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(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
KAMPALA | Mon Oct 28, 2013 (Reuters) - About 10,000 Congolese refugees have fled into Uganda to escape fighting between a new rebel faction identified as M18 and militias in Congo's lawless northeast, Red Cross and military officials said on Monday. The Ugandan military says M18 is not linked to the M23 insurgency battling the U.N.-backed Democratic Republic of Congo's armed forces in nearby North Kivu province and that the leadership of the new rebels remains unknown. Rich in lucrative minerals and agricultural commodities but long poorly governed, eastern Congo has spawned various rebel and militia groups over the past few decades, some formed mainly to seize the region's abundant natural resources. Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Catherine Ntabadde said refugees...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo | (Reuters) - The Congolese army said it made significant advances against eastern rebel forces in a second day of fierce fighting on Saturday and called on neighboring Rwanda to help disarm the insurgents. The army clashed with M23 rebels on Friday for the first time in two months after peace talks in Uganda broke down this week. Rwanda accused the army of firing a shell into its territory, sparking fears its military might intervene. M23 said in a statement on Saturday that the army had launched a "generalized attack" on several fronts but that the fighting was turning in its favor. Army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli said, however, that M23 had been forced out...
(The Independent 10/27/13)
East London - The people of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which would lead to regime change in an African state, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. “Through the AU (African Union), the peoples of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which seeks to foster an agenda of regime change,” Zuma said at the University of Fort Hare's East London campus. In a speech prepared for delivery at the university's Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 50th anniversary lecture, the president said the replacement of democratically elected governments on the continent must be rejected. “We must do everything we can to prevent Africa from being cheaply auctioned as a result of the ineptitude and...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again with comments in Friday's release of the FIFA Weekly magazine, in which he said the African and Asian regions deserved more representation at World Cup finals. Blatter, who has stayed in power since 1998 by vowing to take FIFA's showpiece...
(AL Jazeera 10/25/13)
Fighting has resumed between the army and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after peace talks were suspended. Clashes took place about 25km to the north of the strategic eastern city of Goma on Friday, rebel spokesman Vianney Kazarama told the AFP news agency. Both sides accused each other of starting the fresh outbreak of fighting. "The army attacked our positions at 4am," Kazarama said. But Olivier Hamuli, spokesman for the army in the flashpoint province of North Kivu, said: "They attacked us." A source from the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO, said the rebels carried out the first attack. "Fighting is ongoing. These are not skirmishes," said the source, who did not wish to...
(Voice of America 10/25/13)
Renewed fighting has broken out between government and rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after peace talks were suspended. Both sides say the fighting began early Friday in Kanyamohoro, near the eastern city of Goma. The Congolese army and rebel group M23 accuse each other of launching the first attacks. Troops with the U.N. mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, are reported to be standing by, ready to intervene if necessary. High-level peace talks in Uganda between the government and M23 broke down on Monday, after the sides failed to reach an agreement on amnesty for the rebels and their reintegration into the armed forces. M23 consists of rebel fighters who joined the Congolese army in...
(Redpepper 10/25/13)
According to a report that was published yesterday, almost 1,000 cases of child recruitment by armed groups were verified by MONUSCO between 1 January 2012 and 31 August 2013, predominantly in the eastern province of North Kivu. “Despite awareness raising campaigns and attempts to pacify armed groups, recruitment of children remains endemic in the country, with high numbers of children recruited in the past two years as a result of renewed hostilities in the east of the country,” states the report. The armed groups Nyatura, Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) and the 23 March Movement (M23) were identified as having recruited 190, 137 and 124 children, respectively, into their groups during the reporting period. Children who were victim...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo | Fri Oct 25, 2013 (Reuters) - Congo's M23 rebels clashed with government troops on Friday near the eastern city of Goma, a rebel leaders said, in the first heavy fighting in nearly two months. General Sultani Makenga, M23's military commander, told Reuters its forces were attacked at 4 a.m. local time (2200 ET) at Kanyamohoro, around 15 km (10 miles) north of Goma, the largest city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. "They attacked us," Makenga told Reuters by telephone. "We are going to defend our positions." An army spokesman was not immediately available for comment. A Reuters reporter in Goma said the fighting was intense and on-going. The resumption of hostilities comes days...
(BBC News Africa 10/25/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo's government will repatriate the body of ex-ruler Mobutu Sese Seko in agreement with his family, President Joseph Kabila has said. Mr Mobutu is buried in Morocco, where he died in 1997 after being overthrown in a rebellion by Mr Kabila's father. He was a hated figure among many Congolese, but the country has been hit by instability since he was ousted. Mr Kabila's gesture is seen as an attempt to promote reconciliation. Mr Kabila won disputed elections in 2007 and is battling a rebellion in the east of the country. The president's made the announcement in a rare parliamentary address in which he pledged to create a new unity government. "This government will include members...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
BRUSSELS | Fri Oct 25, 2013 (Reuters) - European Union leaders rebuffed calls from southern European states on Friday for emergency action to tackle a wave of illegal migration from Africa despite the deaths of hundreds of people in Mediterranean boat disasters. EU leaders meeting in Brussels expressed "deep sadness" at the drownings, which have killed up to 550 migrants this month alone, but postponed any new action until December. A more thorough overhaul of the bloc's immigration policies will wait until after next year's European elections when rising anti-immigration sentiment is set to boost far-right parties. Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, among southern European leaders who had called for urgent action from the EU summit, put a brave face...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
SAN FRANCISCO | (Reuters) - Seeking to avoid a repeat of Facebook Inc's much-maligned public debut, Twitter Inc revealed more modest ambitions, saying its initial offering would raise up to $1.6 billion and value the company at up to about $11 billion. The valuation was more conservative than the $15 billion some analysts had expected for the social media phenomenon, potentially attracting investors who might consider the money-losing company's listing price a better deal, with room to rise. Twitter had signaled for weeks it would price its IPO modestly to avoid the sort of stock plummet that spoiled Facebook's coming-out party. It said on Thursday it intends to sell 70 million shares between $17 and $20 apiece, raking in up...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/13)
KINSHASA, October 24, 2013 (AFP) - The head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kobler, on Thursday urged armed groups to free their child soldiers, calling their recruitment "an atrocity". "Almost 1,000 children have been... recruited by armed groups between January 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013. The children were aged from six to 17 years old," Kobler told a weekly conference of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO. "Concrete measures must be taken to protect children from this fate and I invite all the armed groups to free all children from their ranks," he said. "One thousand child soldiers is an atrocity, one child soldier a tragedy." A MONUSCO report released Wednesday...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/24/13)
KINSHASA | (Reuters) - President Joseph Kabila said on Wednesday he would create a national unity government in an attempt to end years of crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo, a move cautiously welcomed by some rivals but which analysts warned could disrupt reform. Kabila, presenting the findings of three weeks of national dialogue, ruled out a blanket amnesty for rebels operating in Congo's mineral-rich east and called for the insurgents to lay down their arms. In a wide-ranging speech, he pledged to act on the more than 600 recommendations drafted by representatives of the government, opposition and civil society earlier this month. "A government of national unity will be soon put in place," the 42-year-old leader, in power since...
