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Monday 25 May 2015

Rwanda

(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years ago, people were visibly excited. But local business owners such as Sadiya Gueye of Senegal hoped the U.S. leader would address export barriers, which, she thinks, remain too high for small businesses like her clothing...
(Ipp media 05/23/15)
Harare — Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf 'shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. "This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here with my husband until his death in 2008 and now with my four children still in this two-roomed shack," she told IPS. Tshabalala lives in Diepkloof township in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a densely populated informal settlement - a euphemism for slums, where an estimated 15 million of the country's approximately 52 million people live, according to UN-Habitat, the U.N. agency for human...
(Voice of America 05/22/15)
The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) and Tanzania’s East Africa Community Minister are meeting with all stakeholders in Burundi in a bid to resolve the political unrest there, says Assah Mwambene, spokesman for the government of Tanzania. East African foreign ministers met on Monday after a recent regional heads-of-state summit to find solutions to the crisis in Burundi, following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial re-election bid. The heads of state called on all parties in Burundi to respect...
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last...
(AFP 05/21/15)
A Rwandan man sentenced to 14 years' jail in Germany over a 1994 church massacre could now face a life term after a top court Thursday ordered a partial retrial. The federal court found that evidence showed Onesphore Rwabukombe, a former town mayor, took an active role in genocide, rather than just aiding and abetting it as found by a lower court. The judges said there would be no need to re-establish the evidence for the massacre, in which at...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law. One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry." Over a 10-year period,...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(Ipp media 05/20/15)
Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute. The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies. The two‐day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories,...
(The Citizen 05/19/15)
Arusha. The Burundi elections may not be postponed as directed by the emergency East African Community Heads of State held in Dar es Salaam last week. Instead, the EAC will dispatch an observer mission to the parliamentary and presidential elections slated for May 26 and June 26, respectively, as initially planned, according to a senior Tanzanian government official. The change of heart apparently follows what has been perceived as a stabilizing of situation in Burundi, where renegade soldiers attempted to...
(Daily Maverick 05/19/15)
This week, delegates from across the world are meeting at the University of Johannesburg to discuss financial transparency and human rights. It sounds boring, but tackling illicit financial flows from Sub-Saharan Africa is gaining attention. If nothing is done the majority of people will likely remain poor while a tiny percentage benefits, and benefits big. Stories on the illicit financial outflows from Africa often focus on the numbers, simply because they are astounding. A Global Financial Integrity report conservatively estimates...
(Xinhuanet 05/18/15)
KIGALI, May (Xinhua) -- Survivors of the 1994 Rwanda genocide have welcomed the outcome of the Kigali court that saw Charles Bandora sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Genocide. Bandora who was extradited from Norway in 2013 after losing court battles against his extradition is accused of genocide, extermination, conspiracy to commit killing, formation of a criminal organization and murder as a crime against humanity. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, president...
(Voice of America 05/18/15)
East African foreign ministers plan to meet on Monday in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss the latest developments in Burundi. This, following the attempted overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government ahead of another anticipated regional heads of state summit, according to Assah Mwambene, spokesman for the government of Tanzania. Regional leaders who met on Wednesday asked leaders in Burundi to end the violence, and postpone the scheduled election until the crisis is resolved. The leaders condemned the attempted overthrow of the...
(This Day Live 05/18/15)
Johnannesburg, South Africa — The aviation market in Africa could yield revenue of over $20 billion in the next 10 years if African states deploy more funds to develop air transport sector in their countries through the modernisation of airport infrastructure, the implementation of open skies for Africa, an off shoot of Yamoussoukro Declaration, and manpower development. This, according to aviation experts is because Africa is like a beautiful bride to the world in terms of economic development; it is described as the last frontier and the continent that has the highest economic growth rate with great potential of higher growth in the coming years.
