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Thursday 11 February 2016

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(Reuters (Eng) 02/10/16)
Four people were killed in Burundi on Saturday night, including a child selling boiled eggs at a bar, when three grenades hit the capital Bujumbura, residents said. Nine months of violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term has left more than 400 people dead in a country that emerged from an ethnically charged civil war in 2005. Twelve people were injured in the latest blasts. "There were three simultaneous blasts. The one which hit a bar killed four people including a child who was selling boiled eggs," said a resident of Kinama neighborhood where the attacks happened, wishing to remain anonymous. Vincent Ngendahayo, a local administrator near Kinama, confirmed the death...
(Angola Press(En) 02/10/16)
Luanda - The outgoing ICGLR executive secretary, Ntumba Luaba, considered worrying the political and military situation in Burundi and reaffirmed the combination of efforts to avoid a civil war in that country. The official was speaking to journalists on the fringes of the meeting of the chiefs of Staff of Iinternational Conference on the Great Lakes member countries. Ntumba Luaba said Burundi is matter of concern, and all must be done to avoid a civil war in that east African country. The official who is attending the ongoing meeting as his last as the ICGLR executive secretary, said the Burund issue will be discussed at the summit of heads of State and Government of the ICGLR on Friday in Luanda,...
(The Citizen 02/10/16)
African countries have been advised to transform their economies through industrialisation to avoid shocks created by declines in commodity prices. Experts attending the 20th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) said yesterday that price decreases in oil and other commodities had shown many economies that they needed to diversify the economies. The four-day ICE, which started yesterday, involves about 250 participants from 14 Eastern African countries. "Certainly, we should learn from what is happening.
(News24 02/10/16)
Resource rich African countries are addicts that are in need of rehabilitation now that the good days are over, according to former Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti. It appears ironic that resource poor countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing growth, while resource rich countries like Nigeria and Angola are battling, Biti told the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday. "They (resource poor countries) have moved to fully diversify their economies," he said. "Diversification is key, but African...
(AL Jazeera 02/09/16)
Refugees from Burundi, who fled violence in their country to neighbouring Tanzania, have accused their government of sending armed men into a UN-run refugee camp to hunt down opposition supporters. Several refugees have told Al Jazeera that they fear for their lives and that there is no adequate security in the camps in Tanzania to protect them. "The camp is currently not safe. We live in fear of Burundian government militia [members] who are in the camp," one refugee said...
(AFP (eng) 02/09/16)
President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent. The Electrify Africa Act, which unanimously passed the House of Representatives and Senate, leverages partnerships with the private sector in order to bring first-time electricity access to some 50 million people in underserved parts of Africa. Virtually no new US federal funds are allocated for the project,...
(Financial Times 02/09/16)
Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the ecommerce group at more than $1bn. French insurer Axa will pay €75m for an 8 per cent stake in Africa Internet Group, which owns several start-ups including online retailer Jumia, mobile taxi app Easy Taxi and delivery app HelloFood, giving the company a valuation of €938m ($1.04bn). FirstFT is our new essential daily email briefing of the best stories from across the web...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/09/16)
African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel. The annual "Flintlock" exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou left 30 people dead. The assault on a hotel used by foreigners raised concerns that militants were expanding from a stronghold in north Mali toward stable, Western allies like Senegal. Al Qaeda...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
The deputy chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission said the commission, contrary to Burundi opposition claims, did not abandon the people of Burundi at last week's AU summit by its failure to send peacekeepers to the country. The exiled leader of the opposition Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU) accused the African Union and the international community of turning their backs on the people of Burundi while people were being killed by the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/08/16)
Four people were killed in Burundi on Saturday night, including a child selling boiled eggs at a bar, when three grenades hit the capital Bujumbura, residents said. Nine months of violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term has left more than 400 people dead in a country that emerged from an ethnically charged civil war in 2005. Twelve people were injured in the latest blasts. "There were three simultaneous blasts. The one which hit a bar...
(The Guardian 02/08/16)
Frank Makarani has been fishing in Lake Victoria for the past 40 years. The 66-year-old recounted that in those good days fishing was a paying job. “I remember in 1990s when fishing was at its peak, I managed to build a four-bedroom house in Nyakato area, on the outskirts of Mwanza City, but now things have changed to worse,” he said. “For small-scale fishermen like me, fishes are nowhere to be seen. And the reason behind is that fish stock has reduced compared to the past,”said the father of seven, who uses locally made canoe to do his fishing activities.
