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Thursday 07 May 2015

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(AFP (eng) 05/06/15)
The United Nations refugee chief said Wednesday he was "extremely worried" at the political crisis in Burundi, where at over 35,000 refugees have fled ahead of elections. "We thought Burundian refugees were something we would never have to discuss again, unfortunately we are back to having a significant outflow of Burundians," UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) chief Antonio Guterres told reporters. "It must stop - we have enough crises in the world."
(AFP 05/06/15)
East African foreign ministers arrived in Burundi Wednesday following days of deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza, the government said. Ministers from neighbouring Rwanda and Tanzania, as well as Kenya and Uganda, were in the capital Bujumbura for talks. "They have come to listen to all parties in the conflict, and to try to propose ways out of crisis," said Burundi's foreign ministry spokesman Daniel Kabuto. Protesters have defied calls to end demonstrations, after more than a week of running battles in which at least 13 people have been killed, including police. Last week the East African Community (EAC) -- the five-nation bloc that includes Burundi -- called in a statement for talks to ease...
(AFP 05/06/15)
Government and opposition rivals are meeting in Burundi Wednesday in a bid to end deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by the president, as regional foreign ministers arrived to add pressure. Protesters have defied calls to end demonstrations, after more than a week of running battles in which over a dozen people have been killed, including police. President Pierre Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader from the Hutu majority who has been in power since 2005, has come under intense...
(Voice of America 05/06/15)
BUJUMBURA— Burundi's first vice president has said his government respects the agreement signed to bring stability to the country 10 years ago following a civil war. The comment comes amid protests in the capital against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to seek a third term. Government critics have insisted the president leave office. Meeting opposition groups, diplomats and African Union representatives, Vice President Prosper Bazombaza said his government respects the Arusha accord that ended the war. The vice president also said...
(The Citizen 05/06/15)
Dar es Salaam. President Jakaya Kikwete has sent a fact-finding mission to Burundi, which is caught up in a crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office. The team is expected to prepare a report that will direct the East African Community Summit of Heads of State on how to address the insecurity in that country. Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe will lead a team of foreign affairs officials from other EAC member...
(Xinhuanet 05/06/15)
BUJUMBURA, May (Xinhua) -- Burundi's constitutional court on Tuesday ruled that President Pierre Nkurunziza can run again in the June presidential election, striking fears of a further escalation in protests against his decision. Six out of the seven judges at the court approved the president's candidacy, in response to a request by 14 senators from the ruling CNDD-FDD to examine its legality. Nkurunziza was nominated by the ruling party as its candidate for the upcoming presidential election on April 25,...
(Voice of America 05/06/15)
A senior advisor to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said the government believes the United States is not well-informed about what is happening in Burundi. Willy Nyamitwe, senior presidential advisor on media and communications, accused the U.S. of meddling in Burundi’s internal affairs. Burundi has been rocked by violent protests since the ruling CNDD-FDD party nominated Nkurunziza to stand for a third term in the coming June 26 presidential election. The country’s Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that Nkurunziza could run for...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/06/15)
(Reuters) - Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighboring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday. More than a week of demonstrations have plunged the African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Civil society groups say a dozen people have been killed. Police say the death toll is...
(Xinhuanet 05/06/15)
BUJUMBURA, May (Xinhua) -- A total of 15 protesters were Tuesday injured, four of them seriously, in clashes that opposed with police agents who used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse demonstrators against the third term of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. Burundi Red Cross Spokesman Alexis Manirakiza told Xinhua that a pregnant woman was also "traumatized" when gunfire was opened near her in northern suburbs of the Burundian capital Bujumbura. "We have counted 15 injured persons. They also include...
(Xinhuanet 05/06/15)
BUJUMBURA, May (Xinhua) -- Three protesters were killed and 45 others injured in Burundi's Bujumbura, as protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term, resumed on Monday after a two-day break, the Red Cross has said. "Two protesters died on the spot while the third one died at a hospital after clashes in Musaga and Nyakabiga districts. 45 others were injured, the majority of them are in critical conditions," the Burundi Red Cross spokesman Alexis Manirakiza...
