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  • Police arrest suspects in Mosque burning
    19 july 2001 11:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian police said they have arrested four people suspected of burning a mosque in the northern region district of Mzimba at the weekend. Full text...

  • More than 100 small arms to be destroyed in Diffa
    19 july 2001 11:50:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- More than 100 small arms will be destroyed Thursday in Diffa, 1,500 km east of Niamey, at a ceremony sponsored by the National Commission for the Collection and Control of Illicit Weapons, the Niger News Agency (ANP) has reported. Full text...

  • Coup plotters face second charge
    19 july 2001 11:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's four coup plotters, who include two soldiers, were Wednesday slapped with a second charge of theft of military uniforms when they appeared before a lower court here amid tight security. Full text...

  • Human rights group says San communities marginalised
    19 july 2001 10:03:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian government is doing more harm than good for the country's San communities, the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) director Phil ya Nangoloh charged Wednesday. Full text...

  • Over 20 people perish in road accident
    19 july 2001 07:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Twenty-seven people died Wednesday in a road accident when a truck collided with a bus carrying 74 passengers between Kabwe and Kapiri-Mposhi, 160 km north of the capital Lusaka. Full text...

  • Retired politician's son re-appears in court
    18 july 2001 22:09:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The son of retired Namibian parliamentarian Moses Katjiuongua, Bakondja, who is facing multiple charges relating to fraud and escaping from lawful police custody, reappeared in the Windhoek magistrate's court Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN Tribunal to launch radio in Rwanda
    18 july 2001 21:44:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda plans to launch its own radio station in Kigali to help enlighten the local population about its work, official sources in the Rwandan capital reported Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Schools for handicapped underway in Senegal
    18 july 2001 20:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Pilot schools to educate handicapped children in a move to properly integrate them into society will begin operation next year in the Senegalese cities of Dakar, Saint-Louis, Thies and Ziguinchor, a UNESCO executive said. Full text...

  • Regional university dons in meeting
    18 july 2001 18:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- University dons from eight Eastern and Central African countries began a high level meeting Tuesday with calls for alternative sources of funding if education was to spearhead development efforts. Full text...

  • Finance hampers Namibian Broadcasting
    18 july 2001 17:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Radio and television signals of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), are currently not reaching all corners of country because of financial constraints, the Corporation said. Full text...

  • More inquiry needed into ethnic clashes - minister
    18 july 2001 17:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Those implicated in the ethnic clashes that rocked Kenya in the early 1990s will not be prosecuted because the government was still investigating the issue, parliament was told Wednesday. Full text...

  • Moroccan Navy seizes 3.7 tons of cannabis
    18 july 2001 16:59:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The Moroccan Royal Navy and Customs, have seized more than 3. Full text...

  • Soyinka appears before panel, seeks apology from state
    18 july 2001 16:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka appeared before Nigeria's Human Rights Violation Investigation Commission Wednesday, and used the occasion to demand a formal apology from the government for violating his rights during the late dictator Sani Abacha's regime. Full text...

  • NGO against sexual exploitation of minors
    18 july 2001 16:50:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian NGO "Save The Children," appealed Wednesday for urgent measures against sexual exploitation of minors in the country. Full text...

  • NamPost computerises its Counter Services
    18 july 2001 16:22:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibia Post (NamPost) launched a Counter Automation Project (CAP) Wednesday to boost its operation. Full text...

  • Authorities shut College after students' violence
    18 july 2001 15:35:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Education and Scientific Research Ministry Wednesday ordered the closure of the Stratford College in Quatre-Bornes, 15-km south of the capital, Port Louis, following violence by the students. Full text...

  • School violence puts government on spotlight
    18 july 2001 15:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya Government is consulting parents and teachers to find ways of reducing violence and indiscipline that have plagued the country's schools recently. Full text...

  • Hearing underway on South Africa's Ellis Park stampede
    18 july 2001 11:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The general manager of Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium, scene of a stampede in April which left 43 people dead and more than 150 injured, says he was confident that sufficient security measures were in place the night of the fateful match. Full text...

  • Personal tribute to Nelson Mandela on his 83rd birthday
    18 july 2001 11:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Like millions of other South Africans, Nelson Mandela has had a profound impact on my life and as he celebrates his 83rd birthday today, I reflect on his contribution to my country and the rest of the world. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO envisions legal aid centres
    18 july 2001 10:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An NGO in Kenya is in the process of setting up Legal Aid centres to provide voluntary legal services to the underprivileged. Full text...

  • Inquiry commission orders Army chief's arrest
    18 july 2001 09:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Human Rights Violation Investigation Commission has ordered the arrest of Army Chief of Staff, Major-Gen. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela turns 83 still waxing strong
    18 july 2001 09:29:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Nelson Mandela turned 83 on Wednesday, which also marked the third anniversary of his wedding to Gracia Machel, widow of the late Mozambican President Samora Machel. Full text...

  • Mozambican independence war hero dies
    17 july 2001 22:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A key figure in the Mozambican liberation struggle against Portuguese colonialism, Col. Full text...

  • Tunisian judiciary suspends dissenting judge
    17 july 2001 21:22:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, who wrote an open letter to President Ben Ali denouncing "the catastrophic situation" of the country's judiciary, has been suspended. Full text...

  • African journalists launch satirical tabloid Thursday
    17 july 2001 20:24:00
    Ruth Nabakwe PANA Correspondent Paris- France (PANA) -- A bi-monthly African satirical tabloid intended to scrutinise undemocratic regimes on the continent goes on the newsstand in Paris Thursday with an initial circulation of 11,000 copies, its Gabonese publisher Ongoudou Loundah said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Donors, NGOs to tackle poverty in Tanzania
    17 july 2001 19:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Representatives from government, NGOs and donor agencies in Tanzania have planned a meeting in Dar es Salaam Wednesday to discuss ways of forging partnership in tackling the country's creeping poverty. Full text...