(BBC News Africa 02/08/16)
Four people have been killed in Burundi in a grenade attack on a bar in the capital Bujumbura, officials say. Among the victims was a child selling boiled eggs. Ten other people were injured in Saturday's attack. Unknown attackers also threw grenades at an army patrol and at police in Bujumbura, hurting several people. Since April, more than 400 people have died in clashes triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. He won a disputed poll in...
(APA 02/08/16)
The Burundi government has insisted that it will not negotiate with individuals linked to the botched coup against the leadership of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Speaking during a press briefing in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, Jean Bosco Barege, Burundi's Ambassador to Uganda, said Monday afternoon that under no circumstances will his government hold negotiations with the coup plotters, who unsuccessfully tried to oust Nkurunziza from power in May 2015. The leader of the coup, General Godefroid Niyombare was eventually arrested. However...
(Washington Post 02/08/16)
There must be lessons to draw from the news that Cape Verdeans – along with citizens of 21 other African countries – are living better lives than they were three years ago. Get the biggest election stories in your inbox. Based on face-to-face interviews with more than 52,700 citizens in 33 countries in 2014-2015, Afrobarometer reports that in two-thirds of those countries, “lived poverty” has decreased compared to the previous survey round in 2011-2013. That means fewer people are going...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
A new UNESCO publication says thousands of African children lack textbooks or must share them. Education experts say that along with skilled teachers, textbooks are essential for meeting the U.N.-backed Sustainable Development Goals, which call for inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The recent Global Education Monitoring Report published by UNESCO discusses the extent of the shortages and proposes solutions. It says that in Cameroon, one study showed there were 12 students for one reading book and 14 to...
(Huffingtonpost 02/06/16)
The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corrupt, under-developed, and in many other unpleasant ways. However, not all these things present a true reflection of how blessed the continent is. It is true that the continent is faced with immense socio-political and economic challenges. It is also true that the continent has the longest list of leaders who have long overstayed in power and continue to...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/06/16)
From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans. The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in...
(Independent Online 02/06/16)
Addis Ababa - Politicians were to blame for high airfares that prevented Africans from travelling around their own continent, Mossadek Bally, founder, chairman and CEO of the Azalai Hotel group said. Bally, who was part of a panel in the closing session of the three-day US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said it was easier for Africans to take a plane to fly to Dubai or Paris on holiday than within Africa. “Just because we have all these...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
A British photojournalist arrested by Burundi police last month said it was a "disturbing" insight into the daily "intimidation and oppression" the media faces in the troubled country. Burundian security forces said they arrested Phil Moore, along with colleague Jean-Philippe Remy, Africa bureau chief for French daily Le Monde, alongside gunmen in the capital Bujumbura. But Moore said that was "completely false" and he had not been with any gunmen, nor photographed weapons. "That the authorities are making such patently...
(BBC News Africa 02/05/16)
Rwanda has dismissed allegations in a leaked UN report that it is training Burundian refugees who want to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza. The report, which has been seen by the Reuters news agency, is based on evidence from 18 Burundian fighters. Similar allegations have been made by Burundi's government. A political crisis in the country, sparked by President Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term last April, has led thousands to flee. Seventy thousand of the 240,000 Burundians who...

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(Reuters (Eng) 02/10/16)
Four people were killed in Burundi on Saturday night, including a child selling boiled eggs at a bar, when three grenades hit the capital Bujumbura, residents said. Nine months of violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term has left more than 400 people dead in a country that emerged from an ethnically charged civil war in 2005. Twelve people were injured in the latest blasts. "There were three simultaneous blasts. The one which hit a bar killed four people including a child who was selling boiled eggs," said a resident of Kinama neighborhood where the attacks happened, wishing to remain anonymous. Vincent Ngendahayo, a local administrator near Kinama, confirmed the death...
(The Citizen 02/10/16)
African countries have been advised to transform their economies through industrialisation to avoid shocks created by declines in commodity prices. Experts attending the 20th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) said yesterday that price decreases in oil and other commodities had shown many economies that they needed to diversify the economies. The four-day ICE, which started yesterday, involves about 250 participants from 14 Eastern African countries. "Certainly, we should learn from what is happening.
(News24 02/10/16)
Resource rich African countries are addicts that are in need of rehabilitation now that the good days are over, according to former Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti. It appears ironic that resource poor countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing growth, while resource rich countries like Nigeria and Angola are battling, Biti told the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday. "They (resource poor countries) have moved to fully diversify their economies," he said. "Diversification is key, but African...
