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Thursday 18 December 2014

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(AFP (eng) 12/18/14)
Around 1,000 ex-fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group were found in a Ugandan refugee camp Wednesday, a day after fleeing moves to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. The ex-rebels from the M23 group fled the Bihanga camp 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of Kampala on Tuesday, as the Ugandan army attempted to repatriate some of the group. Ugandan army spokesman Paddy Ankunda told AFP that around 1,000 ex-rebels were in the nearby Rwamwanja refugee camp, run by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), on Wednesday. Thirty five returned to Bihanga, he said on his Twitter account. On Tuesday night, 120 former rebels flew out of Kampala to return to DRC...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year has been particularly bad. The IOM reports some 5,000 people have lost their lives fleeing across seas, remote deserts or...
(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo and UN forces are renewing a hunt for Ugandan rebels in a corner of the DRC's restive east who are blamed for slaughtering 260 local people, officials announced Tuesday. Since Saturday, joint forces in the northern reaches of the North Kivu province have been searching for the Muslim insurgents belonging to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The government soldiers aim to "dismantle the remnants of the ADF who are still in the area," Colonel Celestin Ngelka,...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
About 1,000 former fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group broke out Tuesday from a camp in Uganda where they were being held as soldiers were trying to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. "A thousand rebels from the M23 (group) have escaped" from the camp in Bihanga, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of the Ugandan capital Kampala, a spokesman for the Ugandan army said on the official Twitter account. "They said they were worried about their...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/14)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda began sending home more than 1,000 fighters of a rebel group from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday after Kinshasa pressured it to return them to prevent them regrouping to fight again. Some 1,430 fighters are believed to have fled into Uganda after Congolese and U.N. forces quashed their rebellion in eastern DRC in 2013. Most live in military-run camps awaiting amnesties promised under a peace deal. Kinshasa has been pressing Uganda and Rwanda to...
(BBC News Africa 12/17/14)
More than 1,500 Congolese ex-rebels have gone on the run in Uganda ahead of their handover to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the group's leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, has told the BBC. The M23 president said they had left a camp where they were being held because they feared returning home. They had fled to Uganda a year ago after being defeated by the Congolese army and UN forces. However, Uganda's army spokesman has denied that most of them are missing...
(Voice of America 12/17/14)
NAIROBI, KENYA— Rebels have massacred at least 184 civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since October, according to Human Rights Watch. The violence has been attributed to a rebel movement operating in the area despite U.N. and Congolese army operations against the group. In research published Tuesday, Human Rights Watch documented horrifying brutality in the Beni territory of eastern DRC, where witnesses say rebels have been hacking civilians to death with machetes and axes, and shooting others with...
(Bloomberg 12/17/14)
Human Rights Watch said a series of rebel attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that have left more than 180 civilians dead this year amount to war crimes. Unidentified rebel fighters used axes, machetes and guns to kill civilians during raids on towns and villages in the country’s Beni territory between Oct. 5 and Dec. 6, the New York-based rights group said today in a statement, citing witnesses. Some of those interviewed said their requests to the army for...
(World Bulletin 12/17/14)
Hundreds of fighters from the M23 rebel group are on the run in Uganda following reports they were to be forcibly repatriated to their native Democratic Republic of Congo. "They told us they ran away because the government in Kinshasa, helped by the Ugandan government, wants to take them by force back home," M23 spokesman Kabasha Amani told The Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. He said over 1,000 fighters at the Bihanga camp in Western Uganda had been slated to voluntarily...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 12/17/14)
Security – France's Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said here Monday that he was pleased by the commitment of African countries to fight insecurity on the continent and he reaffirmed his country’s readiness to accompany them in that war. 'Today, the first actors of insecurity in Africa are African States, the African armies and African organizations. In all African crises, it is the voice of the African Union which is heard. In all peacekeeping operations deployed in Africa, I realize that it is African contingents who do most of the job,' he said.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/16/14)
DAKAR (Reuters) - Only a few of Rwanda's FDLR rebels operating in eastern Congo have laid down their arms before a January deadline, meaning that U.N. troops will launch operations against the group next month, the U.N.'s peacekeeping chief said on Monday. Herve Ladsous said that the U.N.'s Democratic Republic of Congo's mission, MONUSCO, was also involved in an offensive to pick off the last remaining elements of Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Islamist rebels, which also operate in Congo's...
