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  • 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...

  • Namibian orphan organisations lack external assistance
    10 may 2001 19:59:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian organisations caring for orphans are starved of external assistance, according to the Managing Director of Social Impact of Assessment and Policy Analysis Corporation, David Cownie. Full text...

  • Plans to upgrade Maputo journalism school
    10 may 2001 19:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Plans have been floated to transform the Maputo Journalism School into a Higher Media and Marketing Institute. Full text...

  • Mozambican police learn FBI methods
    10 may 2001 19:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Fifty members of the Mozambican police are undergoing a weeklong advanced training course in Maputo conducted by four officers of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Full text...

  • Tanzanian Suspected Bomber Continues to Fight for His Life
    10 may 2001 19:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Defence counsels of a suspected bomber of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on Thursday made another attempt to save their client from a possible death sentence in the United States. Full text...

  • Liberian government cautions diplomats following shooting
    10 may 2001 14:46:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- After unidentified gunmen in a speeding vehicle fired shots at the Egyptian Embassy on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia's Foreign ministry has advised members of the diplomatic, inter-governmental and consular corps against keeping outdoors after 8. Full text...

  • 15 die in Benin boat mishap
    10 may 2001 14:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 15 corpses have been recovered, while 10 people have been taken to hospital following Wednesday's sinking of two boats at Lake Nokoue, west of Cotonou, Benin maritime officials said. Full text...

  • Liquidated company sues South African Airways
    10 may 2001 13:09:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The liquidators of Sun Air, a privatised airline that was placed under liquidation in September 1999 after being closed down by South African Airways (SAA), have sued the latter. Full text...

  • The spectre of wasted year haunts the Ivorian school system
    10 may 2001 12:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- With the suspension of lectures in universities because of the insecurity that prevails on campuses, the interruption of classes in primary schools and the threat of a strike in the country's high schools, the Ivorian school system is heading for a complete deadlock. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Govt attacks universities, civil society - HRW
    10 may 2001 11:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ethiopian security forces have used excessive force in dealing with student protests and are using the protests as an excuse for cracking down on all government critics, the US-based Human Rights Watch charged Thursday. Full text...

  • Benin police intercept 23 children from traffickers
    10 may 2001 11:10:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Police in Benin have arrested 10 people for allegedly attempting to smuggle 23 children from Benin to Cote d'Ivoire, police said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mansour Sow becomes Radio Senegal's new director
    10 may 2001 10:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The inspector responsible for mediation at Senegal's national radio station (RTS), Mansour Sow, has been appointed as director of the radio, the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) has reported. Full text...

  • Ivorians shun hard drinks
    09 may 2001 22:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian drinkers have been avoiding distilled liquor since Monday's official ban on the sale of 'Pastis 45' and J Full text...

  • Press freedom body pleads for Guinean journalist
    09 may 2001 20:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The African bureau of Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday demanded the release of a Guinean journalist who was arrested in Conakry Tuesday. Full text...

  • Commission accuses six judges of corruption
    09 may 2001 19:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The anti-corruption Commission of the State of Zamfara (Nigeria), which began applying Islamic Sharia code since January this year, has recommended the sacking of six judges of the Islamic court on grounds of corruption and abuse of power, the commission's chair, Alhadji Aliyu Sani Jangebe, said. Full text...

  • Mozambican among South African mine victims
    09 may 2001 16:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Mozambican miner is among the dead from Tuesday's underground explosion at the Beatrix gold mine in South Africa, the Mozambican News Agency (AIM), reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Teenager testifies against Pagad murder suspects
    09 may 2001 16:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A teenage girl on Wednesday identified three members of the vigilante group People Against Gangs and Drugs (Pagad) as being the killers of her mother, Abieda Davids, and three other people who were gunned down in a hairdressing salon outside Cape Town in April 1999. Full text...

  • Anglicans anguish over distribution of lottery funds
    09 may 2001 15:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Anglican Bishops of Southern Africa, despite their concerns at the level of private profiteering within the gaming industry, Wednesday agreed to assist the trade and industry ministry with the distribution of charity funds generated by the State lottery. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau begins demobilising war veterans
    09 may 2001 14:43:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau has launched a programme to demobilise and reintegrate about 500 war veterans and other volunteers into civil society. Full text...

  • Nigerian Telecom company to invite bids for GSM equipment
    09 may 2001 14:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has directed the country's telecommunications giant NITEL to invite international bids for the supply of equipment needed for the launch of the company's much-awaited Global Systems of Mobile (GSM) telephone network, the local press reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • ARTICLE 19 sees new chapter for African Broadcasting
    09 may 2001 14:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The London-based press freedom watch dog, ARTICLE 19, has hailed this Year's World Press Freedom Day (3 May) as a unique celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on media freedom in Africa. Full text...

  • Cameroonian ex-gendarmes nabbed over missing youths
    09 may 2001 12:51:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Former gendarmerie legion commander Col. Full text...

  • Swazi government clamps down on private press
    09 may 2001 11:02:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's emerging independent media is under siege as government clamps down on publications seen to be critical of the establishment. Full text...

  • Fatal mine explosion kills 12 in South Africa
    09 may 2001 10:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In its first fatal mining accident in two months, an underground explosion at the Beatrix gold mine at Virginia in South Africa Tuesday killed 12 miners. Full text...

  • South Africa hesitant over renewed Helderberg air crash probe
    09 may 2001 09:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Transport minister Dullah Omar has admitted suspicions surrounding the 1987 Helderberg air crash, but said no decision has been made to reopen investigations into the matter. Full text...

