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Saturday 23 May 2015

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(AFP (eng) 05/23/15)
Burundian anti-government protesters began a two-day truce Saturday after almost a month of deadly violence triggered by the president's bid for a third term culminating in a deadly grenade attack Friday. The streets of the capital Bujumbura were calm and quiet, with some shops open and a few policemen sitting casually at junctions and roundabouts -- a marked difference to protests that have left over 20 people dead since the crisis erupted in late April, and which has included a failed coup. Late Friday, unknown attackers hurled twin grenades into a crowd at a central market in Burundi's capital, killing three people and wounding 40. The attack -- the first of its kind to deliberately...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/15)
The United States said on Friday it had suspended training of Burundi soldiers for African peacekeeping missions over concerns that political violence in the country would hamper their ability to participate in such operations. A decision by Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza last month to stand for a third term has triggered violence protests, a failed coup and caused thousands of refugees to flee into neighboring countries. "The U.S. has temporarily halted peacekeeping training activities such as the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a daily briefing. "Continued instability and violence in Burundi, and in particular the commission of human rights violations and abuses by security forces, could jeopardize Burundi’s ability to continue to...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
Attackers in Burundi's capital have thrown grenades into a crowded marketplace, killing at least two people, in the latest violence sparked by the president's bid for another term in office. Police say at least a dozen others were injured when the grenades went off Friday in a busy market in Bujumbura. It is not clear who is behind the attacks. Meanwhile, anti-government protests continued in the capital on Friday. Police fired tear gas at protesters who threw stones and burned...
(BBC News Africa 05/23/15)
Cholera has infected about 3,000 people in Tanzania, the UN has said, where many Burundians have fled seeking refuge from their country's unrest. Up to 400 new cases are being seen each day, the UN's refugee agency said. Over 100,000 have left Burundi in recent weeks, escaping violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. In the latest unrest, at least two people were killed in a grenade attack in the capital Bujumbura. "Those who...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years...
(Ipp media 05/23/15)
Harare — Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf 'shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. "This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here with my husband until his death in 2008 and now with my four children still in this two-roomed shack," she told IPS. Tshabalala...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/22/15)
Belgium warned Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday that it would cut off aid to his government if he went ahead with his bid for a third term in office. More than 20 people have been killed in almost a month of unrest in former Belgian colony Burundi, including a failed coup. The struggle to stop Nkurunziza seeking a third term risks re-opening old wounds between the country's Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. "A third term would deal a serious...
(Voice of America 05/22/15)
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has told the nation that upcoming elections will take place in peace, and insisted that recent unrest in the capital, Bujumbura, is not representative of the rest of the country — even as the protests continued. Nkurunziza spoke on state television late Wednesday as he announced that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be delayed by a week, to June 5, because of recent political violence. Opponents of the president tried to stage a coup last week...
(BBC News Africa 05/22/15)
Burundi's president played a game of football while people protested against him Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has been photographed playing football as protests continue over his bid to run for a third term in office. Mr Nkurunziza was playing in his daily kickabout with friends in the capital, Bujumbura. In the latest unrest, a protester was shot dead in Bujumbura. Last week, there was a failed coup against Mr Nkurunziza. Senior officials from both the army and police have been...
(Voice of America 05/22/15)
The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) and Tanzania’s East Africa Community Minister are meeting with all stakeholders in Burundi in a bid to resolve the political unrest there, says Assah Mwambene, spokesman for the government of Tanzania. East African foreign ministers met on Monday after a recent regional heads-of-state summit to find solutions to the crisis in Burundi, following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial re-election bid. The heads of state called on all parties in Burundi to respect...
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last...
(AFP 05/21/15)
Belgium warned Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday it wound end all direct aid if he went ahead with his run for a third term in power that has prompted violent protests. The Belgian government "expresses the hope that President Nkurunziza will renounce a third term," the foreign ministry said in a statement after a cabinet meeting in Brussels. "A third presidential term would stain at the highest level the legitimacy of the Burundi executive and would make the completion of the bilateral programme impossible," the ministry added. The decision came as one protester was shot dead in Burundi's capital
(AFP 05/21/15)
Protesters in Burundi battled police on Thursday in violent anti-government demonstrations against a third term bid for power by the president, as security forces tried to stem unrest a week after a failed coup. At least two protesters were shot dead and eight were wounded in clashes with police in the capital Bujumbura, the Red Cross said, the latest victims of the unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, in which more than 20 people have...