(Voice of America 05/16/15)
NAIROBI— Conservationists struggling to track down and prosecute poachers hunting for rhino horn, ivory and bush meat are turning to new technologies like DNA identification and surveillance drones to give them an edge in the war on poaching. Africa’s fight against poaching is often described as a war. The slaughter is on the rise, fueled by growing Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn. Experts estimate more than 35,000 African elephants are killed every year. Rhino poaching is thought to...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) ' s plan to put its standby force into effect by December is set to fall through due to funding problems, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of an AU meeting in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, Head of Peace Support Operations Division at the AU Commission, Sivoyile Bam, indicated that the African Standby Force (ASF) might not be able to reach its full capacity...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May (Xinhua) -- China says it is committed to collaborating with African countries and international stakeholders in combating illegal wildlife trade. Speaking at a workshop on "addressing wildlife trafficking" on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia noted that the Chinese government has been taking various measures to address illegal ivory trade and to protect wildlife resources. He said China works closely with African governments and other regional and international bodies to address...
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
KIGALI, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Magistrates and judges from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda gathered here Thursday to discuss constitutional provisions of the East Africa Community (EAC) member states. At the opening ceremony of the two-day meeting, Rwanda's chief justice, Prof. Sam Rugege, called on all attendants to help improve the rule of law and access to justice in the EAC countries. "This is the right time to discuss constitutional issues. We have noticed that the Burundian constitutional court was...
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- World energy experts called Friday on the G20 countries to increase their investments in Africa to solve its electricity crises. The appeal was made at the 6th International Energy Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 400 energy experts are taking part in the event. Experts agreed at the forum that G20's primary aim under the presidency of Turkey should be the integration of Africa with the rest of the world in the energy field. Almost...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...

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(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
00:00
The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years ago, people were visibly excited. But local business owners such as Sadiya Gueye of Senegal hoped the U.S. leader would address export barriers, which, she thinks, remain too high for small businesses like her clothing...
(Ipp media 05/23/15)
Harare — Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf 'shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. "This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here with my husband until his death in 2008 and now with my four children still in this two-roomed shack," she told IPS. Tshabalala lives in Diepkloof township in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a densely populated informal settlement - a euphemism for slums, where an estimated 15 million of the country's approximately 52 million people live, according to UN-Habitat, the U.N. agency for human...
(AFP 05/21/15)
A Rwandan man sentenced to 14 years' jail in Germany over a 1994 church massacre could now face a life term after a top court Thursday ordered a partial retrial. The federal court found that evidence showed Onesphore Rwabukombe, a former town mayor, took an active role in genocide, rather than just aiding and abetting it as found by a lower court. The judges said there would be no need to re-establish the evidence for the massacre, in which at...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(Xinhuanet 05/18/15)
KIGALI, May (Xinhua) -- Survivors of the 1994 Rwanda genocide have welcomed the outcome of the Kigali court that saw Charles Bandora sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the 1994 Genocide. Bandora who was extradited from Norway in 2013 after losing court battles against his extradition is accused of genocide, extermination, conspiracy to commit killing, formation of a criminal organization and murder as a crime against humanity. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, president...
(Voice of America 05/16/15)
NAIROBI— Conservationists struggling to track down and prosecute poachers hunting for rhino horn, ivory and bush meat are turning to new technologies like DNA identification and surveillance drones to give them an edge in the war on poaching. Africa’s fight against poaching is often described as a war. The slaughter is on the rise, fueled by growing Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn. Experts estimate more than 35,000 African elephants are killed every year. Rhino poaching is thought to...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) ' s plan to put its standby force into effect by December is set to fall through due to funding problems, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of an AU meeting in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, Head of Peace Support Operations Division at the AU Commission, Sivoyile Bam, indicated that the African Standby Force (ASF) might not be able to reach its full capacity...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May (Xinhua) -- China says it is committed to collaborating with African countries and international stakeholders in combating illegal wildlife trade. Speaking at a workshop on "addressing wildlife trafficking" on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia noted that the Chinese government has been taking various measures to address illegal ivory trade and to protect wildlife resources. He said China works closely with African governments and other regional and international bodies to address...
