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Officials say Congo, M23 Will Sign Peace Deal Monday

08 November, 2013

Officials say Congo, M23 Will Sign Peace Deal Monday

Uganda says the Democratic Republic of Congo's government will sign a peace deal on Monday with rebel group M23, which gave up its fight this week. A spokesman for the Ugandan government, which has hosted peace talks between Congo and M23, says the peace deal is ready and will detail the process for demobilizing rebel fighters. Some will likely be integrated into the Congolese army. M23 announced the end of its rebellion earlier this week, after U.N.-backed Congolese government forces seized the...

Madagascar headed for second round in presidential vote

08 November, 2013

Madagascar headed for second round in presidential vote

Madagascar's first presidential election since a coup in 2009 will go to a run-off due in December after no candidate won an outright majority in last month's first round vote, provisional results showed on Friday. The head-to-head contest risks escalating political tensions on the Indian Ocean island mined for its nickel and cobalt, pitting two aspirants backed by Madagascar's biggest political rivals against each other. European and southern African observers have said voting had been free a...

Radical reds upset South Africa's political color balance

08 November, 2013

Radical reds upset South Africa's political color balance

Color has always been central to South African politics, but now, nearly 20 years after the end of apartheid, the tint of your T-shirt matters as much as that of your skin. While the yellow, green and black of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) remains dominant, it is the bright red of an ultra-leftist party founded by expelled ANC youth leader Julius Malema that is making the big splash. With the silver-tongued Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) only 100 days old and untested by...

'Now Is the Time for Action,' UN Chief Says in Key Address At Start of Sahel Visit

08 November, 2013

'Now Is the Time for Action,' UN Chief Says in Key Address At Start of Sahel Visit

"We are here for you," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told people of the Sahel today, kicking off a visit to the region with international development leaders to listen to local priorities and to link political, security, development and humanitarian efforts there. "We have partnered together in this extraordinary way because we recognize that the Sahel region needs an extraordinary effort," Mr. Ban told the opening of Meeting on the Sahel in Bamako, Mali, presided over by President Ibrahim Bo...

DRC Seeks M23 Rebels’ Extradition from Neighboring Countries

31 October, 2013

DRC Seeks M23 Rebels’ Extradition from Neighboring Countries

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says Kinshasa is seeking the extradition of M23 rebels who fled to neighboring countries following recent clashes with the national army (FARDC).Lambert Mende says the request is part of a government effort to end armed insurgencies.“We need to fight impunity among the few [rebels] who have criminal records,” said Mende. “Secondly, we need to give a chance to others who are not criminals to re-insert themselves socially and profession...

Frenchmen Arrive Home After Hostage Ordeal in Niger

31 October, 2013

Frenchmen Arrive Home After Hostage Ordeal in Niger

Four French men who were held hostage by al-Qaida-linked militants in Niger have arrived home, ending a more than three-year ordeal.A plane carrying the men landed at an airport outside Paris on Wednesday, a day after France announced their release. French President Francois Hollande and the families of the former hostages were waiting to greet them.The French government has denied paying a ransom for the men. However, the French news agency (AFP) reports that at least $28 million may have been ...

Kenya crackdown on militants troubles Muslims

31 October, 2013

Kenya crackdown on militants troubles Muslims

 A Kenyan police crackdown on Islamists is fuelling Muslim resentment and moderate preachers say it undermines their efforts to counter recruiting by al Qaeda militants with links across the border in Somalia. Smashing Islamist recruitment networks among its Muslim minority has become a priority for Kenya, however, as it tries to end attacks by Somali militants bent on punishing it for sending troops over the frontier to fight al Shabaab rebels. The cost of failure was laid bare in September w...

Sub-Saharan Africa to grow 6 pct next year - IMF

31 October, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa to grow 6 pct next year - IMF

Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth is expected to increase to six percent in 2014, from five percent this year, supported by investment in infrastructure and production capacity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday. The IMF had predicted in May that the region would grow 5.7 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2014. It said the slight downward revisions were due mainly to weaker global economic conditions, while budget delays in oil producer Angola and oil theft in Africa...