(AFP (eng) 05/21/15)
Burundi's defence minister has called for army unity after a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza and demanded soldiers hiding "rejoin their units." Defence Minister Emmanuel Ntahonvukiye, a civilian named on Monday after his predecessor was sacked, made the appeal alongside the army chief of staff Prime Niyongabo late Wednesday, according to a statement. "The survival of Burundi as a nation depends on the cohesion of the army," the statement read, warning that should the military splinter, it would result in a situation as seen in war-torn Somalia.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
The capital of Burundi was quiet but tense on Thursday after a night of heavy gunfire, particularly in the restive neighborhood of Musaga, where residents spoke of running battles between stone-throwing youths and police. Reuters reporters entering Musaga saw dozens of police armed with automatic rifles and tear gas launchers, as well as a handful of soldiers. There were no signs of the crowds that have gathered early each morning for the last three weeks in the capital Bujumbura to...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appealed for ethnic harmony on Wednesday, addressing fears that weeks of political unrest could trigger another bout of bloodletting between Hutus and Tutsis in the heart of Africa's Great Lakes. In an address on national television, Nkurunziza, who is under pressure from street protesters to end his bid for a third term, said the risk of the former Belgian colony descending once again into genocide or civil war was too great. "No Burundian wants to revive...
(Voice of America 05/21/15)
One soldier was shot dead in Burundi's capital Wednesday as police clashed with protesters demanding that President Pierre Nkurunziza not run for a third term. A Burundian army captain told The Associated Press the soldier was with troops who were trying to stop the police from firing at stone-throwing demonstrators. The clash occurred as Nkurunziza signed a decree delaying parliamentary and local elections until June 5. There is no word on whether the commission will delay the presidential election scheduled...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
BUJUMBURA, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday said investigations were ongoing into the attacks on radio stations during last week's aborted coup against him running for a third term in the June elections. "Investigations on the destroyed radio stations are still ongoing, and we are asking for the investigations to be accelerated to identify the perpetrators of the attacks against radio stations," Nkurunziza said in his address to the nation. He said "severe punishment" will be...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
KIGALI, May (Xinhua) -- The situation in Burundian remains uncertain after authorities decided to postpone parliamentary elections for reasons of national security, following protests and a thwarted coup attempt to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza. Demonstrations have broken out in Burundi against Nkurunziza's bid to run for a third term, which protesters claim is in violation of the constitution and Arusha peace and reconciliation deal that brought the tiny Central African nation's civil war to an end. On May 13, a...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday urged more than 110,000 people who have fled political violence in the last month to return home, saying "99.9 percent" of the impoverished east African nation was peaceful and safe. In an address on state television, Nkurunziza also stressed that no Burundian wished to revive the ethnic divisions and conflict of the past. "The blood that was spilt in the past has taught us a lesson," he said.

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(Voice of America 05/23/15)
Attackers in Burundi's capital have thrown grenades into a crowded marketplace, killing at least two people, in the latest violence sparked by the president's bid for another term in office. Police say at least a dozen others were injured when the grenades went off Friday in a busy market in Bujumbura. It is not clear who is behind the attacks. Meanwhile, anti-government protests continued in the capital on Friday. Police fired tear gas at protesters who threw stones and burned tires. Police and protesters have fought running battles during a month of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza and his plan to run for a third term. The president's decision triggered a failed coup and sent...
(BBC News Africa 05/23/15)
Cholera has infected about 3,000 people in Tanzania, the UN has said, where many Burundians have fled seeking refuge from their country's unrest. Up to 400 new cases are being seen each day, the UN's refugee agency said. Over 100,000 have left Burundi in recent weeks, escaping violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. In the latest unrest, at least two people were killed in a grenade attack in the capital Bujumbura. "Those who did this had the intention to kill, because the grenades were thrown among women selling fruits, in a big crowd," General Godefroid Bizimana, a deputy police chief, told the AFP news agency. There were fresh protests in Bujumbura on Friday...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years...
(Ipp media 05/23/15)
Harare — Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf 'shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. "This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here with my husband until his death in 2008 and now with my four children still in this two-roomed shack," she told IPS. Tshabalala...
