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  • 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...

  • Mozambican lawyers uncover prison abuses
    07 may 2001 19:35:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Lawyers sent by the Mozambican Human Rights League to investigate the prison conditions of those detained after the 9 November clashes between the police and demonstrators organised by the main opposition party Renamo have uncovered a vast range of illegal and brutal behaviour. Full text...

  • Hani's killers continue to fight for freedom
    07 may 2001 19:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A lawyer representing the two killers of former South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani on Monday requested the Cape Town High Court to grant them leave to appeal against the rejection of their bid for amnesty. Full text...

  • South African trade unions to discuss national strike
    07 may 2001 18:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Leaders of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its affiliates are expected to meet this week to discuss a national strike to protest against the privatisation of state enterprises. Full text...

  • Thousands of Liberian women march against war
    07 may 2001 17:52:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Thousands of Liberian women Monday marched on the offices of the UN in Monrovia to appeal for intervention to end the war in the north of the country. Full text...

  • Relatives of Helderberg crash want boycott of airline
    07 may 2001 17:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Relatives of some of the 159 people who were killed when a South African Airways (SAA) Boeing 747 crashed off the coast of Mauritius in 1987, have called on passengers to boycott the airline in protest against its failure to provide crucial information about the tragedy. Full text...

  • Televised South African mugger gets 12-year jail term
    07 may 2001 17:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A brazen mugger who was filmed live on South African national television stabbing a victim on a Cape Town street in January, was Monday sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. Full text...

  • Air Zimbabwe launches direct flight to London
    07 may 2001 15:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's national airline Monday inaugurated its direct flight from London to the country's tourist resort of Victoria Falls, in a bid to boost the sagging tourism industry. Full text...

  • 8,000 students take WAEC Exams
    07 may 2001 15:36:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 8,000 Liberian candidates Monday began examinations for the Secondary School Certificate, conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Full text...

  • Gambian, Liberian indicted in large ivory seizure
    07 may 2001 14:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Fund Animal Welfare (IFAW) Monday announced that two men, reportedly from Gambia and Liberia, have been indicted in Los Angeles, for what officials said was the largest-ever seizure of illegal African elephant ivory on the US West Coast - some 165 kg of ivory, with an estimated value of 327 000 US dollars. Full text...

  • Technicians quit SAA for overseas airlines
    07 may 2001 12:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Forty technicians working for South African Airways have left the carrier in the last 12 months to take up jobs overseas. Full text...

  • Over 20,000 refugees face starvation in Namibia
    07 may 2001 10:00:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- More than 20,000 refugees at the Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia are facing starvation, the World Food Programme (WFP) office in Namibia has confirmed. Full text...

  • Burundian bishop Nterere dies of heart attack
    06 may 2001 19:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- One of Burundi's leading Catholic Church leaders, Mgr Jean-Berekmas Nterere of the eastern Mujinga Diocese died on Saturday night following a heart attack at the age of 69, the national radio reported. Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to stem graduate unemployment
    06 may 2001 16:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government is to introduce a new measure under its re-packaged Poverty Eradication Programme (PEP) to reduce the high graduate unemployment, the privately-owned Comet newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Ivorian farmers deny employing "slaves" on plantations
    05 may 2001 20:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian coffee and cocoa producers have expressed outrage over a documentary by a private British Television station, which alleged that "90 percent of the Ivorian cocoa harvest is done by children from the Sahelian region who live in conditions that border on slavery. Full text...

  • 31 bodies recovered from capsized ferry
    05 may 2001 19:44:00
    Goma- DR Congo (PANA) -- Thirty-one bodies have been recovered from the ferry which capsized Thursday in Lake Kivu in eastern DR Congo. Full text...

  • Central African journalists create association
    05 may 2001 18:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Journalists from eight central African countries at conference on press freedom ending Saturday in Windhoek, Namibia have created an association called Central African Media Organisation - Organisation des Medias d'Afrique Centrale (OMAC). Full text...

  • Mozambican NGOs advocate debt reduction strategy
    05 may 2001 18:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Debt Group, a coalition of NGOs and individuals campaigning for a break with the country's external debt, has called for a national strategy to the problem. Full text...

  • Experts worried over rising suicidal rate in Tanzania
    05 may 2001 16:03:00
    Dar Es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists and criminologists have expressed concern at the rapid increase of suicidal cases in the country. Full text...

  • Jury to pick ECOWAS Anthem
    05 may 2001 15:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Members of a jury drawn from 10 ECOWAS member countries will converge in Abuja next week to pick the winning entry for the lyrics of the community anthem, sources at the Abuja secretariat of the sub-regional body said Saturday. Full text...