(AL Jazeera 02/09/16)
Refugees from Burundi, who fled violence in their country to neighbouring Tanzania, have accused their government of sending armed men into a UN-run refugee camp to hunt down opposition supporters. Several refugees have told Al Jazeera that they fear for their lives and that there is no adequate security in the camps in Tanzania to protect them. "The camp is currently not safe. We live in fear of Burundian government militia [members] who are in the camp," one refugee said...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/09/16)
African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel. The annual "Flintlock" exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou left 30 people dead. The assault on a hotel used by foreigners raised concerns that militants were expanding from a stronghold in north Mali toward stable, Western allies like Senegal. Al Qaeda...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/08/16)
Four people were killed in Burundi on Saturday night, including a child selling boiled eggs at a bar, when three grenades hit the capital Bujumbura, residents said. Nine months of violence sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term has left more than 400 people dead in a country that emerged from an ethnically charged civil war in 2005. Twelve people were injured in the latest blasts. "There were three simultaneous blasts. The one which hit a bar...
(BBC News Africa 02/08/16)
Four people have been killed in Burundi in a grenade attack on a bar in the capital Bujumbura, officials say. Among the victims was a child selling boiled eggs. Ten other people were injured in Saturday's attack. Unknown attackers also threw grenades at an army patrol and at police in Bujumbura, hurting several people. Since April, more than 400 people have died in clashes triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. He won a disputed poll in...
(Washington Post 02/08/16)
There must be lessons to draw from the news that Cape Verdeans – along with citizens of 21 other African countries – are living better lives than they were three years ago. Get the biggest election stories in your inbox. Based on face-to-face interviews with more than 52,700 citizens in 33 countries in 2014-2015, Afrobarometer reports that in two-thirds of those countries, “lived poverty” has decreased compared to the previous survey round in 2011-2013. That means fewer people are going...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
A new UNESCO publication says thousands of African children lack textbooks or must share them. Education experts say that along with skilled teachers, textbooks are essential for meeting the U.N.-backed Sustainable Development Goals, which call for inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The recent Global Education Monitoring Report published by UNESCO discusses the extent of the shortages and proposes solutions. It says that in Cameroon, one study showed there were 12 students for one reading book and 14 to...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
A British photojournalist arrested by Burundi police last month said it was a "disturbing" insight into the daily "intimidation and oppression" the media faces in the troubled country. Burundian security forces said they arrested Phil Moore, along with colleague Jean-Philippe Remy, Africa bureau chief for French daily Le Monde, alongside gunmen in the capital Bujumbura. But Moore said that was "completely false" and he had not been with any gunmen, nor photographed weapons. "That the authorities are making such patently...
(Voice of America 02/05/16)
Allegations that Rwanda has been recruiting and training Burundian rebels on its territory with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza resurfaced Thursday in a confidential U.N. report. A group of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions implementation in the Democratic Republic of Congo said it had interviewed 18 Burundian fighters in DRC’s South Kivu Province. They all told the experts that “they had been recruited in the Mahama Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda in May and June 2015,” and were...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the plunge in oil prices will force significant fiscal adjustments on Africa's oil exporters. The IMF said the 70 percent fall in crude prices over the past 18 months has been a "formidable shock" to sub-Saharan African oil exporters like Nigeria and Angola, given their heavy reliance on oil receipts in state revenues. "While most oil producers have low levels of debt and adequate levels of reserves, the massive oil price decline makes adjustment...
(Xinhuanet 02/05/16)
(Xinhua) -- Cooperation in the health sector with China has helped reduce disease burden in Africa while strengthening the continent's capacity to respond to new infections, said a senior African Union (AU) official. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said in an interview with Xinhua Sunday on the sidelines of the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, that China has contributed immensely to modernization of health infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. "China has been a dependable partner...
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy may be slowing down in its industrial and manufacturing sectors, but the growth in its consumption and services sector is still adequate to push growth in African countries which depend on trade with China, analysts said Wednesday. Jonathan Stichbury, the East Africa CEO of Pine Bridge Investments, a financial services advisory and wealth management firm, said despite the talk of a Chinese economic slowdown, the 6.9 percent growth rate recorded by China in 2015 still remains much higher by the Asian regional standards.
