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  • Mauritians celebrate Gandhi's 132nd birth anniversary
    02 october 2001 15:06:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritians Tuesday celebrated the 132nd birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian apostle of non-violence who brought independence to India in 1947. Full text...

  • Judge rejects crucial treason evidence
    02 october 2001 14:53:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The judge hearing Malawi's treason case, Justice Anaclet Chipeta, has disallowed what was considered to be the prosecution's crucial evidence. Full text...

  • ANC liberation hero dies
    02 october 2001 13:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress has announced the death of one of the founding members of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), its armed wing during the liberation struggle, in Pietermaritzburg over the weekend. Full text...

  • Man central to Nigeria's independence dies on anniversary day
    02 october 2001 12:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a curious twist of fate, the Nigerian military officer who lowered the 'Union Jack' of Britain on Nigeria's independence day 1 October 1960 died Monday, exactly 41 years after he performed the important act, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bishops caution US against using excessive military force
    02 october 2001 08:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Catholic bishops of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa have appealed to US President George Bush and his international allies to refrain from excessive use of military force in addressing the menace of terrorism. Full text...

  • Mozambique moves to monitor land use
    01 october 2001 23:34:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Lands and Surveys Department (DINAGECA) is to launch a campaign to check if land leased out was being exploited accordingly. Full text...

  • Chissano optimistic about development of Niassa Province
    01 october 2001 22:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has expressed confidence that the northern province of Niassa will emerge from its current "serious problems" of underdevelopment and become the country's breadbasket, the daily paper "Noticias" reported Monday. Full text...

  • Spate of robberies rocks Zambian town
    01 october 2001 22:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Four men last Saturday surrendered the keeper of a guest house in the Zambian town of Kitwe and made away with 5. Full text...

  • Hawkers, city fathers in turf war
    01 october 2001 21:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- When Nairobi City councillors elected Dick Waweru as the new mayor two months ago, the first promise he made to the residents was to have hawkers removed from the central business district, citing congestion and insecurity. Full text...

  • Media watch group indicts Senegalese government
    01 october 2001 21:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has expressed deep concern about what it said was increased government harassment of Senegalese journalists, particularly since President Abdoulaye Wade came to power in April 2000. Full text...

  • French mechanic arrested in Abidjan for stealing
    01 october 2001 20:37:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Frenchman Cesar Camille, 31, was arrested last week for "breach of trust, forgery and use of false documents and the sabotaging of military equipment," official sources said Monday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Police, motorists tussle over windows
    01 october 2001 20:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The love-hate relationship between Kenyan traffic police and motorists dipped a notch lower this week when the law enforcers came up with a requirement that all vehicles having tinted windows must clear them by Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe schools begin new session
    01 october 2001 20:02:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 2001-2002 academic year started Monday throughout Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Some 4,000 illegal aliens enter Kenya annually
    01 october 2001 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 4,000 aliens are sneaked into Kenya annually by a well knit and well-connected syndicate, the East African Standard daily reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius to initiate legislation against cyber crime
    01 october 2001 19:43:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Telecommunications and information technology minister Pradeep Jeeha announced Monday the country would work on legislation to combat cyber crime. Full text...

  • Journalist charged with defrauding Air Mauritius
    01 october 2001 19:13:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian journalist Patrick Michel was Monday charged before a Port Louis Court, with fraud, in connection with the financial scandal rocking the national carrier Air Mauritius. Full text...

  • 69 children rescued from traffickers' hands
    01 october 2001 15:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Authorities in Burkina Faso's southwestern province of Bale have intercepted a group of 69 children, aged between seven and 17 years, being trafficked to slave in an agricultural region in the west of the country. Full text...

  • Unidentified body found locked in shop for two years
    01 october 2001 10:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The body of an unknown person has reportedly been found locked for two years in a shop at an edible oil processing factory in Bedele district, Illubabor Zone, Ormia State in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tutu denied accepting offer from Harvard University
    01 october 2001 09:17:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu has denies media reports that he is to take up a teaching job at Harvard University in the United States as part of an initiative to improve South Africa-US relations. Full text...

  • Mauritius to launch national youth service
    01 october 2001 08:01:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Youth and sports ministry will launch soon a National youth service (NYS) for young people aged between 13 and 16 years, officials said in Port-Louis Sunday. Full text...

  • Tourism students return from Germany
    01 october 2001 07:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Twenty South African students returned home Sunday after undergoing a 12-month professional tourism course in Germany. Full text...

  • Niger budgets 3 billion CFA francs for school supplies
    30 september 2001 20:11:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger government has made available three billion CFA francs (about 4. Full text...

  • Hard times for transiting immigrants in Algeria
    30 september 2001 19:56:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian town of Tamanrasset counts some 47,000 immigrants from 30 countries who sojourn there while hoping to raise enough money to continue on the trail to Europe. Full text...

  • Govt. to honour 275 Nigerians, foreigners
    30 september 2001 16:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 266 Nigerians and nine foreigners are to receive Nigeria's national awards this year, to mark the country's 41st independence anniversary being celebrated 1 October, an official statement said Sunday. Full text...

  • Zambian Rights Commission thanks donors for support
    30 september 2001 14:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Permanent Human Rights Commission has commended the donor community for its continued assistance to the Commission. Full text...

