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Burundi's Catholic Church steps in as leader hangs tough  2015-03-29
The Sunday service at the hill-top Kiryama church was packed as Catholic Archbishop Simon Ntamwana delivered a sermon, and a political bombshell, for the small central African nation of Burundi. Addressing a congregation of hundreds in his central Burundi parish, Ntamwana read from the Old Testament story of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah who rebelled against God and brought destruction on his ...
Central Africa: Ugandan Rebels Kidnap Refugees  2015-03-28
[UNHCR] Geneva -The UN refugee agency on Friday called for the immediate release of Congolese refugees kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has intensified attacks in the area bordering the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year.
Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term  2015-03-28
By Aaron Ross BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he expected a referendum on a change to the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term at the helm of the oil-producing nation. Sassou Nguesso has ruled the central African country for most of the last 35 years and any bid to extend his tenure would be closely ...
Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case  2015-03-27
BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of a New Hampshire woman found guilty of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could obtain U.S. citizenship.
Pygmies demand end to discrimination in DR Congo  2015-03-27
Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like "savages". Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who live in DR Congo, the Central African Republic, Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. Since colonial times, they have cohabited uneasily with majority Bantus ...
Monkey Cage: Are elections straining Burundi’s fragile peace?  2015-03-27
Burundi?s elections are only a few months away, but signs of stress on the country's fragile peace are increasing.
VIDEO: Rugby's popularity in Rwanda grows  2015-03-27
Rugby is the fastest growing sport in Rwanda a country not usually synonymous with the discipline
Economy in the dumps, Burundi students hunger for change  2015-03-27
Like most students in Burundi, Serge Claver Nzisabira can barely make ends meet, even when he shares a miniscule two-room address with four others in a Bujumbura suburb. "In 2012, when I arrived here, life was a little more affordable than today," said Nzisabira, aged 25, a student of English at the University of Burundi who comes from the southern province of Makemba, a poor rural area. Burundi ...
Ben Affleck lightens up Senate hearing with ‘Batman’ talk  2015-03-27
The actor testified about his philanthropic efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but talk also turned to his upcoming film.
UN cuts 2,000 troops from DR Congo peace force  2015-03-26
The UN Security Council on Thursday voted to cut 2,000 troops from the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo despite calls from Kinshasa for a bigger drawdown. The vote came after Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda last week told the council that it was time for Kinshasa to take "full responsibility for its security" after 16 years of UN troop presence in the country ...
No U.N. troop cut in Congo until progress against Rwandan rebels  2015-03-26
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday refused to cut the number of peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo until progress is made in an offensive against Rwandan rebels in the country's east, snubbing government calls for a decrease. A month-long Congolese army (FARDC) campaign against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of ...
Burundi ruling party officials ask president to drop third term quest  2015-03-26
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Dozens of senior officials in Burundi's ruling party have urged President Pierre Nkurunziza to abandon a quest for a third term this June to avoid renewed violence in the landlocked central African nation. Some 79 members of the CNDD-FDD Party wrote to Nkurunziza on Monday, a spokesman for the group said on Thursday, joining a rising chorus of critics ...
Rwanda holds rates at 6.5 pct, inflation seen in check  2015-03-26
Rwanda's central bank held its key repo rate at 6.5 percent on Thursday, Governor John Rwangombwa said, adding inflation had been low in the past two months and was not expected to exceed 3.5 percent by the end of 2015. Rwanda's urban year-on-year inflation rate fell to 0.7 percent in February from 1.4 percent the previous month, which the statistics bureau had said was due to a drop in ...
Ex-Congo child soldier apologizes at U.N. for 1990s killings  2015-03-26
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A former child soldier from Democratic Republic of Congo told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday he was sorry for the harm he caused after he was forcefully recruited from his school by an armed group at age 12. "We killed, we looted," said Junior Nzita Nsuami, now 30. "We transported cases of ammunition, we walked thousands of ...
Taylor Motion to Serve Sentence in Rwanda Deined  2015-03-26
Trial Chamber Denies Taylor Motion to Serve His Sentence in Rwanda An RSCSL Trial Chamber has denied in its entirety a motion by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor requesting that the RSCSL terminate the enforcement of his sentence in the UK and transfer him to Rwanda to serve the remainder of his 50-year prison sentence.





News from Africa
Burundi's Catholic Church steps in as leader hangs tough 
2015-03-29
Central Africa: Ugandan Rebels Kidnap Refugees 
2015-03-28
Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term 
2015-03-28
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