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  • Latin American Islamic centres set up organisation
    09 july 2001 19:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Islamic centres in Latin America and the Caribbean are to set up an organisation for the region, with headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Full text...

  • Marabout swindles Niger business magnate
    09 july 2001 19:22:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A marabout in Niger recently swindled a business magnate of 150 million francs CFA (1 US dollar = 750 FCFA), promising the latter even greater wealth and ultra- rapid business travelling via the "plane of God" - a mystical means of transport. Full text...

  • Striking workers shut Lagos private Guardian newspaper
    09 july 2001 18:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Lagos-based foremost private newspaper, "The Guardian," was shut Monday by angry workers protesting poor conditions of service. Full text...

  • Inhambane takes moves to check tourism abuse
    09 july 2001 18:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The governor of the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane, Aires Aly, has said that the government in his area was taking measures to end abuses in the area of tourism. Full text...

  • Call for university-private sector dialogue
    09 july 2001 17:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Higher Education, Science and Technology minister, Lidia Brito, on Monday called for permanent dialogue between universities and the private sector to ensure the production of graduates in line with the demands of the labour market. Full text...

  • South Africa police destroy 1,385 firearms
    09 july 2001 17:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police on Monday destroyed an enormous cache of surplus, obsolete and confiscated firearms to mark World Small Arms Day and and the start of a UN conference on the issue. Full text...

  • Swindlers find fertile ground in Niger
    08 july 2001 23:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Swindling and breach of trust are the most common offences committed in Niger these days, says the official weekly, "Sahel Dimanche," quoting police records. Full text...

  • Zamfara State destroys 574 beer cases
    08 july 2001 20:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 574 beer cases were destroyed on the orders of a judge in Gusau, the capital of Nigeria's Zamfara state, the Islamic International Agency (IINA) has reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda has 8.6 million people
    08 july 2001 18:05:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's population has reached 8. Full text...

  • Catholic priest suspended for fathering children
    08 july 2001 14:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian Catholic priest has been suspended indefinitely by his local parish after it was discovered that he broke his celibacy vow by fathering four children, the privately-owned Guardian newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria may use soldiers to fight crime
    08 july 2001 12:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of rising violent crimes in Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo says the government may resort to the use of the country's armed forces to ensure security of lives and property. Full text...

  • UNDP supports higher education in Burundi
    08 july 2001 12:40:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme is supporting a study for the improvement of Burundi higher education, a UNDP statement said in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Sharia amputee loses wife
    07 july 2001 17:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Two months after his hand wrist was amputated for stealing, in accordance with the Islamic law Sharia, a Nigerian man has disclosed that he lost his wife to the shock of the punishment, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Scotland Yard to probe Zambian politician's murder
    07 july 2001 15:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has requested the Scotland Yard to help in investigating early Friday morning's murder of a prominent opposition member, Paul Tembo in Lusaka. Full text...

  • State accepts responsibility for pensioner's death
    07 july 2001 09:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has accepted responsibility for the death of a 70 year-old woman pensioner who was caught in a crossfire between armed robbers and security guards on Friday. Full text...

  • Ruling on request to evict land grabbers postponed
    07 july 2001 08:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Pretoria High Court will on Monday give its ruling on a request by the South African government for an order to evict thousands of people occupying land in Bredell, near Kempton Park. Full text...

  • OAU contemplates decade of traditional medicine
    06 july 2001 23:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OUA might shortly proclaim 2001-2010 as the "OAU decade for African traditional medicine", based on a report of Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim to the 74th ordinary session of the council of ministers that opened Thursday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Opposition unhappy with expenditure on Mbeki's residence
    06 july 2001 22:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has denounced the government's expenditure of about Rands 34 million (R8. Full text...

  • Nairobi to host disaster management conference
    06 july 2001 20:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- There are plans to hold an international conference on disaster management in Africa later this year in Nairobi to cultivate a local disaster response initiative in African countries, organisers said Friday. Full text...

  • Police arrest squatters as govt seeks eviction order
    06 july 2001 19:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Two days of illegal land occupations in the vicinity of Johannesburg ended in the arrest of over 200 people as the government sought eviction orders Friday. Full text...

  • Human rights activist calls for more State-NGOs communication
    06 july 2001 17:04:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A human rights activist Friday described the lack of communication between the Namibian government and various nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) as a major stumbling block in resolving human rights violations in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa shortlists artists for national awards
    06 july 2001 12:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Eighty-three young artists from across South Africa have been named as finalists for the national Absa Atelier Art Awards 2001, the longest established and most prominent visual art competition in the country. Full text...

  • South Africa's controversial arms deal takes dramatic twist
    06 july 2001 11:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In a dramatic development in South Africa's controversial 5. Full text...

  • Salim tables report on drug control action plan
    06 july 2001 11:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An OAU plan of action against drug trafficking and abuse, notes Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim, is fraught with setbacks including inadequate response from member states coupled with shortfalls in human and financial resources. Full text...

  • Experts call for tighter control on small arms
    05 july 2001 23:11:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Social researchers and ministers on Thursday called for the tightening of controls on small arms entering Ghana, saying that existing statutes regulating weapons were outdated and ineffective. Full text...

  • RSF protests against threat to kill journalist
    05 july 2001 20:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Paris-based press freedom watchdog, Reporters sans Frontieres, on Thursday said it was worried by threats to kill the French Press Agency (AFP) Correspondent in northern Nigeria, Aminu Abubakar. Full text...

