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  • Drug trafficking on the increase in Namibia
    22 august 2001 19:16:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian police have reported a rise in drug trafficking in the country, blaming the development on foreigners, notably Nigerians and Tanzanians. Full text...

  • Drug trafficking on the increase in Namibia
    22 august 2001 19:14:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian police have reported a rise in drug trafficking in the country, blaming the development on foreigners, notably Nigerians and Tanzanians. Full text...

  • Militant leader may face murder charge
    22 august 2001 18:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Police hinted Wednesday they may soon charge the arrested leader of the militant Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Ganiyu Adams, with conspiracy, murder and armed robbery. Full text...

  • Panel established to implement property grab report
    22 august 2001 16:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian authorities have created a 14-member panel to implement the report of the commission on the illegal acquisition of government's property. Full text...

  • AI wants victims of racism highlighted at WCAR
    22 august 2001 16:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International has expressed fears that conflicts of interest likely to emerge at the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in Durban could throw victims of racism into oblivion. Full text...

  • Nairobi crime is not only poverty-driven, Says UN expert
    22 august 2001 14:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poverty alone should not be blamed for the crime wave in Nairobi, the Co-ordinator of the "Sister City" programme, Cruz Vanderschuereu, said in the Kenyan capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sharp price rise forces Malawians to eat maize bran
    22 august 2001 14:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The acute shortage of maize in most parts of Malawi, exacerbated by the dramatic increase in the prices of the staple food, has left thousands of desperate Malawians to resort to eating maize bran. Full text...

  • Kenyans blinded by lethal brews to receive training
    22 august 2001 13:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan adults who lost eyesight after drinking illicit spirits will be taken to school to learn how to cope with their disability, a local charity has announced. Full text...

  • Brother of liberation hero dies
    22 august 2001 11:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Harland Woods, the only brother of former leading anti-apartheid activist Donald Woods who died Sunday, has passed away. Full text...

  • Paris-based African groups seek French help for WCAR
    22 august 2001 10:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A growing number of African groups are calling on the French government to include their leaders in the country's official delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, starting 31 August in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • CPJ criticises trial of Zambian journalist
    21 august 2001 23:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday denounced the trial of Fred M'membe, Editor-in-Chief of Zambian private daily "The Post," saying that journalists should never face criminal prosecution for their work. Full text...

  • New academic year postponed in DR Congo
    21 august 2001 22:46:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The beginning of the 2001-2002 academic year in the DR Congo, earlier planned for 3 September, has been postponed by one week to 10 September, National Education Minister Omer Kutumisa Kyota has announced. Full text...

  • Dog discovers abandoned baby
    21 august 2001 21:27:00
    Keetmansshoop- Namibia (PANA) -- A hunting dog has helped in the discovery of a nine-month-old baby abandoned in the outskirts of Namibia's southern town of Keetmansshoop, police said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Clans set for full war, VP to mediate
    21 august 2001 21:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian Vice President Ali Mohammed Shein faces his big test since his appointment when he starts an official tour of Mara region in the northern Tanzania next week. Full text...

  • Public transport operators move to curb accidents
    21 august 2001 20:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan transport operators at the weekend launched an initiative seeking to instil discipline and better driving skills among members. Full text...

  • Police nabs journalist over semantics
    21 august 2001 20:39:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Police Tuesday failed to produce before a court a journalist from a private paper it arrested and charged with "criminal malevolence" growing out of a news item that borders more on semantics than on criminal wrong doing. Full text...

  • Judge Stops Serialisation of Book about Moi
    21 august 2001 20:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nairobi court Tuesday barred the Nation newspaper from serialising "The Rogue Ambassador," a book written by former US ambassador to Kenya, Smith Hempstone. Full text...

  • Slavery's disastrous impact on Africa
    21 august 2001 20:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- As postulated by History Professor Daniel Abwa of Cameroonian nationality, the major consequence of the Slave Trade for Africa was its being stripped of its manpower. Full text...

  • Govt fires more Nigeria Airways executives
    21 august 2001 15:19:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has fired four directors of the national carrier, the Nigeria Airways, barely four days after sacking its managing director. Full text...

  • Unknown gunmen Kill Rivers State MP
    21 august 2001 12:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen shot and killed a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, in south-eastern Nigeria Sunday, the local media reported. Full text...

  • NGO issues guide for the prevention of accidents
    21 august 2001 09:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A non-governmental organisation campaign, Handicap International, which has been campaigning for the eradication of landmines in the world, has issued a guide called "Programme of Education and Prevention of Landmine Accidents". Full text...

  • President orders Islamic NGO to leave Guinea Bissau
    21 august 2001 07:49:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- A Muslim non-governmental organisation, the Ahmadia Religious Association, has until Tuesday to leave Guinea Bissau following an expulsion order issued by President Koumba Yala Monday on allegations that its members were confusing the Muslims in his country. Full text...

  • Amnesty official comments on human rights situation
    20 august 2001 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI), Pierre Sane, has affirmed that the organisation has been very instrumental in the strides made by the international community towards checking human rights abuses. Full text...

  • Racists considered Blacks sub humans
    20 august 2001 22:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Advocates of racism against Blacks actually held the outrageous view that the Negro was sub human. Full text...

  • 350 Burundi refugees return home
    20 august 2001 22:12:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 350 Burundi refugees have returned home from northern Tanzania in the past one week, officials said in Bujumbura Monday. Full text...

  • British Paedophile suspect docked in Addis Ababa
    20 august 2001 21:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- David Christie, a 59-year-old Briton arrested last Friday by Ethiopian police appeared before an Addis Ababa Court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of paedophilia. Full text...

