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  • Nigerian Minister chairs 46th UNESCO Conference on Education
    05 september 2001 20:07:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Nigerian Education Minister, Abraham Babalola Aborishade, was elected chairman of the 46th International Conference on Education (ICE), which opened in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday. Full text...

  • International Conference on Education opens in Geneva
    05 september 2001 19:48:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Some 180 national delegations, including 80 Education Ministers as well as representatives of UN agencies and NGOs, are taking part in the 46th International Education Conference, which opened in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday. Full text...

  • Africans stick to their guns over demands for reparations
    05 september 2001 19:37:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Unlike the Arabs, who are prepared to wait for another occasion to press their case, Africans at the World Conference against Racism are far from relenting on their demand for apologies over western abuses. Full text...

  • UN to lift sanctions on Sudan in September
    05 september 2001 19:26:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council intends to lift this month the number of sanctions it had imposed on Sudan five years ago, Council President for September, Jean-David Levitte of France, announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Archbishop Tutu says WCAR can learn from South Africa
    05 september 2001 17:10:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Wednesday told journalists covering the World Conference Against Racism that the entire world could draw lessons from South Africa's experience in dealing with the legacy of apartheid. Full text...

  • Ghana's revised education programme rolling back on track
    05 september 2001 15:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- After a near disastrous start to a new education system in the middle 1990s, education officials in Ghana are beginning to heave a sigh of relief that it is rolling back on track. Full text...

  • Durban conference ready to make concessions
    05 september 2001 12:37:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Conference against Racism, under way in Durban since Friday, made substantial progress at the end of its fifth day. Full text...

  • Former presidential adviser dies
    05 september 2001 10:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's defunct NPN party's national secretary, Suleiman Takuma, has died, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe feels cheated by London and Washington
    05 september 2001 09:56:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- It was on the basis of commitments and promises made by the British and American governments that Zimbabwe agreed to national reconciliation, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the ongoing World Conference against Racism. Full text...

  • Campbell sisters to appear before Magistrate Wednesday
    04 september 2001 23:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- French-Senegalese twin sisters, Nancy and Leila Campbell, are to appear before a Magistrate's Court in Dakar Wednesday to answer charges over last week's aborted trip of 100 Senegalese models to Libya. Full text...

  • Trans-Atlantic solidarity in favour of reparations
    04 september 2001 23:48:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The world conference against racism and discrimination Tuesday staged a trans-Atlantic solidarity rally in favour of reparations for the prejudices endured for centuries by black communities and those of African origin. Full text...

  • Victims of racism describe horrific ordeals
    04 september 2001 23:05:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A 15-year-old South African school girl fought back tears on Monday as she described the humiliation she endured when she was wrongfully accused of shoplifting and painted white last year. Full text...

  • Attorney general sued over new districts
    04 september 2001 21:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two opposition Kenyan members of parliament have gone to court to file a case against Attorney General Amos Wako over 22 districts whose creation they alleged flouted the country's constitution. Full text...

  • Fire guts part of Malawi' main hospital
    04 september 2001 20:35:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The orthopaedics department of Malawi's main hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Central in Blantyre, was gutted by a mysterious fire late Tuesday evening. Full text...

  • Government wants court to dismiss Catholic radio lawsuit
    04 september 2001 20:00:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia's state attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the government by the Catholic Church to restore its radio broadcast rights, press reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Technical hitch forces Egypt Air flight to land
    04 september 2001 18:39:00
    Kano- Nigeria (PANA) -- An Egypt Air plane carrying more than 100 passengers from Cairo to Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire, was forced to land at the Aminu Kano International Airport in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, Tuesday due to a "technical hitch," aviation sources said. Full text...

  • Computer hackers access to security secrets
    04 september 2001 16:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Police have raided two cyber-cafes in downtown Nairobi suspected to have hacked into Kenya government's classified data, a daily reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Play focuses on racism and reconciliation
    04 september 2001 16:18:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Personal stories of Apartheid brutality, injustice and the complex issues of truth and reconciliation are being staged alongside debates and presentations at the ongoing World Conference against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Policeman shoots colleague at checkpoint
    04 september 2001 14:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A policeman attached to the Assistant Inspector General of Police was shot dead by his colleagues at a checkpoint on Sunday in controversial circumstances in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital city. Full text...

  • Weapons stolen from military armoury
    04 september 2001 14:27:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A Malian army corporal and a businessman have been arrested in connection with the theft of 37 submachine guns and about sixty rounds of ammunition from the Kati military garrison's armoury, 15-km from Bamako. Full text...

  • Ex-PANA technical director gets top broadcasting job
    04 september 2001 13:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former technical director of the Dakar-based Pan African News Agency, Eddy Mupeso, has been appointed director-general of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. Full text...

  • Victims of racism describe their horrific ordeals
    04 september 2001 08:32:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- A 15-year-old South African schoolgirl fought back tears as she described the humiliation she endured when she was wrongfully accused of shoplifting and painted white last year. Full text...

  • Botswana Minister Regrets Mistreatment Of Bushmen
    04 september 2001 08:11:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's Minister for Minerals, Natural Resources and Water Affairs, Boometswe Mokgothu, has expressed regrets over the mistreatment of bushmen, locally known as Basarwa. Full text...

  • Angola asks South Africa for 10 billion dollars
    03 september 2001 23:59:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Angolan government Sunday night in Durban reminded the UN conference on racism of "the 10 billion dollars that a UN Security Council resolution has ordered the apartheid regime to pay as reparations". Full text...

