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UN envoy says it's time for investment in DR Congo  2014-10-27
The UN envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo called Monday for a major injection of private investment to shore up peace and turn the country into "the economic heart of Africa." "It is time for Congo's money abroad to come home and for that money, and more, to be invested in the DRC," said Martin Kobler, the head of the UN mission in the DRC. The special envoy for the Great Lakes region ...
Burundi: Hungriest People in the World?  2014-10-27
[Iwacu]The level of hunger in Burundi is "extremely alarming" according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In this light, it might seem surprising that the government recently withdrew BIF 900 million from the agricultural sector.
Rwanda suspends BBC's local radio service over genocide documentary  2014-10-25
KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda has suspended the BBC's local radio service after the broadcaster aired a documentary that questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority said on Friday. "Rwanda: The Untold Story," which aired on Oct. 1, includes interviews with former aides to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the former rebel leader, in which they accuse him ...
Rwanda partially bans BBC broadcasts over genocide documentary  2014-10-24
Rwanda on Friday partially suspended BBC broadcasts over a controversial documentary on the central African country's leadership and the 1994 genocide. The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) said the BBC radio services in the local Kinyarwanda language would be blocked while the affair was investigated, but English and French programmes could continue. The BBC documentary, "Rwanda's ...
Burundi tea revenues fall 6 pct pct in first 9 months of 2014  2014-10-24
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi’s revenues from its tea exports fell 6 percent in the first nine months to September from the same period a year ago due to higher volumes of the commodity on the global market, a tea board official said on Friday. Tea is Burundi's largest hard currency earner after coffee and supports some 300,000 smallholder farmers in the landlocked country of nearly 10 million ...
Rwanda ends Ebola checks on travellers from US, Spain  2014-10-23
Rwanda lifted Thursday Ebola travel restrictions on travellers who had been in the United States and Spain after the president publicly told the health minister it was not necessary. Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho had this week ordered all travellers who had been in the United States and Spain within the past three weeks to send updates to her ministry each day they are in Rwanda.
Rwanda imposes Ebola checks on travellers from US, Spain  2014-10-22
Rwanda has boosted travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, ordering travellers who have been in the United States and Spain to send daily updates, the health minister said Wednesday. "Every day... they should call us or send an Internet message," stating their health condition, Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho told AFP. The requirement applies to all travellers who have been in ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.





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