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  • Malawi court orders reinstatement of disgraced diplomat
    25 may 2001 12:31:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A High Court in Malawi has ordered the government to reinstate and pay damages to sacked career diplomat Martin Kaluluma Phiri. Full text...

  • Gay festival in small South African town whips up anger
    25 may 2001 11:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tension is mounting in South Africa's picturesque Western Cape Town of Knysna, where a gay festival has angered local religious leaders. Full text...

  • Oil spill in Nigeria affects 60 villages
    25 may 2001 11:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Local press reports Friday said a massive oil spill has occurred on Ikevemor Island in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, threatening the livelihood of about 60 villages in the area. Full text...

  • South African newspaper harangued for photographic evidence
    25 may 2001 10:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has spoken out against a search warrant on Die Burger newspaper in Cape Town, as the authorities press for photographs in a high profile murder case being heard in the Cape High Court. Full text...

  • South African bank signs deal to provide cellphone banking
    25 may 2001 09:10:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Absa Bank in South Africa has signed a deal with Vodacom to make cellphone banking available to its six million clients. Full text...

  • Report into fatal plane crash released
    24 may 2001 15:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Loss of engine power coupled with overloading resulted in an the air crash which killed 10 people shortly near Johannesburg in December 1999. Full text...

  • Thousands detained illegally at refugee camp
    24 may 2001 13:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Some 21,719 people were illegally detained at the Lindela detention centre between August 1996 and September 1999, only to be released once they were identified as South African citizens, according to the Auditor- General's latest report on the Department of Home Affairs. Full text...

  • Namibia to deport over 100 illegal immigrants
    23 may 2001 21:59:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Immigration Tribunal on Wednesday ordered the deportation of 109 illegal aliens rounded up in the past two months in the country's north-eastern part. Full text...

  • European Union aid for Mozambique
    23 may 2001 21:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Commission on Wednesday announced an aid package of 329 million euros (about 281 million US dollars) for Mozambique. Full text...

  • Child killed in Freetown fire outbreak
    23 may 2001 20:43:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A three year old boy, Roland May, was on Tuesday night burnt to death by fire in Freetown. Full text...

  • Solar eclipse committee accuses government of stalling
    23 may 2001 16:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Malawi committee to promote the first millennium solar eclipse on 21 June has issued an ultimatum to government, accusing it of lack of commitment for what has been billed as both a national and international event. Full text...

  • Call for release of detained Ethiopian journalists
    23 may 2001 16:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (without borders), Wednesday called for the immediate release of three Ethiopian journalists still in detention. Full text...

  • WFP seeks funds to feed one million Eritreans
    23 may 2001 16:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Wednesday expressed grave concern over the fate of one million Eritreans still in need of food aid nearly a year after their country's border conflict with Ethiopia ended. Full text...

  • Student arrested for stabbing fellow students
    23 may 2001 15:47:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in the central district of Dedza have arrested a student who stabbed fellow students Tuesday during a dispute. Full text...

  • Swazi authorities ban local newsmagazine
    23 may 2001 13:00:00
    Swaziland- Mbabane (PANA) -- Swazi Information minister Mntonzima Dlamini has issued an order banning The Nation, a monthly news magazine, only days after it won an appeal against an earlier injunction. Full text...

  • Commission grants South African appellants amnesty
    23 may 2001 11:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Wednesday granted amnesty to 11 Durban security policemen and Vlakplaas operatives for their role in killing, torture, assaults and illegal abduction of Durban political activists from Swaziland. Full text...

  • South Africa announces new census
    23 may 2001 07:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has announced its second census since the collapse of apartheid in 1995. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses communes throughout Niger
    22 may 2001 22:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Municipalities throughout Niger were paralysed on Tuesday, the beginning a four-day strike by the Union of Communal Workers to protest against bad working conditions for its members. Full text...

  • Seven Rwandan youths cleared of genocide charges
    22 may 2001 21:24:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Seven Rwandan children accused of genocide and other crimes against humanity in southern Butare province in 1994 were acquitted by the local population on Monday, judicial sources in Kigali said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • New Casamance refugees flee into Gambia
    22 may 2001 19:24:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Gambia from the troubled southern Senegalese Casamance area where government forces are fighting separatists of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC). Full text...

  • Cardoso's murder suspects charged
    22 may 2001 18:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Six months after the killing of Mozambique's best known journalist, Carlos Cardoso, the public prosecutor's office, at the end of its preliminary investigation, has charged six people with the crime. Full text...

  • Five killed in church robbery attempt
    22 may 2001 17:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan police have shot dead five people in Nairobi's Buru Buru estate who they alleged had attempted to rob a church, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • University student leaders flee to Ghana
    22 may 2001 16:40:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Suspended leaders of the University of Liberia Students Union (ULSU) have fled to Ghana for fear of their lives, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Food scarcity dwarfs survival of war victims
    22 may 2001 16:11:00
    Gbarlatuah- Liberia (PANA) -- The shortage of relief food items to adequately cater for more than 80,000 persons displaced by fighting in Liberia has posed questions about their survival, an official has said. Full text...

  • Abass Bundu sues Sierra Leone's VP for looted vehicles
    22 may 2001 14:32:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Former executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Abbas Bundu, has sued Sierra Leone vice president Albert Joe Demby for stealing a four-wheel vehicle belonging to him, reported The Independent newspaper Monday. Full text...

  • Ivorian gendarmes intercept traffic of Malian minors
    22 may 2001 14:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nine Malian minors were recently intercepted by Ivorian gendarmes in Bouake, 450 km north of Abidjan and handed over to Mali's consul in the city, Mamadou Diane. Full text...