(AFP (eng) 02/03/16)
Prosecution lawyers in Burundi have appealed the verdicts in the trial of leaders of a failed coup, demanding all should face life sentences including seven who were acquitted. They also released a list of 34 names of opposition chiefs, civil society leaders and journalists -- now in exile -- they want to face trial for their alleged role in the May 2015 coup bid. The appeal comes after a court in January jailed 21 men for their role in the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/03/16)
At least one person was killed in a grenade attack on a bar in Burundi on Monday night, witnesses said, in more violence since the African Union backed away from sending in peacekeepers without the government's consent. The grenades went off in the Butere neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura on Monday night. "One (person) was killed instantly," said Jean de Dieu, who was near the scene of attack. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye confirmed two grenades were detonated and eight people were wounded.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/03/16)
At least one person was killed in a grenade attack on a bar in Burundi on Monday night, witnesses said, in more violence since the African Union backed away from sending in peacekeepers without the government's consent. The grenades went off in the Butere neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura on Monday night. "One (person) was killed instantly," said Jean de Dieu, who was near the scene of attack. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye confirmed two grenades were detonated and eight people...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/16)
(Xinhua) -- Chinese funding to the African Union (AU) that was announced during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held last year in South Africa, is important for establishment of the African Standby Force, a senior UN official Dr. Carlos Lopes has said. "Setting up a force is always very difficult. And if the Chinese were convinced to provide funding for the initial stages, then the whole process will be easy," Lopes who is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told Xinhua in an interview during the 26th AU summit that ended on Sunday in Ethiopia.
(Voice of America 02/03/16)
 
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Investors and power developers from around the world gathered in Washington last week to push ideas and efforts to alleviate the shortages of electricity that plague many African countries. The In-Stream Auger Turbine, which uses flowing water to generate power, was among the technological innovations exhibited at the second annual Powering Africa Summit. “This unit, unlike other hydro-energy projects, doesn't take years to perform,” said Chun Pong Ng of Zoetic Global. “Unlike wind and solar that only deliver when Mother...
(The Economist 02/03/16)
Power corrupts. So too does a resource-rich economy, like Nigeria’s, where easy access to oil revenues opens the door to palm-greasing. Of 168 countries surveyed by Transparency International, an anti-corruption group Germany, in its annual Corruption Perception Index, Nigeria ranks 32nd from the bottom. Whistleblowers sometimes try to estimate how much cash has gone missing from Nigeria’s public purse. In 2014 a respected former central-bank governor lost his job after claiming that $20 billion had been stolen. But this captures...

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(AFP (eng) 02/09/16)
President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent. The Electrify Africa Act, which unanimously passed the House of Representatives and Senate, leverages partnerships with the private sector in order to bring first-time electricity access to some 50 million people in underserved parts of Africa. Virtually no new US federal funds are allocated for the project, which instead will use a system of loan guarantees to add 20,000 megawatts of electricity to the continent's grid by 2020. Access to power is a fundamental development challenge in Africa, and boosting it will...
(Financial Times 02/09/16)
Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the ecommerce group at more than $1bn. French insurer Axa will pay €75m for an 8 per cent stake in Africa Internet Group, which owns several start-ups including online retailer Jumia, mobile taxi app Easy Taxi and delivery app HelloFood, giving the company a valuation of €938m ($1.04bn). FirstFT is our new essential daily email briefing of the best stories from across the web There are 151 so-called “unicorns” — private start-ups valued at $1bn — across the globe, according to CBInsights, the venture capital database. But enthusiasm for these has started to wane in recent months as investors have become more sceptical about...
(The Guardian 02/08/16)
Frank Makarani has been fishing in Lake Victoria for the past 40 years. The 66-year-old recounted that in those good days fishing was a paying job. “I remember in 1990s when fishing was at its peak, I managed to build a four-bedroom house in Nyakato area, on the outskirts of Mwanza City, but now things have changed to worse,” he said. “For small-scale fishermen like me, fishes are nowhere to be seen. And the reason behind is that fish stock has reduced compared to the past,”said the father of seven, who uses locally made canoe to do his fishing activities.
(Huffingtonpost 02/06/16)
The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corrupt, under-developed, and in many other unpleasant ways. However, not all these things present a true reflection of how blessed the continent is. It is true that the continent is faced with immense socio-political and economic challenges. It is also true that the continent has the longest list of leaders who have long overstayed in power and continue to...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/06/16)
From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans. The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in...