(AFP 05/21/15)
Protesters in Burundi battled police on Thursday in violent anti-government demonstrations against a third term bid for power by the president, as security forces tried to stem unrest a week after a failed coup. At least two protesters were shot dead and eight were wounded in clashes with police in the capital Bujumbura, the Red Cross said, the latest victims of the unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, in which more than 20 people have...
(Voice of America 05/21/15)
One soldier was shot dead in Burundi's capital Wednesday as police clashed with protesters demanding that President Pierre Nkurunziza not run for a third term. A Burundian army captain told The Associated Press the soldier was with troops who were trying to stop the police from firing at stone-throwing demonstrators. The clash occurred as Nkurunziza signed a decree delaying parliamentary and local elections until June 5. There is no word on whether the commission will delay the presidential election scheduled...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
BUJUMBURA, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday said investigations were ongoing into the attacks on radio stations during last week's aborted coup against him running for a third term in the June elections. "Investigations on the destroyed radio stations are still ongoing, and we are asking for the investigations to be accelerated to identify the perpetrators of the attacks against radio stations," Nkurunziza said in his address to the nation. He said "severe punishment" will be...
(AFP 05/20/15)
Burundian police shot dead a soldier during clashes with demonstrators on the streets of the capital Bujumbura Wednesday, a witness and soldier said, amid high tensions between the two forces. "A soldier has been killed, he was shot in the heart, it is a police officer who fired," a soldier told AFP. For the past week since a failed coup, it has been the army -- largely seen as more neutral than the police -- that has tried to stem...
(AFP 05/20/15)
Protesters opposed to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza called for him to step down Tuesday, defying warnings to end weeks of demonstrations as security forces fired shots to restore order after a failed coup. In one district, civil society leader Dieudonne Bashirahishize led more than a thousand protesters to observe a minute of silence "for the martyrs of the fight for freedom", calling on people to "overcome our fear and continue to demonstrate despite threats". At least 20 people died in...
(Voice of America 05/20/15)
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is signing a decree delaying parliamentary and local elections until June 2, following protests and a coup attempt. President of Burundi's electoral commission Pierre Claver Ndayigagire confirmed the move to VOA's French to Africa service. A presidential spokesman told reporters Wednesday the president made his decision on advice from the election commission and following requests from the opposition and the international community. June 2 is a one week delay from the original parliamentary election date. The...
(Voice of America 05/20/15)
Well over 100,000 people have fled Burundi in recent weeks to escape political violence, crossing into Tanzania, Rwanda and DRC. In Tanzania, the first stop for the refugees is the northern village of Kakunga, which is on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It’s now very crowded as people wait for boats to take them to their next destination in Tanzania. Caroline Blayney is the regional humanitarian advisor for the International Rescue Committee and is currently in Kigoma, the second stop...
(The Guardian 05/20/15)
Almost 80,000 people are crammed into tiny fishing village after fleeing across the border from their home country. Outbreaks of cholera and severe diarrhoea have struck tens of thousands of refugees from the small African nation of Burundi who are jammed into a village in neighbouring Tanzania. Aid agencies working in the village on the edge of Lake Tanganyika said on Tuesday that the sick Burundians are overwhelming the health infrastructure and sanitation facilities. Between 500 and 2,000 people are...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(AFP 05/19/15)
The Red Cross on Tuesday called for restraint in Burundi in the aftermath of a failed coup and expressed "serious concern" over the continuing violence. The appeal came as protesters opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to secure a third term pressed on with demonstrations, prompting firing by security forces. "We are very concerned with the consequences of the violence that is rocking Burundi," said Georgios Georgantas, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the country...
(AFP 05/19/15)
When the attackers came, Japhet's older brother was among them. A group of 15 climbed to a hilltop neighbourhood in Burundi's capital Bujumbura and went house to house looking for opponents of the country's president. "When they attacked, my brother did not defend me and went to attack another house," said Japhet, a victim of the night raid by the Imbonerakure, the youth league of Burundi's ruling CNDD-FDD party. Divided by politics, the sad family history encapsulates current tensions in...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/19/15)
They are coming in their thousands, a steady stream of men, women and children bearing what few possessions they can carry as they flee their native Burundi and the pro-government militias they fear are bent on death and destruction. At Kagunga, a tiny fishing village on the shores of Lake Tanganyika just two km (1.5 miles) inside Tanzania, an estimated 50,000 refugees are sleeping rough, waiting for a 100-year-old ferry, the MV Liemba, to carry them south to safety. Conditions...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/19/15)
Tanzania confirmed a cholera outbreak on Monday at a refugee camp sheltering thousands of people who had fled political unrest in neighboring Burundi. "We can confirm that there is an outbreak of cholera at the Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania," Health Ministry spokesman Nsachris Mwamwaja said. "The Ministry of Health is sending a team of medical experts to the Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania to deal with the cholera outbreak."
