| Africatime
Sunday 01 March 2015
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
KIRUMBA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese government forces ousted rebels from hills in heavy fighting in North Kivu province on Friday, an army spokesman said, cranking up a campaign to crush an insurgency at the heart of two decades of conflict. The rebel ranks contain remnants of fighters involved in neighboring Rwanda's genocide in 1994. Since moving into chaotic eastern Congo, they have sought to exploit the region's rich deposits of gold, diamonds and tin and waged periodic war with the Kinshasa government and other armed groups.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
Nairobi — The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, about mobilising the funds to improve prediction, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. More accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather would help protect lives and assets from disasters, experts say. "Hydro-meteorological services are badly strained in Africa, but we need to go beyond just providing equipment for forecasting and data processing - we also need to take care of training of personnel and maintenance of infrastructure," Kull told a...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/15)
The International Criminal Court on Friday upheld the acquittal of Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, freed more than two years ago on war crimes charges. "The Appeals Chamber by majority confirms the acquittal and rejects the (prosecution's) appeal," Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng told the Hague-based ICC, the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal. Ngudjolo, 44, is a former leader of the Nationalist Integrationist Front (FNI) militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and his acquittal in December 2012 was...
(Voice of America 02/27/15)
The International Criminal Court on Friday upheld its acquittal of Congolese militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo, two years after finding him not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In a 3-2 majority ruling, the Hague-based court rejected an appeal by prosecutors, who sought a retrial in the case. Ngudjolo was charged in connection with a 2003 massacre at a village that left about 200 people dead in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Many of the victims were hacked...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/15)
Fearful villagers have been fleeing their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as the army pursues Rwandan Hutu rebels in a new offensive, a resident said on Thursday Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday. A day later, "Mulenge and the surrounding villages have no...
(AL Jazeera 02/26/15)
Army takes on group made up of mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels in South Kivu province, sparking fear among civilians. The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has launched an assault against rebels in the volatile east of the country. The offensive, which began on Tuesday in South Kivu province, is targeting a group called the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Army sources told Al Jazeera that the rebels had fled into the forest when they...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese government forces launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, military officials said, in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), whose ranks include former soldiers and Hutu militiamen responsible for Rwanda's 1994 genocide, have been at the center of nearly two decades of violence in eastern Congo. Tuesday's fighting took place in South...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
YAOUNDE— Cybersecurity experts from the 10 member states of the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS) have met in Cameroon to determine ways of reducing cyber criminality and terrorism. The member states say the threat of terrorism is high and have agreed to improve collaboration and organizational commitment in fighting electronic crime. Cameroon has said it is investigating a network of cyber criminals who have penetrated computer systems and networks to hack into personal and corporate bank accounts.
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels based in the eastern DRC. Congolese military sources say the operation against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began Tuesday morning near the city of Uvira, in South Kivu province. Congo promised the offensive after the FDLR failed to meet a January 2 deadline to disarm. FDLR leaders were involved in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and the group is responsible for numerous killings in...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/15)
DDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union on Monday urged the Congolese government to accept help from U.N. forces to defeat rebels in the country's east, after a row over human rights derailed plans for joint operations. Peacekeepers in the U.N.'s Congo mission, known as MONUSCO, had been due to support an operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) but suspended cooperation this month because two Congolese generals due to lead the campaign were accused of human rights abuses. President Joseph Kabila said last week that the operation had started without MONUSCO.
(This Day Live 02/24/15)
Help and co-operation from a wider spectrum of African leaders are coming the way of Nigeria in the fight against terrorism as Central African Leaders, under the aegis of the Economic Community of Central African Countries (ECCAC), on Monday resolved to cooperate with their West African counterparts in the war against the ravaging insurgents, Boko Haram. A multi-regional force, essentially made up of troops from Niger, Cameroun and Chad, have collaborated in recent times in the battle to exterminate the Boko Haram insurgency terrorising the region.
(Morocco World News 02/24/15)
Morocco regularized the status of 2,700 nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo who were on an illegal stay in the Kingdom, the Minister in charge of Congolese abroad, Antoine Buyamba Okombo, said Monday. Buyamba Okombo made the statement to the press in Kinshasa explaining that the 2,700 Congolese nationals who obtained regularization include mothers and youngsters who attempt to transit through Morocco to reach Europe. In this regards, the Congolese Minister praised this regularization operation benefiting foreigners living in...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
KAMPALA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa is benefiting from China's investment in infrastructure in the region as road and railway development coupled with enough power are key pillars in unlocking the continent's economic potential, experts said. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Elly Twineyo, a local economist and author of a book "Why Africa Fails" said most of the aid Africa gets from the West is consumption aid and goes into things like building capacities of human resource, governance and writing...
(Angola Press(En) 02/23/15)
Mbanza Congo — The second phase of the voluntary and organized repatriation of the Angolan former refugees in DR Congo was resumed on Thursday in the northern Zaire province, with arrival of the ninth train with 185 people, whose process started on 10 November 2014 at the region. This was said to Angop on Saturday by the Provincial Director for Assistance and Social Reinsertion in Zaire, Manuel José António. He said that it enters through the Luvo border post 47...
(Dw-World 02/23/15)
The UN has set June as the deadline for moving from analog to digital transmission. Only a few African countries seem prepared for the change. Even the largest television markets on the continent are lagging behind. Staring at a blank TV screen has become a reality for most Kenyans, and many other African TV viewers could face the same fate come June 17. That is the deadline set by the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for television programs to be...
(IRIN 02/20/15)
London — Late last year the Italian government scrapped its Mediterranean search and rescue operation the Mare Nostrum after funding shortages. The project was partially replaced by Operation Triton - but the service is far more restricted than its predecessor, both in geography (the patrols only go up to 30 miles off the Italian coast) and budget (roughly a third of Mare Nostrum). Critics have said it could leave tens of thousands of migrants at far greater risk. The most common argument for the shift was deterrence.
(Voice of America 02/19/15)
GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— Several years ago, fed up with the violence engulfing their region, a youth group in Goma set out to hold a music festival for peace. The first attempt in 2013 was canceled as mortars rained down on the city. But in 2014, 25,000 people came to Goma to hear their favorite Congolese artists play. Now in its second year, the Amani Music Festival has started to attract some of the continent’s biggest names, despite recent clashes in the area. The audience roars when Malian legend Habib Koite takes the stage.
(SouthAfrica.info 02/19/15)
The African East-Asian Affairs (AEAA) journal of the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at Stellenbosch University is the first African journal on East Asian- Africa relations to be accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training, according to the university. "East Asia's relationship with emerging markets such as Africa, South America, South East Asia and Central Asia is still fairly new and Africa is an important player in this new field," explains Dr Ross Anthony, the interim director of...
(Xinhuanet 02/18/15)
KINSHASA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential majority camp will organize a congress in March 2015 to prepare for the forthcoming elections, the group's spokesman Luzanga Shamanfu said on Monday. Shamanfu who was speaking in Kinshasa, said the congress will be used to come up with strategies for the candidates in the presidential camp to win in the local, communal, provincial, legislative and presidential elections. "The majority camp is ready to go for the local, communal, provincial and senatorial elections," the official reiterated.

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