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  • Deputy Premier arraigned for harbouring a criminal
    27 june 2001 15:20:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Curepipe District Court outside Port Louis Wednesday postponed to 19 July the trial of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance minister Paul Berenger on the charges of "harbouring a criminal". Full text...

  • Mauritian police seize 500 grams of heroin
    27 june 2001 15:00:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Police in Mauritian have announced the seizure of 500 grams of heroin estimated to value 1. Full text...

  • Child trafficking victims sent back to Mali
    27 june 2001 08:53:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A dozen Malian children who were being taken to work in Ivorian coffee and cocoa plantations were intercepted last week at Nielle in Cote d'Ivoire and handed over to Malian authorities. Full text...

  • African Development Commission meets in Cotonou
    26 june 2001 22:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 5th session of the Independent Commission on "Africa and the Stakes of the Third Millennium" opens in Cotonou, Wednesday, a release by the Commission announced in the Benin capital. Full text...

  • Union against jailing of journalists
    26 june 2001 22:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Herve Bourges, President of the International Union of Journalists in French-speaking countries, Tuesday urged leaders of Francophone African countries to uphold press freedom and stop jailing journalists. Full text...

  • Senegalese NGOs press for slave trade damages
    26 june 2001 22:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese historian Abdoulaye Bathily at a seminar Tuesday on Compensation for Black Slave Trade, affirmed that conflicts dogging Africa today are not unconnected to the havoc slavery wreaked on the continent. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean journalists drill in peace building
    26 june 2001 22:00:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Some 22 middle-level reporters were Tuesday off to a two-week workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone on post-conflict peace building. Full text...

  • Burundi gets league against torture
    26 june 2001 21:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An NGO militating against torture officially launched activities Tuesday in Bujumbura with the aim of exposing and fighting the vice across Burundi. Full text...

  • New wireless directory launched
    26 june 2001 21:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A wireless directory listing electronic addresses of organisations and individuals has been introduced in Nairobi, filling a void that has become increasingly apparent. Full text...

  • South African cricketers say "No" to drugs
    26 june 2001 20:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In line with this year's "Sports against Drugs" theme, South Africans Tuesday marked International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with members of the country's cricket team signing a pledge against drugs. Full text...

  • Unemployment soars in Burundi
    26 june 2001 19:54:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Unemployment in Burundi has reportedly reached a head with hundreds of applicants crowding and jostling each other at the slightest hint of a vacancy anywhere in the public or private sector. Full text...

  • Ship Captain, Liberian Refugees Narrate Ordeal
    26 june 2001 18:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The captain of the Swedish vessel on the marathon voyage from Liberia to Nigeria said in Lagos Tuesday he was able to sustain his Liberian passengers for 26 days with his personal funds and assistance from the Togolese government. Full text...

  • Ship carrying Liberians berths in Lagos
    26 june 2001 12:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ship carrying Liberians fleeing renewed fighting in their country docked in Nigeria's main Apapa port Tuesday morning, ending a 26-day saga that attracted world-wide attention. Full text...

  • Ship carrying Liberians berths in Lagos
    26 june 2001 12:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ship carrying Liberians fleeing renewed fighting in their country docked in Nigeria's main Apapa port Tuesday morning, ending a 26-day saga that attracted world-wide attention. Full text...

  • Kenya grapples with problems of child labour
    26 june 2001 09:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The number of Kenyan children, particularly girls, engaged in domestic work like scrubbing floors, cooking, washing or minding is babies increasing amid rising poverty in the East African nation. Full text...

  • Annan calls for protection of youths against drugs
    26 june 2001 08:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has appealed on governments to formulate sound strategies to prevent drug consumption among youths. Full text...

  • Two die in train accident
    25 june 2001 21:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Two people were killed and several others injured Sunday in a train accident at Mengue Bibey-Mbargue district, east of Cameroon. Full text...

  • RSF demands action against shooting at journalist's home
    25 june 2001 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- France-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), wants the Ivorian authorities to bring to book those behind the 20 June deadly shooting at the residence of journalist Laurent Tape Koulou, the Editorial Manager of private newspaper "Le National. Full text...

  • Burundi Appeal Courts return 17 death sentences
    25 june 2001 20:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi Appeal Courts sitting in Ngozi north of the country and Bujumbura the capital, pronounced a total of 17 death sentences in one month between 21 May and 21 June, judicial sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria ready to receive Liberian refugees
    25 june 2001 19:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- As the Swedish ship carrying Liberian passengers await clearance to berth at Nigeria's main Apapa port, the Nigerian government said all arrangements have been concluded to allow the vessel on an extended voyage of more than three weeks, to dock. Full text...

