Friday 24 November 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/13)
UNITED NATIONS | (Reuters) - Rwanda blocked a joint U.S.-French proposal to impose U.N. sanctions on two senior commanders in the M23 rebel group in eastern Congo, arguing that the evidence against the men was weak, Rwandan and other U.N. envoys said on Wednesday. The latest diplomatic wrangling in New York came as U.N. helicopters and artillery attacked M23 rebel positions near the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday in support of an offensive by the Congolese armed forces. One U.N. peacekeeper from Tanzania was killed and three other blue-helmeted troops were wounded. The United States and France submitted documents to the U.N. Security Council's Congo sanctions committee last week explaining why M23's Colonel Vianney...
(Voice of America 08/29/13)
A U.N. peacekeeper has been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as U.N. and Congolese forces battle rebel group M23. A U.N. spokesman in New York, Farhan Haq, said three other peacekeepers were wounded in Wednesday's fighting near the eastern city of Goma, capital of North Kivu province. Haq says U.N. helicopters assisted the Congolese army as it attacked M23 positions in Kibati, north of Goma. He said the attack targeted hillside positions from which the rebels had shelled civilians. A reporter for VOA's Somali Service in Goma said both sides took casualties in the fighting, and it appeared neither side gained any ground. The United Nations, which has a large peacekeeping operation in Congo, recently deployed an "Intervention...
(UKzambians 08/29/13)
Leaders from the UK’s African diaspora are being invited to join a powerful new network aimed at supporting sustainable development across the African continent. Working in collaboration with Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) aims to harness the power of the UK diaspora in order to combat persistent levels of poverty and unemployment among their communities in the UK and Africa. Over a period of more than a year, participants will be tasked with identifying and developing a ‘venture’ – business, social enterprise or project – that addresses a particular cause or issue they are passionate about. The new leadership programme will build on individuals’ knowledge and skills and add to the already extensive levels...
(International Business Times 08/29/13)
On the African continent, conflicts are often hard to define, pin down or contain. Political, ethnic or religious clashes often involve a kaleidoscope of groups, shifting alliances and varying aims -- not to mention deadly bloodshed, societal disruption and massive displacement. But what if you could use science and technology to map out conflicts across the continent, simplifying intelligence efforts and providing life-saving data for humanitarian groups or peace workers -- all in real time? That daunting task has been taken up by DigitalGlobe, a company headquartered in Colorado, which uses satellite imagery to "support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, Internet portals and...
(AFP (eng) 08/28/13)
KINSHASA, August 28, 2013 (AFP) - UN attack helicopters joined Congolese government troops in an operation Wednesday against rebels in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN peacekeeping force said. The operation against M23 rebels in the Kibati district north of the regional capital Goma also involved artillery of both forces, the peacekeeping force known as MONUSCO said in a statement. "MONUSCO attack helicopters engaged the Kibati hills, while (UN) artillery and that of the (regular army) went into action against M23 positions south of the 'Three Towers'," spokesman Madnodje Mounoubai said in the statement. The area is some 15 kilometres (nine miles) north of Goma, where clashes between government forces and rebels broke out a week...
(The Herald Online 08/28/13)
SADC chairperson and Malawian president Dr Joyce Banda has described Zimbabwe and Zambia's co-hosting of the 20th Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly as a regional achievement.She said this while addressing the media soon after her arrival at the Victoria Falls International Airport yesterday for the UNWTO General Assembly. She was welcomed by Vice President Joice Mujuru. President Banda said the co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly was particularly important, considering that Sadc viewed tourism as a cornerstone for economic development and empowerment of the people. The event, she said, was a boon for Southern Africa, saying she was in the country to be part of the historical tourism event. "We are looking at the co-hosting...