(Voice of America 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(AFP (eng) 12/15/14)
Democratic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Monday said he would reject foreign admonitions on the electoral process in the vast central African country. "We are always ready to receive advice, guidance and suggestions, but never injunctions," Kabila said in a speech to both houses of parliament in Kinshasa. He questioned the "sound basis on which non-Congolese people invite themselves to take part in the debate, however well-intentioned they might be." The Congolese leader is under strong international pressure, particularly...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/15/14)
KINSHASA Mon Dec 15, 2014 (Reuters) - The president of Democratic Republic of Congo told foreign nations on Monday to respect his country's sovereignty after several urged him to comply with the constitution and not to run for re-election. Though Joseph Kabila has yet to publicly declare his intentions, Congo is rife with speculation that he is looking for ways to remain in charge of the vast, mineral-rich nation after his second elected five-year term in office ends in 2016...
(AFP (eng) 12/15/14)
At least 129 people drowned when a passenger ship capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll Sunday. "Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies," Laurent Kahozi Sumba, minister for transport of DRC's Katanga province, told AFP, adding there were a number of women and children among the victims in Thursday's disaster. The new toll represented a dramatic increase on the provisional figure given Saturday by the government...
(IRIN 12/15/14)
The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified. The killings were carried out, in various episodes between 2 October and 7 December, using knives, machetes...
(Voice of America 12/15/14)
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said at least 129 people are dead after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the country's southeast. Laurent Kahozi Sumba, transport minister for Congo's Katanga province, announced the increased death toll on Sunday, saying a number of women and children were among the victims. Sumba said there are 232 known survivors, mostly men. The accident occurred Thursday night in the north of Katanga province, near the town of Kalemie. The MV Mutambala...
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
KINSHASA, Dec. (Xinhua) -- At least 126 people died and 221 people were rescued after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika on Thursday in the southern Katagna province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), a local radio station reported Sunday. The accident occurred on Thursday night on Lake Tanganyika between the cities of Moba and Kalemie because of overloading and strong winds, said the radio report, quoting an unidentified official source. On March 22, more than 200 people...
(BBC News Africa 12/15/14)
At least 129 bodies have been recovered from Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a ferry capsized on Friday. Local transport minister Laurent Sumba Kahozi said the search for survivors was continuing. Rescue workers found passengers in the water on Sunday, clinging on to petrol cans and other objects. Correspondents say such accidents are fairly common in the region as ferries are often overloaded. Life jackets are also often missing and many people cannot swim. Officials in...

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(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year has been particularly bad. The IOM reports some 5,000 people have lost their lives fleeing across seas, remote deserts or mountains. Most of these deaths, two-thirds, have occurred in the Mediterranean. IOM said more than...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo and UN forces are renewing a hunt for Ugandan rebels in a corner of the DRC's restive east who are blamed for slaughtering 260 local people, officials announced Tuesday. Since Saturday, joint forces in the northern reaches of the North Kivu province have been searching for the Muslim insurgents belonging to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The government soldiers aim to "dismantle the remnants of the ADF who are still in the area," Colonel Celestin Ngelka, spokesman for the operation, told AFP by phone. The focus of the hunt is the Ruwenzori mountain range which begins...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
About 1,000 former fighters from a Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group broke out Tuesday from a camp in Uganda where they were being held as soldiers were trying to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said. "A thousand rebels from the M23 (group) have escaped" from the camp in Bihanga, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) southwest of the Ugandan capital Kampala, a spokesman for the Ugandan army said on the official Twitter account. "They said they were worried about their...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/14)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda began sending home more than 1,000 fighters of a rebel group from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday after Kinshasa pressured it to return them to prevent them regrouping to fight again. Some 1,430 fighters are believed to have fled into Uganda after Congolese and U.N. forces quashed their rebellion in eastern DRC in 2013. Most live in military-run camps awaiting amnesties promised under a peace deal. Kinshasa has been pressing Uganda and Rwanda to...
(BBC News Africa 12/17/14)
More than 1,500 Congolese ex-rebels have gone on the run in Uganda ahead of their handover to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the group's leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, has told the BBC. The M23 president said they had left a camp where they were being held because they feared returning home. They had fled to Uganda a year ago after being defeated by the Congolese army and UN forces. However, Uganda's army spokesman has denied that most of them are missing...
(Voice of America 12/17/14)
NAIROBI, KENYA— Rebels have massacred at least 184 civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since October, according to Human Rights Watch. The violence has been attributed to a rebel movement operating in the area despite U.N. and Congolese army operations against the group. In research published Tuesday, Human Rights Watch documented horrifying brutality in the Beni territory of eastern DRC, where witnesses say rebels have been hacking civilians to death with machetes and axes, and shooting others with...
