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  • Student docked in South Africa for shooting professor
    24 april 2001 14:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A student who allegedly shot a Wits University academic during a theatre production has appeared before the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court and been remanded in custody until 11 May, when hearing for his bail application comes up. Full text...

  • Business urged to promote strong regional economy
    24 april 2001 14:05:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Deputy Prime Minister Hendrick Witbooi Tuesday called upon the southern African business persons to work together to improve efficiency in order to promote a strong economic growth in the region. Full text...

  • Red Cross to set up inquiry on labour practices
    24 april 2001 13:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibia Red Cross Society said Tuesday that it will appoint an independent management consultant to investigate specific allegations of unfair labour practices levelled against it. Full text...

  • Conference in Gambia discusses slave trade
    24 april 2001 13:11:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A seminar on Trans African slave trade (TST) project is underway in Banjul, Gambia with focus on breaking the silence on the vice. Full text...

  • Churches win hearts of genocide suspects
    24 april 2001 13:05:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- More than 120 genocide suspects at Kigali's central prisons, Gikondo, have confessed their involvement in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and begged for forgiveness, official sources said. Full text...

  • South Africans caught up in hostage drama in Turkey
    23 april 2001 13:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Four South Africans were among the 120 guests and staff members held hostage by pro-Chechen gunmen at a luxury hotel in Istanbul, Turkey Sunday night. Full text...

  • Health workers threaten to strike Wednesday
    23 april 2001 11:36:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Union of Health and Social Action Workers (SUSAS) in Niger has called on its members to go on a three-day strike starting Wednesday if the government fails to agree to its demands to improve the living and working conditions of its members. Full text...

  • AIDS victim is South Africa's latest robbery victim
    23 april 2001 09:42:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's youngest AIDS activist, Nkosi Johnson, lay in a semi-coma in his bed as two armed robbers entered his home steal to steal from him early Monday morning. Full text...

  • Niger Opposition appeals for food to forestall famine
    23 april 2001 09:10:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's opposition parties have appealed to the government to help forestall famine by taking precautionary measures now. Full text...

  • Heavy rainstorm causes havoc at Lake Victoria
    23 april 2001 08:55:00
    Kisumu- Kenya (PANA) -- A heavy rainstorm on Lake Victoria Sunday evening caused havoc among the fishing community, sweeping into the lake anchored fishing boats and blowing off rooftops of houses. Full text...

  • Bill Clinton expected in South Africa to addre
    23 april 2001 07:40:00
    Johannesburg - SA (PANA) -- The expected arrival in South Africa of former US President Bill Clinton to address a Civil Society Initiative (CSI) gathering Tuesday has been met with angry protests from the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Full text...

  • Muslims make up a quarter of Angolan population
    22 april 2001 18:25:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Muslims make up 25 percent of the Angolan population which was estimated at slightly over 11 million people in 1999, the Islamic International News Agency (IINA) has reported. Full text...

  • War-displaced woman delivers triplets
    22 april 2001 17:20:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A mother of five children has given birth to triplets at a maternity hospital in Kinshasa, a month earlier than expected by her doctors. Full text...

  • YMCA World Conference Opens Monday In Dakar
    22 april 2001 16:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The YMCA world conference opens Monday in Dakar, the Senegalese news agency has reported. Full text...

  • Nujoma happy with high turnout science graduates
    21 april 2001 20:12:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma, a strong advocate of Natural Sciences, expressed joy Saturday at the high number of graduates during the University of Namibia (UNAM) graduation. Full text...

  • Africa Online to improve internet access
    21 april 2001 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya-based company, Africa Online, says it is revamping its public internet access product, dubbed E-Touch(r), to increase benefits for end-users and franchise partners. Full text...

  • US envoy inaugurates barracks for demining unit
    21 april 2001 19:43:00
    Boquisso- Mozambique (PANA) -- US Ambassador to Mozambique, Sharon Wilkinson, Saturday inaugurated barracks for a demining unit of the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM) at Boquisso, 20 km north of Maputo. Full text...

  • Benin bishop's funeral takes place next week
    21 april 2001 17:38:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Cotonou bishop's office has announced that the funeral of Bishop Nicolas Okioh, Bishop Emeritus of the Natitingou Diocese, will take place on 26 April at Dassa-Zoume, 180 km north of Cotonou. Full text...

  • UNICEF alarmed by high rate of girl pregnancy
    21 april 2001 17:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A study jointly conducted by UNICEF and the Kenya Government has released shocking statistics on the country's child mothers. Full text...

  • DR Congo threatens to sue Tanzanian journalists
    21 april 2001 16:55:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- DR Congo government has threatened to sue some Tanzanian journalists for supporting Rwanda, which Kinshasa has accused of plundering Congolese wealth. Full text...

  • South African Council of Churches appoints scribe
    21 april 2001 14:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bishop Mvume Dandala, President of the South African Council of Churches Saturday announced that the Reverend Molefe Tsele has been appointed by the executive committee as General Secretary of the Council with effect from May 2001. Full text...

  • FBI report on priest's death sparks row in Kenya
    21 april 2001 14:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An FBI report released in Nairobi last Thursday ruling out foul play in the death in Kenya last year of a Catholic priest has been received with shock, disbelief and anger. Full text...

  • Kenya air traffic controllers in strike threat
    21 april 2001 13:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan air traffic controllers have issued a three-month notice to the government asking for autonomy from the civil service, failure to which they would resort to industrial action. Full text...

  • Nigerian soccer star owner of slave ship?
    21 april 2001 13:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a sharp twist to the story of the 'slave ship' which has made headlines around the world, a Nigerian newspaper reported Saturday the ship belongs to Nigerian international Jonathan Akpoborie. Full text...

