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World Bank Cuts Rwanda Growth Outlook on Late Impact of Aid Cuts  2014-08-28
The East African nation’s growth outlook was cut to 5.7 percent from a projection of 7.2 percent given in December, the lender said in its Rwanda Economic Update e-mailed today from the capital, Kigali.
Burundi: Blood Woes in Burundi  2014-08-28
[IRIN]Bujumbura -Budget cuts and bureaucracy have been blamed for blood shortages which have claimed several lives in Burundi and led to calls for an overhaul of the transfusion system.
Congo Copper Hauler Says Botswana Denies Trucks Entry  2014-08-28
Botswana denied entry to trucks ferrying copper from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s biggest producer of the metal, because of fears about the Ebola outbreak in that country, according to a hauler of the metal.
Rwanda: Govt Steps Up the Fight Against Human Trafficking  2014-08-28
[Deutsche Welle]Rwanda´s President Kagame wants to curb human trafficking and has asked his people for their support. Even with state involvement, there is still room for improvement.
New Ebola Outbreak Emerges in Congo as Toll Ticks Up in West Africa  2014-08-27
A second outbreak of suspected Ebola has sickened 24 people, according to WHO.
Here’s How Ebola Spread in the Democratic Republic of Congo: WHO  2014-08-27
A suspected Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo may have no connection to the outbreak in West Africa
UN releases $1.5mn to help DR Congo fight Ebola  2014-08-27
The United Nations on Wednesday allocated $1.5 million (1.1 million euros) to help the Democratic Republic of Congo fight Ebola, just days after the country confirmed its first cases this year. Last week the DR Congo said 13 people had died with symptoms of haemorrhagic fever and performed tests on dozens of others who had come into contact with them. Kinshasa confirmed two Ebola cases on Sunday ...
Bodies found wrapped in plastic in lake bordering Rwanda and Burundi  2014-08-27
Fishermen report dozens of corpses carried down the Akagera river, which has overtones of previous political violence Mystery surrounds the discovery of dozens of bodies wrapped in plastic and dumped in a lake bordering Burundi and Rwanda. Fishermen in Burundi claim to have found 40 corpses floating in Lake Rweru since July, some with their limbs bound. A government spokesman said this figure is ...
Rwanda steps up the fight against human trafficking  2014-08-27
Rwanda Moves to Offer All Public Services Online, Reports KT Press  2014-08-27
KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rwanda has partnered with a local investor, Rwanda Online Platform Limited, to offer public services electronically. Public services will thus be accessible via internet and mobile devices. The Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) agreement aims to bridge the access to information gap, as well as improve public service delivery through digitalization of ...
Dead bodies floating in Burundi lake prompts investigation  2014-08-26
JC Finley BUJUMBURA, Burundi, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Authorities in Burundi have launched an investigation after recovering seven bodies wrapped in plastic that were floating in Lake Rweru near the Rwandan border.
UN backs military action against DR Congo rebels  2014-08-26
The UN Security Council on Tuesday backed joint military action by the UN force in the Democratic Republic of Congo and government troops against former Hutu rebels who refuse to surrender. In a unanimous statement, the 14-member council said flushing out the FDLR, a Rwandan Hutu militia that includes perpetrators of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis, was a "top priority in bringing stability" to the ...
Central Africa: Security Council Press Statement On Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region  2014-08-26
[UN]The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom):
FAST FACTS: Deadliest Ebola outbreaks since 1976  2014-08-26
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo – Here is a recap of the worst Ebola epidemics since the deadly virus appeared in Africa nearly 40 years ago. There have been more than 20 outbreaks since then. 1976 The Ebola virus was first identified as it spread simultaneously across two regions along ...
Burundi probes Rwandan bodies found in Lake  2014-08-26
Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say...  [Read More...]

News from Africa
World Bank Cuts Rwanda Growth Outlook on Late Impact of Aid Cuts 
Burundi: Blood Woes in Burundi 
Congo Copper Hauler Says Botswana Denies Trucks Entry 
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