(Bloomberg 12/17/14)
Human Rights Watch said a series of rebel attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that have left more than 180 civilians dead this year amount to war crimes. Unidentified rebel fighters used axes, machetes and guns to kill civilians during raids on towns and villages in the country’s Beni territory between Oct. 5 and Dec. 6, the New York-based rights group said today in a statement, citing witnesses. Some of those interviewed said their requests to the army for...
(World Bulletin 12/17/14)
Hundreds of fighters from the M23 rebel group are on the run in Uganda following reports they were to be forcibly repatriated to their native Democratic Republic of Congo. "They told us they ran away because the government in Kinshasa, helped by the Ugandan government, wants to take them by force back home," M23 spokesman Kabasha Amani told The Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. He said over 1,000 fighters at the Bihanga camp in Western Uganda had been slated to voluntarily...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/16/14)
DAKAR (Reuters) - Only a few of Rwanda's FDLR rebels operating in eastern Congo have laid down their arms before a January deadline, meaning that U.N. troops will launch operations against the group next month, the U.N.'s peacekeeping chief said on Monday. Herve Ladsous said that the U.N.'s Democratic Republic of Congo's mission, MONUSCO, was also involved in an offensive to pick off the last remaining elements of Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Islamist rebels, which also operate in Congo's...
(Voice of America 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/15/14)
KINSHASA Mon Dec 15, 2014 (Reuters) - The president of Democratic Republic of Congo told foreign nations on Monday to respect his country's sovereignty after several urged him to comply with the constitution and not to run for re-election. Though Joseph Kabila has yet to publicly declare his intentions, Congo is rife with speculation that he is looking for ways to remain in charge of the vast, mineral-rich nation after his second elected five-year term in office ends in 2016...
(AFP (eng) 12/15/14)
At least 129 people drowned when a passenger ship capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll Sunday. "Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies," Laurent Kahozi Sumba, minister for transport of DRC's Katanga province, told AFP, adding there were a number of women and children among the victims in Thursday's disaster. The new toll represented a dramatic increase on the provisional figure given Saturday by the government...
(IRIN 12/15/14)
The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified. The killings were carried out, in various episodes between 2 October and 7 December, using knives, machetes...
(Voice of America 12/15/14)
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said at least 129 people are dead after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the country's southeast. Laurent Kahozi Sumba, transport minister for Congo's Katanga province, announced the increased death toll on Sunday, saying a number of women and children were among the victims. Sumba said there are 232 known survivors, mostly men. The accident occurred Thursday night in the north of Katanga province, near the town of Kalemie. The MV Mutambala...
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
KINSHASA, Dec. (Xinhua) -- At least 126 people died and 221 people were rescued after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika on Thursday in the southern Katagna province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), a local radio station reported Sunday. The accident occurred on Thursday night on Lake Tanganyika between the cities of Moba and Kalemie because of overloading and strong winds, said the radio report, quoting an unidentified official source. On March 22, more than 200 people...
(BBC News Africa 12/15/14)
At least 129 bodies have been recovered from Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a ferry capsized on Friday. Local transport minister Laurent Sumba Kahozi said the search for survivors was continuing. Rescue workers found passengers in the water on Sunday, clinging on to petrol cans and other objects. Correspondents say such accidents are fairly common in the region as ferries are often overloaded. Life jackets are also often missing and many people cannot swim. Officials in...
(AL Jazeera 12/15/14)
At least 129 people have drowned after a boat capsized on Thursday night on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll, the AFP news agency said. "Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies," an official told AFP. On Saturday, the provincial government said at least 26 people had died after the boat packed with passengers and goods capsized. The vessel, which was travelling north from Kalemie in Katanga province...
(Ips News 12/15/14)
Lima — Africa is experiencing a revolution towards cleaner energy through renewable energy but the story has hardly been told to the world, says Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner, who had been advocating for renewable energy at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, said Africa is on the right path toward a low carbon footprint by tapping into its plentiful renewable resources - hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. "There is a revolution...
(PANA 12/13/14)
The number people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a news dispatch from Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday. This, the UN health agency says, is according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47 percent worldwide and by 54 percent in the WHO African Region - where about 90 percent of malaria deaths occur.
(The Guardian 12/12/14)
Senior UN official finds cause for optimism in restructured unity government despite his expulsion from DRC over report alleging human rights abuses. The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) new unity government should use its fresh political start to “fully embrace” human rights, end impunity and foster a culture of public service, according to a senior UN official who was ordered out of the country following the publication of a report on abuses perpetrated by Congolese security forces. After promising...