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
KIGALI, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Magistrates and judges from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda gathered here Thursday to discuss constitutional provisions of the East Africa Community (EAC) member states. At the opening ceremony of the two-day meeting, Rwanda's chief justice, Prof. Sam Rugege, called on all attendants to help improve the rule of law and access to justice in the EAC countries. "This is the right time to discuss constitutional issues. We have noticed that the Burundian constitutional court was...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(Xinhuanet 05/13/15)
KIGALI, May (Xinhua) -- At least 25,884 Burundians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for lives, for fear of possible violence related to the forthcoming elections, the Rwandan Ministry of Refugees and Disaster Management said on Tuesday. The ministry said it was working together with different humanitarian organizations including the the UN Refugee agency, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to distribute emergency relief which comprised mainly of food, shelter, medication and water to new...
(Bloomberg 05/13/15)
Rwandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo are slipping across the border into Burundi, raising concerns that violence will escalate in the run-up to national elections, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said. “We have information that some FDLR elements have crossed into Burundi from the Congo and might even get involved directly in the continued unrest in the country,” Mushikiwabo said, referring to the Hutu-dominated Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, known by the French acronym FDLR. The...
(Ips News 05/13/15)
Augusta and Syracuse — Not even a month has passed since over 700 hundred migrants lost their lives in their attempt to reaching the shores of Italy and the media spotlights have already faded on the island of Sicily, Italy's southern region and main gateway to Europe. Yet, the migration flows have not stopped. Five days ago, on May 3, 300 people arrived in the port of Augusta, in the province of Syracuse, and among them were 19-year-old Ahmed and...
(Xinhuanet 05/12/15)
KIGALI, May (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Burundians who have fled possible violence related to the forthcoming elections, are crowded into Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda's Eastern province near the border with Tanzania, living in increasingly squalid conditions and at risk of contracting measles and other diseases, according to humanitarian agencies. Due to the worsening situation, the UN Refugee agency is continuing to distribute emergency relief which comprised mainly of food, shelter, medication and water to new arrivals via different border...
(Bloomberg 05/11/15)
Protests in African countries from Burkina Faso to Burundi have been sparked by youthful populations with little hope of employment and by leaders who have in some cases ruled for decades. The discontent, which began in Burkina Faso in October, spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and has now crossed the continent to Burundi, prompting regional leaders to call an emergency meeting after two weeks of protests and at least 14 deaths.
(Xinhuanet 05/11/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May 11 (Xinhua) -- China's cooperation with Africa on industrialization development in African countries will have multifaceted benefits to the continent, noted a renowned Ethiopian scholar during a recent interview with Xinhua. Stating that industry is a very important component of any developmental growth, the scholar hailed China's cooperation and support to Africa in the industrial development of the continent as an important step towards addressing poverty and boosting economies. Costantinos BT Costantinos, Chairman of Ethiopian Infrastructure &...
(Voice of America 05/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on African countries to invest more in strengthening their health systems. WHO Director for the Africa region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says the 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health currently receiving additional inputs from stakeholders, will go a long way in helping countries deal with communicable diseases and epidemics affecting millions of people.
(The Christian Science Monitor 05/08/15)
Viateur and his wife, Judith, have married across the divide between Hutus and Tutsis, becoming entrepreneurs and peace builders. The red brick walls of Nyakiriba Prison tower above Viateur Manishimwe, his wife Judith Mureshyankwano, and their nearly one-year-old daughter Liliane. Liliane, sound asleep and tied securely to her mother’s back, has been silent for most of the family’s several mile trek. Stoic-faced guards usher the family through the first wall of the prison toward the man waiting inside: Viateur’s father,...
(This Day Live 05/08/15)
MainOne, a communications services company and operator of the premier Tier III Data Centre in West Africa, MDX-I, has been chosen to lead the African panel on localising Content and Data Traffic in Africa at a plenary session of the International Telecoms Week to be held in Chicago from May 10th to May 13th, 2015. With the theme: ' Localising Data Traffic and Content in Africa', the session, will highlight the growth in Internet traffic in Africa and how the...
(BBC News Africa 05/08/15)
A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found. Encouraging results have now been recorded for two malaria vaccines, after 20 years of research. Recent tests of a different vaccine in more advanced trials showed signs of it working in young children. With about 1,300 children...

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(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last 50 years, Africa lost in excess of 1 trillion dollars in illicit financial outflows," he said. "The figure of 50 billion U.S. dollars is therefore an underestimate as it excludes such elements as trade in...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law. One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry." Over a 10-year period,...
