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  • Lectures begin at Cape Verde's first University
    09 may 2001 11:12:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Fifty-seven students have begun courses in Sociology at the Jean Piaget Institute in Praia, Cape Verde's first University, official sources said. Full text...

  • Workers Down Tools Protesting Privatisation
    08 may 2001 20:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's 11 trade unions Tuesday called a four-day strike to press the government to halt privatisation of three leading state enterprises and to return another firm under state control. Full text...

  • SAA responds to calls for Helderberg disaster investigation
    08 may 2001 18:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways has sympathised with families of the 1987 Helderberg air disaster victims, but says the national carrier's new management cannot be held liable for the tragedy. Full text...

  • UNDP helps rebuild Burundi's war-torn communities
    08 may 2001 14:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme is working with the Burundi government in support of reconstruction efforts to benefit 50,000 people in six communities affected by conflict, the UN body said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Media experts slam Swaziland for seizing publication
    07 may 2001 10:07:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- More than 200 African and media experts from other non-African countries attending the 10th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration in Namibia, have slammed the Swaziland government for confiscating copies of the 4 May edition of the local Guardian newspaper. Full text...

  • Mauritius students to learn drug abuse prevention
    07 may 2001 09:22:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius education ministry would next year introduce drug prevention in the curriculum of primary schools throughout the country, official sources have said. Full text...

  • Sudanese writer remains sleepless for 10 years
    07 may 2001 08:53:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese writer Abdulmoneim el Sayed says he has not been able to sleep in the last 10 years of his life and that this has not affected his well-being in any way. Full text...

  • Widen Scope of Press Freedom in Africa, Conference Urges
    06 may 2001 10:23:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- African governments should widen the scope of press freedom by improving the performance of the media in their countries and passing laws that would make information held by public authorities accessible to journalists. Full text...

  • Togo ratifies general convention on social security
    05 may 2001 15:52:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's National Assembly has adopted a bill authorising ratification of a Convention on social security between the governments of Togo and Mali, signed on 10 October 1996 in Bamako. Full text...

  • Air Afrique officials hold discussions with Eyadema
    05 may 2001 14:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The ad-hoc committee of Air Afrique's air and technical staff, led by flight commander Malick Tall, and the company's provisional administrator, Jeffrey Erickson, held separate talks with Togolese president Gnassingbe Eyadema in Lome. Full text...

  • Media body lifts suspension of Solidarite PAALGA
    04 may 2001 23:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The National Commission on Press (CNP) in Cote d'Ivoire Friday lifted the suspension of the bi-monthly Solidarite PAALGA with immediate effect, sources from the institution said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Nine Journalists in Africa Among 52 Killed On Duty in 2000
    04 may 2001 16:44:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Nine journalists killed in seven African countries were among the 52 media professionals who died in the course of duty in 2000, according to data being considered at the three-day Press Freedom conference which Friday entered its second day in Windhoek. Full text...

  • Nine Journalists in Africa among 52 killed on duty in 2000
    04 may 2001 15:51:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Nine journalists killed in seven African countries were among the 52 media professionals killed on duty in 2000, according to data being considered at the three-day press Freedom conference which entered its second day in Windhoek Friday. Full text...

  • Eye Injuries Rising In Kenya's Informal Sector
    04 may 2001 15:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Lack of eyeshades is becoming a leading cause of eye injuries and infections among craftsmen engaged in Kenya's informal sector. Full text...

  • Craftsmen, farmers in Benin get development fund
    04 may 2001 14:58:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has set up a development fund for vocational training and retraining (FODEFCA) intended to improve the skills and competence of craftsmen, farmers and labourers. Full text...

  • Over 40 bank workers made redundant
    04 may 2001 14:35:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Union of Community Banks in Rwanda (UBPR) has retrenched 41 of its 131 employees due to "economic stagnation," an official source said Thursday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Lawyers Say There Is evidence To Indict British Army
    04 may 2001 13:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- British lawyers, currently gathering evidence in Kenya on abandoned war ordnances, have said there is a good claim to be made against the British army on behalf of 100 members of Maasai and Samburu ethnic communities. Full text...

  • Mozambican Premier pledges to improve press freedom
    04 may 2001 12:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said the government remains committed to "the consolidation of press freedom in Mozambique". Full text...

  • Mozambican journalists want access to state information
    04 may 2001 09:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican branch of the regional press freedom body MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) is drawing up draft legislation on free access to state information. Full text...

  • Namibia tackles African media
    03 may 2001 21:11:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Journalists hoping for a field day at the 3-5 May conference on the promotion of press freedom in Africa were forced to think again soon after they arrived in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, venue of the event. Full text...

  • Journalists call for Freedom of Information Law
    03 may 2001 20:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican branch of the regional press freedom body MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa), says it is formulating a draft legislation on free access to State information. Full text...

  • A bird's eye-view of the media in Sierra Leone
    03 may 2001 17:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ten years after the Windhoek Declaration was issued, the media scene in Sierra Leone is characterised by the absence of professionalism and lack of access to new information and communication technologies. Full text...

  • UK Lawyers Refused Entry Into Army Range
    03 may 2001 16:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of British human rights lawyers gathering evidence on undetonated ordnances, allegedly left by the British army in a Kenyan training field, have been refused entry into the area. Full text...

  • Libyan paper says no free press exists in the world
    03 may 2001 16:05:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- "Press freedom has made no progress in the world since World Press Day was proclaimed on 3 May 1991, the Libyan daily "Al-Fajr al'Jadid" observes in its Thursday issue. Full text...

  • Journalists mark 2001 world press freedom day
    03 may 2001 15:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- African journalists and other media practitioners across the globe observed World Press Freedom Day in Windhoek Thursday by observing a minute of silence and homage to "fighters and Martyrs" in the pen profession. Full text...