  • President, top public servants to declare wealth
    17 july 2001 19:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's attorney general Amos Wako Tuesday published a bill that, if passed, would force the president, ministers and all top public servants - and their families - to declare their assets within 30 days of assuming office. Full text...

  • Over 67 percent of Ivorian adults are illiterate
    17 july 2001 18:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At least 67. Full text...

  • Obasanjo orders demolition of illegal structures
    17 july 2001 18:13:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's capital city of Abuja may soon get a face lift following orders from President Olusegun Obasanjo that illegal structures defacing the Federal Capital Territory be demolished. Full text...

  • High Court begins hearing on gruesome murder
    17 july 2001 18:04:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Namibian accused of brutally stabbing his girlfriend to death in April 1999, Tuesday pleaded not guilty to the charge before a High Court Paul Kharuxab, 30, is accused of fatally stabbing Salinde Geingos, 24, at the village of Otjimbingwe, about 40 km south of Karibib in Namibia. Full text...

  • Former Ambassador drags officials to court over recall
    17 july 2001 17:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former Kenyan Ambassador to the US Samson Chemai, has sued Civil Service head Sally Kosgey and her predecessor Richard Leakey for what he claimed was wrongful dismissal. Full text...

  • Police arrest five drug dealers
    17 july 2001 17:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi police said Tuesday that they have arrested five medical drug dealers who operated between Malawi and Tanzania. Full text...

  • Namibian court adjourns murder trial
    17 july 2001 16:35:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A High Court in Namibia Tuesday adjourned the trial of a man accused of murdering two men on a diamond mining vessel three years ago. Full text...

  • Students protest bus ban
    17 july 2001 10:47:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Members of the unrecognised National Union of Benin Students (UNSEB), staged a protest Monday in Cotonou against the decision by the Higher Education Ministry to ban the use of university buses for union activities. Full text...

  • Kenyan educators tackle unrest in schools
    17 july 2001 10:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Stakeholders in Kenya's education sector will meet Thursday at Nyeri, the Central Provincial capital, to discuss the increasing cases of student unrest within the region. Full text...

  • World on course for take-off of ICC
    16 july 2001 20:17:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- With 36 countries having ratified its statute and others in the process of doing so, the International Criminal Court has brightened prospects of coming into force within the next 12 months, advocates for the court have projected. Full text...

  • Public officials get an insight of human rights
    16 july 2001 20:10:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 30 officials from six West African French-speaking countries Monday began a two-week workshop on human rights and democracy. Full text...

  • White farmer kills settler in Zimbabwe
    16 july 2001 17:18:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police said Monday that a white farmer in eastern Zimbabwe killed a landless peasant occupying his farm, in a fresh outbreak of farm-related violence in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya's longest serving prisoner wants to meet Mandela
    16 july 2001 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Fresh from serving 35 years in jail for the murder of one of Kenya's eminent freedom fighters, Nairobi ex-convict Kisilu Mutua, wants to meet the world's longest jailed political prisoner, former South African President Nelson Mandela. Full text...

  • Sudanese University to award Khaddafi honorary degree
    16 july 2001 16:47:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The University of Juba, Sudan has decided to award Libyan leader Moammar Khaddafi an honorary doctorate in Political Science, the University announced Monday. Full text...

  • Hearing resumes on South Africa's controversial arms deal
    16 july 2001 16:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The public hearings into South Africa's 5. Full text...

  • Trailer kills 28 after crashing into market
    16 july 2001 10:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 28 people, most of them market women, were killed at the weekend when a trailer loaded with bags of cement crashed into the Abavo farm produce market in the Ika local government area of Nigeria's south-eastern Delta state, the semi-official Daily Times newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Malawian vendors resist eviction ahead of SADC summit
    15 july 2001 19:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian street vendors brought business to a halt in some parts Blantyre, the commercial capital and Limbe, another business district. Full text...

  • Economic hardships blamed for increase in street girls
    15 july 2001 17:53:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A social researcher has attributed the rise in the number of street-girls in Khartoum to broken marriages as a result of economic hardships in Sudan. Full text...

  • Supreme Court dismisses ex-Army Chief's appeal
    14 july 2001 15:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The murder trial of Nigeria's former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Full text...

  • Namibian grape worker stay strike action
    14 july 2001 14:56:00
    Keetmanshoop- Namibia (PANA) -- Workers at a grape company in Namibia's Aussenkehr Valley have put on hold a strike action earlier planned to start Friday. Full text...

  • Baby dies in Namibia fire blaze
    14 july 2001 14:38:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- Police in the Namibian district of Outapi, Omusati region are investigating the death of a nine- month-old baby in a fire blaze. Full text...

  • Teachers stage protest in Port Louis
    14 july 2001 14:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- At least 1,000 primary school teachers took to the streets of the capital Port Louis Saturday to protest against educational reforms which they said did not take into account teachers' welfare. Full text...

  • Newspaper management slams striking workers
    14 july 2001 14:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The management of Nigeria's privately-owned Guardian newspaper, which has been off the streets for the past five days due to a workers' strike, has slammed the workers for breaching procedural agreement and industrial relations. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe plans laws to curb "unprofessional journalism"
    14 july 2001 13:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government said Saturday that it would enact legislation to curb unprofessionalism among journalists which it argues has become rampant in the country, particularly in the private media. Full text...

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