( 10/24/13)
Il n’y a pas du tout d’évolution à Kampala. Peut-être seulement de façade. Malgré la présence des représentants de la Communauté internationale notamment Mary Robinson, l’Envoyée spéciale du secrétaire général de l’Onu dans les Grands lacs, et l’Allemand Martin Köbler, le chef de la Monusco et Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies en RDC, ainsi que le secrétaire exécutif de la CIRGL, le Pr Alphonse Ntumba Lwaba, qui ont décidé de faire de Kampala de Kampala afin de faire pression pour la signature d’un compromis, le M23 a continué à camper sur ses positions. Les deux parties sont en train d’examiner le projet d’Accord présenté par la Médiation auquel ils doivent apporter leurs amendements. Les rebelles ont continué...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/13)
KINSHASA, October 23, 2013 (AFP) - DR Congo President Joseph Kabila promised Wednesday to build a national unity government, after talks with civil society and opposition members in the troubled African country. Kabila said his priorities were to re-establish peace and state authority and spur economic development in the war-torn country. "In line with the transparent policy I have adopted since I came to power, a government of national unity will soon be put in place," he told parliament. "This government will include members of the ruling majority as well as the opposition and civil society," said Kabila, who was re-elected in a disputed 2011 poll. Kabila also pledged to allow the remains of former president Joseph Mobutu back into...
(Voice of America 10/23/13)
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has pledged to create a unity government to help stabilize the volatile country. In a speech before parliament on Wednesday, he said the unity government "would soon be in place" and would include members of the opposition and civil society. The president said he would take action on more than 600 recommendations that were drafted by government, opposition and civil society members who wrapped up three weeks of talks earlier this month. He said his government's priorities would include restoring peace and improving the living conditions of citizens. The DRC ranks near the bottom of the U.N. human development index. Eastern provinces have endured years of conflict that have displaced millions of people...
(Voice of America 10/23/13)
Residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu province fear a resumption of violent clashes following the suspension of peace talks between the government and the M23 rebels. Fidel Bafilemba, a leading member of an umbrella groups of NGO’s, says the public appears to have lost confidence in Kinshasa’s ability to protect lives and property. Bafilemba said residents in North Kivu province, especially in the capital Goma, fear the resurgence of violence between the two sides. “Since day one of the talks in Kampala, people have had doubts. [Many fear they are] opaque, not transparent,” said Bafilemba. “Given the military buildup today, people are very afraid, and they fear that the war might break out again.” Peace talks...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/13)
UNITED NATIONS | (Reuters) - The African Union and Kenya asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to defer the trials of Kenya's leaders at the International Criminal Court for one year so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack. In a letter to the council obtained by Reuters, African leaders said the legal proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto "will distract and prevent them from fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities, including oversight for national and regional security affairs." Kenyatta and Ruto face charges of crimes against humanity related to the violence that followed Kenya's 2007 elections, in which 1,200 people died. Both deny the charges and have tried to have the prosecutions...
(Voice of America 10/23/13)
Aid group Save the Children is highlighting progress in combating child mortality in many developing nations in Africa, while also warning of the need to address inequalities to help children have a better chance of surviving. The group issued a new report Wednesday saying the world has made "remarkable" improvements in child health, but that kids in poor and rural areas, as well as girls and infants, remain more at risk of dying. Its profile of Ethiopia spotlights the divide. The country has cut child mortality by 67 percent since the United Nations set a target to cut child moratlity by that rate worldwide by 2015. However, Save the Children says kids in the poorest 40 percent of Ethiopia's population...
(BBC News Africa 10/23/13)
South Korea's largest tobacco company has promised to change an advertising campaign after accusations of racism. Posters promoting a new line of cigarettes featured pictures of monkeys dressed as news reporters, declaring "Africa is coming!" The cigarettes are part of a new This Africa line. The company, KT&G, says they contain African tobacco roasted and dried in a traditional fashion. The cigarette packets contain images of monkeys roasting tobacco.'Mocking Africa'. "We are deeply offended by KT&G's shameless and insulting use of this mocking imagery," said the African Tobacco Control Alliance in a statement calling for the withdrawal of the ad campaign, saying it was "at a minimum culturally insensitive". Cigarette ad featuring a monkey in South Korea Ads for This...

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