(Ipp media 05/20/15)
Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute. The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies. The two‐day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories,...
(Daily Maverick 05/19/15)
This week, delegates from across the world are meeting at the University of Johannesburg to discuss financial transparency and human rights. It sounds boring, but tackling illicit financial flows from Sub-Saharan Africa is gaining attention. If nothing is done the majority of people will likely remain poor while a tiny percentage benefits, and benefits big. Stories on the illicit financial outflows from Africa often focus on the numbers, simply because they are astounding. A Global Financial Integrity report conservatively estimates...
(This Day Live 05/18/15)
Johnannesburg, South Africa — The aviation market in Africa could yield revenue of over $20 billion in the next 10 years if African states deploy more funds to develop air transport sector in their countries through the modernisation of airport infrastructure, the implementation of open skies for Africa, an off shoot of Yamoussoukro Declaration, and manpower development. This, according to aviation experts is because Africa is like a beautiful bride to the world in terms of economic development; it is described as the last frontier and the continent that has the highest economic growth rate with great potential of higher growth in the coming years.
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- World energy experts called Friday on the G20 countries to increase their investments in Africa to solve its electricity crises. The appeal was made at the 6th International Energy Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 400 energy experts are taking part in the event. Experts agreed at the forum that G20's primary aim under the presidency of Turkey should be the integration of Africa with the rest of the world in the energy field. Almost...
(Xinhuanet 05/13/15)
KIGALI, May (Xinhua) -- Rwanda will issue a 10-year bond worth 14.5 million U.S. dollars, or about 10 billion Rwandan francs (Rwf), this month to finance infrastructure projects, the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) said Tuesday. The bond will have a market-determined fixed coupon rate, and the bids would be received between May 25 and 27, the BNR said in a statement.
(Caj News Africa 05/12/15)
Cape Town — Thousands of attendees from around the globe have converged in South Africa for the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa to explore measures of securing the future development of the continent’s power and water industries. The event, said to be the biggest such gathering in the sectors in the continent, has resumed at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, where it will run until Thursday. Scheduled to attract some 5 000 attendees, the event will...
(Xinhuanet 05/08/15)
KIGALI, May (Xinhua) -- The Kingdom of the Netherlands Thursday announced 44.9 million euro grant towards Rwanda's Water Resource Management and education. The big percentage of the money will go to Water Resource Management while the balance 10 million euro will go to Rwanda's education sector under the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Building in Higher Education (NICHE 2). The two projects are supposed to be implemented in the next four years as part of efforts to achieve sustainable economic development...
(Xinhuanet 05/08/15)
KIGALI, May (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) Thursday signed financing agreements with Rwanda, vowing to grant 8 million euros to support land tenure regularization program and technical cooperation. The Land tenure regularization grant will finance climate- change related farmers' activities such as improved land administration and land use, monitoring capacities at central and local government levels. While the technical cooperation funding will support capacity building through training, conferences and seminars to help the implementation of the 11th European Development...
(Times of Zambia 05/07/15)
The African Development Bank (AfDB)'s fund portfolio for renewable energies in Africa increased by 10 per cent to US$200 million in the last five years. According to the 2014 report launched by the bank on Monday, the portfolio size multiplied by 10 during the last five years and was now worth more than $200 million. Most project funding has been implemented by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through AfDB since 2008. The report said the relatively young portfolio had 28 projects over 30 countries on the continent, according to the 2014.
(Caj News Africa 05/06/15)
Johannesburg — Next week’s Aviation Africa 2015 will underscore the immense potential of the African aviation market, organizers said. The two-day event is slated for May 10 at Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “If you look at the sheer potential of just a handful of African airlines, routes and airports, you realise just how enormous an impact Africa can have on the future of aviation, and moreover you can clearly see just how beneficial a progressive aviation industry...
(Xinhuanet 04/30/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) and the EU, which was initialized in October 2014, is likely to be ratified by the respective national parliaments by end of October 2016, an EU official said on Wednesday. EU Trade and Communication Counsellor Christophe De Vroey told journalists in Nairobi that the deal is currently undergoing legal scrubbing to ensure it meets World Trade Organization (WTO) guidelines. "By end of August, we expect...
