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Burundi arrests brother of suspected France Islamist attacker  2014-12-22
Nzohabonayo was shot dead Saturday after entering the police station armed with a knife, seriously wounding two officers -- slashing one in the face.
Rwanda: Local Songs That Rocked in 2014  2014-12-22
[New Times]As curtains fall on the year 2014, it is time to look back and remember the songs that topped the charts this year.
Rwanda: Earning a Degree At the Age of 53, a Story of Resilience  2014-12-22
[New Times]Her parents told her that she was born in Rwanda in 1961, and that they were forced to flee, with her as a toddler, to Uganda following the violence of Rwanda's transition to Independence. Half a decade later, Jane enrolled at Kigali Independent University, and today, at 53 years, she has graduated as part of the class of 2014.
Burundi's economy to grow by 5.4 pct in 2015 -finance ministry  2014-12-22
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi’s economy is expected to expand by 5.4 percent in 2015 compared with 4.8 percent in 2014 thanks to major infrastructure projects, the central African state's finance ministry said on Monday. "The economic outlook for 2015 is favourable based on the implementation of key infrastructure projects including the construction of roads, hydropower dams and ongoing ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...





News from Africa
Burundi arrests brother of suspected France Islamist attacker 
2014-12-22
Rwanda: Local Songs That Rocked in 2014 
2014-12-22
Rwanda: Earning a Degree At the Age of 53, a Story of Resilience 
2014-12-22
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