Friday 23 June 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
KIGALI/GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo | (Reuters) - Rwanda accused Congo on Thursday of shelling its territory and said it would not tolerate such "provocation", raising fears that violence in eastern Congo could erupt into a regional conflict. The Democratic Republic of Congo said Rwanda's accusation was a sign Kigali wanted to intervene openly in its eastern war. Rwanda has denied accusations by U.N. experts that it covertly backs Congo's M23 rebels. The mounting cross-border tensions came as a newly-deployed U.N. Intervention Brigade, with an unprecedented mandate to crush rebel groups, entered combat alongside the Congolese army for the first time. U.N. officials accused the M23 of firing a shell into Rwanda on Thursday which killed a civilian. Congo and...
(News of Rwanda 08/30/13)
Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has asked Uganda counterpart to mediate in the ongoing spat between him and Presisent Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the Tanzanian Prime Minister announced in Parliament. PM Mizego Pinda informed Parliament on Thursday that President Museveni would work on bringing the two leaders together; more than three months after relations hit a low end. On May 26, President Kikwete suggested in a closed door African Union summit in Ethiopia that Rwanda negotiates with Rwanda FDLR rebels in DR Congo. The weeks that have passed saw bitter exchanges between Kigali and Dar es Salaam. In a major speech to the Rwanda Defense Forces, President Kagame said he viewed President Kikwete’s statement with “contempt”. President Kikwete also fired back...
(Voice of America 08/30/13)
The government of Rwanda has accused Democratic Republic of Congo forces of shelling Rwandan territory. Rwanda said Thursday that more than 30 bombs and rockets have been fired across the border in the last week by the DRC military. It said one bomb fired Thursday morning killed a woman and seriously injured her two-month-old baby in the town of Rubavu.In a statement, it accused Congo of trying to draw Rwanda into the conflict between the DRC army and M23 rebels in the city of Goma, which sits on the Congolese-Rwandan border. Congo and a group of United Nations experts have accused Rwanda of supporting M23, an allegation Rwanda denies. The U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo, MONUSCO, said there was new...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
UNITED NATIONS | (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have witnessed shelling into Rwanda by M23 rebels over the past week and have not observed any firing across the border by the Congolese army, the United Nations said on Thursday. Rwanda accused its Central African neighbor earlier on Thursday of persistently shelling into its territory and said such "provocation" could no longer be tolerated, after a flare-up of fighting in Congo's war-torn east. Deputy U.N. peacekeeping chief Edmond Mulet briefed the U.N. Security Council on the situation and said the U.N. mission in Congo - known as MONUSCO - has seen only M23 rebels shelling into Rwanda, according to Deputy French Ambassador Alexis Lamek. "Mr Mulet...
(Voice of America 08/30/13)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has denied that its armed forces, known as F.A.R.D.C, have been launching cross-border attacks into Rwanda. Rwanda said Thursday that more than 30 bombs and rockets have been fired across the border in the last week by the DRC military.But DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende told VOA it is the M23 rebels who have been shelling Rwandan territory in an attempt to draw Rwanda into the conflict in eastern Congo in support of the M23. “I can say that at this moment since the fighting began not even a single the FARDC fire at Rwanda. We know that there are shellings from the Congo territory that are exploding in the Rwandan territory. But we...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
PERTH | Fri Aug 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Australia's Sundance Resources (SDL.AX) expects to bring its $4.7 billion iron ore project in West Africa online by early 2018, despite the collapse of a takeover by China's Hanlong Group in April that many expected to doom the project. Giulio Casello, chief executive of Sundance, told Reuters in an interview that the company is also aiming to finalize an equity partner for the project and have off take secured by the end of the year. By early next year, Sundance expects to have selected a contractor for the development. Investors saw little hope for the future of the project when the Hanlong deal fell through, but Sundance has said it was talking...
(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...
(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)
(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...
(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)
A war of words between Rwanda and Tanzania is enflaming tensions in Africa's resource-rich Great Lakes region, adding a new, potentially dangerous dimension to one of the continent's longest-running conflicts. On the one side is Tanzania, exasperated by a flood of refugees fleeing fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern Kivu region -- the scene of years of back-to-back wars involving regional powers. Tanzania has joined a new United Nations brigade fighting alongside the Congolese army against the myriad rebel and militia forces that keep the region in anarchy. The intervention force, given an unprecedented offensive mandate by the UN Security Council, is being heralded as a bid to bring an end to the Kivu conflict once and for...
(AFP 08/28/13)
Nairobi - A war of words between Rwanda and Tanzania is enflaming tensions in Africa's resource-rich Great Lakes region, adding a new, potentially dangerous dimension to one of the continent's longest-running conflicts. On the one side is Tanzania, exasperated by a flood of refugees fleeing fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern Kivu region - the scene of years of back-to-back wars involving regional powers. Tanzania has joined a new United Nations brigade fighting alongside the Congolese army against the myriad rebel and militia forces that keep the region in anarchy. The intervention force, given an unprecedented offensive mandate by the UN Security Council, is being heralded as a bid to bring an end to the Kivu conflict once...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/28/13)
Arusha — The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), Dr Richard Sezibera, has admitted that there are, "indeed, some political tensions" between Tanzania and Rwanda but has assured member nations in the bloc that regional cooperation was intact. "The two countries are holding talks and, in fact, already diplomatic procedures are being taken in a quest to iron out all misunderstandings," said Dr Sezibera. He added that the dialogue does not involve the media that is why people think nothing is in progress. When speaking to the media at the community headquarters yesterday the EAC Secretary General pointed out that the "minor misunderstandings" between Presidents, Jakaya Kikwete and Paul Kagame were actually blown out of proportion by the...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/13)
A Rwandan refugee who went missing in Uganda last week has been found tortured and unconscious, a Ugandan official has said. Pascal Manirakiza's abductors had "dumped" him at a cemetery near the capital, Kampala, the official said. Mr Manirakiza was one of four Rwandans who told the BBC last month that they were seeking asylum in Uganda. They accused the Rwandan army of forcibly recruiting them to fight in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The army dismissed their claim, saying they must have made up their stories to get asylum. Last week, the UN called for an investigation into the "disappearance or abduction" of three Rwandan refugees from Uganda. Rwanda denied any involvement in the abductions. Police found Mr Manirakiza,...
(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...

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