  • Telecel envisions roaming mobile phone service
    22 may 2001 13:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The mobile phone company, Telecel, has begun negotiations with some African governments to introduce a cross border roaming service for its subscribers. Full text...

  • Land mine injures Namibian soldiers
    22 may 2001 13:40:00
    Rundu- Namibia, (PANA) -- Three soldiers of a special security unit in Namibia were seriously injured Monday afternoon when they detonated an antipersonnel landmine at Muitjiku Village, about 210 km east of Rundu in the Kavango region. Full text...

  • Former minister faces corruption charges
    22 may 2001 13:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A trial opened in Zimbabwe Tuesday of a former cabinet minister on charges of corruption involving more than 200 million Zimbabwe dollars (55 ZD = 1 USD). Full text...

  • Nigerian community cautions compatriots
    22 may 2001 11:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Nigerian Community in Kenya has warned its members to refrain from criminal acts that could taint the image of their country. Full text...

  • Kenya, China sign Communication agreement
    22 may 2001 09:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and China have entered into an agreement for co-operation in the communication sector. Full text...

  • 6 die in Rundu road crash
    22 may 2001 07:20:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Six people have died from Friday's road accident involving trucks belonging to a private Pro Trusses company and the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), the Namibian News Agency (NAMPA) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Experts hold education for all workshop
    21 may 2001 23:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Experts in education on Monday began a workshop in Dakar as a follow-up to the seminar on the contribution of non-governmental and civil society organisations to education for all conference scheduled next December in Bamako, Mali. Full text...

  • Jailed anti-apartheid cleric to be released on parole Tuesday
    21 may 2001 23:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Jailed anti-apartheid cleric Allan Boesak will be realesed Tuesday on parole, prison authourities announced after a parole board hearing. Full text...

  • Frenchman found dead in his room
    21 may 2001 22:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A French national was found dead Sunday in his bedroom in Abidjan's Bietry residential area, police sources said in Cote d'Ivoire's business city. Full text...

  • People's Court Hands Down Seven Death Sentences
    21 may 2001 20:55:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's People's Court on Monday handed down death sentences to seven persons and life sentences to 12 others found guilty of violent acts involving Libyans and immigrant workers in September last year. Full text...

  • Mozambican minister calls for sense of ethics
    21 may 2001 17:50:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Interior minister Almerino Manhenje has called for profound changes in the attitude of policemen and other functionaries of his department. Full text...

  • Regional meeting discusses girl-child rights
    21 may 2001 17:42:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A regional meeting on the rights of girls to education and related issues, opened Monday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Kenya water privatisation bid goes controversial
    21 may 2001 17:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In moves to privatise Kenya's water supply, the awarding of a 10-year billing and revenue collection contract to a French firm has sparked off a controversy in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Dar es Salaam port moves to check container thefts
    21 may 2001 16:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Racked by persistent complaints from hinterland clients about container thefts, gross inefficiency and corruption, the East African port of Dar es Salaam has swung into action. Full text...

  • Zambian civil servants go on strike
    21 may 2001 16:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Civil Servants Union of Zambia (CSUZ) has called on the government to commence negotiations with it, after workers of the Public Service went on strike Monday, demanding higher pay and improved conditions of work. Full text...

  • Reserve Bank warns of computer scam
    21 may 2001 13:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Reserve Bank Monday warned the South African public to look out for foreign con men preying on Western Cape schools by pretending to offer free computers, then tricking them into paying thousands of Rands for freight charges. Full text...

  • Opposition wants death of teenage drug addict probed
    21 may 2001 13:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Monday urged South Africa's Human Rights Commission to investigate alleged mistreatment of patients at the Noupoort drug care centre. Full text...

  • Police says Kenya is major transit for drugs
    21 may 2001 11:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has been named as the chief transit country for hard drugs and other narcotics destined for the lucrative European and North American markets. Full text...

  • South African entrepreneur wins world title
    21 may 2001 10:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Best Entrepreneur, Cape Town-born Zitulele Combi, beat entrepreneurs from 18 countries this weekend in Monte Carlo to win the world- acclaimed trophy of "Ernst Jordan Grand Prix (Ireland: Eddie Jordan); Juniper Networks (United States: Scott Kriens); Williams Industries Inc. Full text...

  • South African entrepreneur wins world title
    21 may 2001 10:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Best Entrepreneur, Cape Town-born Zitulele Combi, beat entrepreneurs from 18 countries this weekend in Monte Carlo to win the world- acclaimed trophy of "Ernst Jordan Grand Prix (Ireland: Eddie Jordan); Juniper Networks (United States: Scott Kriens); Williams Industries Inc. Full text...

  • South African police go high tech
    20 may 2001 19:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police have introduced a hi-tech mobile X-ray machine to help them in random searches for firearms and drugs. Full text...

  • State broadcaster in coalition with board
    20 may 2001 17:20:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A sharp row has arisen between Namibia's state owned Broadcasting Corporation and its board of directors following a directive last Monday asking the national television to broadcast President Sam Nujoma's autobiography. Full text...

  • Dissenting voices as anti-corruption war begins
    20 may 2001 17:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The trial of several cases of corruption is expected to begin soon in Nigeria as the country seeks to shed the tag of the "most-corrupt-nation" tied to its neck by the German-based Transparency International. Full text...

  • Sudan gets 15 million dollar EU Grant
    20 may 2001 15:26:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The European Union has approved a grant of 15 million US dollars to assist Sudan overcome the effects of an acute food and water shortage. Full text...

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