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  • Botswana soldiers disrupt court martial
    22 june 2001 16:53:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Soldiers attending the first ever court martial in Botswana, disrupted the proceedings, forcing the presiding officer to throw some of them out of the courtroom. Full text...

  • West African Newspaper Proprietors for Cotonou Seminar
    22 june 2001 16:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 40 West African Newspaper Proprietors are to attend a seminar on "the commercial strategies of the press enterprise," in Cotonou, Benin 25-30 June, the organisers have announced. Full text...

  • 4 Burkina nationals jailed for child trafficking
    22 june 2001 16:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An Ivorian court sitting at Katiola, some 500-km north of Abidjan, has sentenced four Burkinabe citizens to two months in jail each for "child trafficking," the Ivorian Press Agency (AIP) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean Army officer on firearms possession trial
    22 june 2001 15:29:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Army Director of Training Col. Full text...

  • New court to boost fight against crime in South Africa
    22 june 2001 14:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The much talked about partnership between business and government received a major shot in the arm, when Justice and Constitutional Development minister Penuell Maduna Friday opened a new Newlands Regional Court building in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Senegalese police arrest fake fuel networker
    22 june 2001 11:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese police have arrested a Nigerian man in connection with the selling of diluted fuel intended for public transport buses. Full text...

  • Amnesty urges Zambia to abolish the death penalty
    22 june 2001 10:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Amnesty International has urged the Zambian government to consider abolishing the death penalty, recalling that the country is signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human rights and the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights. Full text...

  • President Mkapa moves against Internet pornography
    22 june 2001 09:33:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- In what is seen as a bid to check moral debauchery, Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has ordered a crackdown on cyber cafes that access the country's youth to pornography via the Internet. Full text...

  • Jail escapees still at large
    21 june 2001 22:06:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana prison authorities said Thursday that 12 of the 13 inmates who early Wednesday escaped from jail in Francistown were still at large. Full text...

  • Military court hears case of missing nine youths
    21 june 2001 19:46:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Eight gendarmes of Cameroon's Operational Command Unit Thursday appeared before a military court in Yaounde in connection of the disappearance of nine youths in the commercial city of Douala last February. Full text...

  • Over 50 Central African Republic refugees in northern Congo
    21 june 2001 19:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Over 50 nationals of Central African Republic have fled to Congo following the recent coup attempt against President Ange Felix Patasse, a senior government official in Brazzaville has disclosed. Full text...

  • British experts study prison life in Mauritius
    21 june 2001 17:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Two British experts are presently in Mauritius to study conditions in the country's prisons. Full text...

  • EAC rallies for regional identity among youth
    21 june 2001 17:08:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) has announced an awareness campaign to publicise the regional body among youths of the region. Full text...

  • Oueme (Benin), centre for child trafficking
    21 june 2001 16:18:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A survey has indicted Benin's south- eastern district of Oueme, on the border with Nigeria, as accounting for 55 per cent of trafficked children in the country. Full text...

  • Lawyer Stops Client From Stripping In Court
    21 june 2001 15:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A man stunned a Kenyan court Wednesday when he attempted to strip to prove he was "castrated" by the police during an alleged cell torture, the East African Standard reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Peace boat gets warm welcome in Kinsangani
    21 june 2001 15:26:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A Peace Boat chartered by the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) to initiate the reopening of traffic on the River Congo between Kinshasa and rebel-held Kisangani, was warmly welcomed by populations last Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ship spills fuel in Cameroon's Wouri channel
    21 june 2001 15:15:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- A ship from Cameroon's National Oil Refinery (SONARA) spilled several hundred litres of diesel, petrol and kerosene at the entrance of the Wouri channel after colliding with two other vessels, Douala port authorities said. Full text...

  • Namibian detainees jump jail
    21 june 2001 15:02:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Five detainees awaiting trial escaped from Rundu (Namibia) police cells last night. Full text...

  • Lawyer accosts Benin President over damages paid by client
    21 june 2001 14:28:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A lawyer holding counsel for Mohamed Amadou Cisse, one-time marabou of President Mathieu Kerekou, has demanded that the Benin leader clear the air over damages his client was made to pay to the State for alleged connections with the bankruptcy of two local banks. Full text...

  • UNHCR Not Involved In Plans to Receive Stranded Liberians
    21 june 2001 14:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigerian Port and Immigration officials await the arrival of the Swedish ship carrying Liberians believed to be refugees, the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) said it is not involved in the plans to receive them. Full text...

  • New policy defines role of media after reforms
    21 june 2001 12:17:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- After a decade of reforms that have triggered profound changes in the role of the state, Tanzanians are embarking on their third effort since independence in 1961 to craft a new media policy underpinned by press freedom ideals and high standards of professionalism. Full text...

  • Illiteracy, poverty cited as causes of child labour
    20 june 2001 23:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- They work in commercial agriculture, in mines and in quarries. Full text...

  • Mozambique holds donors' conference in July
    20 june 2001 22:26:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique has scheduled to hold an international donors' conference from 12-13 July in a bid to raise funds for post-flood reconstruction in the country's central region. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia offers pilgrimage mouton to the needy
    20 june 2001 22:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Saudi Arabia has dispatched two freighters containing 33 tonnes or some 5,000 frozen carcasses of sheep, sacrificed during the last Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca, for distribution in Niger and Burkina Faso, the International Islamic Agency (IINA) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritians to view partial solar eclipse
    20 june 2001 20:36:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritians are to witness 80 percent of the solar eclipse that will also be visible Thursday in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Madagascar. Full text...

