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  • Church closed after drug find
    28 may 2001 20:58:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Leaders of the Celestial Church of Christ in the western Sierra Leonean capital Freetown, say they have ordered the Church closed following the discovery of a large quantity of cocaine and the subsequent arrest of some pastors. Full text...

  • Namibian prosecutor docked on fraud charges
    28 may 2001 20:19:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Former Gobabis (Namibia) Magistrate's Court prosecutor Elly Hamunyela Monday reappeared in court on charges of fraud. Full text...

  • Africa witnesses unprecedented tourism growth
    28 may 2001 20:07:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- There has been an unprecedented growth in tourism in Africa during the past decade, according to data made available here Monday. Full text...

  • South Africa's arms deal hearing postponed to June
    28 may 2001 19:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The public hearing into South-Africa's controversial 5. Full text...

  • Malawi riot suspects denied bail
    28 may 2001 19:20:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Seventeen suspects, including two opposition legislators arrested over the weekend for allegedly inciting violence in Malawi's northern district of Chitipa, were Monday denied bail. Full text...

  • Normalcy returning to troubled Nigerian city
    28 may 2001 19:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Normalcy is gradually returning to Nigeria's city of Warri, in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, after three days of ethnic clashes in which at least five persons were shot and several houses and shops burnt. Full text...

  • Arms deal hearing postponed to June
    28 may 2001 17:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The public hearing into South-Africa's controversial 5. Full text...

  • Mazambique's donors' conference postponed
    28 may 2001 17:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The donors' conference to assess Mozambique's need after the floods that hit the central region earlier this year has been postponed from May to June. Full text...

  • UNICEF calls for commitment for child survival
    28 may 2001 14:42:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- UNICEF on Monday stated that lack of political will and allocation of adequate resources were to blame for poor child survival in Africa. Full text...

  • 12 die in road crash
    28 may 2001 12:50:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 12 persons were burnt to death at the weekend after the commercial bus in which they were travelling was involved in a ghastly crash with a petrol tanker at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in south-western Nigeria, local press reported Monday. Full text...

  • Namibian orphan, cancer patient, needs help
    27 may 2001 17:36:00
    Oshakati- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia Albinos Association (NAA) is appealing to public-spirited individuals and organisations to assist one of its members, Mesag Gwaangoya, 20, an orphan, suffering from skin cancer. Full text...

  • Ruling party in Zimbabwe mourns bigwig
    27 may 2001 15:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's ruling party was thrown into deep mourning at the weekend after one of its top officials was killed in a car accident, the second to die in similar circumstances in a month. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau denies deporting refugees
    27 may 2001 14:03:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The deputy chief of staff of the Guinea Bissau Armed Forces, Brigadier Emilio Costa, has refuted news reports that his country deported refugees from the Senegalese province of Casamance. Full text...

  • Kenya, Uganda call for regional local authorities body
    27 may 2001 13:51:00
    Muranga- Kenya (PANA) -- Civic leaders from Kenya and Uganda Saturday night called for the formation of an East African local authorities association to strengthen the existing co-operation between the peoples of the two countries. Full text...

  • Sharia Court Orders Offender's Eye Plucked
    26 may 2001 16:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A court in Malumfashi, in Nigeria's northern Katsina state, has ordered the left eye of one Ahmed Tijjani removed after he was found guilty of plucking a friend's eye, the privately owned Guardian newspaper reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Five Shot In Ethnic Clash
    26 may 2001 15:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Five persons were shot Friday during renewed ethnic violence between the Itsekiri and the Urhobo in Warri, Niger-Delta region, over the creation of a local government, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Police teargas kills girl during demonstration
    26 may 2001 12:09:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A 10 year-old child was Reportedly choked to death by teargas fired by the police at demonstrators in the northern border district town of Chitipa, some 800 km from Lilongwe, the Malawian capital. Full text...

  • Jammeh clocks 36, launches website
    25 may 2001 23:47:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Friday celebrated his 36th birthday by launching a website with view of popularising information technology and to create political awareness among the people. Full text...

  • Liberia issues guidelines for foreign journalists
    25 may 2001 22:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Liberian ministry of culture and tourism has issued new guidelines aimed at preventing the surprise arrival of foreign journalists accused of denting the country's image. Full text...

  • RUF rebels release over 500 child soldiers
    25 may 2001 22:10:00
    Makeni- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) has officially handed over 591 child soldiers to the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). Full text...

  • Ivorian border police intercept 49 Burkinabe children
    25 may 2001 21:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian border police have intercepted 49 Burkinabe minors - including 13 girls - at Lalerabo near the common border with Burkina Faso, the Ivorian Press Agency reported Friday. Full text...

  • Malawi court orders reinstatement of disgraced diplomat
    25 may 2001 12:31:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A High Court in Malawi has ordered the government to reinstate and pay damages to sacked career diplomat Martin Kaluluma Phiri. Full text...

  • Gay festival in small South African town whips up anger
    25 may 2001 11:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tension is mounting in South Africa's picturesque Western Cape Town of Knysna, where a gay festival has angered local religious leaders. Full text...

  • Oil spill in Nigeria affects 60 villages
    25 may 2001 11:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Local press reports Friday said a massive oil spill has occurred on Ikevemor Island in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, threatening the livelihood of about 60 villages in the area. Full text...

  • South African newspaper harangued for photographic evidence
    25 may 2001 10:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has spoken out against a search warrant on Die Burger newspaper in Cape Town, as the authorities press for photographs in a high profile murder case being heard in the Cape High Court. Full text...

