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  • Gambian, Liberian indicted in large ivory seizure
    07 may 2001 14:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Fund Animal Welfare (IFAW) Monday announced that two men, reportedly from Gambia and Liberia, have been indicted in Los Angeles, for what officials said was the largest-ever seizure of illegal African elephant ivory on the US West Coast - some 165 kg of ivory, with an estimated value of 327 000 US dollars. Full text...

  • Technicians quit SAA for overseas airlines
    07 may 2001 12:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Forty technicians working for South African Airways have left the carrier in the last 12 months to take up jobs overseas. Full text...

  • Over 20,000 refugees face starvation in Namibia
    07 may 2001 10:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- More than 20,000 refugees at the Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia are facing starvation, the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Namibia has confirmed. Full text...

  • Burundian bishop Nterere dies of heart attack
    06 may 2001 19:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- One of Burundi's leading Catholic Church leaders, Mgr Jean-Berekmas Nterere of the eastern Mujinga Diocese died on Saturday night following a heart attack at the age of 69, the national radio reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to stem graduate unemployment
    06 may 2001 16:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government is to introduce a new measure under its re-packaged Poverty Eradication Programme (PEP) to reduce the high graduate unemployment, the privately-owned Comet newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Ivorian farmers deny employing "slaves" on plantations
    05 may 2001 20:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian coffee and cocoa producers have expressed outrage over a documentary by a private British Television station, which alleged that "90 percent of the Ivorian cocoa harvest is done by children from the Sahelian region who live in conditions that border on slavery. Full text...

  • 31 bodies recovered from capsized ferry
    05 may 2001 19:44:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Thirty-one bodies have been recovered from the ferry which capsized Thursday in Lake Kivu in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Central African journalists create association
    05 may 2001 18:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Journalists from eight central African countries at conference on press freedom ending Saturday in Windhoek, Namibia have created an association called Central African Media Organisation - Organisation des Medias d'Afrique Centrale (OMAC). Full text...

  • Mozambican NGOs advocate debt reduction strategy
    05 may 2001 18:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Debt Group, a coalition of NGOs and individuals campaigning for a break with the country's external debt, has called for a national strategy to the problem. Full text...

  • Experts worried over rising suicidal rate in Tanzania
    05 may 2001 16:03:00
    Dar Es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists and criminologists have expressed concern at the rapid increase of suicidal cases in the country. Full text...

  • Jury to pick ECOWAS Anthem
    05 may 2001 15:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Members of a jury drawn from 10 ECOWAS member countries will converge in Abuja next week to pick the winning entry for the lyrics of the community anthem, sources at the Abuja secretariat of the sub-regional body said Saturday. Full text...

  • Alleged hitman appears in court
    05 may 2001 13:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An alleged member of the vigilante group, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad), appeared briefly in Cape Town's Paarl Magistrate's Court Friday in connection with the murder of a couple who were to have turned state witness in a major urban terrorism court case. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's son escapes unhurt in car crash
    05 may 2001 12:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's sons narrowly escaped death when his car was involved in an accident in Abuja earlier in the week, according to the privately-owned Punch newspaper Saturday. Full text...

  • The rich scramble for president's memorabilia
    05 may 2001 12:33:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawians with deep pockets from Friday night until early Saturday morning sampled both the culinary and fashion tastes of the country's first family at a charity dinner held at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre. Full text...

  • A police fiscal unit starts operating next week
    05 may 2001 11:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Police Fraud Unit has been launched in Mauritius to investigate into fiscal fraud in the island nation. Full text...

  • Zamfara state amputates man's wrist for theft
    05 may 2001 11:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Zamfara, the northern Nigerian state that pioneered the introduction of the Islamic Sharia law in the country, has amputated a convicted thief's wrist. Full text...

  • UNICEF supports Basic Education in DR Congo
    04 may 2001 22:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNICEF has donated equipment worth 120,000 US dollars to assist DR Congo's Basic Education, under the 2000-2001 co-operation programme between the UN agency and the country. Full text...

  • ICRC suspends activities in Congo's Ituri district
    04 may 2001 22:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Kinshasa has announced the suspension of its activities in the Ituri district of DR Congo's eastern province. Full text...

  • Tanzania launches database to track socio-economic development
    04 may 2001 21:25:00
    DAR ES SALAAM- Tanzania (PANA) -- A comprehensive software application launched Friday with an ambitious mission to provide reliable information on Tanzania's socio-economic situation and human development is offering high-tech solutions to the country's data point woes. Full text...

  • Press rights body denounces decision to subpoena photographer
    04 may 2001 20:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has added its voice to criticism of a State decision to subpoena top South African photographer Benny Gool to testify in hearing on the murder of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie. Full text...

  • Burkinabe media celebrate press day in broken ranks
    04 may 2001 20:37:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Media practitioners in Burkina Faso observed World Press Freedom Day against the backdrop of simmering divisions that emerged at a recent congress of the National Union of Information and Culture Workers (SYNATIC). Full text...

  • Benin Parliament approves ILO Convention 182
    04 may 2001 20:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin MPs Thursday unanimously passed a bill authorising the country's ratification of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 182 on the prohibition of the worst forms of child labour and immediate action at eliminating them. Full text...

  • Burundi mobile phone operators at odds with telecom utility
    04 may 2001 20:16:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Tension is on the rise in Burundi between the state company providing fixed telephone services and the emerging mobile phone companies demanding an interconnection agreement for better mutual billing of services. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists urge review of press bill
    04 may 2001 19:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Media practitioners in Gambia marked this year's World Press Freedom Day with a call on Banjul authorities to rethink a press bill currently in Parliament for debate. Full text...

