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  • Mocumbi says Mozambique to have 10 percent growth this year
    01 may 2001 18:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi Tuesday said that his government was hoping for an economic growth of about 10 percent this year. Full text...

  • Chissano warns investors not exploit Mozambicans
    01 may 2001 18:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano Tuesday warned that any foreign investors "who just want to exploit Mozambican workers by taking all profits back to their own countries are not welcome here. Full text...

  • Benin says Etireno ship was involved in child trafficking
    01 may 2001 16:26:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin, UNICEF and the International NGO, Terre des Hommes, have confirmed in Cotonou that the Etireno, the ship accused of carrying 250 child slaves two weeks ago, was strongly suspected of working as part of an illegal labour network involved in the "sub-regional trafficking of minors. Full text...

  • TV star Actress shot
    01 may 2001 16:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian TV star actress Liz Benson, was shot by suspected armed robbers, who also snatched her Honda Accord car in the commercial city of Lagos Sunday night, the privately-owned Punch newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Aid Agencies suspend activities in eastern Congo
    01 may 2001 14:37:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- International aid agencies operating in eastern DR Congo have decreed a three-day suspension of their activities in protest against last week's killing of six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) "To express our solidarity with the ICRC (and) our outrage. Full text...

  • ILO picks Kenyan trade union for case study
    01 may 2001 14:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has chosen a Kenyan trade union for a case study on the role of small and micro enterprises in the promotion of small-time employment and social protection at work places. Full text...

  • South-South network to address social risks of globalisation
    01 may 2001 11:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme is masterminding an initiative for developing countries to network their efforts at alleviating poverty, a UNDP release intimated Monday. Full text...

  • Mali authorities move to check power cuts in Bamako
    30 april 2001 23:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Following reinforcement with new generating plants, energy officials in Bamako say the Malian capital would no longer suffer the power cuts. Full text...

  • Business victims of Mozambique's flood crave relief
    30 april 2001 21:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Private businesses in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza have complained bitterly about delays in funds promised for post-flood rehabilitation. Full text...

  • Portuguese charity props Mozambican orphanage
    30 april 2001 21:28:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Following an agreement with the Lisbon charity "Casa Pia," the authorities in Maputo have allocated 20 hectares for the building of an orphanage to lodge some 700 destitute children and youths. Full text...

  • Mozambican authorities move to resettle flood victims
    30 april 2001 21:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The authorities in Maputo are assessing conditions in four selected sites in the western province of Tete for the resettlement of victims of the recent floods in the country. Full text...

  • Mozambican authorities move to resettle flood victims
    30 april 2001 21:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The authorities in Maputo are assessing conditions in four selected sites in the western province of Tete for the resettlement of victims of the recent floods in the country. Full text...

  • UN envisages multi-million financing for Mozambique
    30 april 2001 21:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The United Nations system in Mozambique is contemplating up to 300 million US dollars to finance its development programmes in the country for the period 2002-2006. Full text...

  • UNICEF to spend 600,000 dollars on Burundi children
    30 april 2001 20:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- UNICEF will in the next two years spend 647,000 US dollars to support 40,000 children in war- torn Burundi, said officials in Bujumbura Monday. Full text...

  • Malian nationals quite Cote d'Ivoire for security reasons
    30 april 2001 20:23:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- More than a hundred Malians returned home from Cote d'Ivoire last week, allegedly for "security reasons," sources in Bamako said Monday. Full text...

  • War against child labour intensifies
    30 april 2001 19:52:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- After the recent wave of employment of child labourers into the local job market, some in hazardous conditions, thousands of Tanzanian children are looking up to the government and its social partners, including UN agencies, to help them make a difference in their lives. Full text...

  • Journalists fear censorship of war reportage
    30 april 2001 18:44:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Several independent journalists in Liberia Monday expressed fears that new measures announced by government regarding reportage of the war in the north would lead to "outright censorship. Full text...

  • Fire ravages warehouse at Brazzaville station
    30 april 2001 17:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The railway station in central Brazzaville was partly destroyed by fire on Sunday night, witnesses reported on Monday. Full text...

  • FGM affects health of 90 percent of girls in southwest Kenya
    30 april 2001 15:13:00
    Niarobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 90 percent of girls aged between six and 10 years in Kenya's southwest Kisii district have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), says a family health report from the area. Full text...

  • Gabonese official wants laws against child abuse
    30 april 2001 11:52:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The chairman of the Economic and Social Council in Gabon, Louis Gaston Mayila, has decried the trade, trafficking and maltreatment of children. Full text...

  • Church alleges muzzling by Malawian government
    29 april 2001 18:52:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- In a letter read Sunday in parishes across Malawi, the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) has said its members were under threats after they read a previous pastoral circular highly critical of the ruling establishment. Full text...

  • 19 die from adulterated alcohol in Cote d'Ivoire
    29 april 2001 14:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote-d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 19 people have died in Cote d'Ivoire over the last one month after drinking adulterated spirits believed to be whisky, officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • Burundian women soldiers learn HIV prevention
    28 april 2001 17:45:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian defence ministry recently organised a two-day training seminar to sensitise women army recruits on ways to avoid HIV/AIDS infection. Full text...

  • Six-suspected child traffickers jailed in Burkina Faso
    28 april 2001 17:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina (PANA) -- Police in Burkina Faso have arrested and detained four unidentified foreigners along with two others purporting to be Ghanaians, on suspicion of child trafficking, the state-owned daily "Sidwaya" reported this weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe employment minister killed in car accident
    28 april 2001 16:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party was plunged into mourning on Saturday following the death in a car accident of a stalwart credited with reviving its electoral fortunes. Full text...

  • The ups and down of the Senegalese press
    28 april 2001 16:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal boasts of 17 radios, eight daily newspapers and several weeklies giving readers a wide variety from which to choose. Full text...

