Friday 15 December 2017
(Voice of America 11/04/13)
Heads of state and governments in both the Southern African and the Great Lakes regions plan to meet in the South African capital, Pretoria, Monday, to review the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The summit is organized by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). It’s the follow-up to an agreement signed between the two groups last February to find ways of addressing the security challenges within the DRC. “This [summit] is a follow up to ensure that there is a full implementation of this framework [and] to review the implementation process and a way forward,” said Tanki Mothae, SADC’s director of politics, defense and security cooperation...
(The Independent 11/04/13)
We start off this week’s news roundup in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the M23 rebels on Sunday declared a ceasefire in their fight with the army, in a move they hope will advance peace talks with the government, France24 reports. “We call on the facilitator of the Kampala peace talks to immediately put in place a mechanism to monitor the ceasefire,” the rebels said in statement. There was no immediate reaction from the army, which has pushed the rebels from all the towns they once controlled during a 20-month rebellion in North Kivu province. Rebel fighters this week abandoned Bunagana, their last stronghold in the eastern province, and have withdrawn into the hills and forests around Congo’s border...
(BBC News Africa 11/04/13)
A rare solar eclipse allowing a view of the Sun that is totally or partially blocked by the Moon has taken place. It was first visible in the southern United States, before sweeping east across the Atlantic Ocean and the African continent. The US space agency, Nasa, said the greatest total eclipse occurred over the Atlantic Ocean. One of the best views was in northern Kenya, where tour companies organised trips to view a total blackout. Local myths there attribute the event to the Moon eating the Sun. Men and women from the Turkana tribe take part in a ceremony in the Sibiloi national Park in the Turkana region Men and women from the Turkana tribe in Kenya took part...
(AFP 11/03/13)
PARIS, November 3, 2013 (AFP) - President Francois Hollande on Sunday held an emergency meeting on the shock abduction and killing of two French radio journalists by armed men in northern Mali. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira and the head of France's external intelligence services agency Bernard Bajolet attended the hour-long crisis talks with Hollande to try and shed light on the double murder. Radio France Internationale (RFI) journalist Ghislaine Dupont and sound technician Claude Verlon had travelled Saturday to the northern city of Kidal to interview a spokesman for the Tuareg separatist group the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), and were abducted outside his home, according to their employer. Dupont, 57, and Verlon,...
(Reuters 11/02/13)
UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - Rwanda, Togo and Morocco are set to circulate to U.N. Security Council members on Friday a draft resolution to defer the International Criminal Court trials of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for one year. The African Union asked the Security Council last week to postpone the trials of Kenyatta and Ruto so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack by al Qaeda-linked group al Shabaab, in which at least 67 people were killed in September. Kenyatta and Ruto face charges related to the violence after Kenya's 2007 elections, in which 1,200 people died. Both deny the charges and have tried to have the cases adjourned or halted. Ruto's...
(The New York Times 11/01/13)
The decomposing bodies of 87 migrants from the impoverished West African nation of Niger were discovered in the Sahara this week just a few miles from a well, apparently stranded after a desperate search for water, said the head of a local humanitarian organization who helped bury many of the bodies. Two trucks carrying the migrants — men, women and children — broke down in the northern desert while trying to reach neighboring Algeria, said Almoustapha Alhacen, speaking by telephone from Arlit, where they started their journey on Sept. 26. Responders, himself included, found groups of corpses — 15 here, 11 there — scattered in a wide radius around a well that the victims had tried to reach. Five other...