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
TRIPOLI, April (Xinhua) -- Libyan Islamist-backed parliament General National Congress (GNC) on Tuesday rejected a draft peace solution proposed by the UN special envoy to Libya. "The draft given by Bernardino Leon, head of the UN mission to Libya, will be totally rejected. We demand the international envoy to reconsider the way it works," Omar Ehmedan, a member of the GNC, announced the decision in a press conference. Libya has been witnessing a frayed political process after the 2011 turmoil which toppled its leader Muammar Gaddafi.
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- African scientists have launched a regional initiative to improve aflatoxin control regulatory frameworks in the Common Market for eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The scientists have came up with a draft aflatoxin sampling procedures to facilitate effective regional trade for unprocessed maize and groundnuts in COMESA and Sub-Saharan Africa. "Aware of the rising threat to consumer health and intra trade, COMESA has entered into strategic partnerships to harmonize aflatoxin control measures and improve the regulatory...
(Bloomberg 04/27/15)
Robert Diamond’s Atlas Mara Ltd. said it’s in exclusive talks to invest about $22.5 million in Banque Populaire du Rwanda and merge it with BRD Commercial Bank Ltd., creating one of the central African country’s largest lenders. Atlas, which will own 45 percent of BPR if the deal is concluded, also plans to buy stock from other shareholders to bring its holding in the merged bank to more than 70 percent, Atlas said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. Atlas Mara, co-founded by Diamond, 63, and Ugandan entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar, is expanding in Africa by buying financial services companies.
(The Chronicle 04/27/15)
Growth of remittances to the Sub-Saharan Africa region is projected to slow to 0.9 percent in 2015, amounting to $33 billion, according World Bank's latest Migration and Development Brief. It said Nigeria alone accounts for around two-thirds of total remittance inflows to the region, but its remittances are estimated to have remained flat in 2014, at roughly $21 billion. The regional growth in remittances in 2014 largely reflected strong growth in Kenya (10.7 percent), South Africa (7.1 percent) and Uganda...
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
A recent report underscores the proliferation of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Pew Research Center survey, Africa has all but skipped the “landline stage of development.” The growth has been exponential. In 2002, only one tenth of the populations of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana owned a mobile phone, said Pew. “Across the seven countries surveyed, roughly two-thirds or more say they own a cell phone,” according to Pew. “Ownership is especially high in South Africa...
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

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(The New Times 05/05/15)
The national volleyball team yesterday defeated Kenya 3-2 to qualify for 2015 All Africa Games slated for September 4-19 in Congo Brazzaville. Kenya, which was out to revenge after previously losing to Rwanda twice in the final of the same competition, started aggressively and won easily the first set 25-17 as Paul Bitok’s players failed to stop Kenyan attackers Chemos Michel Marua Denis’s thunder bolt spikes. However, buoyed by a large crowd that included senior government and military officials, Rwanda won the next two sets 25-18 and 25-22, respectively, after strong spikes from Olivier Ntagengwa, Nelson Murangwa and Flavien Ndamukunda while the trio of Fred Musoni, Vincent Dusabimana and Lawrence Guma Yakan did well to...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(Xinhuanet 03/07/15)
LUSAKA, March (Xinhua) -- Zambia's soccer governing body has arranged a friendly match with Rwanda scheduled for this month end, a statement posted on its website said on Friday. The Chipolopolo will face the Wasps in an international friendly match to be played at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on March 29. According to the statement, March 29 is a FIFA international day for friendly matches and the Football Association of Zambia has clinched the deal with the Rwanda Football Association.