(Xinhuanet 05/06/15)
DAR ES SALAAM, May (Xinhua) -- The East African Community (EAC) on Monday sent a delegation of four foreign ministers to Burundi in hope of helping resolve the ongoing political crisis triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, a statement has said. The political crisis in Burundi should be resolved by respecting the country's constitution and electoral laws, the statement quoted Tanzanian President Jayaka Kikwete, who is also chairman of EAC, as saying.
(Xinhuanet 05/06/15)
KAMPALA, May (Xinhua) -- Uganda will join Burundi, Kenya and host Rwanda in a Rwanda Genocide Invitational football tournament slated for June 6-7 in the capital Kigali, a senior sports official said here on Tuesday. Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, the Head Coach of Uganda's national football team Cranes told Xinhua that the national team will take part in the event held in honor of players, coaches, fans and administrators that were killed during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. Micho said Uganda will...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/06/15)
Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday. A total of 16 people were injured in protests held in different parts of the capital on Wednesday, the Burundi Red Cross said. More than a week of demonstrations have plunged the African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged...
(World Bulletin 05/06/15)
The UN has asked Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to intervene in Burundi's ongoing political crisis, according to the presidency. "UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to help avert the deteriorating situation in Burundi and restore peace," State House announced in a Tuesday statement. It was not immediately clear whether Museveni had agreed to the request, and, if so, what role – if any – he would play in the crisis. Burundi has been rocked by protest...
(The Observer 05/06/15)
President Museveni has underscored the importance of an African standby force capable of responding to crises on the continent. Addressing the UN General Assembly on Monday, Museveni called for the expediting of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) initiative. Museveni, who was contributing to the high- level thematic debate on "strengthening co-operation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations" in New York, said the current UN Security Council framework is not practical, particularly in situations of a human catastrophe.
(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...
(AFP 05/05/15)
Protestors in Burundi dismissed a constitutional court ruling that cleared President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third term Tuesday, as the government offered to release activists if deadly demonstrations stopped. The decision came hours after the court's vice-president refused to sign the ruling -- and fled the country instead. But the six remaining judges ruled the president's bid to stand for another term "by direct universal suffrage for five years, is not contrary to the constitution of Burundi"...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/05/15)
Burundi's constitutional court on Tuesday cleared the way for President Pierre Nkurunziza to bid for a third term in office, angering protesters on the streets of the capital who are demanding he back down. Police fired shots in the air and tear gas to disperse a group of about 75 demonstrators approaching the U.S. embassy, an embassy statement said, noting that it had not asked for help. The opposition says Nkurunziza's plan to stand in a June election violates the...
(AFP 05/05/15)
Burundi's constitutional court cleared President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third term Tuesday, as the government offered to release protesters if days of deadly demonstrations stopped. The court ruled that the president's bid to stand for another term "by direct universal suffrage for five years, is not contrary to the constitution of Burundi," the judgement signed by six out of seven judges read. The decision came hours after its vice-president refused to sign the ruling, and fled the...
(Xinhuanet 05/05/15)
BUJUMBURA, May (Xinhua) -- Burundian Ombudsman Mohamed Rukara Monday urged political actors to respect the National Constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement amid protests against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term, the Ombudsman told a press conference. "I call on sociopolitical actors to respect the National Constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Burundi. I also urge the people of Burundi to respect the Unity Charter and live in harmony despite their political and ethnic differences,"...

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(AFP (eng) 05/06/15)
The United Nations refugee chief said Wednesday he was "extremely worried" at the political crisis in Burundi, where at over 35,000 refugees have fled ahead of elections. "We thought Burundian refugees were something we would never have to discuss again, unfortunately we are back to having a significant outflow of Burundians," UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) chief Antonio Guterres told reporters. "It must stop - we have enough crises in the world."
