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  • Rebels abduct 28 Burundi fishermen
    29 august 2001 17:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 28 Burundi fishermen were abducted in a ship Tuesday night by suspected Burundi rebels at Lake Tanganyika, west of Bujumbura, the Burundi News Agency (ABP) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Six charged with arson after violent land dispute
    29 august 2001 15:48:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Six people appeared before a Malawi Court Wednesday charged with arson and assault after a group of rampaging youths set about 14 houses alight at the weekend over a land dispute in the central border District of Ntcheu. Full text...

  • Over 20,000 Burundian refugees repatriated
    29 august 2001 14:05:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- More than 20,000 Burundian refugees have been repatriated home from neighbouring Tanzania and given assistance for reintegration, an official disclosed in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • IHRF calls for inquiry into alleged abuses in Cameroon
    29 august 2001 12:23:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The International Human Rights Federation (IHRF) is demanding an independent international inquiry into atrocities allegedly committed by security operatives in Cameroon's coastal city of Douala. Full text...

  • Youths march against racism in rural South Africa
    29 august 2001 10:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Ahead of the Durban World Conference against Racism, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in South Africa Tuesday held a march in Petersburg to decry racism in small towns, rural areas and farms. Full text...

  • Emotional farewell for unlikely hero
    29 august 2001 09:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Film director Richard Attenborough and Nkosinathi Biko, son of slain anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko were among hundreds of people who Tuesday attended an emotional funeral service in London of veteran anti- apartheid activist Donald Woods who died of cancer a week ago. Full text...

  • RSF condemns constant attacks on journalists in Cameroon
    28 august 2001 23:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international press freedom defence organisation -- Reporters without Frontiers -- on Monday protested the attack and arrest of two journalists in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Unions threaten to disrupt coming academic year
    28 august 2001 22:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Five unions under the Cameroonian Federation of Educational Trade Unions have urged their members to boycott the beginning of the 2001-2002 academic year on 10 September. Full text...

  • Govt releases ailing judge from prison
    28 august 2001 21:12:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A 74-year-old appeal court judge in Sierra Leone, M. Full text...

  • Kimbanguist Church gets new leader
    28 august 2001 20:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The see of the Kimbaguist Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Tuesday the appointment of its new spiritual leader. Full text...

  • Nigeria contemplates training Sierra Leonean broadcasters
    28 august 2001 19:50:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A seven-man Nigerian broadcasting delegation Tuesday arrived in Freetown to assess broadcasting and television services in Sierra Leone and recommend corrective measures. Full text...

  • Police teargas striking, peaceful teachers
    28 august 2001 17:19:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi police brutally stopped a second peaceful teachers' demonstration Tuesday, this time after lobbing teargas at the defence-less protestors in the Ndirande area of the commercial city of Blantyre. Full text...

  • Namibia rallies behind compensation call
    28 august 2001 17:02:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, PANA -- With only a few days before the conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance begins in Durban, South Africa, Namibia has restated its resolve to press for reparations for slavery and colonialism. ) Full text...

  • Botswana arrests over 500 aliens in crackdown
    28 august 2001 16:20:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana police said Tuesday that it had arrested 526 immigrants for various offences in a countrywide crackdown code-named "Operation Clean-Up". Full text...

  • Woman arrested for child trafficking
    28 august 2001 16:18:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A woman claiming to be a US national but holding a Cameroonian national identity card, is in police custody accused of child-trafficking, police sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Catholic Church sues govt over revoked radio licence
    28 august 2001 15:49:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Roman Catholic Church in Liberia has sued the Liberian government for revoking its license to operate a short-wave frequency, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Teachers begin strike, hold peaceful protest
    28 august 2001 15:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian teachers in the commercial city of Blantyre Tuesday held a peaceful street march to protest against President Bakili Muluzi's government's failure to pay them promised salary increases and leave grants. Full text...

  • Drunk father kills son over 12 cents
    28 august 2001 15:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A drunk father clobbered his 14- year-old son to death in Nyeri, central Kenya at the weekend over 10 Kenyan shillings (about 12 US cents). Full text...

  • Church signpost thief shot dead
    28 august 2001 14:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A man who stole a wooden signpost belonging to a church was shot dead by police after killing a policeman and wounding a church official, a local daily reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO slates roundtables for Durban racism conference
    28 august 2001 14:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ahead of the racism conference opening in Durban on Friday, UNESCO has announced it would at the forum organise three roundtables focusing on new forms of discrimination, notably those linked to genetic progress, the consequences of the slave trade and the role of the media in the fight against racism. Full text...

  • Senegalese beauty queen leaves South Africa for New York
    28 august 2001 13:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Senegalese beauty queen Ramatoulaye Diallo, who won this year's M-Net's 'Face of Africa' competition is about to take her place on the catwalks of the international fashion world. Full text...

  • Namibia kicks off second census after liberation
    28 august 2001 13:13:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibia Population and Housing Census began its nation-wide counting Tuesday after it officially kicked off Monday, the day the government referred to as "reference night. Full text...

  • Patients shocked as doctor, nurses engage in group sex
    28 august 2001 12:37:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Patients at the main hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe Tuesday watched in disgust as a doctor and two nurses engaged in group sex, while a forth person took photographs. Full text...

  • African immigrants on hunger strike in Zambia
    28 august 2001 09:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- More than 60 African immigrants in detention at Milima prison in Kasama, northern Zambia, are on hunger strike demanding repatriation to their home countries, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian detainees want televised trial
    27 august 2001 22:54:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Fifteen detained former employees of the Cameroonian ministry of posts and telecommunications have demanded a televised hearing of their case in which they are accused of involvement in a financial scam. Full text...

