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Rwanda: UN Security Council Extends ICTR Judges' Mandate  2014-12-22
[New Times]A December 18 UN Security Council resolution has extended the term of office of permanent judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) who sit in the Appeals Chamber to enable them conclude cases they are handling and those that may be brought before then soon.
Villagers flee machete attacks  2014-12-22
Scores of people have been killed in worsening violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern region, leaving the local population in urgent need of aid, according to the United Nations and Human Rights Watch.
Rwanda: Escaping the men with machetes  2014-12-21
Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, Marie Claire Mukayiranga lives safely in Melbourne. But the past is never far away.        
UN warns over new DR Congo violence  2014-12-21
Scores of people have been killed in worsening violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern region, leaving the local population in urgent need of aid, according to the United Nations and Human Rights Watch. The U.N. High Commissioner f...
DR Congo: Villagers flee ax attacks  2014-12-20
Scores of people have been killed in worsening violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern region, leaving the local population in urgent need of aid, according to the United Nations and Human Rights Watch.
After the genocide, Rwanda looks to technology  2014-12-20
With resentment lingering, the government is in the midst of an ambitious effort to transform itself, the economy and society.        
Two men burnt alive in DR Congo after attack: official  2014-12-20
Two men were burnt alive Saturday by civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east after they attacked a military office, a local official said. The incident in the town of Beni, about 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of the North Kivu capital Goma, followed an attack on Friday night. "The military prosecutor's offices were attacked at around 9:00 pm by men whose identities are ...
Claims of Electoral Fraud in Advance of Burundi Vote  2014-12-20
Reports of beatings, intimidation and extortion in the tiny southeast African country of Burundi have raised fears of increasing political repression ahead of elections in May. Recently, the violence has calmed, but rights activists, journalists and political opponents of the ruling party claim it has been replaced with electoral fraud. Burundi's Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana has dismissed ...
UN mission to bring peace to DR Congo 'has stalled'  2014-12-18
The multinational effort to bring peace to the war-torn east of Democratic Republic of Congo is in danger of failing, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned Thursday. The east of the vast mineral-rich DRC was the scene of two major wars between 1996 and 2003, with neighbouring countries including Uganda and Rwanda intervening directly or using militias to do their bidding. In spite of the ...
UN political chief welcomes commitment of Burundi√Ęs Government to dialogue, elections  2014-12-17
New York, Dec 13 (IBNS) As Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman wrapped up his visit to Burundi, he met on Friday with President, Pierre Nkurunziza, to discuss issues related to the drawdown of the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB), and establishment of the UN Electoral Observation Mission (MENUB).
Rwanda: Rwanda Fills Climate Data Gap to Protect Against Storms  2014-12-17
[SciDev.Net]Rwanda's weather service is now better able to forecast floods and other natural disasters after scientists bridged climate-data gaps left by the 1994 genocide.
Rwanda turns to small solar units to expand power access  2014-12-17
By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda is expanding the use of small solar units for remote households and schools to help meet a government target of increasing access to electricity to 70 percent of the nation by 2018 from just 22 percent now, officials said. Poor access to power in the African nation has held back the growth needed to haul more people out of poverty but expanding ...
Rwanda Q3 economic growth at 7.8 pct compared to year ago - stats office  2014-12-17
KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda's economy grew by 7.8 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier, its statistics office said on Wednesday. The figure was published by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda on its website.
UN and DR Congo re-launch hunt for militants blamed for massacres  2014-12-16
Democratic Republic of Congo and UN forces are renewing a hunt for Ugandan rebels in a corner of the DRC's restive east who are blamed for slaughtering 260 local people, officials announced Tuesday. Since Saturday, joint forces in the northern reaches of the North Kivu province have been searching for the Muslim insurgents belonging to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The government soldiers ...
Rwanda Has Become World's Largest Coltan Exporter, Reports KT Press  2014-12-16
KIGALI, Rwanda, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rwanda is now the world's single largest exporter of tantalum mineral known as coltan and the government says that is only a small portion of the country's production capacity.In 2013, Rwanda exported 2,466,025kgs of tantalum - accounting for 28% of total 8,807,232Kg of tantalum produced globally. Total revenue from the coltan was $134.5M ...





News from Africa
Rwanda: UN Security Council Extends ICTR Judges' Mandate 
2014-12-22
Villagers flee machete attacks 
2014-12-22
Rwanda: Escaping the men with machetes 
2014-12-21
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