(Voice of America 05/06/15)
A senior advisor to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said the government believes the United States is not well-informed about what is happening in Burundi. Willy Nyamitwe, senior presidential advisor on media and communications, accused the U.S. of meddling in Burundi’s internal affairs. Burundi has been rocked by violent protests since the ruling CNDD-FDD party nominated Nkurunziza to stand for a third term in the coming June 26 presidential election. The country’s Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that Nkurunziza could run for a third term. Acting U.S. Deputy State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Tuesday the United States believes the only way to respect both the terms of the Burundian constitution and the Arusha agreement is for Nkurunziza not to seek a...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/06/15)
(Reuters) - Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighboring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday. More than a week of demonstrations have plunged the African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Civil society groups say a dozen people have been killed. Police say the death toll is...
(Xinhuanet 05/06/15)
BUJUMBURA, May (Xinhua) -- A total of 15 protesters were Tuesday injured, four of them seriously, in clashes that opposed with police agents who used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse demonstrators against the third term of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. Burundi Red Cross Spokesman Alexis Manirakiza told Xinhua that a pregnant woman was also "traumatized" when gunfire was opened near her in northern suburbs of the Burundian capital Bujumbura. "We have counted 15 injured persons. They also include...
(Xinhuanet 05/06/15)
KAMPALA, May (Xinhua) -- Uganda will join Burundi, Kenya and host Rwanda in a Rwanda Genocide Invitational football tournament slated for June 6-7 in the capital Kigali, a senior sports official said here on Tuesday. Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, the Head Coach of Uganda's national football team Cranes told Xinhua that the national team will take part in the event held in honor of players, coaches, fans and administrators that were killed during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. Micho said Uganda will...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/06/15)
Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday. A total of 16 people were injured in protests held in different parts of the capital on Wednesday, the Burundi Red Cross said. More than a week of demonstrations have plunged the African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged...
(Xinhuanet 05/05/15)
BUJUMBURA, May (Xinhua) -- Burundian Ombudsman Mohamed Rukara Monday urged political actors to respect the National Constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement amid protests against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term, the Ombudsman told a press conference. "I call on sociopolitical actors to respect the National Constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Burundi. I also urge the people of Burundi to respect the Unity Charter and live in harmony despite their political and ethnic differences,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/05/15)
(Reuters) - Rwanda's foreign minister said on Tuesday she was concerned about neighboring Burundi's clampdown on more than a week of protests against its president's decision to seek a third term in office. President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement that he would stand in a June 26 vote has plunged Burundi into its worst political crisis since its ethnically fueled civil war that pitted majority Hutus against minority Tutsis from 1993 to 2005. At least 24,000 mostly Tutsis have fled to Rwanda...
(BBC News Africa 05/05/15)
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza can run for a third term, according to the country's constitutional court. Under the constitution, presidents can only be elected to two terms in office but it was argued that his first term does not count as he was appointed by parliament. His third-term bid has led to more than a week of deadly protests. The court's decision comes after the court's vice-president reportedly fled the country citing "death threats". Sylvere Nimpagaritse told the AFP news...
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— Police in Burundi shot and killed three people Monday in the capital Bujumbura during renewed demonstrations against the president's attempt to extend his rule. The Burundian Red Cross confirmed the three deaths to VOA's Central African Service. Dozens more people were reported to be wounded when police opened fire on protesters marching in suburbs of Bujumbura. At least 15 people have been killed in more than a week of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/05/15)
(Reuters) - Burundi's vice president said on Tuesday the government was ready to release those detained during more than a week of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, saying it was a move to help dialogue and restore calm. "We urge the protesters against the third term for Nkurunziza to stop that illegal movement," Vice President Prosper Banzombanza told a meeting of diplomats and representatives of civil society groups and opposition parties in Bujumbura. "To give...
