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Burundi Gunmen Damage Kingboon of China’s Stevia Nurseries  2014-08-18
Unidentified assailants in Burundi attacked nurseries growing the natural sweetener stevia on plantations co-managed by Kingboon Stevia International Trade Co., the company’s domestic partner said.
Dr. Rick Warren Applauds Rwanda's Progress in Reconciliation  2014-08-17
KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life, today challenged a crowd of more than 15,000 gathered at Amahoro Stadium for Rwanda Shima Imana, a Day of Thanksgiving to celebrate reconciliation and gratitude on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which took ...
Soccer-Rwanda disqualified from Nations Cup qualifiers  2014-08-17
Rwanda have been thrown out of the qualifiers for the 2015 African Nations Cup in Morocco after fielding a player plying his trade under two identities, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Sunday. Rwanda had won their place in qualifying Group A along with champions Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan but will be replaced by Congo, the side they defeated in the last round of the ...
Rwanda to appeal against expulsion  2014-08-17
Rwanda will appeal against their disqualification from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player.
DR Congo launches new national airline  2014-08-15
The Democratic Republic of Congo has created a new national airline as part of a push to clean up its poor air safety record, a government source said Friday. Shareholders, including the Congolese state and several state companies, hope to launch Congo Airways by the end of the year, the official from the Ministry of Transport told AFP. The Congolese government also signed an agreement on Friday ...
Alumnus Deogratias Niyizonkiza Returns Home to Improve Public Health in Burundi  2014-08-15
Deogratias Niyizonkiza barely escaped the genocidal war in Burundi in the 1990s to New York’s Central Park, where he slept, and, later, to Columbia’s School of General Studies, Harvard’s school of public health, and Dartmouth’s school of medicine. Years later, he returned to the small African nation with a big idea. Can he heal what remains?
UN tells DRCongo rebels to disarm or face military action  2014-08-07
The UN mission chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday warned the last remaining rebel group in the east to lay down arms or face military action. The FDLR, a Rwandan Hutu militia that includes perpetrators of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis, has been given a six-month deadline to disarm and to hand over those wanted for war crimes, Martin Kobler told the UN Security Council. "To the ...
Burundi: UN envoy says 2015 elections will be ‘litmus test’ for democratic processes, stability  2014-08-07
While noting Burundi’s efforts to ensure an inclusive political climate ahead of elections in 2015, the United Nations envoy for the country warned today that the socio-political situation there remains characterized by “deep-rooted divergences and persisting mistrust between the Government and opposition parties, and between and within opposition formations as well.”
Burundi: The Wrong Man Behind Bars  2014-08-06
[Fahamu]Continued Detention of Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa signals bid to stifle critics
Burundi MPs pass budget bill with proposed new taxes despite opposition  2014-08-04
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's national assembly has passed a revised budget bill proposing new taxes on essential items despite resistance from a Tutsi-led faction in the government and Hutu opposition legislators, who say it will worsen living conditions. Burundi's budget for this fiscal year had predicted tax revenues of 633 billion francs ($411 million), but the ...
Burundi dismisses 'crackdown' report as 'outright lies'  2014-07-31
Burundi's government on Thursday rejected reports the ruling party is carrying out a crackdown against the opposition ahead of elections, calling an Amnesty International report "biased and partisan." Amnesty has said the ruling CNDD-FDD party's youth wing, known as the Imbonerakure, has strong links to the security service, accusing it of "perpetrating human rights abuses with impunity."
Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group  2014-07-29
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a human rights watchdog group said Tuesday.
Burundi party's 'relentless' intimdation ahead of polls: Amnesty  2014-07-29
Burundi's ruling party is carrying out a "relentless campaign of intimidation" against opposition and critics, ahead of presidential elections next year, Amnesty International said Tuesday. "The government's clampdown on free expression and peaceful assembly has serious implications for human rights ahead of next year's elections," said Amnesty researcher Tom Gibson. The small nation in Africa's ...
Monkey Cage: Why jogging or going to church can get you arrested (in Burundi)  2014-07-23
Recent moves by Burundi?s political leaders threaten citizens? right to assemble, stifle opposition ahead of 2015 election.
Burundi proposes new taxes as revenues fall short  2014-07-23
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's cabinet will propose new duties on some alcoholic drinks and other products, an airport departure tax and other measures to make up for a shortfall in forecast revenues for 2014, according to a draft bill seen on Wednesday. This year's budget had predicted revenues of 633 billion Burundi francs ($411.04 million), but the government now expects ...

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