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  • UN official says Burundi starved of funds
    13 june 2001 23:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A visiting UN official Wednesday lamented that Burundi, with more than 500,000 internally displaced people, receives the least funding among the emergency situations world-wide. Full text...

  • South Africans innovate on commemoration of Soweto Massacre
    13 june 2001 23:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As South Africans prepare to remember the 16 June 1976 school boycotts that led to the infamous Soweto Massacres, pictures of Hector Petersen, the 15-year-old schoolboy who was shot dead by police in Soweto, has began to reappear in newspapers across the country. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Casamance pupils to miss entrance exam
    13 june 2001 22:32:00
    Sedhiou- Senegal (PANA) -- Several hundred children in Senegal's southern region of Casamance may miss their secondary school entrance examination scheduled for 21 June, reliable sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Minister urges parliament to approve convention on crime
    13 june 2001 21:57:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Justice Minister Ngarikutuke Tjiriange Wednesday urged the National Assembly to approve the UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime without delay. Full text...

  • Minister urges parliament to approve crime convention crime
    13 june 2001 21:45:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Justice Minister Ngarikutuke Tjiriange Wednesday urged the National Assembly to approve the UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime without delay. Full text...

  • South African may be next space tourist
    13 june 2001 21:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Speculation is mounting that South African InfoTech wizzkid Mark Shuttleworth could become the next tourist in space. Full text...

  • UNHCR evacuates Guinean, Liberian refugees
    13 june 2001 20:59:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has evacuated 130 Liberians and Guineans from the Liberian-Sierra Leone Kailahun border town to Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Six arrested as Mayor's chain disappears
    13 june 2001 17:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Police in Kenya were on Wednesday questioning six Nairobi City Council employees in connection with the mysterious disappearance of the Mayor's chain. Full text...

  • Minister condemns utilisation of child soldiers
    13 june 2001 16:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's junior defence minister Noe Irung-Awan has urged warring sides in his country's armed conflict to stop the recruitment of minors and formally ban the utilisation of child soldiers. Full text...

  • RSF protests against editor's arrest
    13 june 2001 16:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international media watchdog, Reporters without Borders (RSF) is protesting against the arrest of Freddy Loseke Lisumbu, journalist in the DR Congo, editor of the daily La Libre Afrique in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Anti-violence Week enters second day
    13 june 2001 15:46:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's 'Anti-Violence Week' organised by the association 'SOS-Dialogue' Wednesday entered its second day. Full text...

  • Former police commissioner gets TRC Amnesty
    13 june 2001 11:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has granted amnesty to five persons, including a former police commissioner. Full text...

  • Afrikaners no longer oppressors in South Africa
    13 june 2001 08:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The time for Afrikaners being viewed as oppressors in South Africa is over, former President Nelson Mandela has said. Full text...

  • Tanzania appeals for partnership in ending child labour
    13 june 2001 07:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has appealed for regional and international partnership in fighting the global problem of child labour. Full text...

  • 2 killed in Niger communal violence
    12 june 2001 23:33:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Two people have died and 11 others wounded from communal clashes at Dirkou, 1,500-km north of Niamey, the Niger capital, the national radio reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO population seminar for journalists in Yaounde
    12 june 2001 23:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO is organising a three-day population seminar in Yaounde this week for advocacy journalists. Full text...

  • War-wounded soldiers threaten to rampage again
    12 june 2001 21:24:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Several soldiers wounded in the on-going war in northern Liberia have threatened to go on the rampage if government fails to address their plight, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • More than half of Niger's population needs potable water
    12 june 2001 20:20:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- According to the grim findings of a UN Development Programme (UNDP) survey, two-thirds of Niger's population live below the poverty line and only 43 per cent have access to drinking water. Full text...

  • 40 officers suspended in Botswana police reforms
    12 june 2001 20:18:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- More than 40 Botswana police officers have been suspended from duty in a major reform to rid the service of bad eggs. Full text...

  • Hearings into arms procurement deal begin in earnest
    12 june 2001 19:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The public hearings into South Africa's multi-billion dollar arms deal resumed in Pretoria on Tuesday, a day after Public Protector Selby Baqwa ruled that radio and television would be barred from broadcasting the hearings. Full text...

  • NGO says slavery survives in Niger
    12 june 2001 19:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A human rights NGO in Niger has hinted that slavery was still practised in some regions of the country where a feudal and stratified structure of society survives to date. Full text...

  • Burundi authorities arrest 15 Rwandan immigrants
    12 june 2001 18:41:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Fifteen Rwandans attempting to enter Burundi have been arrested in the north-eastern border province of Muyinga, official sources in the region confirmed. Full text...

  • Charities identified for lottery benefits
    12 june 2001 16:54:00
    Johannesburg - South Africa (PANA) -- The national lottery said it had finally identified 54 charities that would benefit from the millions of rand collected since the lotto game began just over a year ago. Full text...

  • 49 illegal immigrants arrested
    12 june 2001 14:34:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's navy has arrested 49 illegal immigrants off the Mediterranean coast as they headed for Spain on Monday. Full text...

  • African human rights body pays tribute to Demba Diallo
    12 june 2001 14:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Inter-African Human Rights Union has paid tribute to the late Demba Diallo, a founding member and honorary chairman of the organisation. Full text...

  • Libyans celebrate closure of US military base
    12 june 2001 14:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyans on Monday commemorated the 31st anniversary of the closure of a US military base and the departure of US troops from their territory. Full text...

