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DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize  2014-10-22
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won Europe’s top human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country. Denis Mukwege was announced the winner of the Sakharov prize by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The 59-year-old gynaecologist told the BBC the prize would make rape survivors in DR...  [Read More...]
Congo, UN troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings  2014-10-22
By Kenny Katombe BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. Crowds gathered at the U.N. base calling for peacekeepers to leave the town after two people were shot dead on Tuesday during a ...
Congo, U.N. troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings  2014-10-22
By Kenny Katombe BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. Crowds gathered at the U.N. base calling for peacekeepers to leave the town after two people were shot dead on Tuesday during a ...
Congo: Doctor wins top EU prize  2014-10-22
A doctor who has devoted years to aiding gang-rape victims in the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo has been awarded Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov Prize.
U.N. condemns top human rights official's expulsion from Congo  2014-10-22
By Mirjam Donath UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday condemned the expulsion of the top U.N. human rights official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and called on the U.N. Security Council to consider possible action. The U.N. chief also expressed deep concern over recent threats against other staff at the U.N human rights office in the Congo ...
Vimpelcom sells telecom units in Burundi, Central African Republic  2014-10-20
MOSCOW (Reuters) - International telecoms firm Vimpelcom has sold two African businesses, in Central African Republic and Burundi, for $65 million to Econet Wireless Global, it said on Monday, part of a strategic review of its assets worldwide. Last year Vimpelcom agreed to sell the two businesses to another company - Neil Telecom, an emerging market-focused telecoms venture run by African ...
Congo lends a hand to fight Ebola, urges African solidarity  2014-10-18
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home. Having endured six previous outbreaks of the deadly virus in 40 years, Congolese officials say they are eager to share their expertise with countries suffering from the worst ...
Congo Seeks to Expel UN Rights Official on Killings Comment  2014-10-17
The Democratic Republic of Congo declared a United Nations human-rights official unwelcome in the country after a UN report claimed the nation’s police force executed at least nine people in the capital, Kinshasa.
Tanzania to grant citizenship to 200,000 Burundi refugees  2014-10-14
Dar es Salaam (AFP) - Tanzania said Tuesday it will grant citizenship to some 200,000 refugees from neighbouring Burundi, a move hailed by the UN refugee agency.
Burundi says 40 corpses found in lake were Rwandans  2014-10-14
By Patrick Nduwimimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The general prosecutor of Burundi said on Tuesday that an investigation into 40 bodies found in a lake on the border with Rwanda has concluded that the dead were Rwandans, even though Rwanda has previously denied this. The bodies, some wrapped in plastic, were discovered on the Burundian side of Lake Rweru in August. Their origin, who they were and ...
Burundi opens first nickel mine in Rutana province  2014-10-14
The Government of Burundi has opened the country’s first nickel mine, which is said to host 150 million tons of the metal, in Rutana Province.
Burundi says bagged bodies in lake mystery 'from Rwanda'  2014-10-14
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi said Tuesday it was certain that bodies found floating in a lake on its border had floated downstream from neighbouring Rwanda, despite repeated denials from Kigali.
Burundi, Eritrea, East Timor top global hunger index  2014-10-13
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sixteen countries have alarming levels of hunger, with Burundi the worst affected, according to an annual index released on Monday which also reveals that 2 billion people worldwide suffer from "hidden hunger". Hidden hunger, which is a lack of vitamins and minerals, weakens the immune system, stunts physical and intellectual growth, and ...
Burundi opposition under threat as elections approach  2014-10-11
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Arrests, harassment, a clampdown on free speech: with less than a year before elections in Burundi, critics say the government is doing all it can clamp down on political challengers.
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.





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