(AL Jazeera 05/19/15)
More than 100 protesters rally against President Pierre Nkurunziza in capital Bujumbura defying threat of crackdown. More than 100 protesters chanting slogans against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in office have gathered in the capital in defiance of government threats of a crackdown. Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reporting from Bujumbura said on Tuesday that the police were stopping journalists from filming the protests. "People are on edge. They [protesters] seem to be planning something,"...
(AFP 05/19/15)
Fluttering flags displayed a black eagle and a machete, the symbol of Burundi's ruling party, as cheering supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza celebrated the crushing of a coup. On Wednesday, after three weeks of street protests against Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term, a group of generals tried to oust him. The coup attempt failed and its ringleaders were arrested. In a loyalist district of the capital Bujumbura, Nkurunziza's supporters sang and danced in celebration of the thwarting...
(Xinhuanet 05/18/15)
BUJUMBURA, May (Xinhua) -- Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday made his first public appearance in the capital Bujumbura since an attempted coup started during his absence from the country. Nkurunziza spoke to media at the presidential palace in Bujumbura about regional security challenges, but made no comments on the political situation in the country. He talked of region's reaction to Somali terror group Al- Shabaab's threat to attack countries that contribute troops to the African Union force in Somalia,...

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(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last 50 years, Africa lost in excess of 1 trillion dollars in illicit financial outflows," he said. "The figure of 50 billion U.S. dollars is therefore an underestimate as it excludes such elements as trade in...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law. One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry." Over a 10-year period,...
(Ipp media 05/20/15)
Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute. The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies. The two‐day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories,...
(Daily Maverick 05/19/15)
This week, delegates from across the world are meeting at the University of Johannesburg to discuss financial transparency and human rights. It sounds boring, but tackling illicit financial flows from Sub-Saharan Africa is gaining attention. If nothing is done the majority of people will likely remain poor while a tiny percentage benefits, and benefits big. Stories on the illicit financial outflows from Africa often focus on the numbers, simply because they are astounding. A Global Financial Integrity report conservatively estimates...
(This Day Live 05/18/15)
Johnannesburg, South Africa — The aviation market in Africa could yield revenue of over $20 billion in the next 10 years if African states deploy more funds to develop air transport sector in their countries through the modernisation of airport infrastructure, the implementation of open skies for Africa, an off shoot of Yamoussoukro Declaration, and manpower development. This, according to aviation experts is because Africa is like a beautiful bride to the world in terms of economic development; it is described as the last frontier and the continent that has the highest economic growth rate with great potential of higher growth in the coming years.
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- World energy experts called Friday on the G20 countries to increase their investments in Africa to solve its electricity crises. The appeal was made at the 6th International Energy Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 400 energy experts are taking part in the event. Experts agreed at the forum that G20's primary aim under the presidency of Turkey should be the integration of Africa with the rest of the world in the energy field. Almost...
(Caj News Africa 05/12/15)
Cape Town — Thousands of attendees from around the globe have converged in South Africa for the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa to explore measures of securing the future development of the continent’s power and water industries. The event, said to be the biggest such gathering in the sectors in the continent, has resumed at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, where it will run until Thursday. Scheduled to attract some 5 000 attendees, the event will...
(Times of Zambia 05/07/15)
The African Development Bank (AfDB)'s fund portfolio for renewable energies in Africa increased by 10 per cent to US$200 million in the last five years. According to the 2014 report launched by the bank on Monday, the portfolio size multiplied by 10 during the last five years and was now worth more than $200 million. Most project funding has been implemented by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through AfDB since 2008. The report said the relatively young portfolio had 28 projects over 30 countries on the continent, according to the 2014.
(Caj News Africa 05/06/15)
Johannesburg — Next week’s Aviation Africa 2015 will underscore the immense potential of the African aviation market, organizers said. The two-day event is slated for May 10 at Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “If you look at the sheer potential of just a handful of African airlines, routes and airports, you realise just how enormous an impact Africa can have on the future of aviation, and moreover you can clearly see just how beneficial a progressive aviation industry...