Somalia journalists beaten, radio stations taken off air: union

28 October, 2013

Somalia journalists beaten, radio stations taken off air: union

Somali security agents stormed and shut down two radio stations, beat and detained reporters, and impounded their equipment, their union said. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said the raid in Mogadishu on Saturday was connected to stories Radio Shabelle and SkyFM, both part of the Shabelle Media Network, had aired touching on accusations of corruption within government. Police said they were carrying out an eviction order after the network failed to vacate the government-owned...

M23 Must Disarm or Face More Attacks: Congolese Minister

28 October, 2013

M23 Must Disarm or Face More Attacks: Congolese Minister

Fighting between rebels and government forces in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continued for a third day Sunday with the government saying its troops recaptured two more towns from M23 rebels.Information Minister Lambert Mende says the Congolese army, known as the FARDC, is being assisted by the UN Intervention force.He expressed his government’s regrets over the death of a Tanzanian UN soldier.Mende said the Congolese army Sunday took control of Kiwanja and the M23 rebel stronghold o...

U.N. peacekeeper killed as Congo's army gains ground against rebels

28 October, 2013

U.N. peacekeeper killed as Congo's army gains ground against rebels

A U.N. peacekeeper was killed and another injured during a third day of fighting between government forces and rebels in eastern Congo on Sunday, as the army pressed toward the rebel stronghold of Rutshuru. The U.N. mission in Congo (MONUSCO) said the Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed during fighting with M23 rebels in the town of Kiwanja, north of the regional capital Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo. "The soldier died while protecting the people of Kiwanja," Martin Kobler, the head of ...

Former South African politician Sexwale arrested in New York: SABC

28 October, 2013

Former South African politician Sexwale arrested in New York: SABC

Prominent South African businessman and anti-apartheid stalwart Tokyo Sexwale was arrested in New York after his name was on a list of people banned from entering the United States, national broadcaster SABC said on Sunday, citing his lawyer. Sexwale, a rival of President Jacob Zuma who was ousted as housing minister in a cabinet reshuffle in July, was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport while on a business trip, SABC said, citing Lesley Mkhabela Some anti-apartheid activists were...

Madagascar votes in first presidential election since 2009 coup

25 October, 2013

Madagascar votes in first presidential election since 2009 coup

 The people of Madagascar began voting on Friday in a presidential election they hope will end a five-year crisis and rebuild investor confidence to mend an economy crippled since President Andry Rajoelina seized power in a 2009 coup. It was the first vote on the huge nickel- and vanilla-producing island off Africa since the upheaval triggered by protests and mutinous soldiers that drew sanctions against Madagascar and prompted donors to freeze crucial budget support. Election officials at one...

Twitter IPO pegs valuation at modest $11 billion

25 October, 2013

Twitter IPO pegs valuation at modest $11 billion

Seeking to avoid a repeat of Facebook Inc's much-maligned public debut, Twitter Inc revealed more modest ambitions, saying its initial offering would raise up to $1.6 billion and value the company at up to about $11 billion. The valuation was more conservative than the $15 billion some analysts had expected for the social media phenomenon, potentially attracting investors who might consider the money-losing company's listing price a better deal, with room to rise. Twitter had signaled for week...

Kenyan deputy president must attend his trial: ICC judges

25 October, 2013

Kenyan deputy president must attend his trial: ICC judges

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto must attend all sessions of his trial at the International Criminal Court unless specifically excused, appeals judges said on Friday in a ruling that puts the court at odds with Kenya and the African Union. Ruto, who is accused of orchestrating a wave of violence after Kenya's contested 2007 election, had asked judges to uphold an earlier ruling that he need only attend the opening and closing sessions of his trial in The Hague, as well as hearings at which ...

