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  • Ivorian govt. to end State ownership of the press
    02 august 2001 08:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Communications and Technology Minister Lia-bi Douayoua, says the government plans to relinquish State ownership of the press in the country. Full text...

  • Protestors plan to disrupt antiracism Conference
    01 august 2001 23:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As many as 15,000 protestors could descend on Durban's venue of the UN World Conference against Racism starting at the end of August. Full text...

  • SABC apologises to Nujoma over interview
    01 august 2001 22:57:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- South African Broadcasting Corporation has apologised for quoting Namibian President Sam Nujoma "out of context" in a documentary programme aired last month, The Namibian, an independent newspaper, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Anger over racist attack on butchery owner
    01 august 2001 21:50:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police in South Africa are investigating a bizarre racially-motivated attack in the southern Cape town of George, where a white woman was attacked by two men who carved the letter "K" on her breast. Full text...

  • Armed men rob 300 million FCFA from Abidjan bank
    01 august 2001 21:31:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Three armed men on Tuesday morning got away with 300 million FCFA from a branch of the West African Development Bank in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire's business capital, a local daily, Douze, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Five More Arrests To Follow In Malawi Telecomms Scam
    01 august 2001 20:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's anti-corruption bureau disclosed Wednesday that its detectives were pursuing five more persons in connection with suspicious contracts issued by the state-owned telecommunications company. Full text...

  • UN launches peace boat in DR Congo
    01 august 2001 20:52:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- United Nations authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday launched the first river boat convoy "Boboto" or "Peace Boar" from Kinshasa to Mogalo, 1,250 km along the Lua River. Full text...

  • Opposition party reveals gun-licensing abuse
    01 august 2001 20:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy Leader of the Democratic Alliance Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Central Firearms Registry and the Minister of Safety and Security, Steve Tshwete. Full text...

  • Celebrities support children worldwide
    01 august 2001 19:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Muhammad Ali, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith have joined a long list of prominent personalities who have pledged themselves to support action for children and they have called on world leaders to act likewise. Full text...

  • Mozambique told to be aware of racism
    01 august 2001 19:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A Mozambican political and foreign affairs analyst, Belmiro Rudolfo on Wednesday said that the country should watch out for the occurrence of any ethno-racial tendencies in order to prevent the explosion of pockets of "intolerance" that could lead to all sorts of conflicts. Full text...

  • Racist attack on woman outrages South Africans
    01 august 2001 08:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police are investigating a bizarre racial attack in the town of George, after a woman was attacked by two men who carved the letter "K" on her breast believed to represent the word "kaffir," a hated racial slur in South Africa. Full text...

  • Burundi's magistrates ordered to clear caseloads
    31 july 2001 22:24:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's Justice minister, Therence Sinumguruza, has ordered all magistrates in the country to go on a month's "judicial vacation" in order to clear the backlog of cases in their courts. Full text...

  • Namibia arrested over 1800 illegal immigrants
    31 july 2001 21:51:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian police arrested 1,850 illegal immigrants within the northern Khomas region between January and June 2001, the country's news agency, Nampa, reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Namibia arrested over 1800 illegal immigrants
    31 july 2001 21:27:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian police arrested 1,850 illegal immigrants within the northern Khomas region between January and June 2001, the country's news agency, Nampa, reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Namibia arrested over 1800 illegal immigrants
    31 july 2001 21:26:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian police arrested 1,850 illegal immigrants within the northern Khomas region between January and June 2001, the country's news agency, Nampa, reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa wants WCAR solution for its racism problems
    31 july 2001 20:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Racism and xenophobia are still evident in South Africa and the government hopes next month's UN World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) would provide ways of dealing with the human rights abuses. Full text...

  • Batswana condemn birth by 10-year-old girl
    31 july 2001 20:15:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's local government minister Margaret Nasha has joined a fray of condemnations over a birth given by a 10-year-girl, describing the development as "an embarrassment to the country". Full text...

  • Chad proposes radio stations for remote areas
    31 july 2001 19:11:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Eight far-flung locations in northern and southern Chad may have their own rural radio stations from next year, official sources have disclosed after concluding a feasibility study on the project. Full text...

  • Telecomms bosses arrested over corruption
    31 july 2001 18:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- There was high drama in Blantyre Tuesday as armed police officers pounced on senior officials of the Malawi Telecommunication Limited (MTL) in connection with the on-going corruption investigation into activities of the state-run fixed line monopoly. Full text...

  • Major blow to prosecution in Pagad trial
    31 july 2001 17:16:00
    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 Tuesday when the Cape High Court ruled that video footage taken the night that Staggie was killed could not be submitted as evidence. Full text...

  • RSF protests death threats against Malawian journalist
    31 july 2001 17:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Press Freedom watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) Tuesday protested against a recent attack and further threats made against Malawian journalist Kenneth Ndanga of the weekly Sun newspaper. Full text...

  • South African metal workers to go on strike
    31 july 2001 16:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has announced it would begin a strike action Thursday at the country's steel and mining group, ISCOR, following a breakdown in wage talks. Full text...

  • Two women jailed for child trafficking
    31 july 2001 14:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Chief Magistrate's Court in Uyo, capital of Nigeria's south-eastern State of Akwa Ibom, has sentenced two women to six months imprisonment each for abduction and child trafficking, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Opposition urges caution on World Racism conference
    31 july 2001 12:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ahead of the August World Conference Against Racism taking place in Durban, South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged the Pretoria government to adopt a conciliatory posture on the pre-conference arguments. Full text...

  • Ivorian editor gets six-month imprisonment
    30 july 2001 22:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A court in Abidjan on Monday sentenced the former editor of the privately owned Ivorian daily, Le Jour, Jerome Diegou Bailly, to six months imprisonment for "forgery" and "fraud". Full text...