  • President Hosts Fund-Raising Dinner
    04 may 2001 16:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawians who are prepared to dig deeper in their pockets will late Friday be able to sample both the culinary and fashion taste of Malawi's first family. Full text...

  • Major breakthrough in Western Cape bombing case
    04 may 2001 15:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police have made another dramatic breakthrough in their investigations into urban terrorism in the Western Cape with the arrest of a man suspected of murdering two state witnesses in a major trial. Full text...

  • Rwanda urged to resolve disappearances Assassination
    04 may 2001 14:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Human Rights Watch on Friday urged the Rwandan government to step up efforts to resolve recent cases of disappearances and an assassination. Full text...

  • Federal Govt To Strengthen Security In Lagos
    04 may 2001 13:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government, in cooperation with Lagos State, is to strengthen security in the country's economic hub of Lagos, which has lately been in the stranglehold of armed robbery and other violent crimes. Full text...

  • CODEV-Occitanie puts Africa headquarters in Cotonou
    04 may 2001 12:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The French NGO CODEV-Occitanie and the Benin government have signed an agreement for the organisation to establish its African headquarters in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mozambique moves against corrupt traffic policemen
    04 may 2001 10:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said in Maputo that the government has begun to crack down on corrupt traffic police. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalist savagely beaten
    04 may 2001 10:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican journalist Rui de Carvalho, who works for the independent daily newssheet "Mediafax" was savagely beaten by unknown assailants in the Maputo suburb of Hulene on Thursday night. Full text...

  • Seized prawn catch was bound for South Africa
    04 may 2001 08:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican police has disclosed that the 13 tonnes of prawns illegally fished, and seized on Tuesday in a ship in the Mozambique Channel, were to be shipped to neighbouring South Africa. Full text...

  • Voice of America comes to Cape Verde
    03 may 2001 23:36:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's private "Radio Commerciale" (RC), began periodic transmission Thursday of "Voice of America" (VOA) programmes. Full text...

  • Private media seek increased funding
    03 may 2001 23:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Private media in Niger Thursday called on the government to raise its assistance Fund to the media from 30 million CFA francs to 300 CFA francs. Full text...

  • Envoy irked by misuse of donor assistance
    03 may 2001 22:22:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania, (PANA) -- Donor concern about corruption in Tanzania came to a head Thursday when Irish Charge d'Affaires Ronan Corvin charged that millions of shillings in assistance injected into Kilosa District by Irish Aid has been swindled. Full text...

  • Man cuts off penis to have peace
    03 may 2001 22:11:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A resident of a Niamey suburb who cut off his genitals "to have peace" with himself is now struggling for his life in a hospital, the independent daily, L'Enqueteur reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Endangered Liberian media mark Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2001 22:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 100 Liberian journalists Thursday marched through principal streets in the capital, Monrovia, with a zest that epitomises their ardent desire to stay alive as independent practitioners. Full text...

  • Mali pays tribute to press on World Press Day
    03 may 2001 21:30:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian minister of territorial administration and decentralised authorities, Osmane Sy, Thursday paid a glowing tribute to the Malian press during a ceremony to mark World Press Day in the country. Full text...

  • SADC records more than 180 media violations last year
    03 may 2001 21:21:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Figures released Thursday by the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) show that there were more than 180 separate incidents of violations affecting the media across southern Africa last year. Full text...

  • Mozambique says seized prawn catch was South Africa-bound
    03 may 2001 21:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police say 13 tonnes of prawns seized last Tuesday in a ship in the Mozambican Channel, were to be shipped to neighbouring South Africa. Full text...

  • Mozambique says seized prawn catch was South Africa-bound
    03 may 2001 21:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police say 13 tonnes of prawns seized last Tuesday in a ship in the Mozambican Channel, were to be shipped to neighbouring South Africa. Full text...

  • Mozambique reiterates commitment to press freedom
    03 may 2001 20:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi Thursday declared that the government remains committed to "the consolidation of press freedom in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Luxembourg offers Niger villages food assistance
    03 may 2001 19:58:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has granted food relief amounting to 420 tonnes of millet to 53 famine- stricken villages in Niger, official sources in Niamey said Thursday. Full text...

  • SADC makes progress towards political integration
    03 may 2001 19:54:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has made some progress towards political integration, says a SADC Regional Human Development Report 2000 launched Thursday in Windhoek. Full text...

  • Premier promises to improve press freedom in Cape Verde
    03 may 2001 19:28:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves has reaffirmed the government's commitment to creating conditions that would improve press freedom in Cape Verde. Full text...

  • Photographer subpoenaed to testify in major Pagad trial
    03 may 2001 15:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Top South African press photographer Benny Gool has been subpoenaed to testify in the trial of a vigilante group leader charged with murdering a senior gang leader in Cape Town five years ago. Full text...

  • Use Of Condoms - Protestant Denominations Say Yes, But ...
    03 may 2001 14:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Should the Church accept to promote condoms? If it did, then in what case should the faithful be advised to use the sheaths? These are some of the questions which a section of church leaders have been trying to answer. Full text...

  • Man fined for hiding under table at Muluzi's rally
    03 may 2001 14:01:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Blantyre court has fined a man 500 Malawi Kwacha (about 6 US dollars) after pleading guilty to a charge of acting in a manner likely to cause breach of peace during President Bakili Muluzi's rally last Saturday. Full text...

  • Alleged Gay challenges Botswana's homosexual laws
    03 may 2001 12:56:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A man who is accused of engaging in homosexuality in Botswana has filed an application in the High Court challenging the country's laws on unnatural sexual liaisons. Full text...

  • South Africa commemorates World Press Day
    03 may 2001 12:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Thursday said press freedom should be enjoyed by all citizens and not only by a chosen few. Full text...

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