  • US Peace Corps fund book publication in Namibia
    03 may 2001 13:36:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- United States Peace Corps volunteers in Namibia are launching Thursday in Windhoek a new book for Oshindonga children entitled: "Esiku Limwe" or One Day. Full text...

  • Niger's biggest labour union appeals for food aid
    02 may 2001 15:49:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Niger Workers' Trade Unions (USTN) took advantage of May Day celebrations on Tuesday to launch an international appeal for food to feed the country's famine-stricken population. Full text...

  • Trade Union Not Pleased With Privatisation
    02 may 2001 10:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's leading trade union has expressed misgivings about the ongoing privatisation of state-owned enterprises. Full text...

  • Finalists for 'Face Of Africa' pageant arrive in Johannesburg
    02 may 2001 07:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Hopefuls for the Face of Africa pageant have began arriving in Johannesburg from all over the continent. Full text...

  • Burundi workers mark Labour Day
    01 may 2001 19:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Thousands of Burundi civil servants held a procession in Bujumbura Tuesday as part of ceremonies commemorating the International Labour Day. Full text...

  • Kenya government raises minimum wage
    01 may 2001 18:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan workers observed May Day in a subdued mood Tuesday, in spite of efforts by the government to put smiles on their faces with the announcement of a 7. Full text...

  • Gabon to hold regional employment forums next week
    01 may 2001 15:21:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese government will next week organise regional employment forums in the country's nine provinces, Gabonese senior minister in charge of labour and employment, Paulette Missambo, has announced. Full text...

  • Religious authorities exocise Catholic church in Rwanda
    01 may 2001 13:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Catholic Church in Kibuye, western Rwanda was last Sunday exorcised of the spirits of more than 11,000 Tutsis who were massacred inside its premises during the 1994 genocide, church sources claimed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Millions of South Africans commemorate Labour Day
    01 may 2001 12:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Most South African political parties are Tuesday taking part in events and functions marking May Day. Full text...

  • Trade unions deplore condition of Tanzanian workers
    01 may 2001 10:24:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania's trade union leaders Tuesday criticised the country's on-going privatisation process for causing economic hardships to the working population. Full text...

  • Kenyan man kills eight family members
    01 may 2001 10:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyans woke up to a rude shock Tuesday, with harrowing reports of death and anguish after a middle-aged man butchered eight members of his family but failed to take his own life. Full text...

  • French boat rescues missing Cape Verdian fishermen, one dies
    30 april 2001 23:27:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- One of the three Cape Verdian fishermen, who went missing since 6 March has died, while a French boat rescued two of his colleagues, Maritime officials said Monday in Praia. Full text...

  • Masses under rebels starving in Northern Katanga Province
    30 april 2001 20:29:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo Red Cross Society said Monday that it has discovered "people who were almost completely cut off from the rest of the world" in the northern province of Katanga. Full text...

  • Mandela defends Mbeki at South Africa celebrations in London
    30 april 2001 16:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela has expressed support for his successor, Thabo Mbeki, who has come under increasing fire over allegations made by a senior government minister of a plot to oust him. Full text...

  • Starving Kenyans appeal to WFP for relief aid
    30 april 2001 16:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 10,000 starving families in remote parts of Keiyo and Marakwet districts of Kenya's North Rift region have appealed to the World Food Programme (WFP) for relief food. Full text...

  • Authorities Concede To Students' Demand
    30 april 2001 14:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Students in all Ethiopian colleges and universities were required to get down to business Monday after the government announced it had conceded to their demand. Full text...

  • Church makes HIV test compulsory for prospective couples
    30 april 2001 12:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a sharp blow to renewed efforts by African leaders to confront the HIV/AIDS pandemic headlong, a church in Nigeria has ordered compulsory HIV/AIDS test for its members willing to be married in the church. Full text...

  • Windhoek Hosts Africa Press Freedom Conference
    30 april 2001 10:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African journalists and media workers have begun to converge on Windhoek, Namibia, for a three- day international conference to assess the progress achieved in enthroning press freedom in Africa ten years after a UNESCO- sponsored conference issued a landmark declaration on the promotion of free press on the continent. Full text...

  • Press freedom in Africa ten years after Windhoek
    30 april 2001 10:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A French court recently threw out a libel suit filed by three African presidents against writer Francois Xavier Verschave and his editor, Laurent Beccaria on grounds that any decision against the writers would infringe the free speech tenets of the European Union. Full text...

  • Kadhafi pleads with Nigeria's religious leadership for unity
    29 april 2001 20:13:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Libya's Col. Full text...

  • Lawyers divided over their group's chairmanship candidacy
    29 april 2001 13:56:00
    Praia- Cape-Verde (PANA) -- Lawyers in Cape Verde are divided over who is to run as a chairman of the country's Lawyers' Association during the group's election Monday. Full text...

  • Senegal leads with launch of EFA action plan
    27 april 2001 23:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- High population growth rate and lack of money negatively affected school enrolment in Senegal this year, Education minister Kansoubaly Ndiaye complained Friday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Media flourish in ten years of Benin's democracy
    27 april 2001 20:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ten years following the National Conference that put Benin on the democratic trail, journalists can boast of nearly hundred press organs, the ministry of interior says. Full text...

  • RSF Seeks Information On Missing, Detained Journalists
    27 april 2001 20:09:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontière (RSF), an international organisation for the defence of the freedom of the press, Friday expressed concern about the disappearance of a journalist and the arrest of another one in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • BP promises cleaner diesel supply in Botswana
    27 april 2001 11:58:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- British Petroleum (BP) has announced it would introduce a new and cleaner diesel fuel containing low sulphur in Botswana by January 2002. Full text...

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