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  • Long road to freedom for African children
    16 june 2001 13:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Twenty five years have passed since the children of Soweto took on the might of the apartheid security forces with their bare hands and changed the course of South African history forever. Full text...

  • Violence study centre puts vigilante groups under spotlight
    16 june 2001 13:15:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation has called for a public seminar to look into the rising incidents of vigilantism in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya grapples with problems of child labour
    16 june 2001 13:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As she wakes up on this Day of the African Child, she could be in your house, scrubbing the floor, cooking, washing or minding the baby, yet she is only twelve. Full text...

  • Rwanda postpones celebration of Day of the African Child
    16 june 2001 12:22:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The commemoration of the Day of the African Child in Rwanda has been postponed to early July, official sources in Kigali reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Millions commemorate 25th anniversary of the Soweto uprising
    16 june 2001 11:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Millions of South Africans on Saturday commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings - the moment when the revolution to topple apartheid began in earnest. Full text...

  • Small arms proliferate in West Africa
    16 june 2001 11:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- There are between seven and 15 million small weapons reportedly circulating in the West Africa region, organisers of a small arms meeting in Dakar said Friday. Full text...

  • Small arms proliferate in West Africa
    16 june 2001 11:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- There are between seven and 15 million small weapons reportedly circulating in the West Africa region, organisers of a small arms meeting in Dakar said Friday. Full text...

  • Africa observes Day of the African Child
    16 june 2001 10:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa's primary duty is to protect and to ensure a good start in the life of the continent's children, said OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenyan youth to help fight poverty
    16 june 2001 09:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya says it will involve its youth in the implementation of its poverty reduction strategy since the youth made up the highest population group in the country. Full text...

  • African states review girls' science education
    16 june 2001 09:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Some 60 participants from France and 20 African countries meet in Lusaka Monday for a week-long congress on girls science education to prepare an African plan of action for 2001-2005. Full text...

  • Mkapa seeks WIPO's protection from intellectual theft
    15 june 2001 23:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has asked the World Intellectual Property Organisation, or WIPO, to help Africa protect its intellectual property from the West, which continues to access with abandon traditional African knowledge as well as flora and fauna, including rare medicinal plants without any form of compensation. Full text...

  • France to donate emergency aid to CAR
    15 june 2001 23:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France said Friday that it would give the Central African Republic three million francs worth of emergency humanitarian aid to be used to help 50,000 displaced people to return to their homes in Bangui, the capital. Full text...

  • Namibian Refugees in Botswana fear persecution at home
    15 june 2001 22:05:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Lawyers representing 13 Namibian refugees in Botswana, wanted back home on charges ranging from treason to possession of firearms, argued Friday that their clients risked persecution on repatriation. Full text...

  • RSF condemns restrictions on foreign media
    15 june 2001 21:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international Organisation for the defence of media freedom, Friday protested against new restrictions on the international media in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Swazi Appeal Court finds non-bailable order unconstitutional
    15 june 2001 20:57:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- After years of national outcry and denunciation, Swaziland's Court of Appeal has ruled that the country's Non-Bailable Offences Order is unconstitutional. Full text...

  • Thief killed after robbing army commander's house
    15 june 2001 20:35:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A burglar was shot dead while another was fighting for his life after three armed men Friday morning broke into a guest house of the Malawi Army Commander, Gen. Full text...

  • Situation of African children still precarious
    15 june 2001 20:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Vision International's West African Regional director, Daniel Ole Shani, recently got a note from creditors eager to know what his office had done to prevent child slavery in this part of the continent. Full text...

  • A quarter of Cote d'Ivoire's population is alien
    15 june 2001 19:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's population of 15 million is 26 percent alien, i. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe labour union demands 70-percent wage hike
    15 june 2001 14:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main national labour union Friday demanded the government decrees a 70-percent salary increment for all workers to cushion them against the expected rise in the cost of living after the authorities steeply hiked the price of fuel earlier in the week. Full text...

  • Citizens want information on oil contract
    15 june 2001 11:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A pressure group has called for an independent investigation into the legality of an oil exploration memorandum signed recently by the Sierra Leonean government a US-based oil exploration company based in Texas. Full text...

  • Namibia to launch global movement for children
    15 june 2001 09:42:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Global Movement for Children is to be launched in Windhoek Saturday as part of activities marking the Day of the African Child. Full text...

  • Former homeland ruler shot during attempted robbery
    15 june 2001 09:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Oupa Gqozo, the former military ruler of the apartheid-era Ciskei homeland is in a critical condition after being shot and wounded during an armed robbery in the Eastern Cape. Full text...

  • Moi calls for objectivity in news reporting
    15 june 2001 08:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi on Thursday asked the international press to be accurate and objective while reporting events about his country. Full text...

  • Mozambican trade unionist misses in Johannesburg
    14 june 2001 22:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The disappearance of a leading Mozambican trade unionist, Rui Cossa, in Johannesburg is causing concern in both the South African and the Mozambican labour movements. Full text...

  • African community in France to honour Leon Sullivan
    14 june 2001 22:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Africa Renaissance Committee would on 29 June honour the late African American Reverend Leon Sullivan, who initiated the African-African American summit seeking to attract foreign investors to the African continent. Full text...

  • Premier orders probe into postal price increases
    14 june 2001 22:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi Thursday said he would instruct the Transport and Communications Minister Tomas Salomao to look into the huge price rises that the country's postal services have slapped onto its international service starting June. Full text...

