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Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve  2014-04-20
An internationally recognized conservationist is recovering after he was attacked in the Democratic Republic of Congo. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Allard Blom of the World Wildlife Fund.
Congo province poised to start certified 'conflict-free' tin exports  2014-04-19
By Peter Jones GOMA Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's tin producing North Kivu province may begin exports of certified 'conflict-free' minerals as soon as next week after the roll-out of a new barcode tagging scheme, the head of the regional division of mines said. North Kivu is at the heart of Congo's production of tin and coltan - used in electronic ...
Lawmakers Plea with Foreign Leaders to Expedite Adoptions in Congo  2014-04-19
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In a letter to the president and prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker joined congressional leaders in requesting an end to delays in processing the adoptions of 460 Congolese children by American families.
Kathryn Thomas' Rwanda doc airs Easter Monday  2014-04-18
Kathryn Thomas reveals that her recent visit to Rwanda, for a Radio 1 Documentary, was emotional and a great learning curve.
Shot DR Congo park director evacuated to Nairobi  2014-04-18
The Belgian director of a famed national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was shot this week by unknown attackers was evacuated to Nairobi on Friday, a local official said. Emmanuel de Merode, head of the Virunga National Park in the DR Congo's war-scarred North Kivu province, was shot in the abdomen and chest on Tuesday as he travelled alone by jeep from the regional capital Goma to ...
Burundi creates reconciliation body that divides public opinion  2014-04-18
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi, locked in its worst political crisis since its civil war ended in 2005, has created a reconciliation commision that opposition parties say will shield the ruling party from accountability for past crimes. The ruling CNDD-FDD party voted late on Thursday to launch the commission and let President Pierre Nkurunziza pick its members, who are to ...
Burundi orders U.N. security adviser out after violence warning  2014-04-17
Burundi ordered a security adviser at the United Nations mission in the country to leave on Thursday, escalating a row that started with a warning by the U.N. last week of a possible outbreak of political violence. Government officials in the tiny central African state reacted angrily to the warning by the U.N. mission on Wednesday, saying it was baseless and had possibly been made to justify an ...
Burundi expels UN official over arms report  2014-04-17
UN security chief to be expelled after report said government was arming young supporters ahead of elections.
Burundi: Looming Polls Increase Risks  2014-04-17
[IRIN]Bujumbura -If high-level engagement by outside parties is a measure of political risk, Burundi is a country to keep a close eye on as it approaches elections next year.
Burundi Crisis: During Rwanda Genocide Anniversary, We Mustn't Forget Turmoil Next Door  2014-04-17
Burundi, wedged between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, rarely receives the attention it deserves. Like Rwanda, Burundi is still recovering from a history of massive ethnic violence in the 1990s. But unlike Rwanda, it has a strong civil society and independent media. Burundi's progress is all the more notable because of the government's repeated attempts over the years to intimidate ...
Monkey Cage: Schooling builds peace, right? The complicated answer from Rwanda  2014-04-17
Does schooling build peace? Evidence from Rwanda suggests the conventional wisdom can be wrong.
Campaigning conservationist shot in DR Congo  2014-04-16
Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - Environmentalists around the world condemned on Wednesday the shooting of a Belgian conservationist who has struggled to protect Africa's mountain gorillas in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Emmanuel de Merode, director of the Virunga National Park in the DR Congo's war scarred North Kivu province, was attacked on Tuesday as he travelled alone by jeep from the ...
Burundi scoffs at UN warning on stoking of political violence  2014-04-16
Burundi accused the United Nations on Wednesday of spreading rumours about planned constitutional changes that critics say could upset the country's delicate ethnic power balance and possibly lead to civil war. Government ministers said that warnings last week by the U.N. mission in Burundi (BNUB) about possible violence were baseless and possibly spread to justify an extension of its mandate ...
Burundi scoffs at U.N. warning on stoking of political violence  2014-04-16
Burundi accused the United Nations on Wednesday of spreading rumors about planned constitutional changes that critics say could upset the country's delicate ethnic power balance and possibly lead to civil war. Government ministers said that warnings last week by the U.N. mission in Burundi (BNUB) about possible violence were baseless and possibly spread to justify an extension of its mandate ...
Congolese gunmen wound Belgian head of Africa's oldest park  2014-04-16
The director of Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga Park - Africa's oldest national park - survived an attack by unidentified gunmen while driving through the country's volatile eastern borderlands on Tuesday, a colleague said. Emmanuel de Merode, one of Africa's leading conservationists, was shot four times on the road linking the park's headquarters in Rumangabo to Goma, the capital of ...





News from Africa
Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve 
2014-04-20
Congo province poised to start certified 'conflict-free' tin exports 
2014-04-19
Lawmakers Plea with Foreign Leaders to Expedite Adoptions in Congo 
2014-04-19
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