  • Catholic schools to teach human rights education
    25 june 2001 16:36:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Schools run by the Roman Catholic Church in Liberia will have human rights education included in the curriculum effective next academic year, it was disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • Internet monopoly hampers communication
    25 june 2001 16:13:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- For nearly two weeks, Liberians have been cut off from the rest of the world as the country's only commercial Internet service provider faces a technical breakdown, PANA learned Monday. Full text...

  • Businessmen lose 8 billion F CFA to swindler
    25 june 2001 15:42:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A naturalised Nigerien of Nigerian origin fraudulently obtained about eight billion F CFA from businessmen in Niger, reports the latest issue of the Niamey-published weekly, "Le Republicain". Full text...

  • Pregnancies rising among teenage Osire refugees
    25 june 2001 14:21:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Teenage pregnancies have become a major problem facing school girls at Namibia's Osire camp, which hosts 20,000 refugees from several African countries. Full text...

  • 25 feared dead in lorry accident
    25 june 2001 12:33:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- At least 25 people are feared dead on impact after a lorry transporting them overturned in Tanzania's western Rukwa region, state radio reported Monday. Full text...

  • Ship carrying Liberians arrives, waits to dock
    25 june 2001 09:45:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After a dramatic high-seas saga, the Swedish ship carrying Liberians fleeing fighting in the country has finally arrived in Nigeria's territorial waters, but has yet to berth at the main Apapa port. Full text...

  • Niger moves to reform penal code
    24 june 2001 18:17:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Niger government onto a bill to reform the country's penal code, the Niger News Agency (ANP) reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Higher education personnel in Sierra Leone strike
    24 june 2001 17:58:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Intermediate and junior staff at the University of Sierra Leone as well as those in teacher training colleges across the country have gone on strike to press for better conditions of service. Full text...

  • Industrial accidents on the decline in Niger
    24 june 2001 17:40:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Eleven people died in 361 recorded industrial accidents in Niger in 1999, according to figures from the National Social Security Fund (CNSS) quoted by the local press. Full text...

  • Proposed moral education turns controversial in Malawi
    24 june 2001 16:55:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Botswana's ministry of Education has said it would re-introduce the controversial 'Religious and Moral Education' subject in secondary schools despite opposition from both the Catholic Church and Muslims. Full text...

  • Vigil for Liberian refugees continues
    24 june 2001 16:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Five days after the Nigerian government offered to take in some 186 Liberians said to be fleeing the fighting in their home region, ports officials and journalists have been keeping vigil at the Lagos port awaiting the arrival of the Swedish ship carrying the Liberians. Full text...

  • Malawi police nab dangerous four
    24 june 2001 16:17:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Blantyre have in a raid arrested a gang of four alleged criminals they described as "ruthless and dangerous. Full text...

  • Ruling on opposition leader's appeal set for 7 July
    24 june 2001 15:32:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Court of Appeal in Tunis would on 7 July rule on an appeal filed by opposition leader Moncef Marzouki, who was last December handed a one-year jail term, judicial sources said. Full text...

  • Police arrest four dangerous criminals
    24 june 2001 10:46:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi police has arrested a gang of four young criminals in Blantyre, describing them as "dangerous, ruthless and notorious. Full text...

  • Rwandans jailed in Belgium appeal to Supreme Court
    22 june 2001 23:33:00
    Brusseles- Belgique (PANA) -- Three of the four Rwandans sent to jail by the Assize court in Brussels for their role in the 1994 genocide have appealed to the Supreme Court. Full text...

  • Mbeki breaks silence over Madikizela-Mandela's show-off
    22 june 2001 21:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki on Friday said Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's behaviour on Youth Day could have never been condoned anywhere in the World. Full text...

  • Families of Liberians on stranded vessel chide government
    22 june 2001 21:42:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Families of some 180 Liberians stranded on board the Swedish vessel MV Alnar along the west African coast Friday denounced the "prolonged silence" of the Liberian government on the safety of its nationals. Full text...

  • Minister alarmed by plight of children
    22 june 2001 19:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya and religious organisations Friday expressed alarm over the serious social plight facing children, and agreed to collaborate in assisting them. Full text...

  • Over 100 Namibians maimed by explosives
    22 june 2001 19:04:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Explosives have maimed more than 100 Namibians in violence-torn Kavango and Caprivi regions in the north-east since the government invited the Angolan Armed Forces to attack the rebel UNITA movement from Namibian territory in 1999. Full text...

  • Namibia to celebrate African Civil Service Day
    22 june 2001 17:40:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- The Namibia Civil Service Commission has lined up a series of activities including an exhibition and an awareness campaign to mark Saturday's Africa Day of Administration and Civil Service. Full text...

  • 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...

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