(The New Times 02/27/15)
Newly appointed Ferwafa head of marketing and communications Jerome Dufourg believes that hosting the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) is going to be a catalyst for attracting sponsorship for all football activities in Rwanda. Dufourg, who has been tasked with guiding the football federation to independent funding rather than rely on Government, Fifa and Caf funding, expects companies to fight to come on board because of the potential visibility they will get from the event that will be held from...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(The New Times 02/17/15)
Burundi's Amical Sportif de Bujumbura won the 2015 Kayumba Memorial men's volleyball title after defeating Kigali Volleyball Club by three sets to nil at GSOB in Huye District on Sunday. KVC were the defending champions-they beat Rayon Sport in the last year's final. Rwanda Revenue Authority won the women's title for the second year running after defeating Ruhango Volleyball Club 3-1 in the final. The students' category which was introduced this year was won by Saint Joseph Kabgayi after beating...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/14)
Three years ago Janvier Hadi pedalled a single speed bicycle taxi: this week he won the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda, a success mirroring the growth of cycling in his country. Born into a family of modest farmers, the 23-year old took up the sport seriously after taking part in a race in the south Rwandan town of Butare. "I heard there was a race for a single speed bike... it was like a test and I won, I...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
This year’s movie calendar is taking shape as preparations for the 11th edition of the annual Rwanda Film Festival (RFF) kick off in high gear. Rwanda Film Festival brings together several film houses and is organised by Kwetu Film Institute (KFI) and Rwanda Cinema Centre. Josephine Mbabazi, the head of marketing and communications at KFI, said intensive preparations including fundraising for funds from different institutions are ongoing. She added that they will also partner with foreign festivals such as the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) to create more exposure. Unlike the previous editions, this year’s festival under the theme, Limitless, will incorporate art groups such as KigaliUp (music), House of Tayo...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(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...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/14)
A popular Rwandan musician appealed for leniency Thursday after pleading guilty at the opening of his trial to plotting attacks on the country's leaders. Kizito Mihigo is on trial along with three co-accused on charges including conspiracy to murder, complicity in a terrorist act and conspiring against the government of Rwandan strongman and President Paul Kagame. "I plead guilty to all charges, like I did from the first day I was arrested, and I ask for forgiveness," Mihigo told the...
(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) 10/24/14)
A Rwandan media regulatory body said Friday it opposed calls for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994. The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), an independent body, said the programme was "insulting" and that the BBC was guilty of "distorting the history of genocide", but added a ban "should not be the solution". Earlier this week furious lawmakers in parliament called for the...
(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,...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
Rwanda's aspiring Big Brother Africa housemates finally have something to smile about, as reports emerge that they might finally take part in Africa’s most watched television reality show. Reliable sources have confirmed to this paper that for the first time Rwanda would be represented in the ninth edition of the show. The development comes three weeks after Rwanda had been dropped because there was not sufficient time to procure travel documents for the participants. Although the organisers M-Net AfricaMagic have...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
The highly anticipated Beautiful People Party is back and takes place this Friday at The Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama. Beautiful People Party is quite popular in neighbouring East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. “Beautiful People Party showcases the most trending things in society. It could be fashion, talent, beverages, anything that is trending in East Africa. This year’s theme is ‘Stay Trendy”” explained Reno Kabachelor, the CEO Beautiful People Party. Last year the party didn’t take place because...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/14)
LONDON (Reuters) - Three members of Africa's "youth club" - Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - offer some of the fastest-growing working populations in the world, if only investors can capitalise on that. If the countries' demographic trends can be coupled with good education to create skilled jobs and an avoidance of political unrest, this should lead to economic growth quickly enough to attract portfolio investors, some analysts say. None of the three makes it to the flagship frontiers stock index,...
(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...
(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...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years ago, people were visibly excited. But local business owners such as Sadiya Gueye of Senegal hoped the U.S. leader would address export barriers, which, she thinks, remain too high for small businesses like her clothing...
(Voice of America 05/22/15)
The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC) and Tanzania’s East Africa Community Minister are meeting with all stakeholders in Burundi in a bid to resolve the political unrest there, says Assah Mwambene, spokesman for the government of Tanzania. East African foreign ministers met on Monday after a recent regional heads-of-state summit to find solutions to the crisis in Burundi, following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial re-election bid. The heads of state called on all parties in Burundi to respect the country’s constitution. Mwambene says the two EAC officials have called on both the government and opponents to ensure peace and stability is restored ahead of next month’s vote. Postponed Legislative Elections Mr. Nkurunziza announced on state television late Wednesday...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Voice of America 05/18/15)
East African foreign ministers plan to meet on Monday in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss the latest developments in Burundi. This, following the attempted overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government ahead of another anticipated regional heads of state summit, according to Assah Mwambene, spokesman for the government of Tanzania. Regional leaders who met on Wednesday asked leaders in Burundi to end the violence, and postpone the scheduled election until the crisis is resolved. The leaders condemned the attempted overthrow of the...