(The New York Times 05/05/15)
Three demonstrators were killed on Monday in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, as protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza spilled into a second week. Hundreds of people took to the streets of the city on Monday after a two-day respite, marching to the city center, where they were met with police officers using tear gas and live ammunition. The demonstrations began after Mr. Nkurunziza’s governing party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy — Forces for the Defense of Democracy,...
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
Wave after wave of migrants have been rescued from rubber dinghies and rickety fishing boats in the Mediterranean over the last three days, with thousands ferried to Italy's southern shores. Italian officials struggled Monday to find room in shelters in Sicily and the mainland for the nearly 6,800 refugees they said had been rescued at sea off the coast of Libya. The Italian navy said a woman, in labor when she was rescued Sunday, gave birth to a daughter on...
(AFP 05/04/15)
Police in Burundi shot dead at least four demonstrators and wounded dozens of others Monday, in running battles with protesters angry at a bid by President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his rule. The deaths, which leading human rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa confirmed, brought the death toll in more than a week of protests to at least 13, including two soldiers and a policeman. The small central African country has been rocked by violent protests since the ruling CNDD-FDD party designated Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader and born-again Christian from the Hutu majority, as its candidate in a presidential vote due to be held on
(AFP 05/04/15)
The chief of staff of Burundi's army pledged the military's loyalty to the country's authorities on Sunday after the defence minister had declared the army's neutrality following a week of violent political protests. General Prime Niyongabo said the military "remains and will remain a republican and loyalist army that is respectful of the laws and rules of Burundi and of those who govern it." A statement by Defence Minister General Pontien Gaciyubwenge on Saturday declaring the army's neutrality and calling...
(Voice of America 05/04/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— Dozens of Burundian journalists gathered in the capital, Bujumbura, calling for the government to give the media space to operate freely, the call coming days after the government shut down privately owned radio and blocked some social media sites. Burundian journalists marked World Press Freedom Day Sunday in silent protest, wearing black plain T-shirts and tape over their mouths to show the challenges they face as the country battles with demonstrations and political tension surrounding President Pierre Nkurzinza's...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/04/15)
(Reuters) - Burundi protest organizers on Saturday called for a two-day halt to demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's move to seek a third term, which they says violates the constitution and endangers the peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005. There have been six straight days of protests in the capital Bujumbura, marking the biggest political crisis in the small, landlocked nation in the heart of Africa since the ethnically fueled civil war came to an end. But...
(Xinhuanet 05/04/15)
BUJUMBURA, May (Xinhua) -- Burundian journalists Sunday marked the world press freedom day, calling for the reopening of a shut down radio station and a more open space for the media, the Burundi Journalists' Union chairman has said. In Burundi, journalists marked the press freedom day at Iwacu Press Group, in the urban commune of Rohero, in the capital Bujumbura, where journalists dressed in black with bound mouths demonstrated inside the compound. "The world press freedom day happens when media...
(Voice of America 05/04/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI — Three people have died in grenade attacks in Burundi, a spokesman for the ministry of public security said Saturday, during a week that has seen street protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial decision to seek a third term. Two police officers died in one attack on a police station in the capital's central market and a civilian died in another attack in the capital's Kamenge area, said Pierre Nkurikiye. Seventeen people were wounded in the grenade attacks...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/02/15)
UNITED NATIONS | (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday the United Nations Security Council should not intervene in Burundi's constitutional dispute that has sparked the biggest political crisis in the East African state since an ethnically fuelled civil war ended in 2005. Diplomats said Russia and China on Thursday blocked a French-drafted council statement on the situation in Burundi, where there has been almost a week of street protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term. Russian...

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(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 can be for the socio-economic future of the continent,” said Alan Peaford, event organiser and summit Chairman. He said geographically, Africa was ideally located right next to well-established hubs in the Gulf, and is able...
