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  • South Africa's youth hold anti-racism summit
    29 july 2001 19:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's youth are to hold a two-day meeting beginning Thursday to prepare their agenda for the UN summit on racism scheduled for Durban in August. Full text...

  • Congo signs co-operation agreement with Russia
    29 july 2001 18:50:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo on Friday signed in Brazzaville an agreement riving military co-operation with the Russian Federation, Radio Congo reported. Full text...

  • Only 288 Chadian refugees appear for repatriation
    29 july 2001 16:49:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Only 288 out of the 500 Chadians registered for repatriation from Cameroon actually turned up at the local offices of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees. Full text...

  • Niger Launches World Children's Movement
    29 july 2001 16:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger on Saturday launched the world movement for children amid worrying indicators, as shown by two surveys conducted by UNICEF and the government in 1996 and 2000. Full text...

  • Scores feared dead in northern Malawi bus accident
    29 july 2001 13:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police and eyewitness Sunday corroborated that several passengers were killed or injured while others remained unaccounted for after a state-run bus plunged into a river Saturday night in remote northern Malawi. Full text...

  • Minister wants to end female circumcision
    28 july 2001 15:12:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese Health Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman has underscored the importance of using the media to disseminate information on the dangers of female circumcision in the country. Full text...

  • Catholics hit hard at inequality, corruption in Malawi
    28 july 2001 14:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- President Bakili Muluzi Saturday joined papal envoy Cardinal Francis Arinze and thousands of Catholics in a colourful ceremony to mark the church's 100 years of pastoral work in Malawi. Full text...

  • Trade unionists enter 12th day of hunger strike
    28 july 2001 14:29:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Leaders of Mauritius' Federation of Progressive Unions (FPU) Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth and Deputy Premier Paul Berenger to intervene on behalf of two bank trade unionist hunger strikers. Full text...

  • Thousands march in support of children rights
    28 july 2001 13:50:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Thousands of Sudanese Saturday resumed a two-day 180-km march in support of the "Say Yes for Children" campaign. Full text...

  • Senegal, Mauritius to develop diplomatic and economic ties
    28 july 2001 12:49:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Ties between Senegal and Mauritius need to continue to develop further, said Mustapha Ndiaye, the Mauritius consul in Senegal. Full text...

  • West African entente discusses security
    27 july 2001 22:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ahead of a ministerial conference of the 'Entente Council' grouping a number of French-speaking West African countries, about 30 security experts began meeting Friday in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • Namibia gets more American Peace Corps volunteers
    27 july 2001 21:52:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Eleven American Peace Corps volunteers Friday took the oath of service in Windhoek, Namibia after a ten-week pre-service training in language and cross- cultural skills. Full text...

  • New security measures at Abidjan airport
    27 july 2001 21:45:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- New security measures will be implemented on Wednesday (1 August) at Abidjan International Airport, Jean Kouassi Abonouan, director general of the National Agency for Ivorian Civil Aviation (ANAC), said Friday. Full text...

  • RSF condemns ban of eight Tanzanian newspapers
    27 july 2001 21:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The press watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), Friday expressed deep concern about the banning of eight magazines and the suspension of three newspapers by Tanzanian authorities on charges of publishing pornography. Full text...

  • Condemned South African fails to win reprieve
    27 july 2001 21:00:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Attempts by a condemned South African man to escape the gallows in Botswana foundered on Friday when a high court judge dismissed his application in totality. Full text...

  • Seven bodies recovered from Gaza shipwreck
    27 july 2001 19:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least seven bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the cargo vessel "Manica Alpha," which sank Monday night off the Zongoene coast, in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza, the national news agency (AIM) has reported. Full text...

  • Road crashes cost Ghana 2,000 lives, 300 million US dollars
    27 july 2001 19:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Road accidents cost Ghana more than 2,000 lives and 300 million US dollars every year, according to Noble Appiah, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC). Full text...

