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VIDEO: Missionary recalls shooting attack  2015-02-27
A County Tyrone missionary who was injured after being shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) speaks about the attack
Congo army drives rebels from eastern hills in fierce fighting  2015-02-27
By Kenny Katombe KIRUMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese government forces ousted rebels from hills in heavy fighting in North Kivu province on Friday, an army spokesman said, cranking up a campaign to crush an insurgency at the heart of two decades of conflict. The rebel ranks contain remnants of fighters involved in neighboring Rwanda's genocide in 1994. By 1400 GMT (0900 ...
Rwandan singer jailed for plot to kill president  2015-02-27
A popular singer in Rwanda known for his renditions of the national anthem was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of plotting to kill Rwandan President Paul Kagame and other senior officials. The prosecution said the accused had worked with the South Africa-based opposition group, the Rwanda National Congress. Singer Kizito Mihigo was ordered jailed for 10 years ...
Rwanda singer planned to kill Kagame  2015-02-27
A popular Rwandan singer is jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning to kill President Kagame and inciting hatred against the government.
Life sentence for Rwanda's genocide-era justice minister upheld  2015-02-27
By Clement Uwiringiyimana NAIROBI (Reuters) - Rwanda's high court on Friday upheld the life sentence of the s genocide-era justice minister, who was convicted six years ago for her role in the 1994 slaughter that killed 800,000 people. Agnes Ntamabyariro is the only senior official in the former government to have been brought to justice in Rwanda. Others were tried by the International Criminal ...
Thousands of Central African refugees face hunger in DR Congo: MSF  2015-02-27
Thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees are threatened by malnutrition in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo where they have sought refuge, a medical charity said Thursday. CAR is struggling to recover from the coup that ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 and triggered a wave of deadly sectarian violence between the country's Christian and Muslim populations. "The ...
Villagers flee as DR Congo army pursues Rwandan rebels  2015-02-26
Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday. A day later, "Mulenge and the surrounding villages have no more FDLR in them, so there is no more fighting in these centres, but we are taking the ...
Burundi inflation slows to 3.5 pct y/y in January  2015-02-26
Burundi's inflation eased to 3.5 percent year-on-year from 3.8 percent in December, helped by a fall in costs for furnishings and household equipment, official data showed on Thursday. Price inflation for furnishings and household articles fell to 9.9 percent in the year to January from 10.5 percent in December, Burundi’s Institute of Economic Studies and Statistics (ISTEEBU) said in its report.
Felling of tropical trees has soared, satellite shows, not slowed  2015-02-26
The Democratic Republic of Congo contains half of Africa's tropical forest and the second largest continuous tropical forest in the world.
Rwanda sees bigger budget deficit in 2014/15, cites aid delays  2015-02-26
By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda has proposed budget revisions for 2014/2015 making its deficit 66 percent bigger than forecast at 295.6 billion Rwandan francs ($431.53 million) due to delays in some aid, the finance minister said. Foreign aid accounts for almost 40 percent of Rwanda's budget resources, although the east African nation is trying to reduce aid dependency of its ...
Burundi tea revenues rise 2.4 pct in 2014 on good weather  2015-02-25
Burundi’s tea export revenues rose 2.4 percent in 2014 from a year before due to favourable weather that helped increase the harvest of the commodity, it said on Wednesday. Tea is Burundi's second-largest hard currency earner after coffee and supports some 300,000 smallholder producers in the landlocked central African nation of nearly 10 million people. Export earnings rose to $21.3 million ...
First DR Congo strikes on Hutu rebels  2015-02-25
The Democratic Republic of Congo launches its first strikes as part of a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels.
Rwanda to host 2016 African Nations Championship  2015-02-25
Rwanda will host the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) from Jan 16 to Feb 7.
DRCongo must end threat of Hutu rebels: US envoy  2015-02-25
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo "owes it to its people" to end the threat posed by Rwandan Hutu rebels hiding in its eastern provinces, the outgoing US special envoy said Tuesday. "I was told back in May that the FDLR are 'comfortable' in eastern DRC. This is unacceptable," Feingold said in his last official speech before stepping down in the coming weeks as US envoy to the ...
Congo army launches first strike against Rwandan rebels  2015-02-24
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese government forces launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, military officials said, in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), whose ranks include former soldiers and Hutu militiamen responsible for ...

News from Africa
VIDEO: Missionary recalls shooting attack 
Congo army drives rebels from eastern hills in fierce fighting 
Rwandan singer jailed for plot to kill president 
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