(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 the ministers in charge of trade in the EAC states to sign the agreement," said Vroey. He said the agreement will be translated into 23 EU languages as well as into Kiswahili. The EPA is meant to replace the previous...
(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. "
(Xinhuanet 04/09/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, on Monday announced the launch of a cross-border money- transfer service for customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda. In a statement issued in Nairobi, the mobile firm, which operates in 17 countries across Africa, said the service will facilitate increased remittances and regional trades at very low cost with ubiquitous distribution network. "This offering will raise the level of convenience in cross- border payments across the three countries with a ubiquitous
(Business Day 04/08/15)
People speak about Africa as "the mobile continent" so frequently that it has become a cliché. People throw the phrase around as if it explains everything, without interrogating what Africans do with their mobile devices. One attempt to change that comes courtesy of technology research outfit World Wide Worx, which has published the results of its survey of 3,500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets — SA, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The survey reveals unsurprisingly that...
(Xinhuanet 04/07/15)
BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to attend the opening of the 54th session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and deliver a key-note speech later this month, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday. The annual AALCO session, which will take place in Beijing from April 13 to 17, will involve delegates from AALCO members and international organizations, spokesperson Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing.
(Bloomberg 04/03/15)
Mondelez International’s February announcement that it would increase production of coffee from Ethiopian beans 50 percent in two years was good news for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, started in 2008 with the help of foreign donors to improve food distribution in a country where millions often went hungry. By government decree, almost all buying and selling of coffee, sesame seeds, and navy beans for export must take place on the exchange. The ECX , which got funding from the U.S...
(Voice of America 04/02/15)
BUJUMBURA— The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that it would lend Burundi $6.9 million to shore up the aid-dependent central African nation, months before a presidential election in June. Tensions are running high in the landlocked nation, which is tentatively emerging from more than a decade of civil war, because of a dispute over whether current President Pierre Nkurunziza can run for another term in a vote on June 26. The IMF also said it would lend Burundi $13.9 million in 2016 to "help strengthen the management of public finances and consolidate the country's economic reform program."
(The Wall Street Journal 04/02/15)
Shoprite Holdings Ltd. sold more Guinness stout at its 11 stores in Angola and Nigeria last year than at home in South Africa, where it has 10 times as many outlets. But Africa’s biggest retailer is also contending with an Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have staged attacks near its shops—and the effects of wilting currencies both there and in Angola. The challenges are increasingly common ones for Africa’s largest companies, serving customers embattled by insecurity and economic turmoil.
(Xinhuanet 04/01/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Tuesday urged Africa to increase its public expenditure on agriculture in order to increase food security. World Bank Group Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist Ademola Braimoh told a business forum in Nairobi that low investments in agriculture have made Africa's agricultural sector vulnerable to climate change. "These challenges can be overcome through more investment in instruments such as the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)," Braimoh said during the launch of the World Bank's report on Increasing Agricultural Production and Resilience through improved Agro- Meteorological Services.
(Voice of America 04/01/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces. Human food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand and Africa is home to more than half of the world's unused arable land, according to United Nations research. Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing...
(BBC News Africa 03/31/15)
The elite of Kenya's much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern. co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi. Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here. The Nairobi Garage is one of a limited number of work spaces in the city boasting a dedicated 25 megabits per second [Mbps] fibre internet connection. Fibre is definitely not the norm in Kenya - a country viewed as a leader in African technology innovation. In financial terms, fibre internet is way beyond the grasp of most entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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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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(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...
(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 nation's vast desert for most of 2012. It was liberated in a military intervention led by former colonial power France, but sporadic violence remains a problem and it is still potentially one of the most dangerous parts of the region...
(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 05/06/15)
BUJUMBURA— Burundi's first vice president has said his government respects the agreement signed to bring stability to the country 10 years ago following a civil war. The comment comes amid protests in the capital against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to seek a third term. Government critics have insisted the president leave office. Meeting opposition groups, diplomats and African Union representatives, Vice President Prosper Bazombaza said his government respects the Arusha accord that ended the war. The vice president also said he supports the rule of law. "The concern surrounding the candidacy of the president of the republic in the elections of June 26, 2015, the leaders of the opposition and civil society are calling for...
