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  • Murder of minister's mistress sparks controversy
    23 july 2001 21:58:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The chairman of Guinea Bissau's Human Rights League, Inacio Tavares, has demanded that four suspects in the murder of a woman presumed to have been mistress to the Interior minister Arthur Sanha, stand trial. Full text...

  • RSF protests death threats on journalist
    23 july 2001 21:29:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has protested the death threats on journalist Maka Gbossokotto, working for "Le Citoyen" daily in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • State govt. clamps down on student indiscipline
    23 july 2001 20:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The government of Nigeria's Lagos State Monday charged some 50 secondary school students to mobile courts at the state capital of Ikeja after they were caught roaming the streets during school hours, among other offences. Full text...

  • Nigerian Govt. repossesses landed property
    23 july 2001 19:51:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Five days after adopting the report of a Commission that investigated the illegal appropriation of federal government's landed property, the Nigerian government has moved to repossess some of the property. Full text...

  • Japan to finance community kindergartens in Niger
    23 july 2001 17:53:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Japan is to finance the establishment of kindergartens in nine villages in Niger under an agreement signed by foreign and co-operation minister Nassirou Sabo and the country representative of the UN Development Programme. Full text...

  • Mahamadou Moustapha becomes Zinder's new Sultan
    23 july 2001 16:57:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's interior minister Maman Manzo on Monday appointed Elhadj Mahamadou Moustapha, a high-ranking personality in Zinder, as the new Sultan of Damagaram, the national radio reported. Full text...

  • One dies as police impound truck with drugs
    23 july 2001 14:59:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- One person died early Monday morning in Malawi when he fell from a tanker transporting nine bags of the banned marijuana. Full text...

  • Group warns against elitism in Global AIDS Trust Fund
    23 july 2001 14:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Washington-based pressure group, Constituency for Africa, or CFA has warned against the dangers of turning the proposed Global AIDS Trust Fund into an elitist group that would be answerable to a select few. Full text...

  • Police seek Interpol's help after giant drug bust
    23 july 2001 12:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police, who seized 116 kg of pure cocaine from a Malta-registered cargo ship off Cape Town this weekend, are requesting assistance from Interpol with their investigations. Full text...

  • Niger authories destroy light arms
    22 july 2001 18:39:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger authorities in Diffa east of Niamey have incinerated an assortment of military weapons turned in by individuals. Full text...

  • DR Congo launches campaign on family welfare
    22 july 2001 17:04:00
    Kinshasa- Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo Social Affairs minister Jeanne Ebamba Boboto this weekend launched a national campaign advocating a strong family bond and the protection of children. Full text...

  • Report blames child labour on poverty
    22 july 2001 16:51:00
    Beira- Mozambique (PANA) -- A UN report on child labour has blamed its incidence in Mozambique on poverty. Full text...

  • 10.7 million dollars needed to fight drug trafficking
    22 july 2001 15:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The fight against narcotics in Cote d'Ivoire needs eight billion CFA francs (10. Full text...

  • Traffic accidents second killer to HIV/AIDS
    22 july 2001 11:39:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana police commissioner Norman Moleboge has said that road traffic accidents are second only to HIV/ AIDS in claiming the lives of Batswana. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe chief throws party for virgins
    22 july 2001 10:26:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Worried by increasing deaths from AIDS in his district, a traditional chief in Makoni in eastern Zimbabwe Sunday held a party for virgins in his area to promote sexual abstinence. Full text...

  • Delegates agree to measures to combat small arms trafficking
    22 july 2001 10:15:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- After two weeks of hard negotiations, delegates attending a UN conference on small arms added one more day to reach an agreement Saturday on a gamut of measures to combat trafficking in small weapons. Full text...

  • UNICEF welcomes OAU committee on children
    21 july 2001 18:20:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- An official of the United Nations Children's Fund has said the organization welcomes the establishment of the OAU committee on the rights and welfare of children. Full text...

  • "Dead" emigrant returns home to claim wife
    21 july 2001 16:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Senegalese emigrant who returned home after being reported dead, has thrown his family into an embarrassing situation by claiming his wife, who had remarried his younger brother. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe shocked as man murders family over new wife
    21 july 2001 15:20:00
    MARONDERA- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe was in shock Saturday over reports that a man in the small farming town of Marondera axed his wife and child to death in revenge for the wife's opposition to his plans to marry a second woman. Full text...

  • Somali woman on drugs charges stages dramatic escape
    21 july 2001 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan prison officials are agape over the mysterious disappearance of a Somali woman hours after she was charged in a Nairobi court for importing 6. Full text...

  • Jammeh says energy crisis is menace in Gambia
    20 july 2001 23:35:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Friday said "crises in the energy sector" was one of the major challenges facing his government. Full text...

  • EU grants humanitarian aid to Kenya
    20 july 2001 23:11:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has granted Kenya 3. Full text...

  • Burundians discuss poverty alleviation strategy
    20 july 2001 22:24:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Representatives of various socio-professional groups in Burundi met with cabinet ministers in Bujumbura on Thursday to discuss a strategy for boosting economic growth and poverty alleviation. Full text...

  • Two policemen sentenced over Montepuez deaths
    20 july 2001 21:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A court in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado on Friday sentenced two police officers to lengthy prison terms for their part in the deaths by asphyxiation of at least 83 detainees last November, reports the country's news agency, AIM. Full text...

  • Former Ghana sports minister jailed
    20 july 2001 20:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's former Youth and Sports Minister, Mallam Ali Yusif Isa, was on Friday sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing 46,000 dollars. Full text...