(Independent Online 02/06/16)
Addis Ababa - Politicians were to blame for high airfares that prevented Africans from travelling around their own continent, Mossadek Bally, founder, chairman and CEO of the Azalai Hotel group said. Bally, who was part of a panel in the closing session of the three-day US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said it was easier for Africans to take a plane to fly to Dubai or Paris on holiday than within Africa. “Just because we have all these...
(Voice of America 02/01/16)
A new study about Africa shows the importance of developing roads, electrical grids, health clinics and other forms of infrastructure for promoting development — and reducing poverty. The survey by the polling firm Afrobarometer, a nonpartisan research network, found that more than 20 countries in Africa have improved economic growth and living conditions with active government support. The report found that 22 out of the 33 countries surveyed showed impressive improvements in some of the “development infrastructure” that lifts living standards, such as food, clean water, cooking fuel, health care and income.
(Xinhuanet 01/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) says the mining sector and intra-Africa trade are critical to ensure that trade and industry play a catalytic role in Africa's transformation agenda. Speaking to the press on Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Fatima Haram Acyl, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, recalled that the AU heads of states adopted the African Mining Vision (AMV) in February 2009, with a view to making the mining sector more responsive to African economic and social development needs.
(Xinhuanet 01/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- Africa's positive economic performance is now being put to the test in the face of the challenges posed by current circumstances, noted a senior official of the African Union (AU). Speaking to the press on Wednesday in the framework of the 26th AU Summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Anthony Mothae Maruping, AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs, said drop in commodities prices, interest rate rise in the U.S., severe drought, floods and regional conflicts all have combined to...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/16)
(Xinhua) -- Africa's economic growth has been forecast to grow 4.4 percent in 2016, up from 3.7 percent in 2015, said a UN report released on Tuesday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Increasing domestic demand coupled with an improving regional business environment and increasing public investment, especially in infrastructure, underpin the set economic growth on the continent, according to the report. Africa's growth will rely on other factors including improving macroeconomic management, a buoyant service sector, and increasing trade and investment ties with emerging economies; and these factors are also expected to support regional growth in 2017, said the report.
(The New York Times 01/26/16)
Years of rapid economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa fueled hopes of a prosperous new era. To many, the world’s poorest continent was finally emerging, with economies that were no longer dependent on the fickle global demand for Africa’s raw resources. But as China’s economy slows and its once seemingly insatiable hunger for Africa’s commodities wanes, many African economies are tumbling, quickly. Since the start of this year, the outlook across the continent has grown grimmer, especially in its two biggest economies, Nigeria and South Africa. Their currencies fell to record lows this month as China, Africa’s biggest trading partner, announced that imports from Africa plummeted nearly 40 percent in 2015.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/23/16)
India has asked its oil firms to boost ties with resource-rich Africa as the south Asian nation wants to take advantage of tumbling crude prices to lock in supplies to meet future demand. India is seen as the most important driver of energy demand growth in the world in the years to come with its oil consumption seen rising by 6 million barrels per day (bpd) to about 10 million bpd by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA)...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/16)
(Xinhua) -- China's economic slowdown will not affect Africa's overall economic expansion in 2016, an economic expert said on Wednesday. Standard Chartered Bank Africa Global Research Chief Economist Razia Khan told a media briefing in Nairobi that international trade has not traditionally been a determinant of economic growth in Africa. According to the economist, China plans to maintain long term relations with Africa. "So, Chinese engagement with Africa will not change fundamentally even as its economy weakens," she said. The...
(Voice of America 01/22/16)
At an intersection in this small farmers' town nestled in the misty mountains surrounding the Burundi capital, traders jostle to sell vegetables to passing motorists. Bujumbura is only 25 miles (40 kilometers) away and yet so far, deemed unsafe to travel to by many here because of the frequent sounds of gunfire and explosions coming from the capital's volatile neighborhoods. Business in Bujumbura is suffering greatly as a political crisis stemming from the president's seeking and winning a third term...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)Fancy a drink of Sparletta Stoney Tangawizi? Or maybe a glass of Krest Bitter Lemon? Those are two of over 100 drinks that Coca-Cola produces in Africa, many tailored to local taste. The approach in each city may differ, but the company's strategy is the same everywhere: a Coke product should always be within reach. "It is very important that as a business we really ensure that we continue to be relevant to consumers and customers," Nathan Kalumbu, President Coca-Cola...