(Voice of America 05/06/15)
A senior advisor to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said the government believes the United States is not well-informed about what is happening in Burundi. Willy Nyamitwe, senior presidential advisor on media and communications, accused the U.S. of meddling in Burundi’s internal affairs. Burundi has been rocked by violent protests since the ruling CNDD-FDD party nominated Nkurunziza to stand for a third term in the coming June 26 presidential election. The country’s Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that Nkurunziza could run for a third term. Acting U.S. Deputy State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Tuesday the United States believes the only way to respect both the terms of the Burundian constitution and the Arusha agreement is for Nkurunziza not to seek a...
(BBC News Africa 05/05/15)
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza can run for a third term, according to the country's constitutional court. Under the constitution, presidents can only be elected to two terms in office but it was argued that his first term does not count as he was appointed by parliament. His third-term bid has led to more than a week of deadly protests. The court's decision comes after the court's vice-president reportedly fled the country citing "death threats". Sylvere Nimpagaritse told the AFP news...
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— Police in Burundi shot and killed three people Monday in the capital Bujumbura during renewed demonstrations against the president's attempt to extend his rule. The Burundian Red Cross confirmed the three deaths to VOA's Central African Service. Dozens more people were reported to be wounded when police opened fire on protesters marching in suburbs of Bujumbura. At least 15 people have been killed in more than a week of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for...
(The New York Times 05/05/15)
Three demonstrators were killed on Monday in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, as protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza spilled into a second week. Hundreds of people took to the streets of the city on Monday after a two-day respite, marching to the city center, where they were met with police officers using tear gas and live ammunition. The demonstrations began after Mr. Nkurunziza’s governing party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy — Forces for the Defense of Democracy,...
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
Wave after wave of migrants have been rescued from rubber dinghies and rickety fishing boats in the Mediterranean over the last three days, with thousands ferried to Italy's southern shores. Italian officials struggled Monday to find room in shelters in Sicily and the mainland for the nearly 6,800 refugees they said had been rescued at sea off the coast of Libya. The Italian navy said a woman, in labor when she was rescued Sunday, gave birth to a daughter on...
(Voice of America 05/04/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— Dozens of Burundian journalists gathered in the capital, Bujumbura, calling for the government to give the media space to operate freely, the call coming days after the government shut down privately owned radio and blocked some social media sites. Burundian journalists marked World Press Freedom Day Sunday in silent protest, wearing black plain T-shirts and tape over their mouths to show the challenges they face as the country battles with demonstrations and political tension surrounding President Pierre Nkurzinza's...
(Voice of America 05/04/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI — Three people have died in grenade attacks in Burundi, a spokesman for the ministry of public security said Saturday, during a week that has seen street protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial decision to seek a third term. Two police officers died in one attack on a police station in the capital's central market and a civilian died in another attack in the capital's Kamenge area, said Pierre Nkurikiye. Seventeen people were wounded in the grenade attacks...
(Voice of America 05/02/15)
UN aid agencies warn the growing standoff between protesters and the Burundian government over upcoming presidential elections may results in the country descending into chaos and possibly civil war. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said it’s worried about increasingly repressive measures being taken by Burundi's government to stifle political dissent. Spokesman Rupert Colville pointed to a series of actions taken by authorities which he said seriously curtail people’s rights to freedom of peaceful expression and...
(Voice of America 04/30/15)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI— A senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Burundi on Wednesday to try to help halt escalating unrest and defuse the country's biggest crisis in years, set off by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term. Police in the east African nation have clashed for four days with protesters who say Nkurunziza's plan to run again in the June 26 election violates the constitution and threatens a peace deal that ended the ethnically-fueled civil conflict. Before arriving, Tom Malinowski, U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, wrote on Twitter: "Disappointed President Nkurunziza violating Arusha Accord.