  • Mozambique Govt approves massive road programme
    14 june 2001 22:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government has approved a third major road rehabilitation and maintenance programme, budgeted at 1. Full text...

  • Immigrant Africans to protest discrimination in Paris
    14 june 2001 22:15:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Irked by what they charge is French discrimination against immigrants, women from the African community in France have scheduled a protest march for next Saturday in Paris. Full text...

  • Kenya's roads claim 3,000 lives a year
    14 june 2001 21:34:00
    Nairobi Kenya PANA -- A Kenyan health official has affirmed that road accidents in the country claim at least 3,000 lives annually. ) Full text...

  • Woman, two others charged with child trafficking
    14 june 2001 20:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Apparently unimpressed by her claims of philanthropy, the Nigeria police have taken a well- known businesswoman and two others to a Lagos Chief Magistrate Court for alleged child stealing, slave dealing and unlawful detention of 15 children. Full text...

  • Social ills, shortfalls take toll on Kenyan children
    14 june 2001 20:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Social workers have acknowledged poverty's adverse impact on children in rural Kenya, noting that not only were most of them deprived of education, but girls were being forced into early marriages. Full text...

  • African Renaissance to honour Sullivan
    14 june 2001 19:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris based Africa Renaissance Committee will on 29 June kick off a major event in Paris to honour the late African-American human rights activist, the Rev. Full text...

  • Mozambican, South African police apprehend poachers
    14 june 2001 19:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Contrary to reports that South African police unilaterally crossed the border and rounded up seven alleged poachers inside Mozambique, it has emerged that the arrests were the culmination of a joint operation between police of the two states. Full text...

  • Kenyan school closed after ghost invasion
    14 june 2001 16:01:00
    Nairobi-Kenya (PANA) -- A primary school in Kenya's Eastern Province was Thursday closed indefinitely following an alleged invasion by ghosts. Full text...

  • Programme to help ex-offenders lead constructive lives
    14 june 2001 08:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The offender reintegration programme of the National Crime Prevention Organisation (NICRO) is producing encouraging results just months after being introduced. Full text...

  • UN official says Burundi starved of funds
    13 june 2001 23:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A visiting UN official Wednesday lamented that Burundi, with more than 500,000 internally displaced people, receives the least funding among the emergency situations world-wide. Full text...

  • South Africans innovate on commemoration of Soweto Massacre
    13 june 2001 23:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As South Africans prepare to remember the 16 June 1976 school boycotts that led to the infamous Soweto Massacres, pictures of Hector Petersen, the 15-year-old schoolboy who was shot dead by police in Soweto, has began to reappear in newspapers across the country. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Casamance pupils to miss entrance exam
    13 june 2001 22:32:00
    Sedhiou- Senegal (PANA) -- Several hundred children in Senegal's southern region of Casamance may miss their secondary school entrance examination scheduled for 21 June, reliable sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Minister urges parliament to approve convention on crime
    13 june 2001 21:57:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Justice Minister Ngarikutuke Tjiriange Wednesday urged the National Assembly to approve the UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime without delay. Full text...

  • Minister urges parliament to approve crime convention crime
    13 june 2001 21:45:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Justice Minister Ngarikutuke Tjiriange Wednesday urged the National Assembly to approve the UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime without delay. Full text...

  • South African may be next space tourist
    13 june 2001 21:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Speculation is mounting that South African InfoTech wizzkid Mark Shuttleworth could become the next tourist in space. Full text...

  • UNHCR evacuates Guinean, Liberian refugees
    13 june 2001 20:59:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has evacuated 130 Liberians and Guineans from the Liberian-Sierra Leone Kailahun border town to Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Six arrested as Mayor's chain disappears
    13 june 2001 17:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Police in Kenya were on Wednesday questioning six Nairobi City Council employees in connection with the mysterious disappearance of the Mayor's chain. Full text...

  • Minister condemns utilisation of child soldiers
    13 june 2001 16:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's junior defence minister Noe Irung-Awan has urged warring sides in his country's armed conflict to stop the recruitment of minors and formally ban the utilisation of child soldiers. Full text...

  • RSF protests against editor's arrest
    13 june 2001 16:08:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The international media watchdog, Reporters without Borders (RSF) is protesting against the arrest of Freddy Loseke Lisumbu, journalist in the DR Congo, editor of the daily La Libre Afrique in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Cameroon's Anti-violence Week enters second day
    13 june 2001 15:46:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's 'Anti-Violence Week' organised by the association 'SOS-Dialogue' Wednesday entered its second day. Full text...

  • Former police commissioner gets TRC Amnesty
    13 june 2001 11:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has granted amnesty to five persons, including a former police commissioner. Full text...

  • Afrikaners no longer oppressors in South Africa
    13 june 2001 08:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The time for Afrikaners being viewed as oppressors in South Africa is over, former President Nelson Mandela has said. Full text...

  • Tanzania appeals for partnership in ending child labour
    13 june 2001 07:57:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has appealed for regional and international partnership in fighting the global problem of child labour. Full text...

  • 2 killed in Niger communal violence
    12 june 2001 23:33:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Two people have died and 11 others wounded from communal clashes at Dirkou, 1,500-km north of Niamey, the Niger capital, the national radio reported Tuesday. Full text...

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