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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.
Congolese Doctor Wins Europe's Top Human Rights Prize  2014-10-22
Denis Mukwege, a doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo, has won this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country. The award was instituted by the European Parliament, and the laureate for 2014 was selected by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Announcing Europe's top human rights prize Tuesday, Schulz said
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 ...
Rwanda's story now growth, not genocide: president  2014-10-22
London (AFP) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Tuesday the central African nation was no longer "just a country of genocide" and now had a positive story to tell about reconciliation and economic growth.
Rwanda Introduces Ebola Screening -- for Americans  2014-10-21
Rwanda Turns the Tables on Americans and Spaniards Amid Ebola Fears
Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports  2014-10-21
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities upon arrival in Rwanda, the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda said Tuesday.
Rwanda preparing next Eurobond issue -Finance Minister  2014-10-21
By Karin Strohecker LONDON (Reuters) - Rwanda still plans to launch another Eurobond to fund infrastructure projects in the fast-growing economy, though the size and timing of it is still being worked out, Finance Minister Claver Gatete said. The landlocked African nation of 11 million people has been attracting a steady stream of investors and firms drawn by a small but growing market, and its ...
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 ...
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 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.
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.





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