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(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary as Africa’s premier development finance institution in 2014. “This is the opportunity for the ADR 2014 to once again reexamine the imperative of regional integration for Africa’s development; looking at what has...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/08/14)
LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A growing middle class in sub-Saharan Africa is enticing European and South African insurers to buy local firms focussing mainly on life insurance and pensions, in the face of mature markets and strong competition at home. Rapid economic growth in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria has increased the number of people with money to spend on insurance to protect their wealth, while regulatory changes are encouraging the growth of domestic savings and pensions. Several major companies, including Swiss Re (SRENH.VX), Prudential (PRU.L) and Sanlam (SLMJ.J), are buying insurers in Africa, with the focus on life...
(PANA 12/06/14)
African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma Tuesday decried lack of funding as the main crisis facing the implementation of Africa's development plans. Dlamini Zuma said Africa's grand visions like the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the upcoming Vision 2063, have failed to make substantial headway due to the lack of local financing sources. Speaking during a grand lecture in honour of Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the AU, Zuma said finding a way out of the financing crisis was critical for Africa.
(News Day 12/03/14)
The secretariat of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) has tabled a proposed budget of $64,40 million for 2015 which is a slight increase from $64,20 million in 2014. Assistant secretary-general in charge of administration and finance Ambassador Nagla El-Hussainy said the budget would be funded from contributions by member states and development partners. El-Hussainy said the secretariat had undertaken an annual review of the formula of contributions based on the most available statistics.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/28/14)
Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not...
( The Southern Times 11/27/14)
The Southern African Development Community has begun work to develop a roadmap and strategy on industrialisation, as the region moves to get one of the main recognised drivers of the regional integration agenda into motion. The SADC Secretariat has invited consultants to assist the region develop an Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap, which would facilitate accelerated industrialisation through effective and practical interventions while promoting and enabling the region to use its diverse resources to achieve economic and social development through beneficiation and value addition. Industrial development has been identified as one of the main drivers of integration in southern Africa
(Bloomberg 11/27/14)
SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Coca-Cola Co. (KO) will combine bottling operations for non-alcoholic beverages in southern and eastern Africa, forming the continent’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and allowing the world’s second-biggest brewer to expand in soft drinks. SABMiller will hold 57 percent of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, with Coca-Cola holding 11.3 percent and Gutsche Family Investments owning the rest, the London-based maker of Grolsch and Peroni said in a statement today.
(Xinhuanet 11/26/14)
NAIROBI, Nov. (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Tuesday said Africa's creative industries and cultural revival could contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction. World Bank Kenya Country Director Diarietou Gaye told a cultural forum in Nairobi that the potential of the sectors is immense but remains largely untapped. "Africa needs to be in tune with the modern world by being more innovative in the way to market its culture by embracing new technologies," Gaye said during the National Stakeholders...
(Caj News Africa 11/24/14)
Nairobi — MTN, the network operator, said it had again topped the Brand Africa 100 list as the Most Admired and Most Valuable African Brand. Valued at over $5,4 billion, MTN is the only African brand valued over a billion dollars. "While it is nice to again be acknowledged as Africa's most valuable brand, it is even nicer to be ranked the most admired African brand. It means that MTN doesn't just have a spot in our customers' pocket book,...
(PANA 11/20/14)
The African Union (AU) has sought China’s support towards its push for the inclusion of trade and industrialization agenda in the future UN plan to fight poverty, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), at talks with visiting Chinese officials. AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl, said at the start of a China-Africa poverty eradication meeting Tuesday that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped some countries to achieve growth, the gains were too small and they...