  • South African bank signs deal to provide cellphone banking
    25 may 2001 09:10:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Absa Bank in South Africa has signed a deal with Vodacom to make cellphone banking available to its six million clients. Full text...

  • Report into fatal plane crash released
    24 may 2001 15:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Loss of engine power coupled with overloading resulted in an the air crash which killed 10 people shortly near Johannesburg in December 1999. Full text...

  • Thousands detained illegally at refugee camp
    24 may 2001 13:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Some 21,719 people were illegally detained at the Lindela detention centre between August 1996 and September 1999, only to be released once they were identified as South African citizens, according to the Auditor- General's latest report on the Department of Home Affairs. Full text...

  • Namibia to deport over 100 illegal immigrants
    23 may 2001 21:59:00
    Rundu- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's Immigration Tribunal on Wednesday ordered the deportation of 109 illegal aliens rounded up in the past two months in the country's north-eastern part. Full text...

  • European Union aid for Mozambique
    23 may 2001 21:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Commission on Wednesday announced an aid package of 329 million euros (about 281 million US dollars) for Mozambique. Full text...

  • Child killed in Freetown fire outbreak
    23 may 2001 20:43:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A three year old boy, Roland May, was on Tuesday night burnt to death by fire in Freetown. Full text...

  • Solar eclipse committee accuses government of stalling
    23 may 2001 16:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Malawi committee to promote the first millennium solar eclipse on 21 June has issued an ultimatum to government, accusing it of lack of commitment for what has been billed as both a national and international event. Full text...

  • Call for release of detained Ethiopian journalists
    23 may 2001 16:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontieres (without borders), Wednesday called for the immediate release of three Ethiopian journalists still in detention. Full text...

  • WFP seeks funds to feed one million Eritreans
    23 may 2001 16:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Wednesday expressed grave concern over the fate of one million Eritreans still in need of food aid nearly a year after their country's border conflict with Ethiopia ended. Full text...

  • Student arrested for stabbing fellow students
    23 may 2001 15:47:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police in the central district of Dedza have arrested a student who stabbed fellow students Tuesday during a dispute. Full text...

  • Swazi authorities ban local newsmagazine
    23 may 2001 13:00:00
    Swaziland- Mbabane (PANA) -- Swazi Information minister Mntonzima Dlamini has issued an order banning The Nation, a monthly news magazine, only days after it won an appeal against an earlier injunction. Full text...

  • Commission grants South African appellants amnesty
    23 may 2001 11:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Wednesday granted amnesty to 11 Durban security policemen and Vlakplaas operatives for their role in killing, torture, assaults and illegal abduction of Durban political activists from Swaziland. Full text...

  • South Africa announces new census
    23 may 2001 07:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has announced its second census since the collapse of apartheid in 1995. Full text...

  • Strike paralyses communes throughout Niger
    22 may 2001 22:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Municipalities throughout Niger were paralysed on Tuesday, the beginning a four-day strike by the Union of Communal Workers to protest against bad working conditions for its members. Full text...

  • Seven Rwandan youths cleared of genocide charges
    22 may 2001 21:24:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Seven Rwandan children accused of genocide and other crimes against humanity in southern Butare province in 1994 were acquitted by the local population on Monday, judicial sources in Kigali said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • New Casamance refugees flee into Gambia
    22 may 2001 19:24:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Gambia from the troubled southern Senegalese Casamance area where government forces are fighting separatists of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC). Full text...

  • Cardoso's murder suspects charged
    22 may 2001 18:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Six months after the killing of Mozambique's best known journalist, Carlos Cardoso, the public prosecutor's office, at the end of its preliminary investigation, has charged six people with the crime. Full text...

  • Five killed in church robbery attempt
    22 may 2001 17:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan police have shot dead five people in Nairobi's Buru Buru estate who they alleged had attempted to rob a church, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • University student leaders flee to Ghana
    22 may 2001 16:40:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Suspended leaders of the University of Liberia Students Union (ULSU) have fled to Ghana for fear of their lives, press reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Food scarcity dwarfs survival of war victims
    22 may 2001 16:11:00
    Gbarlatuah- Liberia (PANA) -- The shortage of relief food items to adequately cater for more than 80,000 persons displaced by fighting in Liberia has posed questions about their survival, an official has said. Full text...

  • Abass Bundu sues Sierra Leone's VP for looted vehicles
    22 may 2001 14:32:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Former executive secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Abbas Bundu, has sued Sierra Leone vice president Albert Joe Demby for stealing a four-wheel vehicle belonging to him, reported The Independent newspaper Monday. Full text...

  • Ivorian gendarmes intercept traffic of Malian minors
    22 may 2001 14:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nine Malian minors were recently intercepted by Ivorian gendarmes in Bouake, 450 km north of Abidjan and handed over to Mali's consul in the city, Mamadou Diane. Full text...

  • Telecel envisions roaming mobile phone service
    22 may 2001 13:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The mobile phone company, Telecel, has begun negotiations with some African governments to introduce a cross border roaming service for its subscribers. Full text...

  • Land mine injures Namibian soldiers
    22 may 2001 13:40:00
    Rundu- Namibia, (PANA) -- Three soldiers of a special security unit in Namibia were seriously injured Monday afternoon when they detonated an antipersonnel landmine at Muitjiku Village, about 210 km east of Rundu in the Kavango region. Full text...

  • Former minister faces corruption charges
    22 may 2001 13:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A trial opened in Zimbabwe Tuesday of a former cabinet minister on charges of corruption involving more than 200 million Zimbabwe dollars (55 ZD = 1 USD). Full text...

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