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  • Malawi road crash claims 15 lives, many feared trapped
    19 august 2001 19:32:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 15 people died on the spot Sunday with four others hospitalised with critical injuries after an Isuzu Pick-Up van collided with a goods truck in Malawi's northern mountainous District of Nkhata-Bay. Full text...

  • 40 killed in another Zambian road crash
    19 august 2001 15:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- At least 40 people were believed burnt to death and 34 others seriously injured in Saturday's bush crash along Zambia's Great North road, near Kapiri-Mposhi, 200-km north of Lusaka. Full text...

  • Advocacy for a shared human history
    19 august 2001 12:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Working out concensus on the agenda of the upcoming UN conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and inteolerance slated to run 31 August through 7 September in Durban, South Africa was no easy task for the organising committee that met late July in Geneva. Full text...

  • Educationists want corporal punishment in Kenyan schools
    19 august 2001 11:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Educationists from Kenya's Eastern and Central Provinces have taken issue with a recent ban on caning in the country's schools, saying it would create more problems of indiscipline and unrest. Full text...

  • The West should acknowledge and make up for its crimes
    19 august 2001 10:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ahead of the Durban conference on racism, the President of an Afro-Antilles NGO known as the Rally for Democracy and Civic Awareness (RDC), Joby Valente, has said it would help lay the foundation for a better world if western countries acknowledged their crimes against humanity and paid reparations. Full text...

  • Advocacy for a shared human history
    18 august 2001 20:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- It was a tough battle at the end of July in Geneva, where the organisers of the UN conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and inteolerance, to be held from 31 August to 7 September in Durban had their work cut out trying to agree on a comprise text reconciling the positions of all parties. Full text...

  • NGOs, Civil Society set to contribute at WCAR
    18 august 2001 19:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The success of the World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance will hinge on the involvement of NGOs and civil society organisations in its preparation. Full text...

  • Compensation for the sake of fairness
    18 august 2001 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The issue of compensation for the slave trade and slavery will no doubt be one of the controversial topics at the World Conference against racism, to be held from 31 August to 7 September in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • 40 Nigerian girls deported from Italy via Conakry
    18 august 2001 18:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 40 Nigerian girls aged 22- 30 years have been deported from Guinea (Conakry), the News Agency of Nigeria reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Banned group foils robbery of Obasanjo's farm
    18 august 2001 17:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a case of irony, a militant group banned by President Olusegun Obasanjo has arrested a gang of six robbers who stole two giant generators from his farm at Ota, near Lagos, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Hunger forces people to resort to single meals
    18 august 2001 14:37:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Food shortage has forced residents in several districts of Niger to eat single meals per day indicates, a study published by the Alert and Disaster Management System, or SAP/CG. Full text...

  • Former US Nobel Peace Prize laureate to visit Mali
    18 august 2001 13:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and President of the Sasakawa Association for Africa begins a ten-day visit to Mali on Sunday, official sources said. Full text...

  • Accidents kill 75 on Mauritian roads
    18 august 2001 11:41:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius plans to introduce stern measures aimed at curbing accidents that have so far killed 75 people in Mauritius since January this year. Full text...

  • Irene Khan replaces Sane as Amnesty's head
    17 august 2001 23:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 25th international council of the London-based human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, opened in Dakar Friday with a new Secretary General, Irene Zubaida Khan of Bangladesh, replacing Pierre Sane of Senegal. Full text...

  • Prophet Simon Kibangu's last son dies
    17 august 2001 22:00:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Dialungana, the last son of Simon Kibangu, the spiritual founder of 'Kibanguism' a Christian-inspired African Church in Congo, died on Thursday in Kinshasa at the age of 85. Full text...

  • One killed in clash between two Malian villagers
    17 august 2001 21:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- One person was killed and about 30 others wounded during recent fighting between Guirwel and Karbaye villagers in Mopti region, 700 km north of Bamako, informed sources said Friday in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Maghreb citizens in majority at reception centres
    17 august 2001 20:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Citizens of Maghreb countries comprise the majority of 17,883 illegal immigrants held last year in different reception centres in France, the Oeucumenical Association to assist foreigners threatened of deportation and refugees, Cimade, says in a fresh report. Full text...