(Capitalfm Business 11/19/14)
Nairobi — Keroche Breweries founder and CEO Tabitha Karanja has been named the Businesswoman of the Year in the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLAs). The awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award recognised her unfailing resilience and unrivalled business prudence over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people. "It has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa's...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/14)
Fewer babies could mean an "economic miracle" for sub-Saharan Africa, with gains of $500 billion (400 billion euros) a year over three decades for the region, the UN Population Fund said Tuesday. The State of World Population report said a total of 59 nations were poised for a "demographic dividend" when the working-age population outnumbers the rest due to declining fertility rates. The United Nations agency said these nations -- almost all in Africa -- could follow the example of...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Populations of African countries should see to it that their respective governments are strengthened and always do the right thing to rid the continent of the scourges of poverty, ignorance and disease, the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Acting Chief Economist and Vice President, Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa said here Sunday. “Fighting poverty, disease and ignorance is equivalent to transforming the economy. If the people are well-fed, have access to health services and education, then we’ll have transformed our countries,” the AfDB official told journalists on the sidelines of the Ninth African Economic Conference (AEC), being held in Addis Ababa under the theme ‘Knowledge and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation’.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/14)
The United States is considering partnering with China on improving electricity in Africa and the proposal could be part of bilateral discussions when President Barack Obama visits Beijing next week, two sources involved told Reuters. The proposal could include $5-$7 billion of commitments to improve electricity generation and transmission in several African countries, one source involved in the initiative said. "Plans have been discussed and outline ideas drawn up but there are understandably nerves given the delicate relationship with China,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/14)
Ebola, terrorism and political upheaval - headlines from Africa over the past year seem a far cry from the inspiring 'Africa Rising' story. But many newly found investors are sticking with the plot. Even against the additional headwinds of falling commodity prices and the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates, funds active in sub-Saharan Africa insist they still see a compelling growth story, driven by an uptick in regional trade, growing investment and a bulging middle class - the basis...
(Business Week 11/06/14)
On the top two floors of a five-story building on Strathmore University’s campus in Nairobi, students with tablets and laptops are gradually changing the face of the East African economy. As part of the university’s master’s program in mobile telecommunications, they spend their days developing computer apps tailor-made for African markets. Their creations include Valuraha, an app that simulates trading on the Nairobi stock exchange as a teaching tool, and Henga Systems, which tracks activity on a mobile phone owner’s...
(Cnbc Africa 10/30/14)
Power Africa, an initiative started by President Barack Obama, looks to all resources to meet high energy demands. The initiative looks to increase the number of people who have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Lai Yahaya, team leader for President Obama's Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, says following the Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington DC, he is positive at the fact that African countries are intensifying efforts to reform and to liberalise environments. “What Power Africa is trying...
(Voice of America 10/29/14)
By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. According to the European Commission’s Institute for Energy, just 0.3 percent of the Saharan Desert's intense solar energy can provide Europe with all the electrical power...
(Ventures-Africa 10/27/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – In the past 6 weeks, at least four potential nuclear deals have been initiated in three African countries. Understandably, the power situation on the continent has reached a tipping point where the private and public sector are making persistent efforts to boost power production in a sustainable fashion; and nuclear energy is gaining prominence among their list of options. South Africa, which already has one operational nuclear plant, has initiated two nuclear deals, one with Russia and...
(Business Day Online 10/24/14)
The rally in African debt markets has come to an abrupt halt as countries in the west of the continent battle to contain the spread of Ebola. Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has seen prices fall for its dollar-denominated government debt, pushing the yield up from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent in the space of about a week the Financial Times reports. Ghana has deferred the sale of a local currency bond scheduled...

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(APA 12/09/14)
Nickname: The Leopards Head coach: Florent Ibengé Captain: Youssuf Mulumbu Home stadium: Stade des Martyrs FIFA ranking: 55 (27 November 2014) Highest FIFA ranking: 51 (September 2003) Lowest FIFA ranking: 133 (October 2011) DR Congo won the 2009 African Championship of Nations, a competition reserved to players in domestic leagues, beating Ghana in the final. They also reached the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa but were knocked out in the group stages after drawing all three matches. The Leopards have qualified for the 2015 Orange Africa Cup Of Nations finals as the best third-placed team after they gathered 9 points in Group D, Cameroon came first with 14 points while Cote d’Ivoire came second with 10 points.
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) such as making bidding easier and cheaper and allowing possible joint bids are intended to take the...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(Cameroon-Tribune 11/13/14)
The latecomers including Choupo-Moting, Salli Edgar, Eyong Enoh and Aboubakar Vincent joined the rest of the team on Wednesday. With the arrival of four players who did not answer present during the roll call on the first day of the camp, the Cameroon squad for the double confrontation Congo and Côte d’Ivoire is now complete. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon began training on Monday at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo near Yaounde in view of the upcoming encounters against...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/14)
The Tata Raphael stadium looks as though it has lost a few rounds against Muhammad Ali in the 40 years since it staged the greatest boxing fight in history. The terraces, which were packed with 100,000 people for "The Rumble In The Jungle", are falling apart. Water leaks into the gyms where Ali and George Foreman trained for their epic fight. But Kinshasa, capital of one of the poorest countries in the world, remains proud of having staged one of...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...
