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  • UNAIDS grieves over death of Nkosi Johnson
    01 june 2001 14:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS Friday expressed sorrow over the death of South African AIDS activist, 12-year-old Nkosi Johnson, saying "we have lost a champion, a hero in the fight against AIDS". Full text...

  • Condolences for young AIDS victim
    01 june 2001 13:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Messages of condolences are streaming in following the death of 12-year-old AIDS victim Nkosi Johnson who died in his sleep in the early hours of Friday. Full text...

  • Cleric slams attempts to legalise prostitution
    01 june 2001 13:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, President of the African Christian Democratic Party, has told the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ANC that they would be digging their own graves if they legalised prostitution in the country. Full text...

  • Fire kills 3 children in Central Zimbabwe
    01 june 2001 12:56:00
    Gweru- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean police Friday said three toddlers were burned to death in a thatched farm hut which they lighted after being left unattended at London farm in the central Zimbabwean city of Gweru. Full text...

  • US cutter partakes in naval exercises in Cape Town
    01 june 2001 08:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The United States Coast Guard cutter Sherman is in Cape Town as part of a goodwill visit aimed at strengthening relationships with the South African navy. Full text...

  • TRC to submit final report by year-end
    01 june 2001 07:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission charged with investigating apartheid-era crimes in South Africa will present its final report to President Thabo Mbeki before the end of the year. Full text...

  • Abdel Kader Boye to head Dakar University
    31 may 2001 23:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Prof. Full text...

  • Mozambican ministry halts municipal curfew
    31 may 2001 21:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The State Administration ministry in Mozambique has ordered the northern municipal council of Angoche to withdraw a local order imposing what critics had earlier dismissed as an illegal curfew. Full text...

  • Angoche town decrees illegal curfew to curb crime
    31 may 2001 21:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Faced with an increase in crime, the authorities in the northern Mozambican town of Angoche, rather than improve policing, have taken the cheaper but illegal measure of ordering the residents to stay at home at night. Full text...

  • Mozambican municipality decrees controversial curfew
    31 may 2001 21:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Overwhelmed by rising crime, authorities in the northern Mozambican town of Angoche have ordered residents to stay at home at night, decreeing that no one be out on the streets between 23:00 hours and 4:00 hours, and that bars and other leisure places close at 19:00 hours. Full text...

  • Muslim umbrella body disowns arrested sheikhs
    31 may 2001 20:46:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM), the umbrella organisation for all Muslim sects in the country, has disassociated itself from a hard-hitting "Sheikhs' Letter" accusing President Bakili Muluzi of misruling the country. Full text...

  • Judge refuses to view key state evidence in Pagad trial
    31 may 2001 19:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Prosecutors in the case of five men accused of the 1996 murder of Hard Livings Gang boss Rashaad Staggie, received a major blow on Thursday when Cape High Court Judge John Foxcroft ruled that he would not view video footage taken the night that Staggie was killed. Full text...

  • African MPs urge legislation on reproductive health
    31 may 2001 19:37:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- MPs from Benin, Cameroon, Guinea and Togo, have at the close of a meeting in Lome, Togo enjoined African Parliaments to legislate laws on reproductive health, in keeping with an undertaking in June 1998 to curb population growth. Full text...

  • Police chief defends South African court decision
    31 may 2001 19:35:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's criminal investigations department head Kenny Kapinga Thursday said that he is not surprised by a recent ruling by a South African court that suspects likely to face the death sentence in other countries would not be repatriated to face justice. Full text...

  • Malawi driver in for manslaughter after killing Britons
    31 may 2001 19:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The state prosecutor in Malawi, Fahad Assani, has announced he would charge a driver whose pick up truck caused the death of five people including three young Britons last March, with manslaughter. Full text...

  • Fatal Truck Driver Faces Manslaughter Charges
    31 may 2001 12:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's Director of Public Prosecutions, Fahad Assani, has said he would charge the driver of a pick-up truck in which five persons were killed, following a road crash in March, with five counts of manslaughter. Full text...

  • Ten Zimbabweans seek accident compensation
    31 may 2001 11:33:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The general manager Botswana motor vehicle accident fund, Reginah Vaka Thursday confirmed receiving at least ten claims following a road accident in which 16 Zimbabweans died in February. Full text...

  • Wade launches Internet Caravan
    30 may 2001 23:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade has unveiled plans for the Senegalese telecommunications agency, to "develop new information and communication technologies" nation-wide. Full text...

  • Nujoma acts against newspaper
    30 may 2001 20:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma is reported to have ordered government agencies to boycott the private daily newspaper The Namibian. Full text...

  • Parliament workers arrested for theft
    30 may 2001 20:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Three workers of the Mozambican parliament have been arrested in connection with the theft of this month's wages for parliament staff amounting to 430 million meticais (about 2,150 US dollars), reported the daily Noticias Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF assesses impact of DRC war on children
    30 may 2001 17:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese foreign minister Leonard She Okitundu and UN special envoy for children and armed conflicts Olara Otunu Tuesday extensively assessed the fate of child-soldiers, their mobilisation, reintegration and protection within the community. Full text...

  • UNICEF official warns African leaders to address AIDS
    30 may 2001 15:23:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Leaders who, in callous indifference, watch as their populations succumb to AIDS, should be made to answer for their actions just as persons involved in war crimes are tried, a UNICEF official has suggested. Full text...

  • Boesak expresses remorse for theft conviction
    30 may 2001 10:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Disgraced South African cleric, Dr Allan Boesak, has apologised to Christians for the "hurt and confusion" that his conviction on fraud and theft charges had caused. Full text...

