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  • Obasanjo may still appear before Rights panel
    10 september 2001 18:25:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to make his second appearance Tuesday before the panel he set up to investigate cases of human rights abuses in the country from 15 January 1966 to 28 May 1999. Full text...

  • France appeals for religious tolerance in Nigeria
    10 september 2001 17:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Monday deplored the religious violence that has reportedly killed at least 50 people in Nigeria's central city of Jos, and appealed for tolerance. Full text...

  • South African women fly high
    10 september 2001 17:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African female pilots, making their mark on the aviation industry, have chalked up another first. Full text...

  • Mauritius moves to stem road carnage
    10 september 2001 16:44:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Public Infrastructure and Land Transport Minister, Anil Bachoo, Monday launched a national campaign on "safer cycling," as part of efforts to reduce road accidents in the country. Full text...

  • Southern Africa gets media trainers Network
    10 september 2001 15:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Southern African Media Trainers Network (SAMTRAN), has been launched "to help build free, fair, and vibrant media (and) a strong regional identity". Full text...

  • NGOs want world summit resolutions implemented
    10 september 2001 15:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ahead of the world summit on children coming up 19-27 September in New York, some ten Benin NGOs have urged policy makers to take measures at ensuring effective implemention of what resolutions eventually issue from the forum. Full text...

  • Yoyo shipwreck child survivors moved to Douala
    10 september 2001 14:41:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Children who survived a boat accident off Yoyo I in Cameroon last 29 August, were at the weekend transferred to Douala and settled in the office of the Littoral governor, immigration police sources said. Full text...

  • Eight killed in Malian Army helicopter crash
    10 september 2001 14:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A Malian Army helicopter crashed Saturday killing all eight people on board, in the Mopti region, some 680-km north of Bamako, the Rural Development Ministry said Monday. Full text...

  • Big mail racket swindles victims across southern Africa
    10 september 2001 14:16:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Hundreds of Botswana nationals are believed to have lost large sums of money to a South African based mail piracy syndicate, press reports in Gaborone said Monday. Full text...

  • Africans urged to insist on reparation for slavery
    10 september 2001 14:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Nairobi-based Pan-African Reparations Forum (PANREF), Monday urged African countries to reject last week's decision of the Durban World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), and insist on the payment of reparations for slavery. Full text...

  • Paper says shot garrison commander dead
    10 september 2001 12:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The garrison commander of the Rubukka Army Barracks in Jos, capital of Nigeria's northern Plateau State, who was shot in the sectarian violence that hit the town this weekend, has died, the privately owned Thisday newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Calm returning to violence-struck Nigerian city
    09 september 2001 16:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Calm is gradually returning to Jos, capital of Nigeria's northern state of Plateau, where two days of sectarian fighting has left more than 50 people dead and several property damaged, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Assures Of Improved Security
    09 september 2001 11:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid a rising wave of violent crimes across Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo has assured the citizenry of improved security. Full text...

  • Kenya's literacy levels in downtrend
    08 september 2001 18:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Illiteracy levels in Kenya continue to increase despite efforts by the government and stakeholders, officials conceded in Nairobi, on the occasion of World Literacy Day observed earlier Friday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo orders troops to troubled Nigerian city
    08 september 2001 17:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun has approved the deployment of troops to Nigeria's central city of Jos, which is under curfew after Friday's sectarian violence, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Dare devil thieves raid Nairobi Church
    08 september 2001 16:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Five thieves broke into a Nairobi Cathedral Friday and made away with valuable sacred Church items, Kenyan police said Saturday. Full text...

  • Govt slams curfew on violence-hit Jos City
    08 september 2001 14:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's northern Plateau State government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on the capital city of Jos, following Friday's clash between Christians and Moslems in the city, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Nurses suspend strike in Sierra Leone
    08 september 2001 14:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The president of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA), Frances Komba-Kono, Saturday confirmed that her association has suspended a strike over poor salaries and working conditions. Full text...

  • WFP to provide the malnourished with blended food
    08 september 2001 13:06:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has began delivery of 130 tonnes of a highly nutritious food to malnourished children and adults in Rwanda, WFP officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • NGO's call on delegates at WCAR to make a difference
    08 september 2001 11:25:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- As delegates Saturday worked to complete final documents on the last day of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, dozens of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have urged them to address a range of issues to improve the situation of the millions of victims of daily discrimination. Full text...

  • Major breakthrough achieved at WCAR over slavery issue
    08 september 2001 11:02:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- In a major breakthrough at the World Conference Against Racism, agreement has been reached on how to address the issue of slavery in the final declaration. Full text...

  • Preliminary report on hunger areas out next week
    08 september 2001 09:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A preliminary report on areas hit by hunger in various parts of Mozambique is to be published by next week, according to a spokesman for the country's relief agency, the Natural Disasters Management Institute (INGC). Full text...

  • President to preside at mayor's funeral
    07 september 2001 23:46:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's Head of State Paul Biya, who returned Thursday from a month-long private stay in Europe, will on Saturday preside at the official funeral of the Government Delegate to the Yaounde City Council, Basile Emah. Full text...

  • Eight killed in road crash along Senegal-Guinea border
    07 september 2001 23:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Eight people, mainly Guinean traders, were killed in a road accident this week on their way from Senegal's southern border region of Kolda, informed sources said in Dakar Friday. Full text...

  • When misinformation and manipulation hold sway
    07 september 2001 22:50:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Given the stakes, the record attendance and the controversies surrounding its topics, it was little wonder the World Conference against Racism turned the host city, Durban, into a stage par excellence for misinformation and manipulation. Full text...

