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Congo Rebel Group Faces Military Action Over Failure to Disarm  2014-10-01
The largest remaining illegal foreign-armed group operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo faces military action unless it demobilizes within three months, the U.S. ambassador to the country said.
Ebola Fast Facts  2014-09-30
Here's some background information about Ebola, a virus with a high fatality rate that was first identified in Africa in 1976.
Rwanda Remains Ebola Free, States Ministry of Health  2014-09-30
KIGALI, Rwanda, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ministry of Health would like to inform Rwandans and all visitors to Rwanda that Rwanda is Ebola free. The lab results of the patient who was reported in the media this past week were negative for the Ebola Virus Disease. The government has put in place measures aimed at protecting Rwandans from Ebola. Surveillance systems and emergency ...
UN Appoints Rwanda to Champion Post MDGs Projects, Reports KT Press  2014-09-30
NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The UN has appointed Rwanda to champion post-Millennium Development Goals pilot projects, 15 months before the MDGs hit their deadline. The UN says Rwanda displayed remarkable performance over the last 15 years under the UN development agenda. UN said Rwanda's experience will guide the country to serve as a model in strengthening capacities and building ...
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 ...
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
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.
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 ‚Äúreset the counter to zero‚ÄĚ 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.
Burundi, Rwanda urged to investigate bodies found in lake  2014-09-26
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - The United States has called on Burundi and Rwanda to conduct a "thorough and impartial" probe into the appearance of several corpses in a lake bordering the two central African nations.

News from Africa
Congo Rebel Group Faces Military Action Over Failure to Disarm 
Ebola Fast Facts 
Rwanda Remains Ebola Free, States Ministry of Health 
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