(AFP (eng) 08/28/13)
The great democratic and economic strides made by African countries in the last decade risk being checked by aging leaders unwilling to pass the baton. For generations of foreign investors accustomed to the likes of Uganda's Idi Amin and the former Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko, it took a while to shake off the stereotype of African leaders as psychotic kleptocrats hell-bent on retaining power. And not without justification. From 1960 to 2010, during 653 elections on the continent, the incumbent conceded defeat just 16 percent of the time, according to an African Development Bank study. But as better governance has swept from Senegal to Lesotho, the world's perceptions have slowly caught up. Investors who once fearfully dipped their toes in...
(Time 08/27/13)
As fighting continues in the eastern Congo, some of the world's few remaining mountain gorillas are caught in the crossfire. Just over a year ago, Andre Bauma and his adopted daughter Ndakasi huddled together as bombs, rockets and mortars rent the air. Bauma recalls holding Ndakasi and stroking her thick, dark hair. They were by no means the only ones afraid that day; tens of thousands of families either hunkered down or fled the onslaught. What made them unique was that Ndasaki, Bauma’s “daughter,” was one of around 800 mountain gorillas remaining in the world. The thick forest canopy above the headquarters of the Virunga National Park at Rumangabo gives the impression that this natural paradise is somehow insulated from...
(Dw-World 08/27/13)
M23 rebels on Tuesday (27.08.2013) resumed attacks on the Congolese army according to local media in eastern DRC. The army, backed by a UN special brigade, is seeking to bring peace to the volatile region. The United Nations in July deployed a 3,000-soldier intervention brigade in eastern Congo, it is the first UN force ever with a mandate to actively root out rebel groups. The new brigade bolsters the largest peacekeeping mission in the world which consists of 18,000 UN personnel and has a mandate to protect civilians. On Monday (26.08.2013), the UN mission in DRC begun an investigation following the deaths of two civilians during demonstrations in Goma.DW: What exactly happened on Saturday (24.08.2013) outside the UN base in...
(Voice of America 08/27/13)
Heavy fighting last weekend between the Congolese army and M23 rebels resulted in heavy casualties on both sides. But the fighting near the North Kivu provincial capital of Goma also put civilians in the line of fire.“At least three people were killed, five others wounded, on Saturday morning when a shell landed in Ndosho. That’s a suburb of Goma. And Goma at the moment is apparently packed with civilians because more than 150,000 people have been displaced towards and around the city since the fighting started in 2012,” said Daniel MacIsaac, spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR. Others at a nearby displacement camp were also at risk. “Another shell fell Saturday near the Mugunga 3 camp. And that shelters...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/13)
The UN has opened an investigation into reports that its troops killed two Congolese civilians during protests in the eastern city of Goma, amid fighting with rebels. Eyewitnesses told the AFP news agency the two died on Saturday when a crowd tried to storm a UN base and said troops from Uruguay had opened fire. Uruguay has denied the allegations and blamed the Congolese police. A new UN intervention brigade is deploying to the area to tackle rebels. UN troops last week shelled rebel positions just outside Goma. There has been no official statement on how many people have died in the fighting. One local doctor has told the AP news agency he had seen 82 dead bodies, including those...
(The Herald Online 08/27/13)
The SADC community is likely to expedite the adoption of a new streamlined visa system after the regional bloc yesterday further committed itself to the introduction of the UNI-VISA system. This was the major outcome of the Ministerial Roundtable meeting that was held here at the UNWTO General Assembly yesterday. In an interview, outgoing Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Engineer Walter Mzembi said the UNWTO was impressed by the stance taken by the SADC community on a facilitative visa system. “We brought in the SADC chair Dr Joyce Banda wearing the hats of the entire 14 SADC member states. “I think she had a powerful policy statement that was tabled during the Ministerial round table which surprised even the...
(Dw-World 08/26/13)
The UN has condemned attacks on civilians and UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by M23 rebel fighters. It also warned of an escalation of tension in the region. After six civilian deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations envoy to the African Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson said any attacks on civilians or the UN peacekeepers, known by the acronym MONUSCO, were unacceptable. "The attacks on the town of Goma as well as on MONUSCO forces, and their tragic consequences on the civilian population already traumatized by two decades of conflict, are unacceptable," envoy Robinson said. "We must do everything to avoid an escalation of tension in the region, promote dialogue, and respect...