  • Govt suspends anti-corruption body
    07 september 2001 22:29:00
    Praia- Cap Verde (PANA) -- The Cape Verdian government has decided to suspend the work of Supreme Authority Against Corruption (HACC), transferring its responsibilities to the Public Prosecutor, official sources in Praia said Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania's population is becoming more illiterate
    07 september 2001 22:12:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The state of illiteracy in Tanzania is alarming. Full text...

  • Military reviews anti-crime strategy for Douala
    07 september 2001 22:08:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The military is reviewing its approach at combating crime in Cameroon's economic capital of Douala, in the wake of sharp criticism by human rights groups against the existing method. Full text...

  • Report urges focus on young men in HIV/AIDS fight
    07 september 2001 21:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A new report jointly released by the PANOS Institute of London and UNAIDS has warned of the devastating spread of HIV/AIDS in the long term if young men, who account for a quarter of people living with HIV, were not targeted in the struggle against the scourge. Full text...

  • Pressmen want a more liberalised media
    07 september 2001 20:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) Friday called for the liberalisation of the country's public media if corruption is to be effectively stamped out in the country. Full text...

  • World Bank spending 1.5 billion dollars on education
    07 september 2001 19:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The World Bank is spending about 1. Full text...

  • Tanzanian refugee camps get a break with food rationing
    07 september 2001 19:39:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The hunger crisis that hit several refugee camps in western Tanzania this year has been eased following increased donations and pledges of food supply from donor countries, a senior official of the World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday. Full text...

  • Liberia moves against illiteracy
    07 september 2001 19:29:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia has developed "strategic policy documents" designed to reverse its high rate of illiteracy put at 70 percent, according to Education Minister Evelyn Kandakai. Full text...

  • 30 prosecuted in Kenya for circumcising daughters
    07 september 2001 19:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Thirty people from Tharaka district in western Kenya have been prosecuted by a court for secretly circumcising their daughters during the last school vacation, press accounts said Friday. Full text...

  • Portugal falls out with CPLP partners
    07 september 2001 16:39:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) would invest time towards building consensus on how to deal with the various delicate issues related to racism, slavery and colonialism, its Executive Secretary Dulce Pereira has said. Full text...

  • President dismisses State prosecutor
    07 september 2001 15:33:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- President Koumba Yala of Guinea Bissau on Thursday dismissed the State prosecutor, Rui Sanha in a presidential decree read on Radio Bissau. Full text...

  • Durban conference enters a crucial day
    07 september 2001 14:57:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Uncertainty still prevailed Friday over whether delegates at the Durban conference against racism would overcome their disagreements over how to deal with "reparations" for slave trade and "Zionism". Full text...

  • Imam of Dakar Grand Mosque dies
    07 september 2001 13:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Imam of the Grand Mosque of Dakar, El Hadji Maodo Malick Sylla, died Thursday after a long illness, the Senegalese News Agency, APS, has reported. Full text...

  • Strong political will needed to help African street kids - NGO
    06 september 2001 23:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The programme officer in charge of the International Catholic Bureau on Children NGO's activities on street children in Cote d'Ivoire, Desire Koukoui, Thursday in Paris lamented at the lack of strong political will among African leaders in charting out a serious policy on the education and rehabilitation of African street children. Full text...

  • African Ministers decry prison congestion
    06 september 2001 22:24:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A regional meeting on prison services, which opened in the Namibian capital Thursday, has identified overcrowding as a major problem facing prisons and correctional institutions in Africa. Full text...

  • Hereros file reparation case in US court against Germany
    06 september 2001 22:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A controversial court case currently proceeding in the US courts of law regarding German reparations for Namibia's Herero tribe following early 20th century genocide, can be a watershed that could open the floodgates of similar claims from other victimised groups. Full text...

  • NGOs submit platform to WCAR conference
    06 september 2001 22:02:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The NGO meeting that preceded and later continued alongside the racism conference in Durban Wednesday urged States attending the forum to recommend reparations for past crimes, regardless of their form. Full text...

  • UN meeting on children has talk, entertainment and celebrity
    06 september 2001 21:41:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- A special meeting of the UN General Assembly on Children scheduled from 19 to 21 September promises an offering of not only political talk by world leaders but a rendition of classy entertainment by great artists and the presence of renowned celebrities, including living legend, Nelson Mandela, the first democratic president of South Africa. Full text...

  • 4 million children return to school mid-September
    06 september 2001 21:01:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Figures from the ministry of National Education indicate that some 4 million pupils and students, about half of them in the rural areas, are on roll for the new school year scheduled to start on 13 September in Morocco. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mauritania deny discrimination accusations
    06 september 2001 20:26:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The head of the Senegalese delegation to the UN world conference on racism, Aminata Tall, denied in Durban Wednesday accusations of an NGO forum report whereby "the griot caste is subjected to discrimination in Senegal". Full text...

  • Mobile legal clinics for oppressed children
    06 september 2001 20:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi League for Children and Youths is to operate mobile legal counselling units across the country to assist children whose rights are violated, league sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Youth summit presents its conclusions
    06 september 2001 20:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- The international youth committee meeting in Durban during the world conference against racism Wednesday evening proposed an 11-point action plan on measures to be taken to fight against racism, discrimination and intolerance more effectively. Full text...

  • Benin hosts international meeting on peace
    06 september 2001 19:14:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A three-day sub-regional meeting on the culture of peace in Africa opened in Porto Novo Thursday. Full text...

  • Indian Dalit caste members go on hunger strike at WCAR
    06 september 2001 17:11:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the Indian Dalit "untouchable" caste on Thursday announced that they have embarked on a hunger strike at the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) to ensure their concerns are addressed in the final conference declaration. Full text...

  • Anti-racism meeting prepares draft recommendations
    06 september 2001 16:41:00
    Durban- South Africa (PANA) -- Little progress had been made Thursday at the Durban conference to produce concrete recommendations on how to combat racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the world. Full text...

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