(CNN 01/21/16)
Investors have been rushing to Africa since the end of the global financial crisis, lured by untapped opportunities and high economic growth rates. The push into Africa has been a perennial talking point at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, prompting an increase in Africa's participation at the prestigious gathering of world leaders. This year, however, the conversation may shift as investors reflect on the economic headwinds facing nearly all emerging economies. Davos 2016 looks set to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/21/16)
Africa's small farmers, more than half of whom buy their seeds from local informal markets, need access to improved seeds that can yield more food and cope with climate change, according to research published on Wednesday. Innovations in food science, including seeds that produce vitamin-rich food and crops that can withstand the hotter, drier conditions due to global warming, are not reaching many of Africa's small farmers as they are not available in local markets, researchers said. The study, published...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/20/16)
Dreams of Africa’s inexorable economic climb are being interrupted by new challenges like the cries of student protesters at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand. Students blocked streets and burned tires on the Johannesburg campus for weeks late last year to protest tuition increases they said the country’s mostly poor black majority couldn’t afford. The protests snowballed into a nationwide indictment of the government’s inability to create jobs and cut inequality. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma placated students with a promise not to raise tuition this year.
(MmegiOnline 01/18/16)
Before the end of the first period of colonialism African nations were properties of their colonial masters who did what they could to rape the continent of whatever the resources they deemed good for the development of their citizens in Europe. Out of nowhere and without consultation with the people of the African continent, the Europeans met and divided the continent among themselves in what has been termed the scramble for Africa. Through this scramble, France, Britain, Germany, Portugal, Spain,...
(News24 01/13/16)
Sub-Saharan Africa should prioritise addressing the power sector if it is to alleviate domestic impediments to growth, according to the World Bank. In a 2016 report entitled Global Economic Prospects: Spillovers amid Weak Growth released last week, the World Bank said structural reforms are needed to alleviate domestic impediments to growth and to accelerate economic diversification. "Creating the conditions for a more competitive manufacturing sector would require, in particular, a major improvement in providing electricity," said the global bank. "Addressing...

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(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/16)
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Sheikh Salman, South African politician and businessman Tokyo Sexwale and Prince Ali are among five candidates standing in the election, with the Jordanian fearing vote deals had been struck between the two confederations who will have a combined 100 votes in...
(Voice of America 12/29/15)
KAMPALA— Burundi's government negotiator and the opposition came out of the first session of peace talks in Uganda divided over the question of international peacekeepers. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni gave the opening remarks, saying that while he recognized the sovereignty of Burundi, it could not be a reason for inaction on the part of the international community. “One million people dead just here in Rwanda. And we watched, what could we do.
(Dw-World 12/22/15)
Joseph Blatter has pledged to fight the eight-year ban handed down to him by FIFA's Ethics Committee with all means at his disposal. He also reiterated earlier assertions that he had done nothing wrong. The FIFA president told reporters at a press conference in Zurich on Monday that he would go to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and to a Swiss human rights court in a bid to get his ban on all football-related activities overturned. "I will...
(Xinhuanet 11/25/15)
(Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) believes its officials are targeted negatively in the fight against doping that is bedeviling track and field discipline at the moment. CAA believes embattled International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) former president Lamine Diack is being condemned without trial for abetting doping.
(This Day Live 09/14/15)
After running previous 11 editions, as the All Africa Games, the Games has now been renamed the 'African Games,' an official revealed at the weekend. The Games returned to its birthplace, Brazzaville, in 2015, where it was first held 50 years ago in 1965 as the All Africa Games. The Games are expected to be held every four years. However, for one reason or the other, the four yearly cycle has not been maintained. According to the Executive Secretary of...
(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...
(Dw-World 06/04/15)
There have been many expressions of regret by soccer fans and functionaries across Africa following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as as president of FIFA later this year. If there was one thing Sepp Blatter could be sure of during his nearly 18 years as FIFA president, it was that he had the support of African soccer. The continent's governing soccer body CAF, and its individual 54 voting members, has repeatedly expressed thanks and appreciation for Blatter's...
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(AFP (eng) 01/11/16)
Burundi journalist Esdras Ndikumana, the AFP and Radio France Internationale correspondent who was forced to flee last year, was awarded the 2015 French diplomatic press prize on Monday for his work covering the troubled country. Ndikumana, 54, who sought refuge in Kenya and is the first foreigner to be awarded the prize, won it for "his courage and will to inform", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. The award is also "a message of support to all your Burundian and African colleagues who carry out exemplary work", Fabius added. Ndikumana, who covered events in the central African country from 2001 for AFP and 2002 for RFI, fled in August after being badly beaten following his...