(Bloomberg 10/31/13)
More than 2,000 demonstrators marched in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, to protest against a wave of kidnappings and armed clashes between government forces and former rebels in central Sofala province. The rally shut stores and halted traffic in a number of city center streets. “We are here to say that’s enough,” Alice Mapote, president of Mozambique’s Human Rights League, told a crowd today at the city’s Independence Park. “We need peace and stability.” Six people, including a member of an elite police unit that protects President Armando Guebuza and two policemen, were jailed for 16 years on Oct. 28 for their role in abductions. The next day the police criminal investigations director in Maputo, Januario Cumbana, was fired. Fighting between Mozambique’s...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/13)
WASHINGTON | Thu Oct 31, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States condemned "reprehensible attacks" on civilians in Mozambique on Thursday and expressed concern about escalating violence between the army and opposition party Renamo. "We condemn the use of violence to address political differences and call on all parties to immediately end the hostilities and take decisive and visible steps to de-escalate growing tensions," the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Washington's repudiation comes amid growing concerns that recent fighting in the southern African nation could spark a wider conflict. So far, the violence has been mostly focused several hundred miles (kilometers) north of the capital Maputo. On Wednesday, Renamo said the army was targeting its leader after President Armando...
(AFP (eng) 10/31/13)
MAPUTO, October 31, 2013 (AFP) - Thousands of Mozambicans took part in a nationwide march for peace Thursday, amid violent clashes between government troops and rebels who have taken up arms two decades after civil war. In the capital Maputo thousands marched to Independence Square wearing white T-shirts emblazoned with messages like "No War" and "Peace". Similar scenes were reported in the southeast African country's second city, the port of Beira, and other population centres. The Frelimo-led government recently launched an offensive against their civil war rivals Renamo, who launched a series of deadly attacks demanding a greater share of the country's wealth. Thursday's demonstrations were a "cry for help", said Alice Mabota, president of the Human Rights League, a...
(BBC News Africa 10/31/13)
Mozambicans have been outraged at the government's failure to end kidnappings for ransom after a child was murdered by his abductors. A rights group has called for the interior minister to resign after about 10 abductions in the past eight days. Kidnappers have demanded ransoms of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Six people, including a presidential guard, were sentenced to 16 years in prison on Monday for their involvement in abductions. The guard, Arsenio Chitsotso, was a member of the elite police unit that protects President Armando Guebuza, reports the BBC's Jose Tembe from the capital, Maputo. Two other policemen were jailed with him by a court in Maputo. The government said police involvement in kidnappings was regrettable. If I...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/13)
ABUJA | Thu Oct 31, 2013 (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth is expected to increase to six percent in 2014, from five percent this year, supported by investment in infrastructure and production capacity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday. The IMF had predicted in May that the region would grow 5.7 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2014. It said the slight downward revisions were due mainly to weaker global economic conditions, while budget delays in oil producer Angola and oil theft in Africa's top crude exporter Nigeria also hurt growth. Inflation on the continent is expected to be less than six percent next year, its third year of decline due to benign prospects for food...
(Sierra Express media 10/31/13)
LAGOS, Nigeria, October 31, 2013/ – The African Innovation Foundation ( http://www.africaninnovation.org ) today announced it will extend the deadline for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014 ( http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org ) applications to 30 November 2013. The IPA is an initiative that mobilizes African innovators and entrepreneurs who deliver market-oriented solutions that increase efficiency or cost-saving in Africa. Attending an innovation roundtable in Nigeria, the IPA representative highlighted the need to invest in innovation to accelerate economic growth on the continent. “Africa has experienced one of the fastest economic growths in recent history – 6 per cent on average. Innovation has and will continue to play a vital role in this growth, and with this in mind, the IPA is...
(AL Jazeera 10/31/13)
The bodies of 87 migrants were found in Niger's northern desert after they died of thirst just a few kilometres from the border of Algeria, their planned destination, security officials said. The corpses of the seven men, 32 women and 48 children were in addition to five bodies of women and girls found earlier, a security source said. All died in early October after a failed attempt to reach Algeria that began in late September, the source added. Almoustapha Alhacen, a spokesman of local aid organisation Aghir In'man, confirmed the death toll and gave a graphic account of discovering the bodies. "The corpses were decomposed; it was horrible," he said. "We found them in different locations in a 20km radius...
