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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 ...
VIDEO: Contemporary art on show in DR Congo  2014-12-18
The Democratic Republic of Congo is hosting its first ever contemporary arts biennial where local talent Freddy Tsimba will display his work.
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 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.
M23 ex-rebels break out of Uganda camp  2014-12-16
About 1,000 former fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group broke out Tuesday from a camp in Uganda where they were being held as soldiers were trying to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. "A thousand rebels from the M23 (group) have escaped" from the camp in Bihanga, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of the Ugandan capital Kampala, a spokesman for the Ugandan army ...
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 ...
Carnegie Mellon University Launches Fund to Accelerate Engineering Education in Africa  2014-12-16
KUGALI, Rwanda, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda accelerates its capacity to educate and empower students with the establishment of the Innovators Forward Fellowship Fund. In 2012, Carnegie Mellon became the first American research institution to offer graduate engineering degree programs in Africa. CMU in Rwanda's audacious goal to transform graduate ...
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 ...
Uganda clashes as DR Congo's M23 ex-rebels refuse to go home  2014-12-16
Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 ex-rebel leader said Tuesday that several members were wounded when Ugandan troops tried to forcibly return them home. The rebels' 18-month war, during which they briefly seized the key town of Goma, capital of mineral-rich North Kivu province, was brought to an end a year ago by government troops and UN peacekeepers, with fighters fleeing into neighbouring ...

News from Africa
UN mission to bring peace to DR Congo 'has stalled' 
UN Rwanda court lowers ex-minister's sentence to 30 years on appeal 
Acquitted of Rwanda genocide, now left in legal limbo 
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