(Voice of America 08/21/15)
NAIROBI— A dusty music store in downtown Nairobi was once the hotspot for East African musicians recording music with influences from across the region. While the shop suffered with the introduction of CDs and MP3s, a renewed interest in vinyl records is bringing back the music and the customers. Abdul Karim, the owner of the Melodica music store in downtown Nairobi talks and plays music for a visitor. In the back of his shop with a pile of old 45 RPM records, he slips on a pair of glasses to better read the information about a recording. “This is a band called Olonde family band, there you go, there is the influence of family or whatever. And the song is...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore...
(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...
(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...
(AL Jazeera 02/09/16)
Refugees from Burundi, who fled violence in their country to neighbouring Tanzania, have accused their government of sending armed men into a UN-run refugee camp to hunt down opposition supporters. Several refugees have told Al Jazeera that they fear for their lives and that there is no adequate security in the camps in Tanzania to protect them. "The camp is currently not safe. We live in fear of Burundian government militia [members] who are in the camp," one refugee said in a phone interview, after Al Jazeera visited a camp in north west Tanzania. The Burundian government has denied the allegations. More than 200,000 people have fled Burundi since the African country slipped into a...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
The deputy chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission said the commission, contrary to Burundi opposition claims, did not abandon the people of Burundi at last week's AU summit by its failure to send peacekeepers to the country. The exiled leader of the opposition Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU) accused the African Union and the international community of turning their backs on the people of Burundi while people were being killed by the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
(BBC News Africa 02/08/16)
Four people have been killed in Burundi in a grenade attack on a bar in the capital Bujumbura, officials say. Among the victims was a child selling boiled eggs. Ten other people were injured in Saturday's attack. Unknown attackers also threw grenades at an army patrol and at police in Bujumbura, hurting several people. Since April, more than 400 people have died in clashes triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. He won a disputed poll in...
(BBC News Africa 02/05/16)
Rwanda has dismissed allegations in a leaked UN report that it is training Burundian refugees who want to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza. The report, which has been seen by the Reuters news agency, is based on evidence from 18 Burundian fighters. Similar allegations have been made by Burundi's government. A political crisis in the country, sparked by President Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term last April, has led thousands to flee. Seventy thousand of the 240,000 Burundians who...
(Voice of America 02/05/16)
Allegations that Rwanda has been recruiting and training Burundian rebels on its territory with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza resurfaced Thursday in a confidential U.N. report. A group of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions implementation in the Democratic Republic of Congo said it had interviewed 18 Burundian fighters in DRC’s South Kivu Province. They all told the experts that “they had been recruited in the Mahama Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda in May and June 2015,” and were...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/03/16)
At least one person was killed in a grenade attack on a bar in Burundi on Monday night, witnesses said, in more violence since the African Union backed away from sending in peacekeepers without the government's consent. The grenades went off in the Butere neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura on Monday night. "One (person) was killed instantly," said Jean de Dieu, who was near the scene of attack. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye confirmed two grenades were detonated and eight people were wounded.
(Voice of America 02/02/16)
United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he is alarmed by the deepening crisis in Burundi and warns action must be taken to stop the country’s descent toward a possible bloodbath. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expressed regret Monday at the African Union's decision not to send a peacekeeping force of 5,000 to Burundi. He said the AU plan has been placed in the freezer for the time being, while further negotiations...
(Voice of America 02/02/16)
At the African Union’s 26th Summit in Addis Ababa over the weekend, Burundi was a primary focus of the group’s agenda. During his opening remarks, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged action. “In Burundi, I welcome your proposal to deploy human rights observers and to establish a protection and prevention mission,” said the secretary-general. “This crisis requires the most serious and urgent commitment from all of us,” Ban said. But the African Union’s commissioner for peace and security, Smail Chergui, announced...
(BBC News Africa 02/01/16)
The African Union has abandoned its plan to send 5,000 peacekeepers to help restore stability to troubled Burundi. Officials said they would instead encourage political dialogue between Burundi's opposing sides. Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza had fiercely opposed the AU plan's to send peacekeepers. His decision last April to seek a third term in office has led to ongoing violence and fears that Burundi is sliding into ethnic conflict. At least 439 people have died and 240,000 have fled abroad since...
