| Africatime
Wednesday 04 March 2015
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
MASERU, March (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Monday gave its nod to the parliamentary elections in Lesotho. "Based on its observations, the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) concludes that the 2015 National Assembly Elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho were peaceful, transparent, credible, free and fair, thus reflecting the will of the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho," said Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, who led the SEOM. In this regard, the SEOM urges all political parties and candidates to accept the outcome of the election and encourages any political party or candidate that may wish to challenge the election results to do so in accordance...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- A UN-backed wildlife project on Monday urged the international community to be serious about organized wildlife crime, the threat of which, it said, has been on the rise to wild species. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) said wildlife and forest crime today has transformed into one of the largest transnational organized criminal activities alongside drug trafficking, arms, and trafficking in human beings. "Beyond immediate environmental impacts, the illegal trade in natural resources is depriving developing economies of billions of dollars in lost revenues," GRASP said in a statement received in Nairobi.
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Forensic experts from Sub-Saharan Africa on Monday sounded alarm over a spike in violence and sophisticated crime that threatens stability and development. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for health James Macharia told a conference in Nairobi that African countries have witnessed an upsurge in violence, terrorism, rape and cross border crimes. "Africa is reeling from many disasters; rape cases, domestic violence, mass deaths in terrorist attacks and motor vehicle accidents. This calls for strengthening of our forensic capacity...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/02/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The Congolese army has killed at least 10 rebel fighters and captured territory, weapons and men during its latest campaign to stamp out an insurgency in the east of the country, the government spokesman said on Sunday. Seven rebel fighters have been killed in fighting near the town of Tongo in North Kivu province since Saturday and a government soldier was also killed there, spokesman Lambert Mende told Reuters. Three rebels were killed earlier in South Kivu.
(Voice of America 03/02/15)
KINSHASA— The Congolese army has killed seven rebel fighters and captured territory, weapons and men since the start of its campaign to stamp out an insurgency in the east of the country, the government spokesman said on Sunday. One soldier has been killed since the push began last week in North and South Kivu against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a force central to two decades of conflict in region that borders Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, he...
(Ips News 03/02/15)
Johannesburg — The most persistent myth about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that they are necessary to feed a growing global population. Highly effective marketing campaigns have drilled it into our heads that GMOs will produce more food on less land in an environmentally friendly manner. The mantra has been repeated so often that it is considered to be truth. Now this mantra has come to Africa, sung by the United States administration and multinational corporations like Monsanto, seeking to...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
KIRUMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese government forces ousted rebels from hills in heavy fighting in North Kivu province on Friday, an army spokesman said, cranking up a campaign to crush an insurgency at the heart of two decades of conflict. The rebel ranks contain remnants of fighters involved in neighboring Rwanda's genocide in 1994. Since moving into chaotic eastern Congo, they have sought to exploit the region's rich deposits of gold, diamonds and tin and waged periodic war with the Kinshasa government and other armed groups.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
Nairobi — The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, about mobilising the funds to improve prediction, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. More accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather would help protect lives and assets from disasters, experts...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/15)
The International Criminal Court on Friday upheld the acquittal of Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, freed more than two years ago on war crimes charges. "The Appeals Chamber by majority confirms the acquittal and rejects the (prosecution's) appeal," Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng told the Hague-based ICC, the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal. Ngudjolo, 44, is a former leader of the Nationalist Integrationist Front (FNI) militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and his acquittal in December 2012 was...
(Voice of America 02/27/15)
The International Criminal Court on Friday upheld its acquittal of Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo, two years after finding him not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In a 3-2 majority ruling, the Hague-based court rejected an appeal by prosecutors, who sought a retrial in the case. Ngudjolo was charged in connection with a 2003 massacre at a village that left about 200 people dead in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Many of the victims were hacked...
(Youtube 02/27/15)
 
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Democratic Republic of Congo government spokesman said on Sunday, President Joseph Kabila has renounced U.N. support for a military campaign against Rwandan Hutu rebels and criticized international interference in national affairs. U.N. peacekeepers were due to support an operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) but paused assistance last week over concerns about human rights abuses by two Congolese generals tapped to lead the campaign.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing the State Forestry Administration, which regulates the trade. The ban will affect carvings acquired after 1975, it added. Prince William has previously been critical of China over its consumption of ivory,...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/15)
Fearful villagers have been fleeing their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as the army pursues Rwandan Hutu rebels in a new offensive, a resident said on Thursday Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday. A day later, "Mulenge and the surrounding villages have no...
(AL Jazeera 02/26/15)
Army takes on group made up of mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels in South Kivu province, sparking fear among civilians. The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has launched an assault against rebels in the volatile east of the country. The offensive, which began on Tuesday in South Kivu province, is targeting a group called the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Army sources told Al Jazeera that the rebels had fled into the forest when they...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries will scale up investments in social programs like education and health to tackle poverty and inequality, ministers said on Wednesday Ministers, scholars and grassroot advocates attending a social development forum in Nairobi noted that endemic poverty, inequality and exclusion dims Africa's rising narrative. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto opened the African ministerial forum that discussed innovative policy and funding options to accelerate socioeconomic transformation in the continent. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
(BBC News Africa 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has launched an attack against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the east of the country. Ministers had previously pledged to target the FDLR militants after they failed to meet a deadline to disarm last month. Hutu rebels were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. UN peacekeepers in DR Congo withdrew an offer to support the operation because two government generals are suspected of human rights abuses. Tuesday's attack took place in the eastern South Kivu...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese government forces launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, military officials said, in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), whose ranks include former soldiers and Hutu militiamen responsible for Rwanda's 1994 genocide, have been at the center of nearly two decades of violence in eastern Congo. Tuesday's fighting took place in South...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
YAOUNDE— Cybersecurity experts from the 10 member states of the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS) have met in Cameroon to determine ways of reducing cyber criminality and terrorism. The member states say the threat of terrorism is high and have agreed to improve collaboration and organizational commitment in fighting electronic crime. Cameroon has said it is investigating a network of cyber criminals who have penetrated computer systems and networks to hack into personal and corporate bank accounts.
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels based in the eastern DRC. Congolese military sources say the operation against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began Tuesday morning near the city of Uvira, in South Kivu province. Congo promised the offensive after the FDLR failed to meet a January 2 deadline to disarm. FDLR leaders were involved in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and the group is responsible for numerous killings in...

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