M23 rebels clash with army in eastern Congo

25 October, 2013

M23 rebels clash with army in eastern Congo

Congo's M23 rebels clashed with government troops on Friday near the eastern city of Goma, a rebel leaders said, in the first heavy fighting in nearly two months. General Sultani Makenga, M23's military commander, told Reuters its forces were attacked at 4 a.m. local time (2200 ET) at Kanyamohoro, around 15 km (10 miles) north of Goma, the largest city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. "They attacked us," Makenga told Reuters by telephone. "We are going to defend our positions."  An ...

More Children Surviving in Africa, But Some Populations Lag

23 October, 2013

More Children Surviving in Africa, But Some Populations Lag

Aid group Save the Children is highlighting progress in combating child mortality in many developing nations in Africa, while also warning of the need to address inequalities to help children have a better chance of surviving.The group issued a new report Wednesday saying the world has made "remarkable" improvements in child health, but that kids in poor and rural areas, as well as girls and infants, remain more at risk of dying.Its profile of Ethiopia spotlights the divide. The country has cut ...

Sources: Somali Westgate Attacker Trained with Al-Shabab

23 October, 2013

Sources: Somali Westgate Attacker Trained with Al-Shabab

Sources affiliated with militant group al-Shabab have identified one of the attackers in the deadly Kenya mall assualt as Yahya Ahmed Osman -- also known as "Arab" -- from the town of Buloburte in Somalia's Hiran region.Sources told VOA's Somali Service that Osman appears to be the same attacker that Kenyan officials named as Omar Nabhan from the Kenyan city of Mombasa.  An al-Shabab militant who says he trained with Osman said in an interview with VOA that Osman graduated from an al-Shabab trai...

U.S. says concerned with Mozambique violence, urges dialogue

23 October, 2013

U.S. says concerned with Mozambique violence, urges dialogue

The United States on Tuesday urged Mozambique's government and Renamo opposition movement to "move back from the brink' and take steps to quell an escalation in tensions that have raised fear of a possible return to civil war in the country. Mozambique's Renamo former rebel group on Monday declared it was terminating a 1992 peace pact that ended a brutal 1975-1992 civil war after government forces overran the jungle base of opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama. "We are deeply concerned by the esc...

African leaders ask U.N. to defer Kenya international criminal trials

23 October, 2013

African leaders ask U.N. to defer Kenya international criminal trials

The African Union and Kenya asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to defer the trials of Kenya's leaders at the International Criminal Court for one year so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack. In a letter to the council obtained by Reuters, African leaders said the legal proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto "will distract and prevent them from fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities, including oversight for national and ...

South Sudan and Sudanese Leaders to Meet

22 October, 2013

South Sudan and Sudanese Leaders to Meet

Leaders of Sudan and South Sudan plan to meet in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, Tuesday, to help resolve tensions between the two neighboring countries, according to a senior Sudanese ruling party official.Rabie Abdelati Obeid, a prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP), says the two leaders will work to resolve differences between the two nations surrounding the referendum of the disputed oil-rich Abyei region.He says Sudan’s President Bashir, who will be accompanied by ca...

Region's leaders seek to push foreign fighters from Central African Republic

22 October, 2013

Region's leaders seek to push foreign fighters from Central African Republic

Regional leaders on Monday authorized African troops deployed to Central African Republic to use force if necessary to drive foreign fighters out of the country, which has been plagued by violence. The Central African Republic, which is rich in minerals, has descended into chaos since mostly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Michel Djotodia, who swept to power at the head of the rebellion, has failed to control his former fighters, many of whom are mercenaries fro...

Congo peace talks stall, U.N. concerned by military buildup

22 October, 2013

Congo peace talks stall, U.N. concerned by military buildup

 Talks to end a two-year insurgency in eastern Congo stalled on Monday after the government rejected a call for amnesty for M23 rebel leaders as the United     Nations expressed concern at a military buildup by the group around the provincial capital Goma. Congolese President Joseph Kabila's government and the M23 rebels had agreed on two-thirds of a draft deal during recent talks in neighboring Uganda, U.N. special envoy to the Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, told the U.N. Security Council....

