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  • Expert stresses need for ICT in Africa's development
    15 may 2001 23:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The executive director of the Dakar- based Acacia research centre Tuesday urged African countries to integrate new information and communication technologies (ICT) into their strategies at forging rapid development. Full text...

  • Private "La Libre Afrique" newspaper banned
    15 may 2001 22:24:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo Communications and Press Minister, Kikaya Bin Karubi, Tuesday banned the private newspaper "La Libre Afrique" and its supplements "Lucognito" and "Le Derby. Full text...

  • Deportees claim migrants thrown off train from South Africa
    15 may 2001 22:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- There has been no confirmation so far of claims made Friday that South African officials threw illegal Mozambican migrants to their deaths off a moving train. Full text...

  • Senior executives call for the restructuring of Holy City
    15 may 2001 21:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The configuration of Senegal's holy city of Touba, with its nearly one million residents, should be "given a fresh look and redefined. Full text...

  • Leading South African TV channel gets new sales manager
    15 may 2001 21:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- E. Full text...

  • Vandalism stalls expansion of Mozambique electricity grid
    15 may 2001 20:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Theft and sabotage, company officials say, continue to hinder expansion of the Mozambican electricity grid. Full text...

  • Mozambique to close refugee camps
    15 may 2001 20:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican authorities plan to close two refugee camps in Boane district, about 30 km west of Maputo, in what officials explained was a bid to ensure tighter check on people seeking asylum. Full text...

  • Policemen also become victims to rising crime
    15 may 2001 19:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- "Praise the Lord! Alleluia! Blessed are they that die in the service of their country!" bellows the man on the church pulpit. Full text...

  • Police says suspect has confessed to eight murders
    15 may 2001 19:15:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A 36-year-old man has reportedly confessed to the alleged murders of eight women between 1998 and this year, the Ghana Police Service disclosed in Accra Tuesday. Full text...

  • Jury selects lyric for ECOWAS Anthem
    15 may 2001 19:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A jury of experts in music and arts from seven member countries has selected a lyric for the ECOWAS anthem after considering 65 entries from six member States. Full text...

  • Italy grants Sudan 3.4 million dollars aid
    15 may 2001 17:29:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Italy has earmarked about 3. Full text...

  • Injured Emir of Kano in London for Treatment
    15 may 2001 14:16:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigeria's foremost traditional rulers has been flown abroad for medical treatment following injuries he sustained in a road accident at the weekend, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa, Columbia sign anti-drug agreement
    15 may 2001 14:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, currently on an official visit to Colombia, has signed an agreement with his counterpart, Gustavo Bell, to fight against drug trafficking and other related crimes. Full text...

  • Driving blunder blows hijackers cover
    15 may 2001 12:30:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Suspected hijackers blew their cover when they wrongly drove along a one way street in Johannesburg Tuesday morning prompting a rally-like speed chase from metro police in their pursuit. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian Premier vows to continue fight against drugs
    15 may 2001 11:26:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves has pledged that his government would use "all available means" to combat the drug blight in the archipelago. Full text...

  • Historic coelacanth fish filmed in South Africa
    15 may 2001 09:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African divers made history on Monday when they filmed a prehistoric coelacanth fish and beamed their images around the world on the Internet. Full text...

  • Hairdresser arrested with suspected cocaine
    14 may 2001 22:00:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A 36-year-old Ghanaian hairdresser was arrested Sunday night at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra, with substances believed to be cocaine concealed in her brassier and shoes. Full text...

  • Press body denounces sentencing of two Ivorian journalists
    14 may 2001 21:44:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An international body defending press freedom, Reporters without Frontiers (RSF), Monday denounced the sentencing of two Ivorian journalists to three months of imprisonment for libel. Full text...

  • Voluntary repatriation of Eritrean refugees begins
    14 may 2001 21:12:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The first batch of 934 Eritrean refugees left Kasala in Eastern Sudan for home Sunday. Full text...

  • Protests mark start of major PAGAD trial
    14 may 2001 20:48:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A large group of journalists Monday protested outside South African Cape High Court, against a decision to subpoena press photographer Benny Gool, who filmed the 1999 murder of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie. Full text...

  • South Africa throws government goings-on on the web
    14 may 2001 19:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has moved to promote access to information by launching a website, where interested people can find out the goings on in government. Full text...

  • Pitbulls kill suspected robber in South Africa
    14 may 2001 19:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A suspected burglar was mauled to death by two pitbull terriers after he climbed over the wall of a house in Benoni outside Johannesburg over the weekend. Full text...

  • Gauteng man wins 15 million rands in Mother's Day lottery
    14 may 2001 18:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A lucky lottery Gauteng province punter won 15,639,327 rands (2 million US dollars) at the weekend in the Mother's Day Jackpot after matching all six winning numbers. Full text...

  • President pardons Tunisian lawyer Mejib Hosni
    14 may 2001 15:35:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has released a human rights campaigner, lawyer Mejib Hosni, who was serving an eight-year jail sentence imposed in December 2000. Full text...

  • Rival Ivorian student factions sign agreement
    14 may 2001 15:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The two rival factions of the Cote d'Ivoire Students and Pupils Federation (FESCI) have signed in Abidjan an agreement for unity under which they pledged to stop causing trouble in the country's universities. Full text...

  • CPJ criticises suspension of newspapers
    14 may 2001 13:09:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced the suspension of two independent newspapers in Swaziland and called on King Muswati III to unconditionally reverse the decision. Full text...