  • Cameroonian government compensates journalist
    12 june 2001 13:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government has paid 137,000 US dollars as compensation to journalist and human rights activist, Albert Mukong, for abuses he suffered while in prison. Full text...

  • Population census progresses in Niger
    11 june 2001 23:24:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A three-week preliminary compilation of census figures and inventory of houses ended in Niger Sunday, according to the Central Census Bureau sources. Full text...

  • British court wants footage of Cape Town lynching handed over
    11 june 2001 22:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A British court Monday ordered two news agencies to hand over video footage of the 1996 public lynching of gang leader Rashaad Staggie in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Child trafficking goes criminal in Mali
    11 june 2001 21:37:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Child trafficking would soon be considered a criminal offence under the new Malian penal code, President Alpha Oumar Konare announced during a broadcast interview in Bamako over the weekend. Full text...

  • Evolution of higher education in figures
    11 june 2001 20:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Sub-Saharan African has made more efforts than any other developing region in the area of education, according to UNESCO. Full text...

  • Inquiry launched into drunken cops' robbery attempt
    11 june 2001 20:44:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi Police said Monday it had set up a committee to investigate two drunken armed policemen who last week stormed a night club in Blantyre, shooting their guns in the air, in an apparent robbery attempt. Full text...

  • Troubled reintegration for repatriated Burkinabes
    11 june 2001 20:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina (PANA) -- The authorities in Burkina Faso are having trouble reintegrating hundreds of thousands of Burkinabes who fled Côte d'Ivoire following the November 1999 xenophobic attacks in especially the Ivorian town of Tabou. Full text...

  • Mano river women urge leaders to talk peace
    11 june 2001 20:16:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Mano River Women Peace Network (MARWOPNET) is calling on leaders of the region to "urgently dialogue on the deteriorating security" of the sub-region, a statement published here Monday said. Full text...

  • South African humanitarian aid flight arrives in Iraq
    11 june 2001 20:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The first South African humanitarian aid flight to Iraq arrived at Saddam International Airport on Monday with six tons of baby food and medical supplies. Full text...

  • Insecurity alarms tour operators in Maasai Mara
    11 june 2001 14:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Association of Tour Operators has sounded an alarm over insecurity in the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, located in the expansive Rift Valley, warning that it was a powder keg waiting to explode. Full text...

  • Overcrowding, low funding plague African universities
    11 june 2001 12:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A UNESCO specialist on education has identified the sudden explosion in student population and inadequate financial allocation as two major problems plaguing higher education in Africa. Full text...

  • Two new Benin gateways on the Internet
    11 june 2001 09:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Two new gateways - "Benin-Agora" and "Bening@te", are providing information on Benin on the Internet, at "www. Full text...

  • Benin slates second demographic and health survey
    10 june 2001 19:32:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has set its second demographic and health survey for next September, sources at the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Analysis (INSAE) in Cotonou said. Full text...

  • Burundi decries child trafficking with the West
    10 june 2001 18:33:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 600 young Burundians, mostly little girls, are believed to have been illegally taken over to various European capitals to serve as prostitutes, sources in Bujumbura say. Full text...

  • Large-scale child trafficking between Burundi and the West
    10 june 2001 18:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 600 young Burundians, mostly little girls, have fraudulently left the country for various European capitals where they would be used as prostitutes, sources in Bujumbura say. Full text...

  • Survey on the situation of women and children
    10 june 2001 17:19:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Almost 700 agents will fan afield this June to collect data on the situation of women and children in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Victims of Ivorian xenophobia survive in Mali
    10 june 2001 17:02:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- In sneakers and sporting a tattered sweat shirt on a pair of jeans, Ousmane Kone is a youngster who fled post-election xenophobia in Côte d'Ivoire, and now makes a living canvassing for passengers at a Bamako bus station. Full text...

  • "Ivoirité", an obstacle to African integration
    10 june 2001 14:56:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina (PANA) -- There were some clashes in November 1999 in Tabou, a town in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Minister, officials fingered in telecomm buy-out scam
    10 june 2001 14:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Senior officials of the Malawi Telecommunications Limited, including the responsible minister, are being probed for what the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau is calling "asset stripping. Full text...

  • South African Iraqi Action Committee defies UN sanctions
    10 june 2001 13:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The 100-member South African Iraqi Action Committee has finally made it's humanitarian flight to Iraqi to supply medicines in a UN sanctions busting move. Full text...

  • Assailants rape woman after attacking lawyer's home
    10 june 2001 13:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Unidentified assailants Sunday raided the home of a lawyer for Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party, raping a woman they found as politically motivated violence in the country begins to rise ahead of three parliamentary by-elections. Full text...

  • Mbeki criticised for missing AIDS icon's funeral
    10 june 2001 12:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has been lambasted by AIDS activists and international media for failing to attend the funeral of Nkosi Johnson, South Africa's youngest AIDS activist. Full text...

  • Sudan says displaced people need urgent aid
    10 june 2001 12:14:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has urged the UN and its aid agencies to dispatch aid to tens of thousands of citizens displaced by the recent rebel attacks on Daim Zubair and Raja localities of Bahr el Ghazal State in southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Mbeki to revamp Alexandra in major urban renewal project
    10 june 2001 10:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki Saturday said that his government would spend 1. Full text...

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