(Algérie Presse service 09/29/14)
Algerian club ES Sétif clinched Sunday a historical qualification for the African Champions League final, in spite of the 3-2 loss to TP Mazembe in the semi-final second leg played in Lubumbashi. The two winning scored of Setif were scored by Abdelmalek Ziaya 9' and Younés Sofiane 75', while TPM scored via Nii Adjei 22', Salif Coulibaly 38', and Jonathan Bolingi 55'. In the first leg, contested last Saturday, ESS won in 8 mai 1945 Stadium on the score of...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/14)
LUANDA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Angola will host the next Southern Africa Develoment Community (SADC) Games in its central Bengela province in November 2016, the official news agency Angop reported on Wednesday. The protocol to host the games was signed in Luanda on Tuesday by Angolan Secretary of State for Sports Policy Albino da Conceição Jose and the chairman of the Executive Commission of the SCSA for the event Veii Vatumuavi. The ceremony was also attended by Angola's National Director for Sports Policy Antonio Gomes, Chairman of the Angolan Paralympic Committe Leonel da Rocha Pinto, Chairman of the Angolan Athletics Federation Carlos Rosa and other sports officials of the African country.
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(BBC News Africa 08/28/14)
Cameroon are the latest team to express fears over Ebola and have asked for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in DR Congo to be moved. The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) is waiting a response from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) regarding the 6 September match. Its request follows the confirmation of cases of the deadly virus in the Central African country. "We are now waiting for Caf's reaction and I'll also want to add that we're working with...
(L'Economiste du Maroc 08/12/14)
Le match devant opposer, initialement à Freetown, l'équipe nationale de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) à son homologue sierra-léonaise, se disputera à Accra (Ghana), dans le cadre de la 2è journée-groupe D des éliminatoires de la Coupe d'Afrique des Nations (CAN), prévue au Maroc. Selon une correspondance reçue par la Fédération congolaise de football (Fecofa) par la Confédération africaine de football (Caf) et rendue publique à Kinshasa, cette décision a été prise, suite à l'épidémie d'Ebola qui sévit, depuis...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(AL Jazeera 06/25/14)
World Cup fever has forced the Democratic Republic of Congo's national power firm to tell customers to switch off everything but the TV, so that there is enough electricity for everyone to watch the games. Even though The Leopards - Congo's national side - did not qualify for the tournament, football fans across the nation crowd around TV sets for each match, putting the country's creaking power grid under strain. The national electricity company, SNEL, asked customers on Tuesday to...

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(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim. Other acts billed to perform at the show, which will be watched live all over the world, include the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group,...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event were Genevieve Nnaji, and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and they dazzled the red carpet with everything they had to showcase. Others include...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(Radio Okapi 09/18/14)
La Compagnie théâtrale les Inattendus (CTI) organise, du 16 au 21 février 2015, la deuxième édition du Festival de théâtre écologique dans la ville de Bandundu (Bandundu). La deuxième phase de cette activité aura lieu du 2 au 9 mai 2015 à Kinshasa. Le responsable de la CTI, Lele Michoux Bossay, affirme avoir déjà pris des contacts avec les écoles qui constituent les principaux acteurs de ce festival qui sensibilise les élèves sur la protection de l’environnement. «Nous organisons ce...
(Zambia Reports 07/25/14)
The Zambia Police seems to be gnawed by their suspicious closure of the assault case involving Democratic Republic of Congo rumba king Koffi Olomide by saying they are ready to re-open the case if the complainant approaches them again. Earlier in the week police Public Relations Officer Munganga Chanda announced that the case had been closed as there was no collaboration between the complainant photojournalist Jean Mandela and the police. Olomide kicked photojournalist in the face last time he was...