  • Praia creates housing and urbanisation fund
    27 august 2001 22:17:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Praia municipal council, the biggest in Cape Verde, has created a fund to meet the capital city's housing and urban planning needs, informed sources at the mayor's office said on Monday. Full text...

  • Court orders Telecel to pay shareholder 1.4 billion FCFA
    27 august 2001 19:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Abidjan's Court of Appeal has ordered Telecel, Cote d'Ivoire's main cellular phone company, to pay 1. Full text...

  • Preparations hot up for ECOWAS security confab
    27 august 2001 17:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Preparations are underway for the third ECOWAS conference of ministers in charge of security, billed for 30 August in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • African Police Chiefs meet in Mauritius
    27 august 2001 17:30:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian police boss Ramanooj Gopalsingh opened the annual meeting of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO), Monday, noting that globalisation, improved transportation and the growing ease of communication had impacted positively on the population. Full text...

  • WCAR: Togolese rights group hopeful
    27 august 2001 15:43:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The president of Togo's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) Komi Gnondoli, has expressed the hope that the Durban World Conference against Racism (WCAR) would help sustain the spirit of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Full text...

  • Advocate lauds French laws on immigrant workers
    27 august 2001 09:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A leading African lawyer and human rights advocate has lauded aspects of the French legal system which pay due attention to the interests of domestic workers, most of whom are Africans. Full text...

  • SADC police to discuss ways of curbing illegal arms trade
    26 august 2001 18:12:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Police chiefs from 12 Southern African Development Community states are to begin in Mauritius Monday a five-day meeting to discuss ways of curbing the illegal trafficking of arms in the region. Full text...

  • Five killed as vehicle runs over vegetable hawkers
    26 august 2001 17:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Five people were crushed to death when a speeding car ploughed through vegetable hawkers Saturday at Nairobi's Githuria round-about in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Protestants complain against State-sponsored violence
    26 august 2001 16:59:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Protestant churches in Malawi Sunday ended their weeklong fasting against what they termed as state-sponsored violence with a tough indictment on the government of President Bakili Muluzi. Full text...

  • Debate over the reform of the World Bank and the IMF
    25 august 2001 18:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Three international NGOs expressing solidarity with countries of the South are pushing for World Bank and IMF reform programmes to be featured at the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria, US sign agreements on agric, education funding
    25 august 2001 17:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and the US have signed two grants agreements for US funds to support economic growth, agriculture and education in Nigeria, a statement from the US Embassy said in Abuja. Full text...

  • 13 feared dead in Lagos crash
    25 august 2001 17:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thirteen people were feared dead in a road crash involving a passenger bus and a truck in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos Saturday, eyewitnesses said. Full text...

  • Police arrests another suspect in Cardoso's murder
    24 august 2001 23:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police have arrested another suspect in the murder case of the country's best-known journalist, Carlos Cardoso, who was killed in November 2000. Full text...

  • Mocumbi wants an apology but not compensation for slavery
    24 august 2001 23:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique wanted the developed world to apologise for the evils of slavery and colonialism, but was not pushing for reparations for the years of the slave trade and of colonial rule. Full text...

  • Bouake University under police surveillance
    24 august 2001 23:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The University of Bouake, 290 km north of Abidjan, is under close police and military surveillance since Friday, following a clash between security forces and students in which several people were injured, students union sources said. Full text...

  • Nujoma calls on creation of opportunities for youth
    24 august 2001 22:32:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- President Sam Nujoma has reiterated his call to create opportunities for Namibian youth. Full text...

  • Kenya, Ethiopia to eradicate cross-border banditry
    24 august 2001 22:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and her northern neighbour Ethiopia have affirmed their commitment to eradicate cross-border banditry, cattle rustling and other activities that hinder friendly relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Tanzanian police clash with Moslem demonstrators
    24 august 2001 21:32:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- About 171 people were arrested Friday evening in Dar es Salaam when police clashed with Moslem demonstrators protesting the incarceration of a member. Full text...

  • Mining company to review investment strategy
    24 august 2001 21:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- South African mining company, African Gem Resources (AFGEM), has announced plans to reassess its strategy in the prized violet-blue Tanzanite in the northern region of Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • President Wade expresses support to Amnesty International
    24 august 2001 16:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has called on Amnesty International to work on mechanisms for worldwide prevention of human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN Volunteer wins case against UNDP
    24 august 2001 08:23:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A court in N'djamena on Thursday ordered the Chad country office of the United Nations Development Programme to pay three months of subsistence allowances to a Belgian UN Volunteer. Full text...

  • NGOs reject government nominees for WCAR
    23 august 2001 22:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A group of French NGOs says delegates appointed by the Paris government to the forthcoming World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, are not representative of the entire civil society. Full text...

  • Rights group takes shot at Senegal
    23 august 2001 21:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In obvious reference to fugitive Chadian dictator Hissen Habre, who is currently holed up in Dakar, an Amnesty International (AI) official has taken issue with Senegal or any other African country impeding the prosecution of presumed perpetrators of human rights abuses. Full text...

  • Police recover some stolen funds from exchange house
    23 august 2001 20:52:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican police have recovered at least 274 million meticais (12,500 US dollars) of the money stolen earlier this week from the "Mundo Cambios" exchange house in Maputo, the daily Noticias reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Landmines pose challenge to public policy - Minister
    23 august 2001 19:41:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Land mines, small arms, light weapons or the threat of the HIV/AIDS pandemic are no longer matters of sterile academic debate or unproductive finger- pointing by way of apportioning blame. Full text...

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