  • Women Caned In Public For Wandering
    27 july 2001 16:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Seven young women were caned in public Thursday in Nigeria's northern Bauchi State, after a Sharia Court convicted them for wandering and idleness, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Friday. Full text...

  • Sun City to host major fashion-show
    27 july 2001 10:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Sun City Superbowl on Friday night hosts South Africa's biggest fashion-show at which the country's best potential super models would be identified. Full text...

  • Workshop for the culture of maintenance in Africa
    27 july 2001 10:01:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Technical directors from radio and television stations as well as news agencies in 14 African countries are meeting since Thursday in Yaounde to discuss ways of promoting a culture of maintenance in Africa. Full text...

  • Rights group wants to know who killed minister's mistress
    27 july 2001 09:55:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau's Human Rights League has demanded full investigation into the death of Florinda Tavares, the 25-year old woman who died suddenly on July 16 in Bissau. Full text...

  • Police probing traffic accidents
    27 july 2001 09:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's traffic police wing is conducting investigations following an escalation of traffic accidents through tyre bursts. Full text...

  • 32 two illegal immigrants rescued from drowning
    26 july 2001 23:58:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Thirty two illegal immigrants on a makeshift boat have been rescued from drowning by the Moroccan Royal Navy off the coast of Tangier, the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Bissau electricity workers call off strike
    26 july 2001 23:44:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Workers at Guinea Bissau's Electricity Company (EAGB) haved cancelled a strike earlier planned for 5 August, after reaching agreement with the government. Full text...

  • Cameroonian war veterans decry lot
    26 july 2001 22:38:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- If Charles De Gaulle were still alive, "we would not be so abandoned and ignored by France," laments Jean Nyapeye, 83, former fighter of the Free French Forces (FFL), who now roasts and sells plantains on the streets of Yaounde, Cameroon for a living. Full text...

  • Union leader urges resolution of trade disputes
    26 july 2001 21:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Joaquim Fanheiro, Secretary General of the Organisation of Mozambican Workers (OTM), has called for mechanisms to resolve trade disputes and improve the lot of the country's workers. Full text...

  • 156 policemen expelled for corruption
    26 july 2001 21:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police have expelled 156 policemen from its ranks for alleged involvement in various illegal activities, according to Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias" The dismissed officers, who included 60 riot policemen, were accused of abandoning their work posts, unduly using firearms, selling and renting guns as well as committing homicide, the daily said. Full text...

  • Egypt reaches out to flood victims in Mozambique
    26 july 2001 20:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Egypt has donated an assortment of medicines worth 10,000 US dollars to flood victims in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Canoe accident claims four
    26 july 2001 20:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Four people drowned in the Niger River last week after a canoe with six persons on board capsized 18 km off the coast of the northern Malian town of Bamba. Full text...

  • Movement stages march for children's rights
    26 july 2001 20:36:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The steering committee of the Sudanese Movement for Children will on Friday stage a march from Medani, the capital of the Gezira State, to Khartoum. Full text...

  • Two Ethiopians get art honours
    26 july 2001 20:11:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- World laureates Afework Tekele and Tebebe Yemane-Berhan recently received the most prestigious awards of the American Biographical Institute (ABI), at a function at St. Full text...

  • Gardeners nabbed for stealing president's belongings
    26 july 2001 20:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Two gardeners at one of President Bakili Muluzi's official residences in the south-eastern town of Zomba, 68 km from Blantyre, have been arrested and accused of stealing various personal items from the mansion. Full text...

  • 14 die in Congo boat mishap
    26 july 2001 19:02:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A boat carrying 28 people capsized Thursday afternoon on the waters of Lake Tanganyika killing 14 passengers, rebel RCD sources in Goma reported. Full text...

  • Lagos rights lawyer welcomes award
    26 july 2001 19:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Lagos human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi Thursday expressed happiness over the conferment on him of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the country's highest award bestowed on legal practitioners. Full text...

