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Burundi Requests FBI Probe Into Bagged Bodies Floating in Lake  2014-09-30
Burundi’s government wants the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in investigating reports of decomposed bodies being found floating in a lake bordering Rwanda, spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba said.
Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo's second city  2014-09-30
By Chris Mfula and Aaron Ross LUSAKA/KINSHASA (Reuters) - A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border post with Zambia, one of Africa's busiest land frontiers, went high-tech, with a web-based customs system that was meant to improve efficiency and eradicate corruption. It's not quite working to plan. As officials struggle to get to grips with the new system and DRC's decrepit phone ...
Merck continues campaign to hold off river blindness in the DRC (VIDEO)  2014-09-29
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo — Every summer since 2010, Kasereka Mahamba has visited each of his neighbors, one by one. They live in mud houses that dot the side of a steep hill in north Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. While neighborly visits are always welcome in this part of the country, Mahamba’s are of an official nature. His job is to hand out free medicine. read more
Jailed sick Burundi rights chief released on bail: lawyer  2014-09-29
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - A Burundi court released a sick human rights activist from prison on medical grounds on Monday, but charges of endangering national security remain.
Genocide court upholds life terms for Rwanda ex-ruling party bosses  2014-09-29
Arusha (Tanzania) (AFP) - The UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda on Monday upheld the life sentences for two former heads of the ex-ruling party for genocide crimes committed in 1994.
A Winnipeg scientist is headed to Africa to fight Ebola  2014-09-29
A Winnipeg scientist is on a mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo to try to curb the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Gary Kobinger of the National Microbiology Laboratory is going there to help build laboratory capacity, federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in a tweet on
Ivanhoe Mines Reports Improved Metallurgical Testwork Results for Planned Initial Mining Area at Its Kamoa Copper ...  2014-09-29
Court upholds life sentence for Rwanda ex-ruling party heads  2014-09-29
The UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda on Monday upheld the life sentences for two former heads of the ex-ruling party for genocide crimes committed in 1994. Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, the former head and deputy of Rwanda’s National Revolutionary Movement for Development, had been handed life terms in 2011 for genocide, crimes against humanity and...  [Read More...]
Rwanda court's forgotten men pose challenge to international justice  2014-09-29
By Chine Labbé, Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala and Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE/DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Justin Mugenzi was legally cleared of any role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide. But an oversight in the international justice system means he remains a virtual prisoner in a United Nations safe house in the eastern African state of Tanzania.     "My wife and eight children are all Belgian citizens now," the 75 ...
Rwanda: RDB Eyes U.S. $860 Million From Tourism  2014-09-29
[New Times]As the world marked the World Tourism Day yesterday, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) announced plans to increase threefold, earnings from tourism to $860 million in the next two years.
Insight - Rwanda court's forgotten men pose challenge to international justice  2014-09-28
By Chine Labbé, Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala and Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE/DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Justin Mugenzi was legally cleared of any role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide. But an oversight in the international justice system means he remains a virtual prisoner in a United Nations safe house in the eastern African state of Tanzania. "My wife and eight children are all Belgian citizens now," the 75 ...
Thousands march in Congo against a third elected term for Kabila  2014-09-28
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, calling on President Joseph Kabila to respect his country's constitution and step down when his second elected term ends in 2016. A march in Kinshasa was peaceful but protesters in Goma, the biggest town in the volatile east, were dispersed by tear gas. The country is rife with ...
Development, political process top agenda for African leaders addressing UN Assembly  2014-09-27
The Vice-President of Burundi today told the United Nations General Assembly that his country would consider it erroneous to abandon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and “reset the counter to zero” after the 2015 deadline for reaching those landmark targets.
Rwanda genocide survivor finds forgiveness  2014-09-27
There’s a photo in the slide show that plays before Alex Nsengimana speaks that shows him a year or so ago, standing next to a slight man, half a head shorter and significantly thinner than the petite Nsengimana.
Terrorism, Ebola are impeding development, DR Congo chief tells UN  2014-09-26
New York, Sept 26 (IBNS) President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) warned the United Nations on Thursday that global development was threatened by terrorism and the resurgence of the Ebola epidemic, pledging his countryâs contribution to international efforts to combat the scourges.





News from Africa
Burundi Requests FBI Probe Into Bagged Bodies Floating in Lake 
2014-09-30
Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo's second city 
2014-09-30
Merck continues campaign to hold off river blindness in the DRC (VIDEO) 
2014-09-29
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