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  • Ethiopia's population to reach 129 million by 2030
    18 may 2001 12:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's population is expected to rise from about 65. Full text...

  • Group opposes hasty deportation of alleged rapist
    18 may 2001 11:47:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A leading human rights group in Liberia has opposed the "hasty deportation" of a Lebanese national accused of raping a 10-year old girl in Monrovia recently. Full text...

  • Lack of video evidence delays Pagad's dramatic trial
    18 may 2001 11:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The case against four senior members of the vigilante group, People Against Gansterism and Drugs (Pagad) is in danger of falling apart as the prosecution has still failed to provide the Cape High Court with video evidence. Full text...

  • Press leak jolts Anti-corruption commission
    18 may 2001 08:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating who leaked confidential statements concerning how 2 billion kwacha was withdrawn from National Assembly accounts and used during the recent convention of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in Kabwe. Full text...

  • UNFPA decries dearth of accurate population data in Gambia
    17 may 2001 22:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) office in Gambia, says the absence of accurate data is hampering proper planning and evaluation of its programmes in the country. Full text...

  • Some 10,000 Burundian refugees return home
    17 may 2001 21:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 10,000 Burundian refugees have returned home in the last four months, mostly from neighbouring Tanzania, said an official source in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Swazi MPs want controversial press bill re-tabled
    17 may 2001 21:32:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Vexed by what they said were the excesses of the local media, Swazi legislators are urging Public Service and Information minister Mntonzima Dlamini to bring back a controversial Media Council Bill turned back a year ago. Full text...

  • WFP distributes food in Angola
    17 may 2001 20:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme has distributed 15 days' worth of emergency rations to about 3,000 people who fled Caxito in Bengo province after a UNITA attack on 5 May, the agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Readers unable to buy Nujoma's book complain
    17 may 2001 19:58:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian readers are complaining that they are unable to buy President Sam Nujoma's 500-page autobiography, "Where Others Wavered," from the country's bookstores. Full text...

  • Kenya may ban mobile phone use by drivers
    17 may 2001 17:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- About 8 o'clock in the evening of last April 21, Josh Owino, 24, was driving his father's posh BMW from a rugby match between his Nairobi University team "Mean Machine" and their Kenyatta University counterparts, Black Blad, when his car crashed. Full text...

  • Woman Undresses to Protest Against Unfaithful Spouse
    17 may 2001 14:29:00
    Chinhoyi- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Hundreds of shoppers in the northern farming town of Chinhoyi in Zimbabwe on Thursday scrambled for a better view of a fueding couple. Full text...

  • Legislators Pass Tough Law to Curb AIDS
    17 may 2001 14:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's parliament on Thursday passed a tough sex law in a bid to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Malaysia offers petroleum studies scholarships
    17 may 2001 13:58:00
    Khartoum Sudan (PANA) -- Ten Sudanese students have obtained scholarships to continue higher studies in the field of petroleum at the Malaysian Petronas Technological University, Sudan News agency reported. Full text...

  • Sexually explicit 'Romance' uncut for video release
    17 may 2001 13:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Film and Publication Board has passed the video version of a French art house film 'Romance' for general distribution without cuts. Full text...

  • Spanish arrests 77 illegal African immigrants
    17 may 2001 10:27:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Spain's Civil Guard on Wednesday arrested 77 North Africans who entered the country illegally via the Strait of Gibraltar, the interior ministry in Madrid said Thursday. Full text...

  • South African police deny death of Mozambican migrants
    16 may 2001 21:55:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- South African police Commissioner Jackie Selebi Wednesday dismissed claims that South African policemen threw 14 Mozambican illegal migrants off a moving train last Friday. Full text...

  • Namibian MP says Africa should have continental police
    16 may 2001 20:26:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A member of parliament in Namibia, Masake Sitali, Wednesday called for the establishment of an African police organisation alongside the African Union. Full text...

  • Sudan outraged by slavery allegations
    16 may 2001 19:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Sudanese embassy in South Africa Wednesday expressed regret and dismay at the request by South Africa's oppositon party, Democratic Alliance, to the National Assembly to note with disgust that the Sudan has been accused of enslaving segments of its population and of trampling on the rights of minorities. Full text...

  • Govt. appoints new Vice-Chancellors for two Universities
    16 may 2001 19:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has appointed Vice-Chancellors for two of the country's State-owned Universities. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets Institute for industrial safety
    16 may 2001 19:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Institute of Industrial Security and Safety of Nigeria (IISSN), formed by a group of private security outfits in the country, was launched in Lagos Wednesday, with a call on all tiers of governments to adopt more functional security measures. Full text...

  • 19 die in Nigerian road crash
    16 may 2001 18:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nineteen passengers died when the buses in which they were travelling collided with a truck along the Jos-Kaduna road in northern Nigeria Tuesday, press reports said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Court quashes bribery charges against former minister
    16 may 2001 16:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The judge of Lilongwe magisterial court, Ken Manda, Wednesday discharged all three counts of official corruption levied against former finance minister Cassim Chilumpha. Full text...

  • Eyadema tries to calm university unrest
    16 may 2001 15:51:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema on Tuesday met with Lome University lecturers and students, who have been boycotting classes to protest the non-payment of allowances. Full text...

  • Cape High Court visits scene of horrific lynching
    16 may 2001 14:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A delegation of judges, prosecutors and defence attorneys from the Cape High Court on Wednesday visited the scene of the 1996 public lynching of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie. Full text...

