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Casio G-Shock And International Explorer Klaus Thymann Navigate Through Democratic Republic of Congo  2015-03-25
DOVER, N.J., March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The GPW1000 faced its final adventure on the Expedition as Klaus Thymann and Casio G-Shock traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) where the team ...
Journalists, activists bemoan mounting harassment in Burundi  2015-03-25
As tensions mount in the central African nation of Burundi ahead of presidential elections, journalists and activists say they are paying an increasingly heavy price as standard bearers for free speech. Civil rights in the small Great Lakes nation, they say, are on the decline -- sacrificed at the altar of President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial ambition to defy a two-term limit and stay in ...
Research and Markets: The Democratic Republic of the Congo's Mining Fiscal Regime: H1 2015 - Iron Ore, Copper, Gold ...  2015-03-24
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "The Democratic Republic of the Congo's Mining Fiscal Regi
Rwanda Media Commission commends Ghana  2015-03-24
The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) says that Ghana has a good model of media governance. This was made known during a courtesy visit by a delegation from the Rwandan Media Commission (RMC) to the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) in Accra recently.
Burundi: Controversy Over Third Term for Nkurunziza  2015-03-23
[Iwacu] Many voices have recently warned against Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term as President of Burundi. The President's supporters are not listening.
Rwanda appoints first ever ambassador to Egypt  2015-03-23
The former Grand Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Saleh Habimana has been appointed during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame as the country’s first ever ambassador to Egypt, according to a Sunday statement released by the Cabinet. It said that an embassy was urgently needed “to reshape diplomatic and technical cooperation links” between the...  [Read More...]
Slow start revives doubts about Congo campaign against Rwandan rebels  2015-03-22
By Aaron Ross KASHUGA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The government soldiers manning an outpost high above the town of Kashuga have a panoramic view of the hills and valleys of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, home to hundreds of Rwandan Hutu rebels their government has promised to crush.     But three weeks after Congo's army launched an offensive against the Democratic Forces ...
Burundi on the brink as leader refuses to budge  2015-03-21
With a president who won't go and an opposition determined to blow the final whistle, battle lines are being drawn ahead of elections in the central African nation of Burundi. Determined to stay put despite a two-term constitutional limit, President Pierre Nkurunziza stands accused of trying to sideline political challengers ahead of the June vote, with measures including arrests, harassment and ...
Rwanda's economy grows 7 pct in 2014 as agriculture expands  2015-03-17
Rwanda's economy grew by 7 percent in 2014 from 4.6 percent in the previous year, thanks to robust expansion in farming, services and industrial sectors, Finance Minister Claver Gatete said on Tuesday. The east African nation's 2013 growth suffered from cuts in budgetary support by donors, after United Nations monitors accused it of backing rebels in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo ...
Rwanda inflation falls to 0.7 pct y/y in Feb, transport costs ease  2015-03-10
Rwanda's urban inflation rate fell to 0.7 percent in February from 1.4 percent in the previous month, the statistics office said on Tuesday, citing a drop in transport costs. Inflation across the east African region has fallen in recent months, mainly from reductions in the pump prices of petrol and diesel triggered by lower global oil prices.
Burundi Catholic Church says incumbent president not allowed a third term  2015-03-07
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's Roman Catholic Church, representing more than two thirds of the population in the central African nation, said on Saturday the incumbent president should not stand for a third term in the June elections. Burundi is caught in a dispute on whether President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005, should be allowed to run for another ...
Rwanda's Kagame looks set to join Africa's stay-put leaders  2015-03-05
As the second and final mandate of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame draws to a close, there are increasing indications he may join other African leaders in bending the rules and staying put. Rwanda watchers say that in a country where the political debate is tightly controlled, campaigning for a third term has essentially begun in earnest. Kagame, 57, has been at the top of Rwandan politics since ...
Burundi lawmakers pass media bill to expand press freedoms  2015-03-05
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi’s national assembly has approved a draft media law, backtracking from contentious 2013 legislation that was denounced by reporters and rights groups as an assault on press freedoms. Information Minister Tharcisse Nkezabihizi said he hoped the new law, once fully ratified, would ease rising tension between the media and the government in this ...
Prominent Burundi dissident escapes from prison: police  2015-03-02
A former head of Burundi's ruling party and leading dissident has escaped from prison where he was serving a 13 year sentence for plotting against state security, police in the central African nation said Monday. Hussein Radjabu, a leading opponent of President Pierre Nkurunziza and who has been in jail since 2007, "escaped last night between 9:00 pm and midnight along with two others," police ...
Burundi's government calls anti-opposition rally 'for peace'  2015-02-28
Thousands of Burundians took part in a government-backed rally "for peace" Saturday, where speakers took aim at the opposition, civil groups and the media, accusing them of leading the country towards war. The demonstration in the capital Bujumbura was mirrored at rallies organised by the authorities in other towns, underlining the growing tension in Burundi ahead of a presidential election in ...





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Court upholds conviction of woman in Rwanda genocide case 
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