  • Malawi contemplates deporting refugees
    21 april 2001 13:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi government is considering deporting at least 40 refugees who entered the country as asylum seekers but ended up operating large-scale businesses in the capital, Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Nigerian government takes over collapsed mosque
    21 april 2001 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Citing irregularities in its construction, the Lagos State Government has taken over a mosque that collapsed in Mushin, a Lagos suburb Wednesday, killing six persons. Full text...

  • Abidjan University campus under police guard
    20 april 2001 22:44:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Abidjan University campus of Cocody-Mermoz, a residential area of Abidjan, was under close police surveillance Friday afternoon following the ransacking of student rooms Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius moves to project foreign workers
    20 april 2001 22:40:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Labour and Industrial Relations minister Showkatally Soodhun Friday announced the creation of a special unit to take care of foreign workers in the island. Full text...

  • WFP reaches Guinea refugee camps with food
    20 april 2001 22:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Following the return of relative calm in the region, the World Food Programme has moved in emergency food rations to some 25 000 refugees in Kolomba camp in south-western Guinea. Full text...

  • South African youths march against racism in sport
    20 april 2001 22:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Youth League of the ANC Friday led a large march to the office of Cape Town Mayor Peter Marais in support of efforts of the South African Football Association to play football at the Newlands rugby stadium. Full text...

  • Activist says Namibians can beat AIDS by being responsible
    20 april 2001 21:16:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian women should regard their health and well-being as a personal responsibility, and view it as their right to demand effective safeguards to protect themselves and their unborn babies from infection. Full text...

  • Namibia human rights group to demonstrate
    20 april 2001 20:50:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's civil society organisations this weekend are to stage a demonstration in defence of democracy because of recent attacks on human rights and democracy from the country's leadership. Full text...

  • Mauritius to build more Prisons
    20 april 2001 20:45:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian government plans to construct three new prisons to cope with the increasing number of detainees, Social Security and National Solidarity Minister, Samioullah Lauthan said Friday. Full text...

  • Namibian High Court to try suspected killer cop
    20 april 2001 20:28:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (NAMPA) -- The case of former Namibian policeman Stephanus Skeyer, who in July last year ran amok and allegedly killed two people when he could not find his ex- girlfriend, has been transferred to the High Court. Full text...

  • Tanzania police detain Nigerian, Ethiopian nationals
    20 april 2001 20:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian police are detaining 22 Ethiopian and Nigerian nationals following a swoop on alleged illegal immigrants, press reports said Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya to upgrade telecommunication system
    20 april 2001 20:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya needs to raise about 800 million US dollars over the next five years to upgrade its national telecommunications network, TELKOM managing director Augustine Cheserem has said. Full text...

  • Kenya's street children on the rise
    20 april 2001 20:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya, UNICEF reports, has an estimated 135,000 street children, 1. Full text...

  • Kenya to upgrade telecommunication system
    20 april 2001 19:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya needs to raise about 800 million US dollars over the next five years to upgrade its national telecommunications network, TELKOM managing director Augustine Cheserem has said. Full text...

  • Official says Gabon is against child trafficking
    20 april 2001 17:29:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government, determined to fight against the odious traffic involving children, has just adopted a platform of action and set up an inter-Ministerial committee to implement it, a government official said. Full text...

  • 24 die in holiday accidents in Zimbabwe
    20 april 2001 16:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe police reported on Friday that 24 people were killed and over 150 others got injured in road accidents in the country during the Easter and Independence holidays this week. Full text...

  • Suspected bomber of US embassies loses court application
    20 april 2001 16:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The High Court in Cape Town Friday dismissed with costs, an urgent application filed by the suspected bomber of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Full text...

  • South African civil society to unite against racism
    20 april 2001 09:02:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As civil society organisations prepare to converge on Durban for the World Conference Against Racism's NGO Forum in August, South African civil society will be uniting to face the challenges of transforming racism in the country. Full text...

  • Ten years on - no easy walk to press freedom in Africa
    19 april 2001 23:35:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- In less than two weeks, more than 200 media practitioners and managers from Africa and other parts of the world will converge on Namibia's capital of Windhoek to celebrate one of the biggest press events ever - the 10th anniversary of the Great Windhoek Declaration. Full text...

  • Activists set for human rights and democracy march in Namibia
    19 april 2001 23:08:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Southern African Human Rights NGO Network (SAHRINGON) said Thursday it has organised a march for human rights and democracy to take place next Saturday in the Namibian capital. Full text...

  • Food prices soar in Niger
    19 april 2001 22:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger authorities have met little success trying to force down food prices on the rise as famine looms over the country. Full text...

  • Swaziland reports 28 deaths in suspected serial killings
    19 april 2001 21:59:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The Swazi nation is still reeling under shock following the discovery of a mass grave suspected to be the work of a serial killer or killers. Full text...

  • FBI says Fr. Kaiser committed suicide
    19 april 2001 20:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Joint investigations by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Kenyan police have concluded that US Catholic priest John Anthony Kaiser committed suicide. Full text...

  • Libya to build school in southern Sudan
    19 april 2001 19:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Libya will build a 100,000 US dollar secondary school in the Bahr el Jebel State's city of Juba in southern Sudan, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Experiencing Kenya's Juvenile Courts
    19 april 2001 19:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As they are led to the courtroom the youngsters show neither guilt nor remorse and once inside they are instructed to sit on the hard benches, an order they comply with promptly. Full text...

  • Ivorian Muslims want OIC membership
    19 march 2001 22:58:00
    Jeddah- Saudi Arabia (PANA) -- Muslims in Cote d'Ivoire would like for their country to join the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC),the chairman of the Ivorian Islamic Organisation said during a visit to Saudi Arabia. Full text...

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