  • 20 Senegalese students escape hardship in Sudan
    30 july 2001 22:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Twenty Senegalese students have escaped hardship in Sudan and returned home aboard a flight chartered by President Abdoulaye Wade, the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) reported in Dakar Monday. Full text...

  • A boat wrecked in Tanganyika Lake
    30 july 2001 22:32:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Eleven of the 23 passengers aboard a boat which sank Sunday on Lake Tanganyika while sailing from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to Burundi, are still missing. Full text...

  • Anti-corruption commission wants to gag the press
    30 july 2001 21:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's media and the official ethics and anti-corruption commission seem to be set on a collision course over the fight against corruption. Full text...

  • Snatching policemen arrested
    30 july 2001 20:14:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five policemen of Cote d'Ivoire's anti-riot squad were arrested at the weekend in Abidjan for snatching jewellery and cellular phones from traders, a police source disclosed on Monday. Full text...

  • Famine breaks out up north Katanga
    30 july 2001 19:33:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Food shortage induced by war currently prevails in the northern part of Katanga province which is usually among the most fertile areas within the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Catholic church won't budge on condoms
    30 july 2001 19:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- After five days of deliberations in Pretoria, the Roman Catholic Church in South Africa said Monday it would not condone the use of condoms by its members in spite of growing calls for it to do so. Full text...

  • NGOs said to spend 48 million dollars on Burundians
    30 july 2001 17:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 60 foreign NGOs operating in Burundi spent about 48 million US dollars on various humanitarian activities in the country in 2000, an official said Monday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Death toll rises in Malawi bus accident
    30 july 2001 16:16:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Three more bodies were retrieved from the state-owned Shire Buslines bus that plunged into a river over the weekend in northern Malawi, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to seven. Full text...

  • South Africa's youth hold anti-racism summit
    29 july 2001 19:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's youth are to hold a two-day meeting beginning Thursday to prepare their agenda for the UN summit on racism scheduled for Durban in August. Full text...

  • Congo signs co-operation agreement with Russia
    29 july 2001 18:50:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo on Friday signed in Brazzaville an agreement riving military co-operation with the Russian Federation, Radio Congo reported. Full text...

  • Only 288 Chadian refugees appear for repatriation
    29 july 2001 16:49:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Only 288 out of the 500 Chadians registered for repatriation from Cameroon actually turned up at the local offices of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees. Full text...

  • Niger Launches World Children's Movement
    29 july 2001 16:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger on Saturday launched the world movement for children amid worrying indicators, as shown by two surveys conducted by UNICEF and the government in 1996 and 2000. Full text...

  • Scores feared dead in northern Malawi bus accident
    29 july 2001 13:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police and eyewitness Sunday corroborated that several passengers were killed or injured while others remained unaccounted for after a state-run bus plunged into a river Saturday night in remote northern Malawi. Full text...

  • Minister wants to end female circumcision
    28 july 2001 15:12:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese Health Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman has underscored the importance of using the media to disseminate information on the dangers of female circumcision in the country. Full text...

  • Catholics hit hard at inequality, corruption in Malawi
    28 july 2001 14:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- President Bakili Muluzi Saturday joined papal envoy Cardinal Francis Arinze and thousands of Catholics in a colourful ceremony to mark the church's 100 years of pastoral work in Malawi. Full text...

  • Trade unionists enter 12th day of hunger strike
    28 july 2001 14:29:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Leaders of Mauritius' Federation of Progressive Unions (FPU) Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth and Deputy Premier Paul Berenger to intervene on behalf of two bank trade unionist hunger strikers. Full text...

  • Thousands march in support of children rights
    28 july 2001 13:50:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Thousands of Sudanese Saturday resumed a two-day 180-km march in support of the "Say Yes for Children" campaign. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mauritius to develop diplomatic and economic ties
    28 july 2001 12:49:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Ties between Senegal and Mauritius need to continue to develop further, said Mustapha Ndiaye, the Mauritius consul in Senegal. Full text...

  • West African entente discusses security
    27 july 2001 22:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ahead of a ministerial conference of the 'Entente Council' grouping a number of French-speaking West African countries, about 30 security experts began meeting Friday in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • Namibia gets more American Peace Corps volunteers
    27 july 2001 21:52:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Eleven American Peace Corps volunteers Friday took the oath of service in Windhoek, Namibia after a ten-week pre-service training in language and cross- cultural skills. Full text...

  • New security measures at Abidjan airport
    27 july 2001 21:45:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- New security measures will be implemented on Wednesday (1 August) at Abidjan International Airport, Jean Kouassi Abonouan, director general of the National Agency for Ivorian Civil Aviation (ANAC), said Friday. Full text...

  • RSF condemns ban of eight Tanzanian newspapers
    27 july 2001 21:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The press watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), Friday expressed deep concern about the banning of eight magazines and the suspension of three newspapers by Tanzanian authorities on charges of publishing pornography. Full text...

  • Condemned South African fails to win reprieve
    27 july 2001 21:00:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Attempts by a condemned South African man to escape the gallows in Botswana foundered on Friday when a high court judge dismissed his application in totality. Full text...

  • Seven bodies recovered from Gaza shipwreck
    27 july 2001 19:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least seven bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the cargo vessel "Manica Alpha," which sank Monday night off the Zongoene coast, in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, the national news agency (AIM) has reported. Full text...

  • Road crashes cost Ghana 2,000 lives, 300 million US dollars
    27 july 2001 19:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Road accidents cost Ghana more than 2,000 lives and 300 million US dollars every year, according to Noble Appiah, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC). Full text...

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