(Voice of America 05/16/15)
NAIROBI— Conservationists struggling to track down and prosecute poachers hunting for rhino horn, ivory and bush meat are turning to new technologies like DNA identification and surveillance drones to give them an edge in the war on poaching. Africa’s fight against poaching is often described as a war. The slaughter is on the rise, fueled by growing Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn. Experts estimate more than 35,000 African elephants are killed every year. Rhino poaching is thought to...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(Bloomberg 05/13/15)
Rwandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo are slipping across the border into Burundi, raising concerns that violence will escalate in the run-up to national elections, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said. “We have information that some FDLR elements have crossed into Burundi from the Congo and might even get involved directly in the continued unrest in the country,” Mushikiwabo said, referring to the Hutu-dominated Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, known by the French acronym FDLR. The...
(Voice of America 05/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on African countries to invest more in strengthening their health systems. WHO Director for the Africa region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says the 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health currently receiving additional inputs from stakeholders, will go a long way in helping countries deal with communicable diseases and epidemics affecting millions of people.
(Bloomberg 05/08/15)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame may be able to extend his rule in 2017 elections after parliament received 2 million signatures calling for a constitutional amendment that would allow him to run for a third term. The East African nation’s president is restricted to two, seven-year mandates under the current charter. Kagame, who’s been in power since 2000, said last month that he was open to either staying on or leaving the position “depending on the interest and future” of the...
(The Christian Science Monitor 05/08/15)
Viateur and his wife, Judith, have married across the divide between Hutus and Tutsis, becoming entrepreneurs and peace builders. The red brick walls of Nyakiriba Prison tower above Viateur Manishimwe, his wife Judith Mureshyankwano, and their nearly one-year-old daughter Liliane. Liliane, sound asleep and tied securely to her mother’s back, has been silent for most of the family’s several mile trek. Stoic-faced guards usher the family through the first wall of the prison toward the man waiting inside: Viateur’s father,...
(BBC News Africa 05/08/15)
A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found. Encouraging results have now been recorded for two malaria vaccines, after 20 years of research. Recent tests of a different vaccine in more advanced trials showed signs of it working in young children. With about 1,300 children...
(Bloomberg 05/07/15)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame may be able to extend his rule in 2017 elections after parliament received 2 million signatures calling for a constitutional amendment that would allow him to run for a third term. The East African nation’s president is restricted to two, seven-year mandates under the current charter. Kagame, who’s been in power since 2000, said last month that he was open to either staying on or leaving the position “depending on the interest and future” of the...
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
Wave after wave of migrants have been rescued from rubber dinghies and rickety fishing boats in the Mediterranean over the last three days, with thousands ferried to Italy's southern shores. Italian officials struggled Monday to find room in shelters in Sicily and the mainland for the nearly 6,800 refugees they said had been rescued at sea off the coast of Libya. The Italian navy said a woman, in labor when she was rescued Sunday, gave birth to a daughter on...
(Bloomberg 04/27/15)
Robert Diamond’s Atlas Mara Ltd. said it’s in exclusive talks to invest about $22.5 million in Banque Populaire du Rwanda and merge it with BRD Commercial Bank Ltd., creating one of the central African country’s largest lenders. Atlas, which will own 45 percent of BPR if the deal is concluded, also plans to buy stock from other shareholders to bring its holding in the merged bank to more than 70 percent, Atlas said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. Atlas Mara, co-founded by Diamond, 63, and Ugandan entrepreneur Ashish Thakkar, is expanding in Africa by buying financial services companies.
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/15)
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has held its final hearings into crimes carried out during the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 people died. In more than 20 years of operation, the UN-backed court has indicted 93 people for their roles in the violence. It was the first international tribunal to deliver verdicts in relation to genocide and recognise rape as a means of carrying out genocide. Sixty-one defendants were convicted and 14 were acquitted. Others were referred for trial...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.

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