(Voice of America 08/26/13)
Renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo between government soldiers and M23 rebels has brought expression of concern from the United States. The two sides suffered heavy casualties in clashes Sunday north of the city of Goma. The fighting that began last week marks the first major hostilities since the army bombed M23 headquarters in July and drove the rebels several kilometers from Goma. The U.S. State Department said in a statement Sunday the United States is "alarmed" by the violence. It condemns the actions of the M23 rebels, calling on them to end hostilities and disband. The U.S. is also urging the governments in the DRC and neighboring Rwanda to use restraint to prevent further military escalation and...
(Independent Online 08/26/13)
Luanda - President Jacob Zuma, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila agreed at a meeting in Luanda on Friday that Angola would become more involved in training the DRC military to help it bring peace to the eastern part of the country. They met as fighting between the DRC army and M23 rebels continued around Goma, capital of the DRC’s troubled North Kivu province. The three leaders also agreed that a summit should be called within weeks of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region to discuss the outbreak of fighting and the progress of international and regional efforts to end it. Zuma...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/26/13)
Washington - The United States said on Sunday that it was alarmed by an escalation in fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between M23 rebels and Congolese soldiers, and again called on neighbouring Rwanda to stop its support for the rebels. The State Department condemned attacks by the M23 that killed at least three people in Congo's eastern city of Goma on Saturday. It also expressed concern over reports by the United Nations of shelling by the M23 into Rwanda territory. “We urgently call on (the) DRC and Rwandan governments to exercise restraint to prevent military escalation of the conflict or any action that puts civilians at risk,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. “We...
(AFP (eng) 08/26/13)
The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Sunday it has opened a probe after residents accused UN peacekeepers of killing two people who tried to storm its base in the restive eastern city of Goma. Martin Kobler, head of the UN's MONUSCO mission, said in a statement he "deplored" the deaths and had "asked for an investigation jointly led by DR Congo police and the MONUSCO to be opened." Witnesses said two peacekeepers from Uruguay shot dead two people Saturday who were part of a crowd attempting to storm the mission's base near the airport during a protest decrying the UN's inaction in the strife-torn region. "It was the Uruguayans who opened fire on our group...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/26/13)
WASHINGTON | (Reuters) - The United States said on Sunday it was alarmed by an escalation in fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between M23 rebels and Congolese soldiers, and again called on neighboring Rwanda to stop its support for the rebels. The State Department condemned attacks by the M23 that killed at least three people in Congo's eastern city of Goma on Saturday. It also expressed concern over reports by the United Nations of shelling by the M23 into Rwanda territory. "We urgently call on (the) DRC and Rwandan governments to exercise restraint to prevent military escalation of the conflict or any action that puts civilians at risk," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. "We...
(AL Jazeera 08/26/13)
Fighting between government forces and M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo has entered its fifth day, with both sides suffering heavy casualties, a doctor near the front line says. Dr Isaac Warwanamiza said he had seen 82 bodies since early on Sunday, 23 of whom were government soldiers, the Associated Press news agency said. The fighting in Goma, North Kivu province's largest city, has drawn UN troops from Malawi, South Africa and Tanzania who are now fighting alongside the DRC army. The 3,000-strong intervention brigade, set up by the UN Security Council in March, is entrusted with neutralising armed groups and militias in DRC's volatile east who are threatening civilians. Warwanamiza said medical services were struggling to cope...
(Voice of America 08/26/13)
DHL calls itself the “logistics company for the world,” providing transportation via rail, road, sea and air. And Company officials see Africa as a place where its business can boom. For that to happen, though, more international companies will need to invest in the continent and base their operations there. DHL’s Sumesh Rahavendra sees that happening. That’s one of the findings from a recent global technological conference sponsored by his company.“There’s quite a bit of evidence to that in terms of global companies starting to set up base in Africa. If you look at the likes of SAP or IBM or Hisense, which is the Chinese company, all of them are setting base in Africa and looking at how specifically...

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