(Xinhuanet 04/30/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) and the EU, which was initialized in October 2014, is likely to be ratified by the respective national parliaments by end of October 2016, an EU official said on Wednesday. EU Trade and Communication Counsellor Christophe De Vroey told journalists in Nairobi that the deal is currently undergoing legal scrubbing to ensure it meets World Trade Organization (WTO) guidelines. "By end of August, we expect...
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
TRIPOLI, April (Xinhua) -- Libyan Islamist-backed parliament General National Congress (GNC) on Tuesday rejected a draft peace solution proposed by the UN special envoy to Libya. "The draft given by Bernardino Leon, head of the UN mission to Libya, will be totally rejected. We demand the international envoy to reconsider the way it works," Omar Ehmedan, a member of the GNC, announced the decision in a press conference. Libya has been witnessing a frayed political process after the 2011 turmoil which toppled its leader Muammar Gaddafi.
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- African scientists have launched a regional initiative to improve aflatoxin control regulatory frameworks in the Common Market for eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The scientists have came up with a draft aflatoxin sampling procedures to facilitate effective regional trade for unprocessed maize and groundnuts in COMESA and Sub-Saharan Africa. "Aware of the rising threat to consumer health and intra trade, COMESA has entered into strategic partnerships to harmonize aflatoxin control measures and improve the regulatory...
(The Chronicle 04/27/15)
Growth of remittances to the Sub-Saharan Africa region is projected to slow to 0.9 percent in 2015, amounting to $33 billion, according World Bank's latest Migration and Development Brief. It said Nigeria alone accounts for around two-thirds of total remittance inflows to the region, but its remittances are estimated to have remained flat in 2014, at roughly $21 billion. The regional growth in remittances in 2014 largely reflected strong growth in Kenya (10.7 percent), South Africa (7.1 percent) and Uganda...
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
A recent report underscores the proliferation of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Pew Research Center survey, Africa has all but skipped the “landline stage of development.” The growth has been exponential. In 2002, only one tenth of the populations of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana owned a mobile phone, said Pew. “Across the seven countries surveyed, roughly two-thirds or more say they own a cell phone,” according to Pew. “Ownership is especially high in South Africa...
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
NAIROBI, April 23 (Xinhua) -- East African countries plan to establish a 20 million U.S. dollar fund to help boost the participation of the private sector in the ongoing market integration. East Africa Community (EAC) Secretary General Richard Sezibera said in Nairobi the Private Sector Fund will be launched by the regional economic bloc's heads of state at their summit in November. "The Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC states that the integration process will be people-driven with the...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/15)
(Reuters) - Africa-focused insurance company Old Mutual (OML.L) said on Wednesday that it had appointed Standard Bank (SBKJ.J) executive Bruce Hemphill to lead the company, replacing Julian Roberts. Hemphill, currently chief executive of Wealth, Insurance and Non-Bank Financial Services at Standard Bank, the largest African banking group by assets and earnings, was previously chief executive of Liberty Group. Roberts would remain as chief executive until Hemphill's start date, which is anticipated to be during the fourth quarter, Old Mutual said...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Xinhuanet 04/10/15)
JAKARTA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats on Friday urged all nations to renew their efforts and commitments to tackle development issues affecting the global politics and economy prior to the 60th anniversary of the Asia Africa Conference (AAC) next week. Ambassadors and diplomats from countries, which initiated the AAC in 1955, said at a forum that challenges faced by the framework have been shifting from promoting independence, international recognition and equality to resolving global economic slowdown, security and energy concerns. "

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(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a release (from their clubs) of...
(The New Times 02/17/15)
Burundi's Amical Sportif de Bujumbura won the 2015 Kayumba Memorial men's volleyball title after defeating Kigali Volleyball Club by three sets to nil at GSOB in Huye District on Sunday. KVC were the defending champions-they beat Rayon Sport in the last year's final. Rwanda Revenue Authority won the women's title for the second year running after defeating Ruhango Volleyball Club 3-1 in the final. The students' category which was introduced this year was won by Saint Joseph Kabgayi after beating...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the...