(Voice of America 04/30/15)
NAIROBI, KENYA— The East Africa region has responded with deafening silence to protests across Burundi against President Pierre Nkurunziza, which entered their fourth day Wednesday. At least two people protesting Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term have been shot dead and the government closed down media houses in the country, but Burundi’s neighbors have yet to utter a word. There has been no official statement from Kenya or Uganda. Rwanda, which has taken in more than 20,000 refugees...
(Voice of America 04/30/15)
Burundi has unexpectedly closed its national university in the wake of political protests against the nomination of incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term. Reports say the university in Bujumbura shut its doors on Thursday and sent home the students living in residence halls on campus. At least five people have died in the protests that erupted after Saturday's controversial nomination, as police clashed with the hundreds of protesters that have marched in the streets in the...
(Voice of America 04/29/15)
Ban's office said Tuesday that his special envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, will hold consultations with President Pierre Nkurunziza, government officials, and political party leaders. The U.N. chief called on security services to exercise restraint, and for all parties to reject violence and avoid inflammatory speech. At least five people have died this week in clashes between police and protesters in the capital, Bujumbura. Hundreds marched in Bujumbura Tuesday, but were blocked by police from reaching the...
(The Guardian 04/29/15)
Red Cross confirms six deaths as street demonstrations against president’s ‘unconstitutional’ bid for third term continue in capital Bujumbura. Burundi’s anti-government street demonstrations continued for a third day on Tuesday as residents protest President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term. A heavy security presence prevented groups of angry protesters from reaching the centre of the capital. Police watched as demonstrators in the suburbs of Bujumbura, the capital, burned tyres and erected barricades in the streets. Some threw stones at...
(BBC News Africa 04/28/15)
Burundi has been hit by a new wave of protests as opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term grows. Gunfire was heard and streets were barricaded in parts of the capital, Bujumbura, in the third day of protests, witnesses told the BBC. Police are blocking about students in the second city, Gitega, from joining the demonstrations, residents said. The protests are the biggest in Burundi since the civil war ended in 2005. The army and police have...
(Bloomberg 04/28/15)
Burundi authorities arrested 157 people during protests spurred by the ruling party’s nomination of President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for June elections, police chief Andre Ndayambaje said. “We call on families to come and visit them -- they are safe and secure,” Ndayambaje said in a Monday interview in the capital, Bujumbura, referring to those detained. He didn’t give any details on a death toll, which local broadcasters such as Radio Isanganiro have put at five people, and said...
(Voice of America 04/27/15)
Burundi's ruling party has nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza for a constitutionally questionable third term, amid fears that the move could reignite violence in a country still recovering from years of civil war. Critics claim the country's 2005 constitution precludes the incumbent from serving a third term, while Nkurunziza's supporters argue that two-term limitations apply only to presidents elected by popular vote. They point out that the incumbent was elected by parliament to a five-year first term in 2005, and they...
(Voice of America 04/27/15)
Police in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, clashed Sunday with protesters demonstrating against President Pierre Nkurunziza, who is seeking a controversial third term, killing two people, the Red Cross said Sunday. Clashes erupted in several parts of the capital, Bujumbura, as police fired tear gas to break up crowds and prevent them from entering the city's center. “We counted two protesters killed by police, four others were injured and one is in coma in hospital after being hit by a bullet,” Alexis...
(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...
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
KIGALI— Nearly 15,000 Burundians have fled into Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since mid-March, United Nations and Rwandan officials said on Friday, amid growing fears of violence in the run-up to a presidential election on June 26. Diplomats say tens of thousands could flee in coming weeks. Expectations that President Pierre Nkurunziza will run for a third term — a move opponents say would violate the constitution — have sparked the biggest political crisis in Burundi since a...

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