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Rwanda may offer 7-yr tax holidays, slash corporate tax-official  2014-10-01
* Will include 7-yr tax holidays for big investors * 30 percent corporate income tax may be cut by up to half DUBAI, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Rwanda expects to have a new investment code at the start of 2015 that could offer incentives such as seven-year tax holidays for bigger investors and sharply lower corporate taxes, a senior official said on Tuesday. The new code is part of a broader strategy to ...
Rwanda: Prosecutor Hassan Jallow Welcomes Rwanda Genocide Verdict  2014-10-01
[Daily Observer]Gambian born prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has welcomed the judgments of the Court's Appeals Chamber, delivered on Monday, September 29th.
HRW: Surrendered Combatants Die at DRC Camp  2014-10-01
A rights group says more than 100 demobilized fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp. In a statement Wednesday, New York-based Human Rights Watch called the DRC's neglect of the people at the Kotakali camp in the northwestern DRC "criminal." It called on the government to move everyone at the camp to a more accessible site ...
42 confirmed, suspected Ebola deaths in Congo  2014-10-01
Kinshasa, Oct 1 (IANS): A total 42 people have died in confirmed or suspected Ebola infection cases in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Minister of Public Health Felix Kabange said Wednesday.
DR Congo Ebola outbreak has killed 42 since August  2014-10-01
Kinshasa (AFP) - The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the Ebola virus to 42 on Wednesday as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the disease in Africa this year.
Rwanda central bank keeps repo rate at 6.5 pct to boost borrowing  2014-10-01
KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda's central bank said on Wednesday its key repo rate will hold steady at 6.5 percent to maintain strong economic growth and robust lending. In June, the central bank cut the rate by 50 basis points. "There is no need of further reducing it because the level is sufficient enough to give results we wanted. We don't have any pressures on the inflation," central bank Governor ...
Congo-Kinshasa: Surrendered Fighters Starve in Camp  2014-10-01
[HRW]Kinshasa -Over 100 demobilized combatants, their wives, and children have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo after officials failed to provide adequate food and health care.
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.
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

News from Africa
Rwanda may offer 7-yr tax holidays, slash corporate tax-official 
Rwanda: Prosecutor Hassan Jallow Welcomes Rwanda Genocide Verdict 
HRW: Surrendered Combatants Die at DRC Camp 
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