  • UN vehicle ambushed in Congo
    03 september 2001 23:56:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Suspected members of the Rwandan Hutu militia and Congolese "Mayi Mayi" traditional fighters ambushed a vehicle carrying UN unarmed observers late Monday, a rebel official in Bukavu said. Full text...

  • African platform at the Durban Conference
    03 september 2001 23:46:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Notwithstanding their divergences on key controversial issues, Africans at the ongoing World Conference Against Racism converged in Durban with a nine- item platform adopted way back January at a preparatory conference held in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Chissano on Maputo City's problems
    03 september 2001 23:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano said on Monday that the problems faced by the country's capital, Maputo, derived from the way in which the city was designed. Full text...

  • Mocumbi encourages citizens to denounce racism
    03 september 2001 23:27:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi has encouraged fellow citizens to come forward and denounce any acts of racism and discrimination they may suffer based on the colour of their skin. Full text...

  • US withdrawal compounds proceedings at WCAR
    03 september 2001 23:24:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Most of the 154 countries officially registered for the World Conference Against Racism in Durban appear to be sticking to their Positions, with the US withdrawal Monday compounding the slow progress recorded by the Conference working groups. Full text...

  • Sudan shocked by Museveni's statement
    03 september 2001 23:17:00
    Durban- South-Africa (PANA) -- The Sudanese minister of justice, Ali Mohamed Osman Yasni, declared Sunday night that he was "shocked by the comparison made by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni between the situation in the Middle East and the living conditions of blacks in Sudan". Full text...

  • DR Congo denounces "genocide" of its people
    03 september 2001 23:04:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday brought to the attention of the World Conference Against Racism "the insidious genocide" suffered by its people in the last three years. Full text...

  • UNDP spotlights link between human rights and development
    03 september 2001 21:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme has underscored the need for concrete steps against intolerance and racial discrimination to help the world meet development targets at the World Conference Against Racism which began Sunday in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Relief groups say human suffering increasing in Liberia
    03 september 2001 21:10:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Seventeen international relief groups operating in Liberia say the "downturn in humanitarian aid" is having "serious and negative impact on the most vulnerable" of the country's population. Full text...

  • Counsel seeks release of OPC leader on technicality
    03 september 2001 20:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Counsel to arrested faction leader of Nigeria's Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Ganiyu Adams Monday asked the Court to strike out the case against his client because the prosecuting body lacked constitutional recognition. Full text...

  • Prisoner shot dead in escape bid
    03 september 2001 20:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Security has been tightened at Maula Prison in the Malawi capital Lilongwe following a fatal escape bid by four prisoners over the weekend. Full text...

  • Journalist roughed up, charged over published article
    03 september 2001 19:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The editor of the 'People's Eye,' a Malawian weekly hostile to the government, was at the weekend pulled out of a minibus and severely beaten by pro-government thugs. Full text...

  • Legalise prostitution, say Kenyan medical researchers
    03 september 2001 19:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of Kenyan researchers are calling for the recognition of commercial sex workers, arguing that the move would enable health authorities to effectively control the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including the HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Red Cross provides relief to Nigerian flood victims
    03 september 2001 18:26:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Red Cross officials said Monday the organisation was providing relief materials to victims of the massive flooding in the northern Kano and Jigawa States. Full text...

  • President Chiluba files divorce case
    03 september 2001 17:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Frederick Chiluba has instituted legal proceedings to divorce his wife, Vera, with whom he had been married for about 32 years. Full text...

  • Africa's spokesman calls for a compensation mechanism
    03 september 2001 15:14:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Zambian Vice President, Enoch P. Full text...

  • Sudan donates antique to UN headquarters
    03 september 2001 13:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has donated a Meroetic era antique to the United Nations headquarters in New York. Full text...

  • Dodging compensation for slavery to avoid complications
    03 september 2001 12:36:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The principle of compensation which is one of the hurdles at the World Conference against Racism, was deliberately caricatured to such an extent that one can't see the wood for the trees. Full text...

  • Plight of a modern day slave moves delegates
    03 september 2001 10:00:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The plight of a 17-year-old slave from Niger has touched the hearts of delegates at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Full text...

  • Peace boat back in Kinshasa
    02 september 2001 19:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The 'boat of peace,' which left Kinshasa two months ago for rebel-controlled Mogalo, returned this weekend with 800 tonnes of maize supplied by the European Union and intended for the needy in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Durban conference in halting pace
    02 september 2001 18:08:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Notwithstanding the delivery of about 60 speeches highlighting efforts at national and regional levels to contain the vice, the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) underway in Durban, South Africa since Friday, has made little progress. Full text...

  • Involving the media in Guinea's anti-corruption crusade
    02 september 2001 17:41:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Newspaper chief executives in Guinea have suggested greater involvement of the media in the country's fight against corruption. Full text...

  • Paper alleges cover up of Lagos plane crash
    02 september 2001 17:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's privately-owned "Thisday" newspaper has alleged a cover-up of a non-fatal crash involving a plane owned by a local airline, Chrome Air, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos. Full text...

  • Eight die in another Nigerian crash
    02 september 2001 16:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Eight people died in a road crash involving a truck and a passenger bus along one of Nigeria's busiest roads, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, on Saturday, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • US threatens to completely withdraw from WCAR
    02 september 2001 13:33:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The issue of Zionism continues to dog the World Conference Against Racism in Durban as the United States, which has come under enormous criticism for refusing to send Secretary of State Colin Powell to the gathering, on Sunday threatened to completely withdraw from the event. Full text...

  • Govt. deploys soldiers to quell Bauchi violence
    02 september 2001 13:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As religious violence in Nigeria's northern state of Bauchi festers, the federal government has deployed soldiers to help end the violence, the privately-owned Champion newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

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