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  • 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...

  • RSF protests arrest of newspaper director
    23 august 2001 19:41:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- International press watch body Reporters without Frontiers (RSF) has registered a strong protest against the arrest of the managing director of the Monrovia Guardian, sources close to the institution said Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria hosts African-African American Summit in November
    23 august 2001 18:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has confirmed 26-30 November 2001 as new dates for the sixth African-African American Summit being hosted by the country in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Thursday. Full text...

  • RSF protests against arrest of Zimbabwean journalist
    23 august 2001 18:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Reporters without Frontiers, or RSF, the organization that defends press freedom, has protested against the arrest of Wallace Chuma, information director of an independent weekly magazine, Zimbabwe Mirror. Full text...

  • Journalist denounces detention as police set him free
    23 august 2001 18:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Released Liberian journalist Sam Dean on Thursday denounced his 71-hour detention by police as "unconstitutional" and reiterated his commitment to serve the Liberian people. Full text...

  • Malawians Fast In Protest Against Political Violence
    23 august 2001 17:34:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Christians of various Protestant denominations in Malawi have begun a period of fasting ahead of nationwide demonstrations planned for Sunday to protest against political violence. Full text...

  • Liberian students face unbearable condition in Russia
    23 august 2001 16:24:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian students studying in the Russian Federation on bilateral scholarships claim they are living under unbearable conditions due to lack of support from their government, press reports said Thursday. Full text...

  • Vatican's representative summoned over Milingo's saga
    23 august 2001 15:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian authorities have summoned the representative of the Holy See in Lusaka to explain the controversy surrounding former Catholic Church Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who married Maria Sung, a Korean Moon sect member, in May this year. Full text...

  • French NGOs adopt a common platform for WCAR
    23 august 2001 14:26:00
    Paris- France (France) -- A number of French non-governmental organisations have adopted a common platform of demands to be presented at the World Conference Against Racism which opens next week in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Militant group says leader surrendered, not arrested
    23 august 2001 11:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The militant faction of the ethnic Yoruba Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has debunked the claim by the Nigeria Police that their leader Ganiyu Adams was arrested Wednesday. Full text...

  • "Smart Partners" launch international news agency
    22 august 2001 23:20:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Eight "Smart Partnership" member countries meeting in Uganda's capital Kampala have formally launched an international news agency intended to be an alternative to the main international news outlets. Full text...

  • Namibia plans University College of Agriculture
    22 august 2001 22:37:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Cabinet has approved a draft Bill for the establishment a University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (NUCA). Full text...

  • Capacity-building programme registers 64 percent success
    22 august 2001 21:15:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A UNDP programme aimed at beefing up Niger's capacity in economic management and governance was Wednesday reported 64 percent deep in its objectives. Full text...

  • WCC scribe ends Namibia visit
    22 august 2001 20:25:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- World Council of Churches (WCC) Secretary General Reverend Konrad Raiser Wednesday wrapped up a five-day sojourn in Namibia, that was part of a tour of southern African countries. Full text...

  • Tanzanian police ban Muslim demonstration
    22 august 2001 20:02:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian police have issued an injunction against countrywide demonstrations called for Friday by Muslims to protest the imprisonment of one of their members on charges of defaming Jesus Christ. Full text...

  • Leading Israeli journalist visits South Africa
    22 august 2001 19:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Hirsh Goodman, a leading Israeli journalist, editor and author, is currently visiting South Africa to discuss the situation in the Middle East. Full text...

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