:33:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The general manager Botswana motor vehicle accident fund, Reginah Vaka Thursday confirmed receiving at least ten claims following a road accident in which 16 Zimbabweans died in February. Full text...

  • Wade launches Internet Caravan
    30 may 2001 23:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade has unveiled plans for the Senegalese telecommunications agency, to "develop new information and communication technologies" nation-wide. Full text...

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