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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 Rwanda court lowers ex-minister's sentence to 30 years on appeal  2014-12-18
Rwandan minister who was sentenced to 35 years in jail for his involvement in the 1994 genocide saw his sentence lowered to 30 years on appeal Thursday, a UN tribunal said. The court confirmed Augustin Ngirabatware's genocide convictions but reversed his conviction for rape as a crime against humanity. "(The appeal ruling) sets aside the sentence of 35 years of imprisonment and imposes a ...
Acquitted of Rwanda genocide, now left in legal limbo  2014-12-18
Sitting behind his desk in a secure house in a quiet neighbourhood of Arusha, Prosper Mugiraneza looks at family photos taken before he was arrested in Cameroon 15 years ago. Since then he has never seen his oldest son, after being charged with playing a leading role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and hauled to the city in northern Tanzania, the home of the International Criminal Tribunal for ...
DR Congo ex-rebels found in Uganda refugee camp  2014-12-17
Around 1,000 ex-fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group were found in a Ugandan refugee camp Wednesday, a day after fleeing moves to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. The ex-rebels from the M23 group fled the Bihanga camp 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of Kampala on Tuesday, as the Ugandan army attempted to repatriate some of the group. Ugandan army spokesman Paddy ...
UN political chief welcomes commitment of Burundiâs 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 ...
Much-awaited National Dialogue 'Umushyikirano' Returns in Rwanda, Reports KT Press  2014-12-17
In December 2007 the 5th National Dialogue Council, chaired by President Paul Kagame and attended by over 900 delegates, was taking place. Ndayisenga's experience tells a story of Rwanda's initiative that has become a source of several policies. The dialogue, locally known as "Umushyikirano" created in 2003 shortly after President Kagame's first election, is a platform to participate in ...
Rwanda: ICTR Has Done "Admirable" Work in "Challenging Circumstances", Expert Says  2014-12-17
[Hirondelle]Nuremberg -After twenty years of work, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is due to close its doors at the end of 2014. So what has been its legacy? International law expert Professor Gregory Gordon teaches at the Law Faculty of the Chinese University of Hong-Kong, and has also worked with the ICTR Office of the Prosecutor. In his opinion, the Tribunal has done an ...
Rwanda genocide court closes after 20 years and $2bn  2014-12-17
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda closes up shop amid criticism, but at least with some justice served.
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 ...
Burundian Works to Keep Crocs Out of the Cooking Pot  2014-12-16
In Burundi, people who swam a lot in the vast Lake Tanganyika used to be nicknamed crocodile, as there were so many pairs of floating eyes and scaly tails circling the waters. But after a civil war and continued hunger in sub-Saharan Africa's most food insecure country, the crocodiles are not to be seen, apart from in the home of one dedicated croc monsieur in the capital, Bujumbura, who took in ...

News from Africa
Two men burnt alive in DR Congo after attack: official 
Claims of Electoral Fraud in Advance of Burundi Vote 
UN mission to bring peace to DR Congo 'has stalled' 
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