  • Alleged hitman appears in court
    05 may 2001 13:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An alleged member of the vigilante group, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad), appeared briefly in Cape Town's Paarl Magistrate's Court Friday in connection with the murder of a couple who were to have turned state witness in a major urban terrorism court case. Full text...

  • Obasanjo's son escapes unhurt in car crash
    05 may 2001 12:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- One of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's sons narrowly escaped death when his car was involved in an accident in Abuja earlier in the week, according to the privately-owned Punch newspaper Saturday. Full text...

  • The rich scramble for president's memorabilia
    05 may 2001 12:33:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawians with deep pockets from Friday night until early Saturday morning sampled both the culinary and fashion tastes of the country's first family at a charity dinner held at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre. Full text...

  • A police fiscal unit starts operating next week
    05 may 2001 11:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Police Fraud Unit has been launched in Mauritius to investigate into fiscal fraud in the island nation. Full text...

  • Zamfara state amputates man's wrist for theft
    05 may 2001 11:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Zamfara, the northern Nigerian state that pioneered the introduction of the Islamic Sharia law in the country, has amputated a convicted thief's wrist. Full text...

  • UNICEF supports Basic Education in DR Congo
    04 may 2001 22:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNICEF has donated equipment worth 120,000 US dollars to assist DR Congo's Basic Education, under the 2000-2001 co-operation programme between the UN agency and the country. Full text...

  • ICRC suspends activities in Congo's Ituri district
    04 may 2001 22:38:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Kinshasa has announced the suspension of its activities in the Ituri district of DR Congo's eastern province. Full text...

  • Tanzania launches database to track socio-economic development
    04 may 2001 21:25:00
    DAR ES SALAAM- Tanzania (PANA) -- A comprehensive software application launched Friday with an ambitious mission to provide reliable information on Tanzania's socio-economic situation and human development is offering high-tech solutions to the country's data point woes. Full text...

  • Press rights body denounces decision to subpoena photographer
    04 may 2001 20:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has added its voice to criticism of a State decision to subpoena top South African photographer Benny Gool to testify in hearing on the murder of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie. Full text...

  • Burkinabe media celebrate press day in broken ranks
    04 may 2001 20:37:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Media practitioners in Burkina Faso observed World Press Freedom Day against the backdrop of simmering divisions that emerged at a recent congress of the National Union of Information and Culture Workers (SYNATIC). Full text...

  • Benin Parliament approves ILO Convention 182
    04 may 2001 20:25:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin MPs Thursday unanimously passed a bill authorising the country's ratification of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 182 on the prohibition of the worst forms of child labour and immediate action at eliminating them. Full text...

  • Burundi mobile phone operators at odds with telecom utility
    04 may 2001 20:16:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Tension is on the rise in Burundi between the state company providing fixed telephone services and the emerging mobile phone companies demanding an interconnection agreement for better mutual billing of services. Full text...

  • Gambian journalists urge review of press bill
    04 may 2001 19:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Media practitioners in Gambia marked this year's World Press Freedom Day with a call on Banjul authorities to rethink a press bill currently in Parliament for debate. Full text...

  • President Hosts Fund-Raising Dinner
    04 may 2001 16:13:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawians who are prepared to dig deeper in their pockets will late Friday be able to sample both the culinary and fashion taste of Malawi's first family. Full text...

  • Major breakthrough in Western Cape bombing case
    04 may 2001 15:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police have made another dramatic breakthrough in their investigations into urban terrorism in the Western Cape with the arrest of a man suspected of murdering two state witnesses in a major trial. Full text...

  • Rwanda urged to resolve disappearances Assassination
    04 may 2001 14:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Human Rights Watch on Friday urged the Rwandan government to step up efforts to resolve recent cases of disappearances and an assassination. Full text...

  • Federal Govt To Strengthen Security In Lagos
    04 may 2001 13:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government, in cooperation with Lagos State, is to strengthen security in the country's economic hub of Lagos, which has lately been in the stranglehold of armed robbery and other violent crimes. Full text...

  • CODEV-Occitanie puts Africa headquarters in Cotonou
    04 may 2001 12:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The French NGO CODEV-Occitanie and the Benin government have signed an agreement for the organisation to establish its African headquarters in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mozambique moves against corrupt traffic policemen
    04 may 2001 10:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said in Maputo that the government has begun to crack down on corrupt traffic police. Full text...

  • Mozambican journalist savagely beaten
    04 may 2001 10:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican journalist Rui de Carvalho, who works for the independent daily newssheet "Mediafax" was savagely beaten by unknown assailants in the Maputo suburb of Hulene on Thursday night. Full text...

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