  • Mauritius opens training centre for prisoners
    26 july 2001 14:49:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian social security, national solidarity and reform institutions minister Samioullah Lauthan launched Thursday a training centre for prisoners at Petit Verger, 10 km west of Port Louis. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe revokes British journalists' accreditation
    26 july 2001 14:21:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Thursday revoked the accreditation of all British Broadcasting Corporation correspondents in the country over alleged misrepresentation of events in the southern African country. Full text...

  • Kenyan police kill 7 suspected bandits
    26 july 2001 13:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has intensified a campaign to rid its major towns of armed robbery and related crimes, with the shooting to death of seven suspected hoodlums Wednesday. Full text...

  • Prominent lawyer bags highest title in legal profession
    26 july 2001 12:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After being denied the honour for years due to his anti-establishment stance, one of Nigeria's most-celebrated lawyers has finally bagged the title of Senior Advocate of Nigerian (SAN), the most prestigious title that can be conferred on a lawyer practising in the country. Full text...

  • Former hostage couple celebrate birth of their son
    26 july 2001 08:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A Pretoria couple who were involved in an international hostage crisis in Malaysia last year, on Wednesday announced the birth of their first child. Full text...

  • Saga of Yopougon massacre comes to court
    25 july 2001 22:36:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- At the mention of his name Sergeant Yoro Dassehon, alias 'Alexis the Saviour' sprung from his seat as if taken aback by the call ushering him (and eight other gendarmes) to the dock, as hearing began on the Yopougon mass grave discovered in the heat of political unrest in Cote d'Ivoire last December. Full text...

  • Anti-laundering body set up in Dakar
    25 july 2001 22:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal has been designated to host the International Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa, or GIABA, which was officially launched Wednesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Bandits rob Post Office
    25 july 2001 21:59:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Armed robbers late last week attacked a Post Office in Cameroon's West provincial capital of Bafoussam, making a way with 11 million francs CFA (about 15,000 US dollars), reports said. Full text...

  • 3 killed in collapsed hut
    25 july 2001 21:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Three people were killed Tuesday in Segou, 240-km east of Bamako, when a make-shift hut, in which they were sleeping crumbled under the force of a strong wind, reliable sources said in the Malian capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Education officials return from Botswana and Malawi
    25 july 2001 21:27:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA -- Thirty-one education officers and primary school teachers from Ondagwa East and West, Rundu and Katima Mulilo in northern Namibia returned home from a two-week study tour from Botswana and Malawi. ) Full text...

  • Prime Minister sees education as key to effective performance
    25 july 2001 20:56:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian Prime Minister Hage Geingob said Wednesday that education and training in modern management techniques and the acquisition of public service ethical and moral values, were a prerequisite for efficient delivery of services. Full text...

  • Scores arrested in radio announced cash hunt
    25 july 2001 16:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Scores of persons were Wednesday arraigned in a Nairobi city court, charged with damaging property after they were caught climbing the statue of the late President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Repatriation of Somali refugees gets 1.5 million euros
    25 july 2001 16:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR office in Ethiopia Wednesday announced it contributed 1. Full text...

  • Discontent rising against Guinea Bissau army chief
    25 july 2001 15:23:00
    Kolda- Senegal (PANA) -- Discontent is rising against Guinea Bissau's army chief of staff, Verissimo Correira Seabra, the Senegalese news agency reported, quoting military officers close to President Kumba Yala. Full text...

  • Kenyan police arrest, unveil disguised criminals
    25 july 2001 13:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four men, disguised as Muslim women, have been arrested by the police in connection with a recent spate of robberies in Nairobi and its environs. Full text...

  • Community myth says late chief caused rain tragedy
    25 july 2001 12:44:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- It is widely believed by the population of southwest Cameroon's Limbe province that disregard of a rainmaker's last wish caused a downpour that drowned 24 people in the area last month. Full text...

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