Nigerian insurgents kill 10 villagers in revenge attack

22 October, 2013

Nigerian insurgents kill 10 villagers in revenge attack

Gunmen suspected to be from the Boko Haram Islamist sect stormed two villages in northeast Nigeria, killing 10 people, after a botched attempt by local vigilantes to arrest some of the militants. The attack by Boko Haram, which seeks to establish a strictly Islamic state in religiously-mixed Nigeria, occurred on Sunday after vigilante youths tried to approach a militant hideout in Konduga, in remote Borno state. "The insurgents fled their hideout and, on their way, ambushed our colleagues, kil...

Video suggesting soldiers looted attacked mall angers Kenyans

21 October, 2013

Video suggesting soldiers looted attacked mall angers Kenyans

 Security camera footage of soldiers appearing to loot goods during last month's Nairobi shopping mall siege has infuriated Kenyans who had initially praised troops for their courage in battling the Somali attackers. A front page headline over the weekend in Kenya's biggest selling newspaper The Nation read "Shame of soldiers looting Westgate" under the caption "caught on camera". Gunmen from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group massacred at least 67 people when they raided the upmarket Westga...

Rebels kill 41 in South Sudan cattle raid

21 October, 2013

Rebels kill 41 in South Sudan cattle raid

Rebels in South Sudan's volatile Jonglei state killed at least 41 people and wounded 46 others in a raid on three cattle camps on Sunday, a local official said. Since breaking from Sudan in 2011, oil-producing South Sudan has struggled to assert control over remote territories awash with weapons after a 1983-2005 war with the north and torn by ethnic rivalries. Dau Akoi, commissioner of Twic East, a county in Jonglei, said rebels loyal to former theology student David Yau Yau were believed to ...

Tunisia sees Islamist militants exploiting Libya chaos

21 October, 2013

Tunisia sees Islamist militants exploiting Libya chaos

Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said Islamist militants are exploiting anarchy in neighboring Libya to get training and smuggle weapons across North Africa's porous borders. His coalition government is grappling with an Islamist militant group known as Ansar al-Sharia, which is one of the most radical to emerge since Tunisia's 2011 uprising against autocratic President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali Ben Ali. Security is a sensitive matter for Larayedh's ruling moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, ...

Sudans' disputed Abyei to go ahead with vote despite fears of violence

21 October, 2013

Sudans' disputed Abyei to go ahead with vote despite fears of violence

 Residents of the remote and disputed Abyei border region said they would press ahead with their own referendum next week on whether to join Sudan or South Sudan, despite warnings it could trigger violence in the volatile area. The ownership of Abyei was left undecided when South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011 - and a long-promised official plebiscite on its status has been stalled by arguments over who is entitled to vote. Leaders from the overwhelmingly pro-South Sudan Dinka ...

Angolan troops free seized Congolese soldiers: local official

21 October, 2013

Angolan troops free seized Congolese soldiers: local official

 A group of Congolese soldiers who were seized last week by Angolan troops when they entered the Congo Republic have been freed, a senior local government official in Congo said. A detachment of Angolan troops crossed into neighboring Congo from Angola's oil-rich enclave of Cabinda and took up positions in several locations in Congo's Kimongo district, Congolese sources said. The incident highlighted tensions around Cabinda, which belongs to Angola but is separated from the main part of the co...

15 October, 2013

Nigeria says Liechtenstein making excuses to keep Abacha loot

Nigeria accused Liechtenstein of using legal challenges as a pretext to cling on to 185 million euros ($250 million) stolen by former military dictator Sani Abacha who died 14 years ago. Nigeria has been fighting to recover the money for years, but companies linked to the Abacha family keep going to court to prevent the funds being repatriated, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said. A Liechtenstein government spokesman said the country was making efforts to return the money but a complaint...

