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Rwanda: RDB Eyes U.S. $860 Million From Tourism  2014-09-29
[New Times]As the world marked the World Tourism Day yesterday, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) announced plans to increase threefold, earnings from tourism to $860 million in the next two years.
Thousands march in Congo against a third elected term for Kabila  2014-09-28
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, calling on President Joseph Kabila to respect his country's constitution and step down when his second elected term ends in 2016. A march in Kinshasa was peaceful but protesters in Goma, the biggest town in the volatile east, were dispersed by tear gas. The country is rife with ...
Development, political process top agenda for African leaders addressing UN Assembly  2014-09-27
The Vice-President of Burundi today told the United Nations General Assembly that his country would consider it erroneous to abandon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and “reset the counter to zero” after the 2015 deadline for reaching those landmark targets.
Burundi, Rwanda urged to investigate bodies found in lake  2014-09-26
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - The United States has called on Burundi and Rwanda to conduct a "thorough and impartial" probe into the appearance of several corpses in a lake bordering the two central African nations.
U.S. urges probe over corpses found in Rwanda-Burundi border lake  2014-09-25
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday called on Rwanda and Burundi to investigate the discovery of up to 40 dead bodies, including some wrapped in plastic, in a lake on the border between the two African countries. Local media said the corpses were discovered by Burundian fisherman in Lake Rweru in July and August. The identity of the bodies and the circumstances surrounding their ...
Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda seek consultant for power grid link  2014-09-25
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have invited bids for a consultant to oversee a feasibility study for connecting their nations by high voltage power line, part of efforts to meet growing demand for electricity and deepen integration of their economies. The project aims to build a 400 kilovolt (kV) electricity line running from Olkaria, where Kenya is expanding geothermal power ...
Congo's Ebola outbreak 'almost over', prime minister says  2014-09-22
KINSHASA (Reuters) - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo, unrelated to the epidemic in West Africa, is "almost over" with no new cases detected for several days, Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo said. The government body coordinating the response to Ebola released data on Monday showing Congo had recorded 68 cases in Equateur province since August. Four ...
Rwanda receives 460 mln euros from EU for energy, agriculture  2014-09-19
KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda has received 460 million euros ($592.20 million) from the European Union to improve power generation and agriculture, in a country that heavily relies on donors to fund its development and annual budget. The central African state's economy has suffered from cuts in budgetary support by donors after United Nations monitors accused it in 2012 of backing rebels in the ...
Gruesome bound and bagged body mystery on Burundi-Rwanda lake  2014-09-19
Lake Rweru (Burundi) (AFP) - Fishermen say the corpses started coming some two months ago: rotting bodies with bound limbs or stuffed in sacks, floating on the glittering waters of Lake Rweru on the border between Burundi and Rwanda.
Rwanda cricket, growing a game of hope  2014-09-11
Cricketer Don De Dieu Mugisha bowls a ball down a bumpy, dusty wicket at a match in Rwanda: a sport introduced by those who returned after fleeing genocide 20 years ago. "Because of our history, people here in Rwanda try to do something that can bring people together," 18-year old Mugisha, captain of Rwanda's under-19 team, told AFP. Today's field is a small and uneven pitch at a college at ...
Thousands mourn Italian nuns killed in Burundi  2014-09-10
Thousands of mourners in Burundi celebrated the lives of three Italian nuns brutally murdered this week, in tearful farewells before their bodies were taken to Democratic Republic of Congo for burial. The emotional and sombre mass in a large Roman Catholic church in Burundi's capital was attended by as many as three thousand mourners, including the vice-president and top politicians. The three ...
Suspect in Burundi killing of 3 nuns arrested  2014-09-09
Ed Adamczyk BUJUMBURA , Burundi, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A suspect in the killing of three nuns has confessed to the crime, police in Bujumbura, Burundi, said Tuesday.
Burundi police arrest man for murder of three Italian nuns  2014-09-09
Police in Burundi have arrested a man for killing and raping three elderly Italian nuns murdered in twin attacks in their convent, the police spokesman said Tuesday. "The suspected murderer of the three sisters is in our hands," Colonel Helmegilde Harimenshi said, adding the suspect had "confessed". The three Roman Catholic nuns were named as Olga Raschietti, 83, Lucia Pulici, 75, and Bernadetta ...
Elderly Italian nuns raped, murdered in Burundi  2014-09-09
Three elderly Italian nuns were raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of Burundi, police said as a hunt was launched for their killers. Italian authorities named the first two killed as Olga Raschietti, 83, and Lucia Pulici, 75, both Roman Catholic nuns. Colleagues named her as Bernadetta Boggian, aged 79.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Turns on Their Radios on September 16th  2014-09-08
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A new radio show airing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo doesn't promise to solve every challenge, but it is promising top-notch entertainment that will spur conversation ...

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