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DR Congo's 'lucky' city that fortune forgot  2015-03-31
BARAKA (AFP) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo city of Baraka -- which means "lucky" in Swahili -- ought to have been a paradise.
At least 10 killed in Burundi landslides  2015-03-30
Landslides in Burundi have killed at least 10 people after torrential rains, a local governor said Monday, revising downwards an earlier toll after eight were found alive. "It is a disaster... dozens of houses were destroyed, crops have been washed away," said Jacques Minani, governor of the Bujumbura district, some 35 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital.
Rwanda: 'Under No Circumstances' Clause Is Inviolable  2015-03-30
[Fahamu] On Rwanda's presidential terms limit in the 2003 constitution
Amnesty urges release of DR Congo activists  2015-03-30
Amnesty International on Monday launched a campaign for the release of a group of activists being held incommunicado in the Democratic Republic of Congo since their arrest during a protest two weeks ago. Members of Amnesty and its supporters across the globe will petition Congolese authorities for the activists' release and "send solidarity tweets to those detained", the rights watchdog said in ...
Landslides destroy Burundi homes  2015-03-30
At least 10 people are missing, feared dead, in Burundi after landslides which have destroyed hundreds of homes, officials say.
Cameroon: Burundi - UN Opposes Third Term for Nkurunziza  2015-03-30
[Cameroon Tribune] UN Secretary General has called on President Pierre Nkurunziza to respect the Arusha agreement and the country's constitution.
Ben Affleck is "very very proud" of Jennifer Garner.  2015-03-30
The 42-year-old actor gushed about his wife's "extraordinary" work with the Save the Children foundation while speaking about aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo at a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
Congo Official: DRC Will Not Accept UN ‘Neo-colonization’  2015-03-30
An official of the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) said the country of independence leader Patrice Lumumba will resist by all means necessary any attempt to be recolonized. Information Minister Lambert Mende was reacting to what he called a demand by the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Congo, known as MONUSCO, that the country sack two generals accused of human rights abuses as a ...
Burundi's Catholic Church steps in as leader hangs tough  2015-03-29
The Sunday service at the hill-top Kiryama church was packed as Catholic Archbishop Simon Ntamwana delivered a sermon, and a political bombshell, for the small central African nation of Burundi. Addressing a congregation of hundreds in his central Burundi parish, Ntamwana read from the Old Testament story of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah who rebelled against God and brought destruction on his ...
Central Africa: Ugandan Rebels Kidnap Refugees  2015-03-28
[UNHCR] Geneva -The UN refugee agency on Friday called for the immediate release of Congolese refugees kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has intensified attacks in the area bordering the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year.
Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case  2015-03-27
BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of a New Hampshire woman found guilty of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could obtain U.S. citizenship.
Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo  2015-03-27
Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like "savages". Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who live in DR Congo, the Central African Republic, Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. Since colonial times, they have cohabited uneasily with majority Bantus ...
Monkey Cage: Are elections straining Burundi’s fragile peace?  2015-03-27
Burundi?s elections are only a few months away, but signs of stress on the country's fragile peace are increasing.
VIDEO: Rugby's popularity in Rwanda grows  2015-03-27
Rugby is the fastest growing sport in Rwanda a country not usually synonymous with the discipline
Economy in the dumps, Burundi students hunger for change  2015-03-27
Like most students in Burundi, Serge Claver Nzisabira can barely make ends meet, even when he shares a miniscule two-room address with four others in a Bujumbura suburb. "In 2012, when I arrived here, life was a little more affordable than today," said Nzisabira, aged 25, a student of English at the University of Burundi who comes from the southern province of Makemba, a poor rural area. Burundi ...

News from Africa
DR Congo's 'lucky' city that fortune forgot 
At least 10 killed in Burundi landslides 
Rwanda: 'Under No Circumstances' Clause Is Inviolable 
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