  • Fishing crew rescued off Cape Point, South Africa
    09 may 2001 08:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Fourteen crewmen were Wednesday morning recovering at the Simonstown Naval Base outside Cape Town after being rescued from a sinking fishing trawler by the South African navy the previous evening. Full text...

  • Police arrest newspaper founder in Conakry
    08 may 2001 23:22:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Police in Conakry on Tuesday arrested Tibou Kamara the journalist and founder of the Guinean weekly "L'Observateur" or Observer, Tibou Kamara. Full text...

  • Symposium on press freedom under way in Niamey
    08 may 2001 22:55:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A three-day international symposium on the exercise of press freedom in Africa started Tuesday in Niamey. Full text...

  • Child traffickers caught in Parakou
    08 may 2001 22:50:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Police in Parakou about 350 km north of Cotonou, Benin's economic capital, on Tuesday dismantled a child trafficking network involving agents from Benin and Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN regional peace centre launches research programme
    08 may 2001 21:30:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The UN Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa based in Lome on Monday launched its first research programme devoted to peace, security and disarmament in the continent. Full text...

  • Soldiers threaten to kill Mogae over low pay
    08 may 2001 19:10:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae left Gaborone for Nairobi Tuesday to begin a three-day official visit of Kenya amid press reports that his soldiers were threatening to assassinate him over low pay. Full text...

  • Montepuez (Mozambique) trial goes into closed session
    08 may 2001 17:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- After hearing the accused and several witnesses, the trail of the 18 suspected ringleaders of last year's riot in the northern Mozambican town of Montepuez has gone into closed session, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian primary school teachers strike for better pay
    08 may 2001 15:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Primary school teachers in Cote d'Ivoire are on a three-day strike to press for better wages, sources in Abidjan said Tuesday. Full text...

  • WFP says humanitarian crisis unfolding in eastern DR Congo
    08 may 2001 15:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme Tuesday warned that a humanitarian crisis is surfacing in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northern Katanga Province as desperate men, women and children begin arriving in towns in search of help, after years of isolation due to the civil conflict. Full text...

  • Another senior judge resigns in Zimbabwe
    08 may 2001 13:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- In a move that will likely re-kindle worries about the independence of Zimbabwe's judiciary, a senior High Court judge resigned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Stray cow halts governor's convoy in northern Nigeria
    08 may 2001 13:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The official convoy of governor Bukar Ibrahim of Yobe state in northern Nigeria was involved in a serious crash at the weekend, after a stray cow ran into the motorcade as it travelled from the state capital of Damaturu to Buni Yadi, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Bloody violence erupts in western Kenya
    08 may 2001 13:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Provincial authorities in Kenya's Rift-Valley Province Tuesday moved fast to allay fears of an escalation of tribal hostilities in the Kipkelion area of Kericho district, Western Kenya following a wave of violence that left four people dead and considerable destruction of property. Full text...

  • Nigerian Red Cross Society marks 40th anniversary
    08 may 2001 13:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) said in Lagos Monday that it would invest over 90 million naira in the next 18 months to improve knowledge, understanding and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, among young people in the country. Full text...

  • Swazi government bans two private publications
    08 may 2001 11:13:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's emerging private media have come under siege following official clampdown on two publications considered critical of the government and the monarchy. Full text...

  • Killer Elephant killed
    08 may 2001 10:29:00
    Katima Mulilo- Namibia (PANA) -- An elephant has been put down after it killed a young man at a village in Namibia's Ikumwe District, some 60-km east of Katima Mulilo, the Namibian News Agency (NAMPA) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Editors respond to criticism of Mbeki
    08 may 2001 09:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has called for a meeting with a group of leading black businessmen, which has accused the media of promoting a right-wing campaign against President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...

  • Gidada lauds Red Cross anti-AIDS efforts
    08 may 2001 08:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian President Negasso Gidada has commended the country's Red Cross and its volunteers for their anti-AIDS activities during the last two years. Full text...

  • Pregnant woman falls to death from moving ambulance
    08 may 2001 08:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Police and health authorities in South Africa's Northern Province are investigating Tuesday's bizarre death of a pregnant woman, who fell off a moving ambulance. Full text...

  • Senegalese TV signs accord with Africable Network
    07 may 2001 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The director general of Senegalese Radio and Television (RTS) Mactar Silla on Monday signed an exchange programme agreement with the managing director of Africable Network, Ismaila Sidibe. Full text...

  • South Africa agrees to stop repatriation abuses
    07 may 2001 22:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican and South Africa have signed a co-operation protocol under which the latter pledged to stop abuses in the repatriation illegal immigrants to the Maputo side, reports Monday's issue of the daily paper, Noticias. Full text...

  • NGOs worried by unqualified Mozambican public workers
    07 may 2001 22:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The educational level of most public service workers in Mozambique is very low, according to data submitted by NGOs to the ministry of state administration in Maputo Monday. Full text...

  • First Rwanda Tribunal President Dies
    07 may 2001 21:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first president of the Arusha- based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Judge Laity Kama of Senegal, died at the weekend in a Nairobi hospital. Full text...

  • Immigration Officials Uncover Passport Racket
    07 may 2001 19:47:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in Malawi have arrested at least 50 people, most of them said to be illegal immigrants, after immigration officials over the weekend uncovered what they called an illegal passport syndicate. Full text...

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