  • Teachers want restoration of corporal punishment
    20 june 2001 20:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some Kenyan teachers are calling for the reintroduction of corporal punishment to stem rising immorality in the country's schools. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire makes efforts to eradicate child labour
    20 june 2001 18:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities are trying to end the use of children as labourers on plantations and in homes as servants. Full text...

  • Nigerian officials waiting for Liberian refugees
    20 june 2001 18:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian ports and immigration officials said Wednesday they were still awaiting the arrival of the Swedish ship carrying Liberian refugees, who were granted conditional asylum by the federal government Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire makes efforts to eradicate child trafficking
    20 june 2001 17:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The use if children on plantations as slave labour and in homes domestic servants as well as other ill treatment of minors are increasingly becoming the focus of attention from Ivorian authorities, which are trying to end such degrading and outdated practices. Full text...

  • Niger University Campus Management privatised
    20 june 2001 17:10:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The management of Niger National University Campus (CNOU) in Niamey, has been privatised, to address the growing number of students and dwindling State subsidies, the local press has reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria To The Rescue Of Marooned Liberians
    20 june 2001 14:03:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has agreed to take in some 186 Liberians, including 79 children, marooned in a Swedish ship in the West African high seas, the Foreign Ministry said in Abuja. Full text...

  • Police To Shoot Lagos Armed Robbers At Sight
    20 june 2001 13:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The fight against rising violent crime in Nigeria's economic capital of Lagos is taking a new turn with the decision by the police to henceforth shoot armed robbers at sight. Full text...

  • Poor roads fail Malawi in eclipse tourism
    20 june 2001 12:41:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's tourism minister Ken Lipenga has blamed poor road infrastructure for the loss of revenue the country stood to gain from tourists who would have trooped in to watch Thursday's eclipse. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe unmoved by attacks on crude press rules
    20 june 2001 12:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Wednesday it would only relax stringent foreign press accreditation rules it recently announced, if there was a breaking story that required journalists to be on the ground instantly. Full text...

  • Ten die in Zimbabwe bus accident
    20 june 2001 12:00:00
    Bindura- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Ten people died last night in Zimbabwe when the bus they were traveling in collided head-on with a heavy duty truck, police said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ANC speaks out on Mbeki's snubbing of Madikizela-Mandela
    20 june 2001 10:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress has broken its silence over the explosive incident when President Thabo Mbeki publicly snubbed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela over the weekend. Full text...

  • Tanzania appeals for help to manage refugees
    20 june 2001 09:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The government of Tanzania has petitioned the international community to help it manage thousands of refugees currently in the country. Full text...

  • Drug trafficking worries Gambian envoy to France
    19 june 2001 22:49:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A senior Gambian foreign service official has appealed for urgent measures to arrest the growing number of drug-related cases involving Gambians at home and abroad. Full text...

  • Parental neglect puts Botswana's children in the rough
    19 june 2001 21:57:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- When Botswana marked the Day of the African Child last week, it was obvious that the major threats to its children are HIV/Aids and neglect by parents and guardians. Full text...

  • Social scientists discuss poverty-alleviation
    19 june 2001 21:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Researchers, lecturers and social scientists from several African countries started a four-day workshop in Yaounde Tuesday to examine ways of reducing poverty in West and Central Africa. Full text...

  • AK-47 rifle gun sells for two bulls in Uganda
    19 june 2001 21:31:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The price of an AK-47 riffle in the pastoralist Karamoja region of north-eastern Uganda has dropped from 15 bulls ten years ago to two bulls these days because the market is saturated with arms supplies, the international NGO Oxfam in Uganda said. Full text...

  • Drug abuse on the rise in South Africa
    19 june 2001 20:23:00
    Johannesburg- South African (PANA) -- The increasing wave of substance abuse in South Africa, especially among children, has prompted some schools to perform random dope tests on their pupils. Full text...

  • Journalist charged of defaming Obasanjo
    19 june 2001 20:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian journalist on Tuesday appeared in court in Abuja where he was charged of allegedly defaming the character of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Leading South African daily gets first black editor
    19 june 2001 19:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A leading South African newspaper, The Star, has announced the appointment of its first black editor Moegsien Williams, currently editor of the Cape Argus. Full text...

  • Nigeria to take in marooned Liberians
    19 june 2001 19:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has agreed to take in some 186 Liberians, including 79 children, who were marooned in a Swedish ship in the high seas on the West African coast, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Armed robbers kill two guards in heist
    19 june 2001 19:18:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Armed robbers on Monday shot two security guards in a daring cash-in- transit near Morola Casino in North Western South Africa. Full text...

  • Malians behind child slavery in Mali
    19 june 2001 15:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The phenomenon of Malian "child slaves," estimated at over 15,000 in Ivorian plantations, has become a real headache for Mali, and a cause for concern among the country's non-governmental organisations (NGO). Full text...

  • Landmines claim 70,000 victims in Sudan
    19 june 2001 15:15:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Some 70,000 persons were hit by landmines in the war zones of south and Eastern Sudan during 1996-2001, former commissioner of humanitarian aid, Hussein el Obaid, told a seminar on landmine control. Full text...

  • Namibian court adjourns treason pre-trial hearing
    19 june 2001 15:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A high treason pre-trial involving more than 100 people charged in connection with the August 1999 alleged plot to secede the Caprivi region from the rest of Namibia, is being stayed for two months. Full text...

  • Kenyan elders to pray for rain
    19 june 2001 14:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of elders from the Giriama community in Kenya's coast province Tuesday said they would soon conduct special prayers that they hope would bring then rain. Full text...

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