(7sur7.cd 03/28/14)
Le Président de l’Association Nationale de Théâtre Populaire et Cinéma –ANTPC, l’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a lancé un appel pathétique aux autorités à différent niveau pour subventionner les artistes en général et les comédiens en particulier. Masumu Debrindet a déploré le manque d’une politique culturelle dans le pays. Il a soutenu que les séries occidentales et films nigérians ont pris le dessus sur le théâtre populaire rd-congolais parce qu’ils sont produits dans des meilleures conditions. L’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a renseigné que...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(La Prospérité 10/25/13)
Tout le monde en parle. JB Mpiana jouera ou pas le 21 décembre en la salle Zénith de Paris ? Cette question circule sur toutes les lèvres dans la communauté congolaise de France, Belgique jusqu’en Allemagne. Après la conférence de presse tenue à l’hôtel Méridien en pleine capitale française par l’artiste pour confirmer sa soirée dans cette salle mythique, les états-majors de Combattants ou résistants «Bana Congo» sont mobilisés pour faire la contre publicité sur l’événement. Tout Schengen est en...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 08/20/13)
De son enfance africaine, Helmie Bellini a gardé une voix noble et fière. De sa vie européenne, elle a tiré le meilleur des mots, tour à tour légers ou profonds. Enrichie de toutes les rencontres, Helmie Bellini a développé un voyage musical sans frontière. A en croire Journaldebrazza.com qui la présente, le projet « Il était une voix » est construit depuis 2005. Et ceci est la référence de toutes les voix qui l’ont marquée. La source indique que cette...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 08/01/13)
De son nom, Passy Tombo Bouba Diop est un peintre qui sort de la mêlée. La manière et les couleurs dont il se sert font de lui un artiste rarissime dans ce domaine à Kinshasa. Fils de Passy Tombo Jean Oscar et de Muanda Mvumbi Suzanne, cet artiste trouve son inspiration dans ses riches racines anthropologiques africaines. Et ceci pour faire remonter à la surface les couleurs originelles de la tradition africaine : le noir et le blanc. Par lesquelles...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/13)
The headlines out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which tend to evoke images of bloodshed, rape, ethnic hatred and government corruption, are usually no laughing matter, but political cartoonist Kashoun Thembo is an expert at wringing humour out of his country's tragedies. Capturing the newsmakers and travails of life in DR Congo with a fierce pen he hits home and spares no one. At the end of each afternoon, Kash -- the pen name he took in 1992 to...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year has been particularly bad. The IOM reports some 5,000 people have lost their lives fleeing across seas, remote deserts or mountains. Most of these deaths, two-thirds, have occurred in the Mediterranean. IOM said more than...
(BBC News Africa 12/17/14)
More than 1,500 Congolese ex-rebels have gone on the run in Uganda ahead of their handover to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the group's leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, has told the BBC. The M23 president said they had left a camp where they were being held because they feared returning home. They had fled to Uganda a year ago after being defeated by the Congolese army and UN forces. However, Uganda's army spokesman has denied that most of them are missing. 'Neighbouring hills' The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga in Uganda says a Congolese government delegation was in the capital, Kampala, earlier this...
(Voice of America 12/17/14)
NAIROBI, KENYA— Rebels have massacred at least 184 civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since October, according to Human Rights Watch. The violence has been attributed to a rebel movement operating in the area despite U.N. and Congolese army operations against the group. In research published Tuesday, Human Rights Watch documented horrifying brutality in the Beni territory of eastern DRC, where witnesses say rebels have been hacking civilians to death with machetes and axes, and shooting others with...
(Bloomberg 12/17/14)
Human Rights Watch said a series of rebel attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that have left more than 180 civilians dead this year amount to war crimes. Unidentified rebel fighters used axes, machetes and guns to kill civilians during raids on towns and villages in the country’s Beni territory between Oct. 5 and Dec. 6, the New York-based rights group said today in a statement, citing witnesses. Some of those interviewed said their requests to the army for...
(World Bulletin 12/17/14)
Hundreds of fighters from the M23 rebel group are on the run in Uganda following reports they were to be forcibly repatriated to their native Democratic Republic of Congo. "They told us they ran away because the government in Kinshasa, helped by the Ugandan government, wants to take them by force back home," M23 spokesman Kabasha Amani told The Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. He said over 1,000 fighters at the Bihanga camp in Western Uganda had been slated to voluntarily...
(Voice of America 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(Voice of America 12/15/14)
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said at least 129 people are dead after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the country's southeast. Laurent Kahozi Sumba, transport minister for Congo's Katanga province, announced the increased death toll on Sunday, saying a number of women and children were among the victims. Sumba said there are 232 known survivors, mostly men. The accident occurred Thursday night in the north of Katanga province, near the town of Kalemie. The MV Mutambala...
(BBC News Africa 12/15/14)
At least 129 bodies have been recovered from Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after a ferry capsized on Friday. Local transport minister Laurent Sumba Kahozi said the search for survivors was continuing. Rescue workers found passengers in the water on Sunday, clinging on to petrol cans and other objects. Correspondents say such accidents are fairly common in the region as ferries are often overloaded. Life jackets are also often missing and many people cannot swim. Officials in...
(The Guardian 12/12/14)
Senior UN official finds cause for optimism in restructured unity government despite his expulsion from DRC over report alleging human rights abuses. The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) new unity government should use its fresh political start to “fully embrace” human rights, end impunity and foster a culture of public service, according to a senior UN official who was ordered out of the country following the publication of a report on abuses perpetrated by Congolese security forces. After promising...