  • Use African Cultural Values To Promote Religious Tolerance
    17 august 2001 20:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Reverting to African cultural values could have an inhibiting effect on incidents of religious intolerance which now and again flare up on the continent, suggests a Beninese diplomat. Full text...

  • Togo sounds opinion ahead of racism conference
    17 august 2001 16:34:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The National Human Rights Commission in Togo Thursday organised a sensitisation workshop in Lome ahead of the World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance scheduled to start 31 August in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Nujoma advocates employment for the disabled
    17 august 2001 16:26:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma Friday urged individuals and organisations to emulate his Office in the employment of people with disabilities in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court quashes journalists' arrest
    17 august 2001 16:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The High Court in Zimbabwe has freed four journalists from police detention after ruling that the law under which they were being charged for allegedly running a false story was illegal. Full text...

  • Robber's crucifixion highlights desperation to curb crime
    17 august 2001 16:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The "crucifixion-style" execution of the leader of a three-man armed robbery gang by vigilantes in Nigeria's economic hub of Lagos Wednesday, is being seen as the latest act of desperation by citizens that have virtually taken the laws into their own hands in trying to combat the rising crime rates in the sprawling city. Full text...

  • Jackson Five to assist Africa AIDS orphans
    17 august 2001 10:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Jackson Five, the popular US group that gave the world megastar Michael Jackson, will soon reunite to stage a concert whose proceeds will go towards benefiting AIDS and other natural orphans in Africa. Full text...

  • One million emigrants return home for summer
    17 august 2001 10:02:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Some 1,000,080 Moroccans living abroad returned home for the summer holidays between 15 June and 13 August, official sources said. Full text...

  • Stranded Liberian envoy's son wants to see Jammeh
    16 august 2001 23:43:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The 18-year old son of former Liberian Charge d'Affaires in Banjul is seeking an audience with Gambian President Yahya Jammeh after his father, Eric Togba fled to the United States. Full text...

  • Matsuura says historians recognise slavery-racism link
    16 august 2001 23:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura Thursday reiterated the deep-rooted link between slavery and racism, which has been acknowledged by historians. Full text...

  • Minister loses 385-million kwacha damage lawsuit
    16 august 2001 21:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's minister Without Portfolio, Michael Sata, has lost a lawsuit at the High Court in Lusaka gainst Zambia Bottlers in which he was claiming 385 million kwacha (106,944 US dollars) as compensation after he found a dead cockroach in a bottle of Sprite which he bought. Full text...

  • Dead whale attracts curious Nigerians
    16 august 2001 21:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Hundreds of Lagosians have thronged the popular Bar Beach in the commercial city of Lagos to see a dead whale that was washed ashore by ocean waves. Full text...

  • Road accidents killed about 400 people in Rwanda
    16 august 2001 20:25:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Road accidents killed 399 people in Rwanda last year, the Kigali independent bi-weekly paper, The New Times, reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Protestant body to hold conference on weapons
    16 august 2001 19:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Christian Church of Mozambique, which is the umbrella body for the country's main protestant churches, is to host an international conference on the reduction of weapons in Maputo from 29 to 31 August. Full text...

  • Church plans demonstration against Vatican over Milingo
    16 august 2001 17:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Unification Church under which former Zambian controversial Catholic Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo married a Korean Moon sect member Maria Sung in May, has threatened to demonstrate against the Vatican over Milingo's reported decision to divorce his wife. Full text...

  • Bashir advocates more polygamous marriages in Sudan
    16 august 2001 14:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- President Omar el Bashir, relying on an Islamic injunction, has called on Sudanese men to marry more wives and increase the nation's population. Full text...