15 October, 2013

France's Hollande: Central African Republic troubles could spill over

French President Francois Hollande said on Monday the collapse of the Central African Republic could destabilize the region, as he sought to drum up support for increased military intervention while on a state visit to South Africa. France committed on Sunday to increasing the number of troops in its former colony by year-end, under a U.N. resolution, to help prevent the state spiraling out of control with the risk the power vacuum could encourage militancy. The Central African Republic has de...

15 October, 2013

Sole opposition MP says Ethiopia bottling up strife

Girma Seifu Maru, Ethiopia's sole opposition politician in a 547-seat parliament, says the authorities risk provoking social unrest if they do not offer more political space to critical voices. The 47-year-old economist and consultant said his party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), is pushing for greater openness with a petition against an anti-terror law that critics say is used to stifle dissent, and by a campaign of protests. But it is an uphill struggle for opponents of the ruling c...

15 October, 2013

Belgium detains suspected Somali pirate kingpin: media

Belgium has arrested a suspected Somali pirate leader believed to have earned millions of dollars in ransom payments over years of operating off the East African coast, Belgian media reported on Monday. Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as "Afweyne" or Big Mouth, was detained when he arrived at Brussels Airport on Saturday, the De Standaard newspaper said on Monday. Federal prosecutors said they would hold a news conference on Monday afternoon regarding two people picked up at the airport on Saturday...

14 October, 2013

U.N. voices concern over delay to Guinea election results

The United Nations and the international community on Sunday called upon Guinea's electoral commission to publish results of a September 28 election aimed at completing a transition to democracy, saying it was concerned over the delay. Disputes over a published partial count have held up the final result and raised fears of a resurgence of violence that killed about 50 people before the vote. The opposition is calling for the election to be annulled, dampening hopes for an end to years of inst...

14 October, 2013

France will increase troops in Central African Republic: Fabius

 France will boost its troops presence in the Central African Republic by the year end under a forthcoming U.N. resolution to help prevent the country from spiraling out of control, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday. Fabius and European Union's aid chief, Kristalina Georgieva, are in the country to drum up support and international interest for a largely forgotten crisis. "We will increase our support especially in the logistics domain after United Nations resolutions (are approve...

14 October, 2013

Italy to step up patrols in hope of saving migrants from shipwreck

Italy is to step up naval and air patrols in the southern Mediterranean to try to prevent repeats of the shipwrecks which have drowned hundreds of African migrants in two separate disasters in little more than a week. Prime Minister Enrico Letta said late on Saturday an "air and naval package" would be put in place south of Sicily, where tens of thousands of migrants in flimsy, overcrowded boats have made the crossing from Africa so far this year. At least 34 people drowned on Friday when thei...

14 October, 2013

Mali Riverboat Capsizes, Leaves 20 Dead, Scores Missing

Authorities in Mali say an overcrowded boat carrying hundreds of passengers and goods sank late Friday on the Niger River, leaving at least 20 people dead and about 170 others unaccounted for hours later.Officials say the boat was traveling northward from Mopti toward the city of Timbuktu when it sank near the town of Konna with an estimated 400 passengers and crew on board. Search efforts were continuing late Saturday.The Associated Press quotes a Bamako resident and father of a 7-year-old girl...

10 October, 2013

Special Report: The real force behind Egypt's 'revolution of the state'

In Hosni Mubarak's final days in office in 2011, the world's gaze focused on Cairo, where hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded the resignation of one of the Arab world's longest serving autocrats. Little attention was paid when a group of Muslim Brotherhood leaders broke free from their cells in a prison in the far off Wadi el-Natroun desert. But the incident, which triggered a series of prison breaks by members of the Islamist group around the country, caused panic among police officer...