  • South African editor gets Niemen fellowship
    16 may 2001 14:25:00
    Johannesburg - SA (PANA) -- Jabulani Sikhakhane, editor at Large at the Financial Mail, has been selected as the South African Nieman Fellow for 2001-2002. Full text...

  • 200 collective marriages to commemorate Family Day
    16 may 2001 14:25:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 200 collective marriages are being celebrated in Burkina Faso as part of events marking the International Day of the Family. Full text...

  • Kenyans Dislike Paying for Voice Mails
    16 may 2001 12:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's second-ranked mobile phone company says 70 percent of its 150,000 subscribers have got rid of voice mail service from their package. Full text...

  • UNHCR Reports Drop In Refugee Population
    16 may 2001 10:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency reported Wednesday that there has been a significant drop in the number of people under its concern worldwide. Full text...

  • Botswana Court Orders Retrial of South African Death Row Prisoner
    16 may 2001 09:37:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A South African man due to hang in Botswana after being convicted of murder has been thrown a vital lifeline after the High Court ordered his retrial. Full text...

  • Expert stresses need for ICT in Africa's development
    15 may 2001 23:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The executive director of the Dakar- based Acacia research centre Tuesday urged African countries to integrate new information and communication technologies (ICT) into their strategies at forging rapid development. Full text...

  • Private "La Libre Afrique" newspaper banned
    15 may 2001 22:24:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo Communications and Press Minister, Kikaya Bin Karubi, Tuesday banned the private newspaper "La Libre Afrique" and its supplements "Lucognito" and "Le Derby. Full text...

  • Deportees claim migrants thrown off train from South Africa
    15 may 2001 22:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- There has been no confirmation so far of claims made Friday that South African officials threw illegal Mozambican migrants to their deaths off a moving train. Full text...

  • Senior executives call for the restructuring of Holy City
    15 may 2001 21:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The configuration of Senegal's holy city of Touba, with its nearly one million residents, should be "given a fresh look and redefined. Full text...

  • Leading South African TV channel gets new sales manager
    15 may 2001 21:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- E. Full text...

  • Vandalism stalls expansion of Mozambique electricity grid
    15 may 2001 20:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Theft and sabotage, company officials say, continue to hinder expansion of the Mozambican electricity grid. Full text...

  • Mozambique to close refugee camps
    15 may 2001 20:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican authorities plan to close two refugee camps in Boane district, about 30 km west of Maputo, in what officials explained was a bid to ensure tighter check on people seeking asylum. Full text...

  • Policemen also become victims to rising crime
    15 may 2001 19:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- "Praise the Lord! Alleluia! Blessed are they that die in the service of their country!" bellows the man on the church pulpit. Full text...

  • Police says suspect has confessed to eight murders
    15 may 2001 19:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A 36-year-old man has reportedly confessed to the alleged murders of eight women between 1998 and this year, the Ghana Police Service disclosed in Accra Tuesday. Full text...

  • Jury selects lyric for ECOWAS Anthem
    15 may 2001 19:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A jury of experts in music and arts from seven member countries has selected a lyric for the ECOWAS anthem after considering 65 entries from six member States. Full text...

  • Italy grants Sudan 3.4 million dollars aid
    15 may 2001 17:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Italy has earmarked about 3. Full text...

  • Injured Emir of Kano in London for Treatment
    15 may 2001 14:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's foremost traditional rulers has been flown abroad for medical treatment following injuries he sustained in a road accident at the weekend, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa, Columbia sign anti-drug agreement
    15 may 2001 14:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, currently on an official visit to Colombia, has signed an agreement with his counterpart, Gustavo Bell, to fight against drug trafficking and other related crimes. Full text...

  • Driving blunder blows hijackers cover
    15 may 2001 12:30:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Suspected hijackers blew their cover when they wrongly drove along a one way street in Johannesburg Tuesday morning prompting a rally-like speed chase from metro police in their pursuit. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian Premier vows to continue fight against drugs
    15 may 2001 11:26:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves has pledged that his government would use "all available means" to combat the drug blight in the archipelago. Full text...

  • Historic coelacanth fish filmed in South Africa
    15 may 2001 09:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African divers made history on Monday when they filmed a prehistoric coelacanth fish and beamed their images around the world on the Internet. Full text...

  • Hairdresser arrested with suspected cocaine
    14 may 2001 22:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A 36-year-old Ghanaian hairdresser was arrested Sunday night at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, with substances believed to be cocaine concealed in her brassier and shoes. Full text...

  • Press body denounces sentencing of two Ivorian journalists
    14 may 2001 21:44:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An international body defending press freedom, Reporters without Frontiers (RSF), Monday denounced the sentencing of two Ivorian journalists to three months of imprisonment for libel. Full text...

  • Voluntary repatriation of Eritrean refugees begins
    14 may 2001 21:12:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The first batch of 934 Eritrean refugees left Kasala in Eastern Sudan for home Sunday. Full text...

  • Protests mark start of major PAGAD trial
    14 may 2001 20:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A large group of journalists Monday protested outside South African Cape High Court, against a decision to subpoena press photographer Benny Gool, who filmed the 1999 murder of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie. Full text...

  • South Africa throws government goings-on on the web
    14 may 2001 19:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has moved to promote access to information by launching a website, where interested people can find out the goings on in government. Full text...

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