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Rwanda: On the Road With Kigali's Only Female Mototaxi Driver  2015-03-06
[Deutsche Welle] Motorcycle taxis are the main mode of transportation in Rwanda's capital, Kigali - Claudine Nyanamajambere is the only woman to drive a "moto." DW portrays the woman who's found her place in this male-dominated domain.
Robot traffic wardens patrol Democratic Republic of Congo  2015-03-06
Giant robots have taken over Democratic Republic of Congo. Well, the traffic at least.
'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa  2015-03-05
Two giant robots have directed traffic in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2013. This week three others joined them.
Rwanda's Kagame looks set to join Africa's stay-put leaders  2015-03-05
As the second and final mandate of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame draws to a close, there are increasing indications he may join other African leaders in bending the rules and staying put. Rwanda watchers say that in a country where the political debate is tightly controlled, campaigning for a third term has essentially begun in earnest. Kagame, 57, has been at the top of Rwandan politics since ...
Burundi lawmakers pass media bill to expand press freedoms  2015-03-05
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi’s national assembly has approved a draft media law, backtracking from contentious 2013 legislation that was denounced by reporters and rights groups as an assault on press freedoms. Information Minister Tharcisse Nkezabihizi said he hoped the new law, once fully ratified, would ease rising tension between the media and the government in this ...
News24.com | Rwanda's Kagame looks set to join Africa's stay-put leaders  2015-03-05
As the second and final mandate of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame draws to a close, there are increasing indications he may join other African leaders in bending the rules and staying put.
Belgian arrested for child rape in DR Congo: police  2015-03-04
A 74-year-old Belgian man has been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo on allegations he raped two girls, police said Wednesday. Francis Belliz is accused of "raping two Congolese girls, 11 and 13 years old," and is being held in custody in the capital Kinshasa, police spokesman Colonel Pierrot Mwana Mputu said.
Congo's banking sector set for two flat years after fast growth  2015-03-04
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo’s banking sector, which grew 14-fold over the last decade, faces two years of stagnation due to low commodity prices and concern over political instability, the president of the banking association said. Having started from one of the world's lowest banking participation rates, banking assets in Congo, home to over 65 million people ...
Rival to Burundi's president escapes from jail - ministry  2015-03-03
A prominent political rival of Burundi's president has escaped from prison where he was serving 13 years on charges of endangering state security, the justice ministry said on Tuesday. Hussein Radjabu fled with six others including three police officers who were guarding the jail, justice ministry spokesman Eliason Bigirimana said. The reported escape comes as political tensions mount before ...
Democratic Republic of Congo economy grew at 9.5 pct in 2014 -PM  2015-03-03
Democratic Republic of Congo's economy grew at 9.5 percent in 2014, one of its best performances since 1960, the year it secured independence, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said on Tuesday. Matata Ponyo said the government was targeting double-digit growth for 2015, without giving a more detailed forecast. "According to the United Nations Development Programme, if we maintain this rate of ...
Site Last Updated 1:14 am, Tuesday  2015-03-02
Five years after Victor Kasongo quit his job regulating mining companies as a deputy minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he’s seeking to become the country’s sole producer of pure tin.
Prominent Burundi dissident escapes from prison: police  2015-03-02
A former head of Burundi's ruling party and leading dissident has escaped from prison where he was serving a 13 year sentence for plotting against state security, police in the central African nation said Monday. Hussein Radjabu, a leading opponent of President Pierre Nkurunziza and who has been in jail since 2007, "escaped last night between 9:00 pm and midnight along with two others," police ...
Seven Rwandan Hutu rebels killed in DR Congo fighting  2015-03-01
Seven Rwandan rebels have been killed and at least 20 captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a government offensive that has widened to include swathes of the country's southeast, authorities said Sunday. "Since the start of the operation four FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) have been killed in North Kivu and three in South Kivu," said government spokesman Lambert ...
BBC rejects Rwanda criticism over genocide documentary  2015-03-01
The BBC on Sunday strongly rejected findings by Rwandan investigators that it had broken the country's law on genocide denial with a documentary on the 1994 massacres screened last year in Britain. The British broadcaster said it was "extremely disappointed" by the conclusions of a probe led by former Rwandan top prosecutor Martin Ngoga, and said it stood by its journalism. "Rwanda, The Untold ...
Rwanda urged to take action against BBC over genocide documentary  2015-03-01
Rwandan investigators on Saturday urged the government to take action against the BBC and ban its radio programmes from the country's airwaves over a controversial documentary questioning official versions of the 1994 genocide. The probe led by the country's former top prosecutor Martin Ngoga found the British broadcaster broke Rwandan law on genocide denial in its report on the massacres that ...





News from Africa
Rwanda: On the Road With Kigali's Only Female Mototaxi Driver 
2015-03-06
Robot traffic wardens patrol Democratic Republic of Congo 
2015-03-06
'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa 
2015-03-05
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