  • Botswana VP sues paper for defamation
    05 july 2001 20:09:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana vice-president Gen. Full text...

  • ECOWAS intensifies action against child trafficking
    05 july 2001 18:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it is intensifying the fight against child trafficking within the sub-region. Full text...

  • Interpol finds crime wave alarming in Africa
    05 july 2001 16:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Interpol Wednesday concluded its biennial African regional conference in Gaborone, Botswana, stressing the need to improve communications and technology with a view to better coordination of action against crime on the continent. Full text...

  • Lagos lawyer receives National service certificate
    05 july 2001 15:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Following an order by Nigeria's Human Rights Violation Investigation Panel, the country's National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Thursday formally released the discharge certificate of Lagos human rights activist and lawyer Femi Falana, 18 years after he completed the compulsory one-year national service. Full text...

  • Congolese families seeking missing relatives
    05 july 2001 14:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Relatives in Congo (Brazzaville) are clamouring for a parliamentary inquiry into the whereabouts of some 353 people arrested in 1999 by security forces, and who to date remain unaccounted for. Full text...

  • Armed robbery: no respite for besieged citizens
    05 july 2001 13:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A police patrol team returning to base in a convoy of vehicles after routing a gang of armed robbers suddenly runs into a hail of bullets from runaway bandits. Full text...

  • Tanzania's vice president dies at 60
    05 july 2001 10:45:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania Thursday declared a seven-day mourning period following the death of the country's vice president, Omar Ali Juma, who died of a heart attack Wednesday. Full text...

  • Benin breaks with the colonial criminal law
    05 july 2001 08:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Benin government has decided to break with the past by replacing the colonial criminal code with a new up-to-date law. Full text...

  • African parliaments discuss food security
    04 july 2001 20:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from Francophone and Lusophone African countries Wednesday began a three-day workshop in Yaounde on food security on the continent. Full text...

  • N'Djamena court sentences five to death
    04 july 2001 20:24:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- N'Djamena's criminal court on Tuesday sentenced five people to death, including one in absentia after convicting them for armed robbery. Full text...

  • Report says road accidents kill 500 people yearly in Niger
    04 july 2001 17:39:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 500 people die every year in road accidents in Niger, the daily "Tenere Express" reported Wednesday, quoting the National Director of Transport, Mahamane Habibou. Full text...

  • Missing fishermen return safe and sound
    04 july 2001 17:06:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The 12 fishermen from the Tarrafal municipality on Santiago island, who were declared missing a week ago, arrived safely at the Praia Port on Wednesday, Cape Verdian coastal authorities said. Full text...

  • Zambians prepare special welcome for Kadhafi
    04 july 2001 12:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Sections of the Zambian society are preparing an elaborate welcome party for Libyan leader Mouamar Kadhafi when he arrives in Lusaka at the weekend for the 37th OAU Heads of State summit. Full text...

  • Prosecutor wants Togolese human rights activist jailed
    04 july 2001 11:44:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The public prosecutor in Togo has proposed a six-year suspended sentence suspended plus a fine of 360. Full text...

  • America props WFP food assistance to Africa
    04 july 2001 08:52:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The United States has donated an additional 11. Full text...

  • Report reveals incarceration rates very high in Namibia
    03 july 2001 23:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- With 355 prisoners per 1,000 inhabitants, Namibia is among countries in sub-Saharan Africa with the highest incarceration rates, the ministry of prisons and correctional services in Windhoek says. Full text...

  • 8 Nigerians accused of fraud in Lome
    03 july 2001 19:12:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The gendarmerie in Lome Monday announced the arrest of eight Nigerians accused of forgery and fraud involving billions of CFA francs. Full text...

  • RSF protests seizure of Togolese newspaper
    03 july 2001 17:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Tuesday strongly protested against the seizure of the last edition of "Le Combat du Peuple," a Togolese weekly. Full text...

  • NGO offers expertise in population policy
    03 july 2001 17:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nairobi-based African Population Advisory Council (APAC) has offered to help African institutions improve the design and implementation of population policies. Full text...

  • Burkinabe students begin 2001 Baccalaureate exams
    03 july 2001 16:17:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe students Tuesday began writing the 2001 session of the Baccalaureate examinations - equivalent to the Advanced Level GCE examinations - with official sources putting number of registered candidates at 16,172, up from last year's 13,825. Full text...

  • Envoy says stranded Liberians are not refugees
    03 july 2001 16:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Charge d'Affaires of the Liberian Embassy in Nigeria, William Ledlam, said the Liberians who arrived in Lagos aboard a Swedish cargo ship last week were normal travellers, rather than refugees as they have been widely described. Full text...

  • Police gun down gang leader, captures other thugs
    03 july 2001 15:09:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Gift Namacha M'bobo, Blantyre's most wanted criminal, died early Tuesday morning at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital after undercover agents shot him during a night raid. Full text...

  • Eleven killed and three wounded in road accident
    03 july 2001 14:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 11 people died and three others were seriously injured Monday morning in a road accident in southern Burundi, a reliable source said. Full text...

  • Mass graves linked to British mining company
    03 july 2001 14:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- New explosive evidence has linked the London-based Cape PLC Company with a secret burial of asbestosis victims in the Northern Cape and Northern Province decades ago. Full text...

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