(AFP (eng) 10/30/13)
CHIMOIO, October 30, 2013 (AFP) - Mozambique's president insisted Wednesday that violent clashes with armed rebels did not spell a slide back to brutal civil war, insisting the energy-rich nation remains a safe bet for investors. "I do not think, and that is a strong 'no'... that we are going back to war," Armando Guebuza told AFP in an exclusive interview, amid the worst political violence the country has seen since its brutal 16-year civil war ended in 1992. That conflict -- which pitted Guebuza's Frelimo liberation movement against anti-Communist Renamo rebels -- led to the deaths of an estimated one million people and made Mozambique a byword for internecine bloodshed. Since then the country has boomed, amid a coal...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/30/13)
MAPUTO | Wed Oct 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Mozambique's Renamo opposition party said on Wednesday the army was trying to hunt down and kill its leader after President Armando Guebuza said the former rebel group was threatening national sovereignty with renewed attacks. Renamo chief and ex-rebel commander Afonso Dhlakama is in hiding in the mountains of central Mozambique after government troops on October 21 overran his jungle base camp, where he had been living for a year after withdrawing from city life. This week the army captured another Renamo jungle camp in central Sofala province, tightening a military noose around Dhlakama and his followers who are holed up in the nearby Gorongosa mountains, military officials say. "(Renamo) President Dhlakama is...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/30/13)
NIAMEY | (Reuters) - Around 10 migrants from Niger have died of thirst and 50 are missing after one of the vehicles they were travelling in broke down in the Sahara, the governor of the Niger's northern region of Agadez said on Tuesday. Although the number of West Africans seeking to reach Europe has dropped in recent years, the route across the Sahara is still used by some migrants from the region and those from farther afield. Hundreds of those who make it to the Mediterranean have drowned trying to cross in recent months. "Two vehicles left for a neighboring country and when one of them broke down, ten people sadly died," Garba Maikido, governor of the desert region of...
(AFP (eng) 10/29/13)
CATANDICA, October 29, 2013 (AFP) - Mozambique government forces have seized a second military base of the former Renamo rebels, a week after raiding the group's main base, a presidential spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. "There was an exchange of fire but no loss of human life," during the attack Monday on the base in Maringue in central Mozambique, Edson Macuacua said. "Their two main bases were Sathundjira and Maringue and they have been deactivated," he said, describing the second base as a temporary but large structure. "They are weak at the moment with the deactivation of these two bases." Government troops last week attacked Renamo's main bush camp at Sathundjira in the central Gorongosa mountains, where the group's leader...
(CNN 10/29/13)
(CNN) -- A U.N. peacekeeper was killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent fighting, according to a statement release Sunday from the spokesperson for the Secretary-General. The Tanzanian peacekeeper was part the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the unstable eastern part of the vast nation in Central Africa. The mission was joining the Congolese military in an effort to protect civilians about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Goma, the largest city in the region, the statement said. The mission said Friday it was on "high alert" and monitoring the clashes between Congolese forces and M23 rebels. The U.N .mission stated that about 5,000 civilians from the town of Kibumba crossed the border into Rwanda on Friday...
(Voice of America 10/29/13)
A spokesman for the African Union (AU) says high ranking officials from the group will meet in the Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan Tuesday to promote security and stability on the continent. “The whole idea is to bridge the divide between the policy makers and the practitioners,” said AU spokesman El-Ghassim Wane. “It is also to facilitate coordination [and] harmonization among special envoys among officials working on the same issues on the African continent, and it provides the platform for outreach for AU’s efforts on peace and security on the continent.” Also attending the meeting will be the leadership of regional economic communities, the United Nations, Arab League, European Union and member of bilateral partners, academic researchers and representatives of...
(Irish Examiner 10/29/13)
Scores of children were among the members of immigrant families who have been DNA-tested in the past two years. Around 220 DNA tests were carried out, mainly as part of family reunification proceedings where a relative of an individual who has been granted permission to reside in the State applies to the immigration authorities for permission to join them here. Most of the tests, 82%, were sought to establish the parentage of a child central to the application, but people needing to prove that they were siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents were also tested. Some of the most frequently tested nationalities were those from Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Uganda and Afghanistan. The Department of...

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