  • Nigeria renames its Police
    16 august 2001 13:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Police Force, so named by the British colonialists, is now to be called the Nigeria Police under a restructuring designed by the federal government to make the force friendlier and to increase its strength and fire-power. Full text...

  • Two feared dead in Police/OPC clash
    16 august 2001 12:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two people were feared dead Wednesday and several others injured when police clashed with suspected members of the ethnic Yoruba group Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the south-western city of Abeokuta. Full text...

  • South Africans protest against US dominance
    16 august 2001 12:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Union members Thursday began gathering at the US Embassy in Pretoria and the US Consulate in Durban to what they said were Washington's attempts to bully, dominate and subject the world to its own interests. Full text...

  • Malnutrition in Eastern Cape shocks minister
    16 august 2001 10:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Social Development minister Zola Skweyiya Thursday expressed shock and indignation at the increasing number of children dying from malnutrition and hunger in the Mount Ayliff area of the Eastern Cape. Full text...

  • Trial resumes for 22 suspects over Army death benefits scam
    15 august 2001 16:35:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The trial of 22 people implicated in the death benefits scam at Namibia's Defence Ministry resumes at a Windhoek Magistrate's Court Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana Government at odds with bushmen
    15 august 2001 14:41:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government has announced that it would stop providing essential services to the Basarwa (San or bushmen) minority tribe in the Central Kalahari game reserve (CKGR). Full text...

  • Tanzania expels 11 Nigerians, Somalis
    15 august 2001 13:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The government in Tanzania has expelled a total of 11 Nigerians and Somalis for illegal stay in the country, immigration authorities reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe police arrest newspaper editor
    15 august 2001 13:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Wednesday arrested the editor of the country's lone private daily newspaper on unspecified charges, an official at the Daily News said. Full text...

  • Mandela to continue radiation treatment
    15 august 2001 13:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African president Nelson Mandela is to continue with radiation treatment to combat the prostate cancer. Full text...

  • London cabbies visit South Africa
    15 august 2001 09:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The first of six groups of British taxi drivers who, for the past two years, have been driving in London in cabs branded in the colours of the South African flag, have arrived in Cape Town for a brief visit. Full text...

  • UN Rights Commission asked to intervene over Bishop
    14 august 2001 22:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Human Rights Commission has been requested to investigate the whereabouts of a former Zambian Catholic Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who is said to be under the protection of the Roman Catholic Church. Full text...

  • British citizen gets life sentence
    14 august 2001 20:49:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A British citizen Charles John Winstone was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday by a Mauritian Court presided by Judge Asraf Caunhye. Full text...

  • Nigerian ambassador calls for moderation in Togolese media
    14 august 2001 19:19:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Nigerian ambassador in Togo, Bayo Yusuf, has appealed on the media in Lome to exercise moderation in their analysis of the negative actions allegedly committed by members of the Nigerian community based in Togo. Full text...

  • Hani's killers fail in last-ditch attempt to gain freedom
    14 august 2001 12:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Convicted killers Clive Derby-Lewis and Janusz Walus may spend the rest of their lives in jail after exhausting all appeals against their sentences for their role in the murder of former South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Chris Hani. Full text...

  • Bus crash death toll rises to 38
    14 august 2001 09:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The death toll from weekend's road crash of a Lusaka-bound bus from Malawi has risen to 38, according to the Zambian police. Full text...

  • Houphouet-Boigny's daughter arrested
    14 august 2001 07:59:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A daughter of Cote d'Ivoire's founder president the late Felix Houphouet-Boigny was arrested Sunday night at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International airport in Mauritius, the daily Le Mauricien reported Monday. Full text...

  • Real estate company to evict rates defaulters
    13 august 2001 23:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cash-strapped Ivorian Construction and Real Estate Company (SICOGI) will, starting Tuesday, evict over 2,000 of its tenants who have not paid up their mortgage fees, the company's general manager disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • State sacks commissioner over fraud
    13 august 2001 11:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The government of Nigeria's south- western Ondo state has sacked a commissioner and ordered his prosecution over fraud. Full text...

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