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Thousands of Central African refugees face hunger in DR Congo: MSF  2015-02-27
Thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees are threatened by malnutrition in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo where they have sought refuge, a medical charity said Thursday. CAR is struggling to recover from the coup that ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 and triggered a wave of deadly sectarian violence between the country's Christian and Muslim populations. "The ...
Villagers flee as DR Congo army pursues Rwandan rebels  2015-02-26
Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday. A day later, "Mulenge and the surrounding villages have no more FDLR in them, so there is no more fighting in these centres, but we are taking the ...
Burundi inflation slows to 3.5 pct y/y in January  2015-02-26
Burundi's inflation eased to 3.5 percent year-on-year from 3.8 percent in December, helped by a fall in costs for furnishings and household equipment, official data showed on Thursday. Price inflation for furnishings and household articles fell to 9.9 percent in the year to January from 10.5 percent in December, Burundi’s Institute of Economic Studies and Statistics (ISTEEBU) said in its report.
Rwanda's Kagame heads to France - but for UN meeting  2015-02-26
Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrives in Paris Friday, his spokeswoman said, but for a UN meeting and is not expected to meet French officials while in the country, which he accuses of complicity in the 1994 genocide. It will be his first visit to Paris since again accusing France of "participating" in the 1994 genocide during the 20th anniversary of the mass killings in April 2014. "President ...
Felling of tropical trees has soared, satellite shows, not slowed  2015-02-26
The Democratic Republic of Congo contains half of Africa's tropical forest and the second largest continuous tropical forest in the world.
Rwanda sees bigger budget deficit in 2014/15, cites aid delays  2015-02-26
By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda has proposed budget revisions for 2014/2015 making its deficit 66 percent bigger than forecast at 295.6 billion Rwandan francs ($431.53 million) due to delays in some aid, the finance minister said. Foreign aid accounts for almost 40 percent of Rwanda's budget resources, although the east African nation is trying to reduce aid dependency of its ...
Burundi tea revenues rise 2.4 pct in 2014 on good weather  2015-02-25
Burundi’s tea export revenues rose 2.4 percent in 2014 from a year before due to favourable weather that helped increase the harvest of the commodity, it said on Wednesday. Tea is Burundi's second-largest hard currency earner after coffee and supports some 300,000 smallholder producers in the landlocked central African nation of nearly 10 million people. Export earnings rose to $21.3 million ...
Congo army launches first strike against Rwandan rebels  2015-02-25
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese government forces launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, military officials said, in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), whose ranks include former soldiers and Hutu militiamen responsible for ...
First DR Congo strikes on Hutu rebels  2015-02-25
The Democratic Republic of Congo launches its first strikes as part of a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels.
Rwanda to host 2016 African Nations Championship  2015-02-25
Rwanda will host the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) from Jan 16 to Feb 7.
DRCongo must end threat of Hutu rebels: US envoy  2015-02-25
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo "owes it to its people" to end the threat posed by Rwandan Hutu rebels hiding in its eastern provinces, the outgoing US special envoy said Tuesday. "I was told back in May that the FDLR are 'comfortable' in eastern DRC. This is unacceptable," Feingold said in his last official speech before stepping down in the coming weeks as US envoy to the ...
DR Congo launches offensive against Hutu rebels  2015-02-24
The Democratic Republic of Congo's army on Tuesday launched an assault against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the volatile east of the country, military and official sources said. "Operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began in South Kivu early this morning and will last as long as these people resist," an officer in the armed forces (FARDC) told AFP, asking not to ...
Central African Republic: surge in violence triggers new displacement, including into DR Congo  2015-02-24
An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has triggered fresh displacement inside the country and across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said today.
Rwanda: Miss Rwanda 2015 Sets Bar High As Kundwa Is Crowned  2015-02-23
[New Times]The show that started at 6:30pm, ended with the crowning of 19-year-old Doriane Kundwa as Miss Rwanda 2015. Out of the 15 finalists, Kundwa was also the public's favourite from the beginning. She walked away with a brand new Suzuki SX4 courtesy of Cogebanque and will get a monthly stipend of $1000 (Rwf 700,000) among other prizes.
Rwanda's Bank of Kigali posts 21 percent rise in FY profit  2015-02-22
Rwanda's Bank of Kigali has reported a 21.3 percent rise in full-year pretax profit to 22.8 billion Rwandan francs ($33.3 million). Net interest income at the bank, the largest by assets in the east African country, climbed to 39.3 billion francs in the year through December from 35.2 billion a year before, it said on Friday.

News from Africa
Thousands of Central African refugees face hunger in DR Congo: MSF 
Villagers flee as DR Congo army pursues Rwandan rebels 
Burundi inflation slows to 3.5 pct y/y in January 
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