  • Tanzania's poor education standards worry World Bank
    28 april 2001 14:51:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A senior World Bank official has expressed his institution's deep concern about the appallingly low standards of education in Tanzania. Full text...

  • Eight people under probe deceased estates' scandal
    28 april 2001 11:59:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Malawi Fiscal Police is investigating eight employees of the Administrator General's Office following the mysterious disappearance of millions of Kwacha belonging to dead people. Full text...

  • Africa to combat money laundering
    27 april 2001 22:20:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The 15-member-nation CFA monetary zone has announced the promulgation of laws next year against money laundering in the subregion. Full text...

  • Police arrest owner of Mandrax factory
    27 april 2001 21:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A man accused of masterminding the clandestine production of the drug mandrax under cover of a Maputo plastics factory has been arrested in a joint operation mounted by the Mozambican and South African police. Full text...

  • Mkapa says corruption leads to killings
    27 april 2001 20:55:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa on Friday condemned rampant corruption in the police force and courts of law, saying this has forced people to resort to mob justice in dealing with criminals. Full text...

  • Graca Machel demands explanation for Montepuez deaths
    27 april 2001 20:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Graca Machel, former education minister, and chairperson of one of Mozambique's main NGOs, the Community Development Foundation (FDC), said on Friday that society has the right to demand an explanation for the bloody events of last November in the northern town of Montepuez. Full text...

  • Thousands of displaced Congolese emerge from forests
    27 april 2001 19:44:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- At least 15,000 war-displaced people have emerged from the thick forests of Shabunda area 300 km west of Bukavu town, officials of the rebel Rally for Congolese Democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu Province reported on Friday. Full text...

  • State TV Anchor-man Quits Protesting Government Meddling
    27 april 2001 19:38:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A senior officer at the state-owned Botswana TV (BTV) resigned Friday in protest at what he claimed was government's gross interference in the running of the station. Full text...

  • Four diamond smugglers fined 320,000 Namibian dollars
    27 april 2001 17:02:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The High Court of Namibia Friday fined three Saudis and a Namibian citizen 80,000 Namibian dollars each or face a five year prison term for allegedly dealing illegally in diamonds last year (ND7. Full text...

  • UN to fund study on Kenya's rising crime
    27 april 2001 15:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations is funding a study on crime trends in Kenya to evaluate the effectiveness of existing anti-crime measures and to devise community-based prevention strategies, press reports said Friday. Full text...

  • WFP pleads case of Eritrea drought victims
    27 april 2001 14:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a multi-million dollar appeal for emergency relief food to hundreds of thousands of Eritreans facing starvation from three successive years of drought and consequent crop failure. Full text...

  • Global campaign for children gets good response
    27 april 2001 13:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A new global campaign launched world-wide Thursday to improve the welfare and to protect the lives of children elicited more than 5,000 responses on its first day, according to UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. Full text...

  • Criminal Court Sentences Five to Life Imprisonment
    26 april 2001 22:55:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Five persons accused of involvement in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda were on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment by the Rushashi Criminal Court, the state-run Radio Rwanda announced Thursday. Full text...

  • 18 die in a traffic accident
    26 april 2001 22:27:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Eighteen persons died and 19 others were seriously wounded in a traffic accident near Niger's northern town of Keita, state radio announced Thursday in Niamey. Full text...

  • Drug traffickers make Gambia a transit point
    26 april 2001 19:25:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia has become a transit point for drug trafficking in west Africa, the country's minister of state in charge of the Interior, Ousman Badjie, has disclosed. Full text...

  • UNICEF launches World Movement for Children
    26 april 2001 19:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The UNICEF representative in Benin, Ester Guluma Thursday launched the "World Movement for children" in Cotonou, saying it "is a vision and a framework of action for children in the 21st century". Full text...

  • Families of Ellis Park stampede victims in trauma
    26 april 2001 17:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Families of victims of the Ellis Park (South Africa) stampede two weeks ago are displaying the symptoms of stress disorder. Full text...

  • Floods force Malawi grain estimates down 25 per cent
    26 april 2001 17:06:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi would this year experience a 25 per cent drop in grain yields as a result of devastating floods in 13 of the country's 27 districts. Full text...

  • South African lawyers crave more protection
    26 april 2001 15:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) has added its voice to the widespread condemnation of death threats made to a Cape Town judge presiding over court cases involving members of the People Against Gangs and Drugs (PAGAD) vigilante group. Full text...

  • Namibia sets up second land tribunal
    26 april 2001 13:27:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation minister Hifikepunye Pohamba Thursday inaugurated the country's second Lands Tribunal to function over the next three years. Full text...

  • Verdict on September clashes expected in May
    26 april 2001 11:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The People's Court will give its verdict concerning the September 2000 clashes between Libyans and migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa on 21 May. Full text...

  • Travellers' ordeal on a Burundi highway
    26 april 2001 11:00:00
    Mugamba- Burundi (PANA) -- Travellers using Burundi's Highway One (RN 1) linking the capital Bujumbura to the southern province of Bururi have to be prepared to spend hours waiting for a safe passage due to clashes between the Burundi army and rebel forces. Full text...

  • FBI director visit turns dramatic as tyre bursts
    26 april 2001 10:21:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A whistle-stop visit by the Director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Louis Freeh, Wednesday turned dramatic after the rear tyre of a van he was being whisked in from the Dar es Salaam International Airport burst, the official Daily News reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Brain damaged victim sues right wing leader
    26 april 2001 09:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Farmworker Paul Motshabi, who was severely assaulted by fiery right-wing Afrikaner leader, Eugene Terre'Blanche, will institute a damages claim of more than 250,000 US dollars against him. Full text...

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