(World Bulletin 12/10/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition parties are united in their demands that President Joseph Kabila should not stay in power when his term ends in 2016 but personal rivalries and infighting are hobbling efforts to mount an effective campaign. The opposition has accused Kabila -- who has ruled the mineral-rich central African nation since 2001 -- of plotting to scrap a constitutional two-term limit and seek reelection, despite warnings not to do so from the United States and France. After...
(Voice of America 12/10/14)
The United Nations is calling for a halt to violence around Beni, an eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city where more than 200 people have been killed in the past two months. The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Congo, Moustapha Soumare, spoke out Tuesday, three days after suspected Ugandan rebels massacred at least 36 people in the area. In a statement, Soumare condemned the slayings and called for greater protection of civilians. Citing civil society sources, he said more than 88,000 locals have been forced to flee their homes because of the violence. Soumare said the situation is "aggravating an already
(BBC News Africa 12/09/14)
The president of Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, has announced the formation of a new government which includes several opposition members. A senior member of opposition party the Movement for the Liberation of Congo has been named a vice prime minister. Several other former opponents have also been given posts. The unity government comes amid speculation that Mr Kabila, in power since 2001, may try to change the constitution to run for a third term. Analysts say the inclusion...
(Voice of America 12/09/14)
KINSHASA— Democratic Republic of Congo's second-largest opposition party, the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), expelled its leader and two other senior officials on Monday, a day after they agreed to join a new national unity government. MLC Secretary-General Thomas Luhaka was named as one of three vice-prime ministers in the new government, while parliamentarians Germain Kambinga and Omer Egwake were awarded ministerial posts. In a statement announcing their expulsion, the MLC criticized the three men for “behavior manifestly contrary to the political line adopted by the party”.
(Voice of America 12/09/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports there has been a dramatic fall in the number of malaria deaths since 2000 and the number of cases is also steadily going down. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the brunt of malaria, with 90 percent of global deaths occurring there. But this year’s World Malaria Report says Africa’s population has grown by 43 percent since 2000, with fewer people getting infected. WHO Global Malaria Program Director Pedro Alonso says the number of people infected fell...
(Bloomberg 12/08/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila appointed a new government for the central African nation, appointing vice-prime ministers and an interior minister. Henri Yav Mulang replaces Patrice Kitebi Kibol as finance minister, while Thomas Luhaka, a member of the country’s opposition, becomes a vice-prime minister, Kabila announced yesterday in an address broadcast on national television. Evariste Boshab was appointed both a vice-prime minister and interior minister, and Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo retained his post. Kabila came into office...
(Voice of America 12/08/14)
Suspected rebels have killed at least 12 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, adding to hundreds of killings in recent months. The attack in the northeastern province of North Kivu late Saturday comes after pledges by the government and the United Nations to reestablish security in the area of Beni, where armed groups and militias are vying for control of mineral resources. One civil society group, Civil Society of North Kivu, reports machetes and axes were used in the...
(Voice of America 12/06/14)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency says authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have suddenly closed a camp for internally displaced people, forcing them to leave and go home. The U.N. refugee agency says 2,300 people living in the Kiwanja IDP camp, in the eastern Congolese city of Rutshuru, have suddenly become homeless. It says people were forced to leave the camp on December 2 without warning and told to go home. UNHCR spokesman William Spindler says his agency...
(Voice of America 12/05/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Information minister says the administration has dispatched two delegations led by cabinet ministers to Uganda and Rwanda to help repatriate about 1,500 former members of the M23 rebel group. The two delegations are scheduled to arrive in the neighboring countries Friday to begin the process of bringing the former rebels back home. Lambert Mende said the repatriation forms part of the government’s Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) program for former combatants. “The deputy foreign minister...
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
Scientists have been making rapid advances in studies of genetic variations in European and East Asian populations. Now, populations in Africa, the cradle of the human race, are getting the same treatment. The African Genome Variation Project set out to discover more about how variations in DNA can help in understanding patterns of disease, ultimately leading to better treatments. Working with other institutions, including partners throughout Africa, the Genome Variation Project has collected and analyzed genetic information from nearly 3,000 individuals representing the diversity of the African experience over many millennia
(BBC News Africa 12/04/14)
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report has warned. The publication by the Montpellier Panel said the problem needed to be given a higher priority by aid donors. It added that soil degradation was also hampering economic development, costing the continent's farmers billions of dollars in lost income. The study has been published ahead of the 2015 international year of soils. The Montpellier Panel -...

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