(Tanzania Daily News 12/10/14)
The national football team, ‘Taifa Stars’ second string side failed to culminate the ‘Uhuru Day’ celebrations with victory, after suffering a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Burundi U-23 national side at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. In the day that Tanzania Mainland was marking its 53rd independence anniversary, many soccer fans had expected that the youthful national side would emerge victorious against Burundi, following weeks of intensive drills in Bulyanhulu and Dar es Salaam respectively...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(Pana 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(Pana 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(Pana 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...

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(AFP 05/13/15)
Burundi's key independent radio resumed broadcasts Wednesday after weeks off air, delivering a message from the top general who launched a coup attempt against the president. The influential African Public Radio (RPA) was shut down by the government a day after protests began on April 26.
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and contemporary works and artefacts, and...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
Attackers in Burundi's capital have thrown grenades into a crowded marketplace, killing at least two people, in the latest violence sparked by the president's bid for another term in office. Police say at least a dozen others were injured when the grenades went off Friday in a busy market in Bujumbura. It is not clear who is behind the attacks. Meanwhile, anti-government protests continued in the capital on Friday. Police fired tear gas at protesters who threw stones and burned tires. Police and protesters have fought running battles during a month of demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza and his plan to run for a third term. The president's decision triggered a failed coup and sent...
(BBC News Africa 05/23/15)
Cholera has infected about 3,000 people in Tanzania, the UN has said, where many Burundians have fled seeking refuge from their country's unrest. Up to 400 new cases are being seen each day, the UN's refugee agency said. Over 100,000 have left Burundi in recent weeks, escaping violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. In the latest unrest, at least two people were killed in a grenade attack in the capital Bujumbura. "Those who did this had the intention to kill, because the grenades were thrown among women selling fruits, in a big crowd," General Godefroid Bizimana, a deputy police chief, told the AFP news agency. There were fresh protests in Bujumbura on Friday...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years...
(Voice of America 05/22/15)
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has told the nation that upcoming elections will take place in peace, and insisted that recent unrest in the capital, Bujumbura, is not representative of the rest of the country — even as the protests continued. Nkurunziza spoke on state television late Wednesday as he announced that the upcoming parliamentary elections will be delayed by a week, to June 5, because of recent political violence. Opponents of the president tried to stage a coup last week...
(BBC News Africa 05/22/15)
Burundi's president played a game of football while people protested against him Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has been photographed playing football as protests continue over his bid to run for a third term in office. Mr Nkurunziza was playing in his daily kickabout with friends in the capital, Bujumbura. In the latest unrest, a protester was shot dead in Bujumbura. Last week, there was a failed coup against Mr Nkurunziza. Senior officials from both the army and police have been...
(Voice of America 05/22/15)
The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) and Tanzania’s East Africa Community Minister are meeting with all stakeholders in Burundi in a bid to resolve the political unrest there, says Assah Mwambene, spokesman for the government of Tanzania. East African foreign ministers met on Monday after a recent regional heads-of-state summit to find solutions to the crisis in Burundi, following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial re-election bid. The heads of state called on all parties in Burundi to respect...
(Voice of America 05/21/15)
One soldier was shot dead in Burundi's capital Wednesday as police clashed with protesters demanding that President Pierre Nkurunziza not run for a third term. A Burundian army captain told The Associated Press the soldier was with troops who were trying to stop the police from firing at stone-throwing demonstrators. The clash occurred as Nkurunziza signed a decree delaying parliamentary and local elections until June 5. There is no word on whether the commission will delay the presidential election scheduled...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Burundi postponed parliamentary elections scheduled to take place next week as opposition activists maintained their protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plan to seek a third term. The vote will take place on June 5, instead of May 26, Prosper Ntahorwamiye, a spokesman for the National Independent Electoral Commission, said by phone on Wednesday from the capital, Bujumbura. Opposition leader Frederic Bamvuginyumvira said by phone that demonstrations must persist until Nkurunziza retracts his decision to stand in the June 26 presidential...
(Voice of America 05/20/15)
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is signing a decree delaying parliamentary and local elections until June 2, following protests and a coup attempt. President of Burundi's electoral commission Pierre Claver Ndayigagire confirmed the move to VOA's French to Africa service. A presidential spokesman told reporters Wednesday the president made his decision on advice from the election commission and following requests from the opposition and the international community. June 2 is a one week delay from the original parliamentary election date. The...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Burundi’s opposition continued protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, a week before the East African nation is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections. Opposition leader Frederic Bamvuginyumvira said by phone that demonstrations must persist until Nkurunziza retracts his decision to stand in the June 26 presidential vote, a move opponents say violates peace agreements than ended Burundi’s 12-year civil war. At least 20 people have been killed in demonstrations in the capital, Bujumbura, since Nkurunziza’s ruling CNDD-FDD...
