Friday 20 April 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
JERUSALEM | (Reuters) - Israel plans to soon begin deporting migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, who number more than 50,000, back to the African continent via Uganda, officials said. Israel regards most of these Africans as illegal visitors crowding impoverished areas in search of jobs, and largely rejects the position of human rights groups that many fled their countries in search of political asylum. A statement late on Thursday from Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Israel would soon begin a staged process of deporting the migrants, most of whom crossed the border with neighboring Egypt - Israel's frontier with Africa - since 2006. Sa'ar said an agreement had been reached with an African country other than Eritrea and Sudan to...
(Ghana Business News 08/30/13)
Former UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan is calling for a link between tax authorities in Africa and global reforms to avoid tax evasion. According to the Ghanaian diplomat, African tax authorities suffer more among all regions struggling to prevent the erosion of tax bases. Mr. Annan made this known in an op-ed published by the Australian Financial Review ahead of G20 leaders’ commitment to discuss global tax reform when they meet in Russia next week. The op-ed was also on why Australia should work towards building a better mining partnership with Africa. “Tax authorities in all regions struggle to prevent the erosion of tax bases, but Africa struggles more than most,” Annan said. Mr. Annan stated “automatic information exchanges must...
(The Africa Report 08/30/13)
George Ferreira Vice-president and chief operating officer, Samsung Electronics Africa. Samsung Electronics is preparing to beat its $10bn target for revenue from Africa in 2015. And according to George Ferreira - Vice-president and chief operating officer of Samsung Africa - the company is also looking at the possibility of setting up more assembly plants to avoid tariff barriers. The Africa Report: Is South Africa still your biggest African market, and do you expect it to be so for the new Samsung Galaxy S4? George Ferreira: For the S4, I would say that the South African market is probably on par with the Nigerian market, although I foresee that the Nigerian market should probably overtake the South African market in terms...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
MIAMI | (Reuters) - Florida officials trying to eradicate the Giant African Land Snail, one of the world's most destructive invasive species, plan to deploy a new weapon in the battle - Labrador retrievers. State agriculture authorities say they hope the dogs will add to their success in fighting an infestation of the slimy snails, which were first spotted by a homeowner nearly two years ago and quickly swept through the Miami area. On Wednesday, officials said that since the start of an aggressive extermination campaign they have collected 128,000 of the snails, which can grow as big as rats and devour plants as well as stucco and plaster in a hunt for calcium they need to grow their big...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/13)
KIGALI | Thu Aug 29, 2013(Reuters) - Two people were killed when an artillery shell crashed close to a Rwandan market near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, residents in the Rwandan frontier town of Gisenyi said. A Rwandan official confirmed the deaths and said a second shell had landed inside Rwanda near a border crossing, seriously wounding one person. Last week, a 3,000-strong U.N. intervention brigade with a mandate to neutralize armed groups launched an operation in eastern Congo against a rebel group widely believed to be backed by Rwanda. "The bomb killed two people, a woman and a baby," witness Nizeyimana Hamis told Reuters by telephone. The Rwandan official who spoke on condition of anonymity...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/13)
JOHANNESBURG, August 29, 2013 (AFP) - UN-deployed South African snipers have killed six M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a military union official said Thursday. "We hit targets on at least six occasions with snipers," said South African Defence Union national secretary Pikkie Greeff. "We got six kills, to put it coarsely." "In one case the target was 2.2 kilometres (1.4 miles) away," he added. "On Saturday a South African sniper took out a machine gun post." Defence Force spokesman Brigadier General Xolani Mabanga confirmed South Africa forces had engaged rebels, but could not elaborate on the sniper reports. South African soldiers are part of a UN intervention brigade, which has an unprecedented mandate to battle the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/13)
KIGALI | Thu Aug 29, 2013 (Reuters) - Rwanda accused neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday of persistently shelling Rwandan territory and said such "provocation" could no longer be tolerated, after a flare-up of fighting in Congo's war-torn east. "We have the capacity to determine who fired at us and will not hesitate to defend our territory. Rwanda has a responsibility to protect its population," Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said in a statement, without saying what action might be taken. (Reporting by Jenny Clover; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Andrew Roche)
(Voice of America 08/29/13)
NAIROBI — Humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF - Médecins Sans Frontières) is scaling up operations in Uganda, where a new influx of refugees has arrived after renewed fighting between rebel group M23 and Democratic Republic of Congo forces. According to MSF, 22,000 people have fled their homes in Congo's North Kivu province since July 11, when hostilities between the military and M23 rebels reignited. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) puts the number higher, at about 50,000. MSF’s head of mission in Uganda, Ruben Pottier, says refugees entering the country for both safety and humanitarian aid have increased in the past week, following a lull. Ugandan government authorities, he adds, are advising the refugees to move...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/13)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo | (Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeper from Tanzania was killed and three others were wounded on Wednesday in an operation with the Congolese army to drive back M23 rebels from the city of Goma in eastern Congo, a U.N spokesman said. Democratic Republic of Congo's U.N. peacekeeping mission used helicopters, artillery and ground troops in support of government forces that launched the assault on rebel positions north of Goma, a city of 1 million people on the Rwandan border. A 3,000-strong U.N. intervention brigade, with a tough new mandate to protect civilians and neutralize armed groups in the mineral-rich central African nation, sprang into action last week after the United Nations accused the rebels of...
(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...

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