  • Thugs attack ruling party chieftains
    30 september 2001 14:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Four suspected hired thugs at the weekend invaded the venue of a meeting convened by top members of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Owo, south- western Ondo State, shooting a policeman in the chest and sending others scampering for safety, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Snake disrupts ceremony attended by first lady
    30 september 2001 13:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A wayward snake sent Nigerian first lady, Stella Obasanjo, scampering from a podium during a ceremony in the south-eastern city of Calabar at the weekend, the semi-official Sunday Times newspaper reported. Full text...

  • Public awareness package for workers, retirees
    30 september 2001 11:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA), a state parastatal in charge of retirements and pension matters, has embarked on an extensive public awareness campaign targeting 85 percent of workers who do not have access to any form of retirement benefits, Chairman Mutuma Kathurima has said. Full text...

  • Senegalese Radio Station On 'Worldspace' Airwaves
    29 september 2001 16:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- With effect from 1 October, Radio Senegal International (RSI) will relay its programmes on Worldspace network for wider audience in Africa and part of Europe, it was announced here Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria deports five Indians, one German
    29 september 2001 14:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid tightened national security, Nigeria's federal government has deported five Indians and one German, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Body of victim of US terror attacks brought home
    29 september 2001 10:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The body of South African citizen, Nick Rowe, who died during the terror attack on the World Trade Centre in New York on 11 September, arrived in Cape Town on Friday night. Full text...

  • South African video to entertain millions in Hong Kong
    28 september 2001 22:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's popular tourism video, the Lion's Share, will entertain more than two million transit passengers in Hong Kong over the next six months. Full text...

  • Anti-corruption fights call for witness protection
    28 september 2001 22:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The newly formed anti-corruption NGO, "Ethics Mozambique", has proposed a "witness protection scheme" to guarantee the safety of victims and witnesses to corruption or violent crime who decide to expose those responsible. Full text...

  • New evidence emerges concerning Ivorian mass grave case
    28 september 2001 19:38:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters Sans Frontieres and the International Human Rights Federation on Thursday submitted new elements to the Ivorian Government commissioner who handled the dismissed case of eight gendarmes who had been charged with mass killings in Yopougon, a suburbs of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Angolan Varsity staff threaten strike
    28 september 2001 17:17:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Lecturers and administrative staff of Angola's public Agostinho Neto University (UAN), are to begin a strike from Monday over a pay dispute, their Unions announced Friday. Full text...

  • Rights group says governments support violence against children
    28 september 2001 14:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Violence against children is a bigger problem than many governments acknowledge, and is often carried out by officials of the State, Human Rights Watch noted in a new global study released Friday. Full text...

  • US donates security equipment to Lagos State
    28 september 2001 13:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In fulfilment of its pledge, the US government Friday donated some security equipment to Nigeria's Lagos State to boost crime fighting. Full text...

  • Tutu accepts position at Harvard University
    28 september 2001 10:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu is to take up residency at Harvard University in the United States as part of an initiative to improve South Africa-US relations. Full text...

  • Man nabbed over false rumour on US terror attacks
    28 september 2001 09:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A man accused of disseminating a false report claiming that South Africa was involved in this month's terror attacks in New York and Washington, has been fired by his company. Full text...

  • Anti-American protests on Wits university campus
    27 september 2001 20:48:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Students from the Wits University in Johannesburg protested Thursday against expected US led strikes on Afghanistan. Full text...

  • Arsonists burn two churches in Kenyan Islamic town
    27 september 2001 20:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Arsonists believed to be Muslims Wednesday set ablaze two churches in Kenya's northern town of Isiolo. Full text...

  • Nigerian, Tanzanian in court over Bin Laden posters
    27 september 2001 18:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nigerian and a Tanzanian have appeared before a Magistrate's Court in Nairobi, Kenya for publishing and displaying posters of the controversial Islamic fundamentalist, Osama bin Laden. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalist gets posthumous award
    27 september 2001 17:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has posthumously awarded its Press Freedom Prize to Carlos Cardoso, editor of the independent news sheet "Metical" and former director of the Mozambican News Agency, who was murdered in Maputo last November. Full text...

  • Mozambican returnees besiege Labour ministry
    27 september 2001 16:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Hundreds of Mozambican workers who returned from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wednesday besieged the ministry of Labour as they stepped up demands for outstanding entitlements. Full text...

  • Benin, Nigeria assess language programme
    27 september 2001 15:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 40 executives from several sectors in Nigeria and Benin are meeting in Cotonou to evaluate a cooperation programme between the two countries on the teaching of French. Full text...

  • World Churches discuss sexuality
    27 september 2001 14:50:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Representatives of Churches in Africa, Europe and the Americas are participating in an international workshop in Lome, focusing on contemporary theological challenges, dealing with sexuality, ethical and cultural issues in the context of globalisation. Full text...

  • APEX-CI sympathises with US government
    27 september 2001 14:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Export Promotion Association of Cote d'Ivoire (APEX-CI) has paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the 11 September terror attacks in the United States. Full text...

  • Chad, US sign two agreements on national mediation
    27 september 2001 14:08:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chad and the US have signed two conventions for the financing of the national mediation body and the information Committee, grouping 30 NGOs, in the African country. Full text...

  • West African Islamic Council to be set up
    27 september 2001 13:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A forum of 160 Islamic Associations from West Africa has decided in Accra, Ghana, to set up a sub-regional Islamic Council, according to Ahmed Saloum Dieng, chairman of the Union of Islamic Youth in Senegal, who attended the meeting. Full text...

  • Nigeria ratifies drug treaty with US
    27 september 2001 13:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has ratified the legal assistant treaty between it and the United States in a major move to strengthen the global fight against drug trafficking. Full text...

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