  • Magistrates call for sensitisation against child trafficking
    20 august 2001 20:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Magistrates in Benin have urged the authorities to compile and disseminate laws on the trafficking of children with a view to sensitising the public against the practice. Full text...

  • UN agencies to relocate to Abuja in 2002
    20 august 2001 19:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- UN agencies operating in Nigeria will relocate from the country's economic hub of Lagos to the capital city of Abuja by June 2002, the Resident Co-ordinator of the UNDP in Nigeria said. Full text...

  • Judge rejects plea to reopen private radio station
    20 august 2001 17:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nairobi court Monday ordered a private radio station to stay off the Kenyan airwaves after its proprietor violated the country's broadcasting laws. Full text...

  • Tributes pour in for Donald Woods
    20 august 2001 16:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tributes are pouring from around the world for Donald Woods, a leading anti-apartheid activist who died in England on Sunday at the age of 67. Full text...

  • Morocco's King Mohammed pardons prisoners
    20 august 2001 14:39:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- In marking the 38th anniversary of the King's and people's Revolution, King Mohammed VI of Morocco Monday granted total or partial amnesty to 533 prisoners. Full text...

  • USAID to probe child labour allegation in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 august 2001 11:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- USAID would send a mission next month to investigate allegations of child labour in cocoa plantations in Cote d'Ivoire, a representative of the ILO in Abidjan said. Full text...

  • Malawi road crash claims 15 lives, many feared trapped
    19 august 2001 19:32:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 15 people died on the spot Sunday with four others hospitalised with critical injuries after an Isuzu Pick-Up van collided with a goods truck in Malawi's northern mountainous District of Nkhata-Bay. Full text...

  • 40 killed in another Zambian road crash
    19 august 2001 15:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- At least 40 people were believed burnt to death and 34 others seriously injured in Saturday's bush crash along Zambia's Great North road, near Kapiri-Mposhi, 200-km north of Lusaka. Full text...

  • Advocacy for a shared human history
    19 august 2001 12:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Working out concensus on the agenda of the upcoming UN conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and inteolerance slated to run 31 August through 7 September in Durban, South Africa was no easy task for the organising committee that met late July in Geneva. Full text...

  • Educationists want corporal punishment in Kenyan schools
    19 august 2001 11:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Educationists from Kenya's Eastern and Central Provinces have taken issue with a recent ban on caning in the country's schools, saying it would create more problems of indiscipline and unrest. Full text...

  • The West should acknowledge and make up for its crimes
    19 august 2001 10:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ahead of the Durban conference on racism, the President of an Afro-Antilles NGO known as the Rally for Democracy and Civic Awareness (RDC), Joby Valente, has said it would help lay the foundation for a better world if western countries acknowledged their crimes against humanity and paid reparations. Full text...

  • Advocacy for a shared human history
    18 august 2001 20:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- It was a tough battle at the end of July in Geneva, where the organisers of the UN conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and inteolerance, to be held from 31 August to 7 September in Durban had their work cut out trying to agree on a comprise text reconciling the positions of all parties. Full text...

  • NGOs, Civil Society set to contribute at WCAR
    18 august 2001 19:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The success of the World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance will hinge on the involvement of NGOs and civil society organisations in its preparation. Full text...

  • Compensation for the sake of fairness
    18 august 2001 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The issue of compensation for the slave trade and slavery will no doubt be one of the controversial topics at the World Conference against racism, to be held from 31 August to 7 September in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • 40 Nigerian girls deported from Italy via Conakry
    18 august 2001 18:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 40 Nigerian girls aged 22- 30 years have been deported from Guinea (Conakry), the News Agency of Nigeria reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Banned group foils robbery of Obasanjo's farm
    18 august 2001 17:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a case of irony, a militant group banned by President Olusegun Obasanjo has arrested a gang of six robbers who stole two giant generators from his farm at Ota, near Lagos, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Hunger forces people to resort to single meals
    18 august 2001 14:37:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Food shortage has forced residents in several districts of Niger to eat single meals per day indicates, a study published by the Alert and Disaster Management System, or SAP/CG. Full text...

  • Former US Nobel Peace Prize laureate to visit Mali
    18 august 2001 13:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and President of the Sasakawa Association for Africa begins a ten-day visit to Mali on Sunday, official sources said. Full text...

  • Accidents kill 75 on Mauritian roads
    18 august 2001 11:41:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius plans to introduce stern measures aimed at curbing accidents that have so far killed 75 people in Mauritius since January this year. Full text...

  • Irene Khan replaces Sane as Amnesty's head
    17 august 2001 23:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 25th international council of the London-based human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, opened in Dakar Friday with a new Secretary General, Irene Zubaida Khan of Bangladesh, replacing Pierre Sane of Senegal. Full text...

  • Prophet Simon Kibangu's last son dies
    17 august 2001 22:00:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Dialungana, the last son of Simon Kibangu, the spiritual founder of 'Kibanguism' a Christian-inspired African Church in Congo, died on Thursday in Kinshasa at the age of 85. Full text...

  • One killed in clash between two Malian villagers
    17 august 2001 21:08:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- One person was killed and about 30 others wounded during recent fighting between Guirwel and Karbaye villagers in Mopti region, 700 km north of Bamako, informed sources said Friday in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Maghreb citizens in majority at reception centres
    17 august 2001 20:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Citizens of Maghreb countries comprise the majority of 17,883 illegal immigrants held last year in different reception centres in France, the Oeucumenical Association to assist foreigners threatened of deportation and refugees, Cimade, says in a fresh report. Full text...

  • Use African Cultural Values To Promote Religious Tolerance
    17 august 2001 20:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Reverting to African cultural values could have an inhibiting effect on incidents of religious intolerance which now and again flare up on the continent, suggests a Beninese diplomat. Full text...

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