(Voice of America 05/20/15)
Thousands of Burundians continue to defy authorities, marching through the capital, Bujumbura, demanding that President Pierre Nkurunziza step down. Police on Tuesday fired tear gas and beat protesters who say they will remain in the streets until the president withdraws his plan to seek a third term in office. At least 20 people have died in three weeks of clashes between security forces and protesters who say Nkurunziza's ambitions violate the constitution
(Voice of America 05/20/15)
Well over 100,000 people have fled Burundi in recent weeks to escape political violence, crossing into Tanzania, Rwanda and DRC. In Tanzania, the first stop for the refugees is the northern village of Kakunga, which is on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It’s now very crowded as people wait for boats to take them to their next destination in Tanzania. Caroline Blayney is the regional humanitarian advisor for the International Rescue Committee and is currently in Kigoma, the second stop...
(The Guardian 05/20/15)
Almost 80,000 people are crammed into tiny fishing village after fleeing across the border from their home country. Outbreaks of cholera and severe diarrhoea have struck tens of thousands of refugees from the small African nation of Burundi who are jammed into a village in neighbouring Tanzania. Aid agencies working in the village on the edge of Lake Tanganyika said on Tuesday that the sick Burundians are overwhelming the health infrastructure and sanitation facilities. Between 500 and 2,000 people are...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/19/15)
More than 100 protesters chanted slogans against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in office on Tuesday in defiance of government threats of a crackdown on demonstrations. "We will not stop until he gives up the third term," the protesters shouted in the capital's suburb of Nyakabiga, a flashpoint during three weeks of unrest that have triggered fears of another bout of ethnic bloodletting in Africa's Great Lakes region. Protesters say Nkurunziza's bid for five...
(BBC News Africa 05/19/15)
Burundi's government will not take revenge against those involved in last week's failed coup, President Pierre Nkurunziza's office has said. Those implicated would be brought to justice in accordance with the rule of law, it added in a statement. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has called for Burundi's presidential election to be indefinitely postponed. Protests are continuing in the capital, Bujumbura, against Mr Nkurunziza's third-term bid. The presidential poll is due to be held on 26 June. Mr Nkurunziza has...
(Bloomberg 05/19/15)
Burundi’s political opposition resumed protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term amid rising calls from African leaders to delay elections scheduled to begin next week. Demonstrators rallied early Tuesday in Musaga, an area of the capital, Bujumbura, opposition coordinator Elie Nijimbere said by phone. Protests also took place in the city’s Nyakabiga district, where soldiers attempted to disperse participants, local resident Clarine Nkurunziza said. Army spokesman Gaspard Baratuza didn’t respond to three phone calls seeking comment. Voting...
(Politico 05/19/15)
The small African nation’s ethnic make up mirrors that of neighboring Rwanda, which experienced a genocide in 1994. U.S. officials are increasingly worried about the potential for mass violence in Burundi, a small African nation with the ghost of Rwanda hanging over it. Like Rwanda, the scene of a 1994 genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people, Burundi is populated by two main ethnic groups — about 85 percent Hutu and 15 percent Tutsi. The U.S. has long invested in...
(AL Jazeera 05/19/15)
More than 100 protesters rally against President Pierre Nkurunziza in capital Bujumbura defying threat of crackdown. More than 100 protesters chanting slogans against Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in office have gathered in the capital in defiance of government threats of a crackdown. Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reporting from Bujumbura said on Tuesday that the police were stopping journalists from filming the protests. "People are on edge. They [protesters] seem to be planning something,"...
(Voice of America 05/18/15)
Burundi’s government arrested at least 17 people Saturday in connection with a failed coup attempt to overthrow the country's president a day earlier. Supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza celebrate his return in the streets of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 15, 2015.Supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza celebrate his return in the streets of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 15, 2015. The arrests included at least three generals and two police commissioners. A presidential spokesman told VOA's Gabe Joselow that the leader of the coup...

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