(Voice of America 02/01/16)
The African Union wrapped up its heads of state summit Sunday, without a decisive action on Burundi. The African Union did not gather enough support during its summit to deploy troops to Burundi, without the country's consent. Despite a decision from the AU Peace and Security Council in December, to send in troops to halt violence. Peace and Security Commissioner for the African Union, Smail Chergui said the continental body will send a high level delegation to Burundi, to continue consultations and a possible deployment.
(Voice of America 02/01/16)
The government of Burundi is satisfied by the AU decision to hold off on sending a protection force to Burundi, while the opposition feels betrayed. African heads of state who held a summit for two days in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, could not reach a consensus on the AU recommendation to send a 5,000-member protection force to Burundi. Burundi Foreign Minister Alain Nyamitwe, who was interviewed by Central Africa service right after the heads of state wrapped up the...
(Voice of America 01/30/16)
Authorities in Burundi have released two foreign journalists a day after they were arrested in the capital. VOA's Central Africa service reports that British photographer Phil Moore and the Africa chief for the French daily Le Monde, Jean-Philippe Remy, were released Friday. It says none of the two men's equipment was returned after they refused to disclose the passwords to their smartphones. Their media accreditations have also been revoked. Burundi’s security minister said the two men were arrested Thursday in Bujumbura in the company of armed criminals.
(Voice of America 01/29/16)
The human rights group Amnesty International says satellite images and witnesses point to possible mass graves in Burundi that appeared after security forces retaliated against rebel gunmen in Bujumbura. "These images suggest a deliberate effort by authorities to cover up the extent of the killings by their security forces and to prevent the full truth from coming out," Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty's director for East Africa, said Thursday. Amnesty said police and security forces killed dozens of people on December 11...
(Voice of America 01/29/16)
On the eve of the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Burundi has again said it will not accept AU peacekeepers in the country. On Thursday, Burundi’s main opposition coalition CNARED urged the African Union and the international community to send an AU peacekeeping force. CNARED leader Leonard Nyangoma said a failure by the international community to support the Burundian people would lead to the “resurgence of armed groups” to fight what he called “the aggression of...
(BBC News Africa 01/29/16)
Rights group Amnesty says it has found five possible mass graves near Burundi's capital, where security forces are accused of killing scores of people in December. Meanwhile, Burundian police said they had arrested two foreign journalists who were reporting on armed groups. Violence in the country began last April, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term. At least 439 people have died and 240,000 have fled abroad, the UN says. African Union (AU) leaders are due...
(Voice of America 01/26/16)
The government of Burundi says that it hopes members of the U.N. Security Council who were in Burundi for two days got a chance to see for themselves that the reality on the ground sharply differs from what is related by some local and international media. Despite the announcement by Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and head of the UNSC delegation, that not much was achieved during the two-day visit, the government of Burundi argues that it was...
(Voice of America 01/25/16)
ADDIS ABABA— The U.N. Security Council departed Africa on Saturday, considering its options to help quell political violence in Burundi. Council members had a disappointing meeting with President Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday, in which he showed no sign of softening his rejection of an African Union peacekeeping force or engaging in a substantive and inclusive dialogue with the opposition. “The African Union has to work through what its next move is, now that the force it authorized is rejected,” the...
(Voice of America 01/25/16)
ADDIS ABABA— The U.N. Security Council departed Africa on Saturday, considering its options to help quell political violence in Burundi. Council members had a disappointing meeting with President Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday, in which he showed no sign of softening his rejection of an African Union peacekeeping force or engaging in a substantive and inclusive dialogue with the opposition. “The African Union has to work through what its next move is, now that the force it authorized is rejected,” the...
(Voice of America 01/25/16)
HARARE— Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo say Africa wants to see reforms enacted at the U.N. Security Council and they want the continent to be given at least one spot as a permanent member. The call came at the end of a visit to Zimbabwe by Nguema and ahead of an African Union General Assembly later this month. Mugabe — who is handing over the rotating AU chairmanship — said his Equatorial Guinea...
(Voice of America 01/23/16)
GITEGA, BURUNDI— Burundi’s president remained firm Friday in his rejection of an African Union-proposed peacekeeping force to help restore calm to his country. “The people decided through the National Assembly,” President Pierre Nkurunziza told a visiting delegation of the U.N. Security Council. He said the African Union “must respect Burundi as a member state and we must be consulted” on the matter. Last month, the African Union announced it would deploy a 5,000-strong “prevention and protection” force to Burundi for...

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