  • UN seeks funds for child-soldiers
    30 may 2001 09:34:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UN Assistant Secretary General Olara Otunnu has congratulated President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and his government for stopping recruitment of the under age into the army. Full text...

  • Namibian official criticises Zimbabwean Journalist
    29 may 2001 23:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Namibian government official has launched a scathing attack against a Zimbabwean journalist who reportedly described President Sam Nujoma as Zimbabwean President Robert "Mugabe's new Permanent Secretary for Regional Affairs. Full text...

  • Stop reinventing the wheel, donors told
    29 may 2001 22:48:00
    The Hague- Netherlands (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi has said that people of the recipient country rather than donors should be allowed to dictate conditions to their own governments. Full text...

  • Mozambican police nab alleged child killers
    29 may 2001 22:31:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Local news accounts Tuesday said Mozambican police in the northern port city of Nacala have arrested a group of five men, accused of killing children to extract and sell body parts. Full text...

  • Namibian Parliament gets own Website
    29 may 2001 22:26:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian Parliament is to launch its Internet Website Thursday. Full text...

  • Liberian war victims get UNICEF relief supplies
    29 may 2001 22:11:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tuesday brought in relief supplies to thousands of people displaced by the war in northern Liberia. Full text...

  • Children's lot most precarious in West, Central Africa
    29 may 2001 20:49:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- West and Central Africa were Tuesday singled out at the on-going Cairo Forum on African children as among the most difficult areas on the continent for child survival. Full text...

  • NGOs lobby to have African governments bound by Cairo decisions
    29 may 2001 20:34:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- At the ongoing Cairo Forum on the future of children in Africa, NGO delegations in attendance Tuesday stepped up their bid for effective action, with a suggestion that conference decisions be made binding on national authorities. Full text...

  • High court to try South African murder suspects
    29 may 2001 20:20:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The case of two South Africans held in Botswana for murder has now been committed to the Botswana high court for trial. Full text...

  • Zambia's Catholic bishops denounce Milingo's marriage
    29 may 2001 19:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Catholic bishops have condemned former Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo's decision to marry a South Korean woman in New York under the Moon sect. Full text...

  • Namibians race in landmine campaign
    29 may 2001 19:44:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibians would next weekend run a 5000m race in a special event organised to raise public awareness on the dangers of, and havoc wreaked by landmines. Full text...

  • UN plans active part in eradicating child trafficking
    29 may 2001 17:49:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The UN will be directly involved in the fight against child trafficking in West Africa, the Director of the United Nations Office for drug control and crime prevention, Pino Arlacchi, announced in Lome Monday. Full text...

  • Outcry over child abuse
    29 may 2001 17:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African political parties and welfare organisations have spoken out against child abuse to mark National Child Protection Week and International Children's Day on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegalese beauty queen thrills top modelling agency
    29 may 2001 16:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Leading international modelling agency, Ford Models Inc. Full text...

  • MPs evaluate the Cairo Programme of Action
    29 may 2001 10:24:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A regional workshop attended by about 50 members of parliament from four member states of the African Parliamentarians' Forum opened in Lome on Monday to follow-up the programme of action adopted by the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo seven years ago. Full text...

  • WFP welcomes major US donation to Sudan
    29 may 2001 09:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme on Tuesday warmly welcomed the announcement by the US government of a 61. Full text...

  • Low school enrolment of African children worries UNESCO
    28 may 2001 22:59:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- UNESCO has underlined "low enrolment of children into schools" as one of the big challenges facing the organisation and the African education sector, according to Armoogum Parsuramen, the Director of UNESCO's Regional office in Dakar. Full text...

  • Church closed after drug find
    28 may 2001 20:58:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Leaders of the Celestial Church of Christ in the western Sierra Leonean capital Freetown, say they have ordered the Church closed following the discovery of a large quantity of cocaine and the subsequent arrest of some pastors. Full text...

  • Namibian prosecutor docked on fraud charges
    28 may 2001 20:19:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Former Gobabis (Namibia) Magistrate's Court prosecutor Elly Hamunyela Monday reappeared in court on charges of fraud. Full text...

  • Africa witnesses unprecedented tourism growth
    28 may 2001 20:07:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- There has been an unprecedented growth in tourism in Africa during the past decade, according to data made available here Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa's arms deal hearing postponed to June
    28 may 2001 19:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The public hearing into South-Africa's controversial 5. Full text...

  • Malawi riot suspects denied bail
    28 may 2001 19:20:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Seventeen suspects, including two opposition legislators arrested over the weekend for allegedly inciting violence in Malawi's northern district of Chitipa, were Monday denied bail. Full text...

  • Normalcy returning to troubled Nigerian city
    28 may 2001 19:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Normalcy is gradually returning to Nigeria's city of Warri, in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, after three days of ethnic clashes in which at least five persons were shot and several houses and shops burnt. Full text...

  • Arms deal hearing postponed to June
    28 may 2001 17:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The public hearing into South-Africa's controversial 5. Full text...

  • Mazambique's donors' conference postponed
    28 may 2001 17:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The donors' conference to assess Mozambique's need after the floods that hit the central region earlier this year has been postponed from May to June. Full text...

  • UNICEF calls for commitment for child survival
    28 may 2001 14:42:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- UNICEF on Monday stated that lack of political will and allocation of adequate resources were to blame for poor child survival in Africa. Full text...

  • 12 die in road crash
    28 may 2001 12:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 12 persons were burnt to death at the weekend after the commercial bus in which they were travelling was involved in a ghastly crash with a petrol tanker at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in south-western Nigeria, local press reported Monday. Full text...

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