  • Circumcisers in Meru lay down their knives
    20 july 2001 17:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A three-day workshop organised by anti-female genital mutilation crusaders in Meru South district in Kenya to sensitise the population on the demerits of the practice ended Friday on a sweet note when local female circumcisers signed a declaration to eradicate the evil from the district. Full text...

  • Reparations urged for slavery, segregation
    20 july 2001 16:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In advance of a major international conference on racism in August in Durban, Human Rights Watch has called for reparations to counter the most severe continuing effects of slavery, segregation and other extreme forms of racism. Full text...

  • RSF protests detention of Kenyan reporters
    20 july 2001 14:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The France-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Friday protested to Kenyan authorities against the detention of two journalists charged with 'publishing unverified and alarmist information' in their Weekly Citizen newspaper. Full text...

  • Car hits Namibian police officer
    20 july 2001 12:47:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A member of the Namibian Police (NamPol) Friday morning sustained serious injuries on the head after he was hit by a car along the Hosea Kutako main road in Windhoek. Full text...

  • Lagos Guardian newspaper back on the streets Monday
    20 july 2001 12:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Publishers of Nigeria's leading privately-owned newspaper, The Guardian, announced Friday that the Lagos-based paper returns to the streets Monday, after its workers called off their 10-day strike Thursday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo laments lot of child slaves
    20 july 2001 12:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has intimated that some 150 Nigerian children might well have perished recently, while being transported to slave masters in Gabon. Full text...

  • Nairobi residents brace up against crime
    20 july 2001 12:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Alarmed by increasing insecurity in Nairobi, the business community has formulated an ambitious plan to fight crime in the city and its environs. Full text...

  • Robbers reportedly kill 24 in Nigeria
    20 july 2001 11:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Twenty-four persons, including two policemen, were killed Thursday when armed robbers struck at Awkuzu in Oyi local government area of Nigeria's south-eastern Anambra State, the privately owned Comet newspaper reported Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan school heads get drills on administration
    20 july 2001 11:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan education authorities have announced that school heads in the country's primary and secondary schools would now be trained in administrative and other skills prior to be appointed into the posts. Full text...

  • CPJ praises courage of independent press in Zimbabwe
    19 july 2001 22:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday praised the courage of journalists who work in the Zimbabwean independent media. Full text...

  • Algeria expelled 3,000 illegal immigrants in 2000
    19 july 2001 21:24:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria expelled more than 3,000 illegal immigrants last year from Tamanrasset in the south to the border posts of Ain-Guezzam and Tin Zaouatine, police said Thursday in Algiers. Full text...

  • Mali opens technical military training centre
    19 july 2001 21:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's defence ministry has inaugurated a technical military training centre worth about 875 million FCFA at Markala, 200 km from Bamako, the capital, official sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Prosecutor sees no evidence to charge former minister
    19 july 2001 20:01:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A senior official in the Malawian prosecutor's office on Thursday said it was unlikely the Anti-Corruption Bureau would obtain consent to prosecute former finance minister Cassim Chilumpha for alleged corruption. Full text...

  • Flood victims receive land in Zambezia
    19 july 2001 19:30:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- About 9,000 people in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, displaced from their original homes by flooding earlier this year, have received plots in places deemed safe for construction, and have already started building their houses. Full text...

  • Union unhappy with envisaged labour-law amendment
    19 july 2001 19:07:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A Namibia Federation of Trade Unions official suspects the government wants to control trade unions' activities through the amendments it is proposing to the Labour Act of 1992. Full text...

  • Kenyan MPs discuss Osama bin Laden
    19 july 2001 17:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government Thursday conceded in Parliament that it had neither the capacity nor resources to track down Osama bin Laden, the man believed to have masterminded the US embassy bombing in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Mauritius gets Islamic research centre
    19 july 2001 17:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Islamic Association has inaugurated an Islamic history research centre for the Indian Ocean and Mauritius, sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ex-employee sues Gambian firm for 295,000 US dollars
    19 july 2001 16:53:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A former employee of a Gambian private soap manufacturing firm, Sankung Sillah and Sons Ltd, has sued the company claiming five million dalasis (about 295,000 US dollars) as compensation for caustic soda burns he allegedly sustained in 1997, while on duty. Full text...

  • SACCOL to host major congress in Cape Town
    19 july 2001 16:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Savings and Credit Cooperative League of South Africa (SACCOL) and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) would host the Savings and Credit Cooperative Associations (SACCA) Africa Congress 2001 from 30 July to 3 August in Cape Town. Full text...

  • Algeria seeks assistance from Microsoft
    19 july 2001 16:16:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's ministry of Vocational Training has signed an agreement with US computer giant Microsoft for the equipment of vocational training centres. Full text...

  • Experts disagree over refugee question
    19 july 2001 14:47:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian refugees in Tanzania are at the centre of discussions between experts from the two countries, attended by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Senegalese children: labour force at anybody's beck and call
    19 july 2001 13:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At the backyard of a restaurant close to a bus station downtown Fatou, 12, struggles under the weight of a bucket of water visibly too heavy for her strength. Full text...

  • Rights Group urges reparations for slavery, segregation
    19 july 2001 13:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of next month's international conference on racism, Human Rights Watch Thursday called for reparations to counter the most severe continuing effects of slavery, segregation and other extreme forms of racism. Full text...

  • Former officials unfit for public office, says report
    19 july 2001 13:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A report by a panel set up by the Nigerian government has declared a former minister and five other ex-officials of the state-owned National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), unfit to hold public office. Full text...

  • Court strikes out suit against Deputy Premier
    19 july 2001 13:08:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian Court sitting in Curepipe, 20-km south of Port Louis, Thursday threw out a private suit against Deputy Prime Minister Paul Berenger, in connection with a 1996 murder. Full text...

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