  • Ghanaians end three days of national mourning
    14 may 2001 10:18:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Several hundred mourners including Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor attended a memorial service at the forecourt of the State House on Sunday to remember 127 soccer fans that died in a stampede at the Accra stadium 9 May. Full text...

  • CPJ criticises Committee to protect journalists
    14 may 2001 08:42:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denounced the suspension of two independent newspapers in Swaziland and called on King Muswati III to unconditionally reverse the decision. Full text...

  • Papal example of religious tolerance
    13 may 2001 20:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- He may be presiding over the World's smallest State, the Vatican City or The Holy See, with a population of under 1,000 people and annual budget of less than 500 US dollars, but the exemplary pontificate of Pope John Paul II resonates around the world, far beyond the estimated one billion adherents of the Roman Catholic faith. Full text...

  • Papal example of religious tolerance
    13 may 2001 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- He may be presiding over the World's smallest State, the Vatican City or The Holy See, with a population of under 1,000 people and annual budget of less than 500 US dollars, but the exemplary pontificate of Pope John Paul II resonates around the world, far beyond the estimated one billion adherents of the Roman Catholic faith. Full text...

  • General population census in Niger next week
    13 may 2001 17:58:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The government in Niger has announced the launching of a 20-day general population and housing census on 20 May. Full text...

  • Niger women celebrate their national day
    13 may 2001 17:43:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger women Sunday celebrated their 10th National Day, initiated 13 May 1991 following a march to protest "blatant discrimination" against them in preparations for the then sovereign national conference. Full text...

  • Civil society urges students to end hunger strike
    13 may 2001 14:17:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A growing number of civil society groups Saturday urged detained students of the University of Niamey to end their two-week hunger strike. Full text...

  • Scholars urged to defend justice, human rights
    13 may 2001 11:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Kenyan political scientist and opposition member of parliament, Peter Anyang Nyong'o, has urged academicians to take advantage of the current advanced means of communication to establish a world culture of scholarly communities to defend justice and human rights. Full text...

  • Tanzania to promote efforts to recognise LCDs needs at meet
    13 may 2001 09:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa is leading a government delegation to Brussels in Belgium for the upcoming week-long third UN conference on the Least Developed Countries, or LCDs, which starts Monday. Full text...

  • Thousands of Muslim Pilgrims Flock to Touba
    12 may 2001 18:54:00
    Touba- Senegal (PANA) -- Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Senegal and abroad have converged on the holy city of Touba, 200 km from Dakar, for the 106th commemmoration of the departure of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacké into exile. Full text...

  • SADC discusses education plan for the San people
    12 may 2001 09:58:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- For the past three centuries, the San community, formerly known as the Bushmen of Southern Africa, has been struggling under marginalisation. Full text...

  • Ghana begins burial of football victims
    11 may 2001 22:49:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Muslim families Friday buried some 30 bodies released to them from the Accra football stampede. Full text...

  • Togo sends condolences to Ghana and Benin
    11 may 2001 22:42:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo has sent separate condolence messages to Ghana, where 130 people were killed in a football stampede on Wednesday and to Benin following the drowning of 30 passengers when a ship sank in Lake Nokoue. Full text...

  • Seven Rwandan lawyers reportedly detained
    11 may 2001 21:11:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Five public Rwandan lawyers and two of their colleagues have reportedly been detained in a secret place by security organs, news organisations in Kigali reported on Friday. Full text...

  • Combatting Illicit Drugs in DR Congo
    11 may 2001 21:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- An interministerial committee on drug control and crime prevention will between May and June organise a series of public meetings and other events intended to raise the people's awareness of the dangers of drug abuse. Full text...

  • CPJ urges lift of suspension on Swazi publications
    11 may 2001 16:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed grave concern over the "unwarranted suspensions" of Swaziland's private weekly Guardian and the monthly Nation. Full text...

  • Namibia honours the country's nurses
    11 may 2001 16:54:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- University of Namibia Vice Chancellor, Prof. Full text...

  • Zambian teachers threaten strike
    11 may 2001 16:04:00
    Mansa- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) in Luapula province said Friday that its members would stay away from schools next week unless government met their demand for 100-percent pay increase. Full text...

  • City Council workers down tools
    11 may 2001 15:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Lusaka City Council workers are on strike to press demand for payment of their salary arrears for two months, the Zambian News Agency (ZANA) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Law brands slavery and slave trade as crime against humanity
    11 may 2001 15:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French senators have unanimously adopted a law which recognises slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade as a crime against humanity. Full text...

  • Investigation begins on South African mine tragedy
    11 may 2001 10:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy Friday began its official investigation into last Tuesday's explosion at Beatrix mine at Virginiaon operated by Gold Fields Limited. Full text...

  • South Africa Airlink acquires Regional Jets
    11 may 2001 08:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa Airlink has made a deal to buy 30 new ERJ135 Regional Jets from Embraer in Brazil, the first two of which were delivered on Thursday, while further two jets are expected to arrive in August this year. Full text...

  • Cameroon plans to double education budget by 2011
    10 may 2001 22:49:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon expects to raise its education budget from 167 billion F CFA now to 351 billion F CFA by the year 2011 to meet the country's development needs. Full text...

  • Ivorian journalist sentenced three months in jail
    10 may 2001 21:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A court in Abidjan has sentenced Meite Sindou, editor in chief of the daily Le Patriote, to three months suspended prison term for defamation, legal sources revealed Thursday. Full text...

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