10 October, 2013

Libyan PM freed after being seized over US raid

Former rebel gunmen freed Libya's prime minister on Thursday after holding him for several hours in reprisal for the capture by U.S. forces at the weekend of a Libyan al Qaeda suspect in Tripoli. "I am fine, thank God," Ali Zeidan tweeted after his release. "If the aim of the kidnapping operation was for me to present my resignation, then I won't resign. "We are taking small steps, but in the right direction." "The prime minister has been released," a government official confirmed. A security...

10 October, 2013

ECOWAS Raises Funds for Guinea Bissau Elections

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional bloc is raising funds to help Guinea Bissau organize elections scheduled for November 24.Sonny Ugoh, ECOWAS communication director, says Guinea Bissau needs about $19.4 million for the balloting.“Apart from working with international partners ECOWAS member states are also setting the pace [by] putting together some $12 million to support that process,” said Ugoh. “A determination has been made to the effect t...

10 October, 2013

Somalia looks to rickety port to rebuild threatened state

 The dock workers at Mogadishu's port have to carry cargo on their backs to clear berths for the ships waiting out at sea. The dilapidated facility has no functioning cranes and the vessels must use their own gear to unload once they make it in. Yet the port is one of the Somali government's main sources of revenue, despite minimal investment over the years. "It's the biggest asset the Somali government has," said Abdirashid Hashi, a former cabinet minister. The sorry state of affairs shows ...

10 October, 2013

Somalia looks to rickety port to rebuild threatened state

 The dock workers at Mogadishu's port have to carry cargo on their backs to clear berths for the ships waiting out at sea. The dilapidated facility has no functioning cranes and the vessels must use their own gear to unload once they make it in. Yet the port is one of the Somali government's main sources of revenue, despite minimal investment over the years. "It's the biggest asset the Somali government has," said Abdirashid Hashi, a former cabinet minister. The sorry state of affairs shows ...

07 October, 2013

Deadly Clashes Across Egypt on War Anniversary

Egyptian security forces clashed with anti-government protesters Sunday as the nation marked the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.  At least 50 people have been killed, over 200 wounded, and more than 300 arrested in the clashes.  The military-backed government had hoped to highlight popular support during the national holiday, calling for rallies festooned with flags and the ubiquitous posters of de facto leader General Abdel Fatah el Sissi.But the general's opponents came out ...

07 October, 2013

Nigeria Leader to Inaugurate Dialogue Committee

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan intends to inaugurate an advisory committee on Monday to develop a plan to begin a national dialogue to help resolve the country’s challenges, says Rueben Abati, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Mr. Jonathan.“It has the mandate to work out the modalities, the form the structure the nomenclature, the agenda for the dialogue or conference,” said Abati.  “Part of the function is also advising government on the legal proceeding that may be necessary, th...

07 October, 2013

Kerry: Al-Qaida Operative's Capture in Libya 'Legal'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is defending the special forces raid to capture a senior al-Qaida operative in Libya, saying the operation was "legal and appropriate."The Libyan government has asked the United States for clarification about what it called the "kidnapping" of Abu Anas al-Libi inside the African nation on Saturday.Kerry said Monday on the sidelines of a regional summit in Indonesia that Libya's complaints are unfounded, and that Libi will go before a court of law.The U.S. D...

07 October, 2013

Assassinations of Muslim Clerics in Kenya ‘Boosting al Shabaab’

The killings of popular Muslim clerics in Kenya's port city of Mombasa is strengthening support for Somali militants who massacred at least 67 people in a Nairobi shopping mall two weeks ago, a prominent Islamist said on Saturday. The apparent assassination of Sheikh Ibrahim Omar on Thursday night raised religious tensions in Kenya's commercial and tourism hub. Young Muslims, streaming out of a mosque where Omar had preached, torched a church, burned tires and fought the police on Friday. Four p...

07 October, 2013

U.S. raid in Somalia targeted al Shabaab commander Ikrima -official

The U.S. raid in Somalia targeted a Kenyan of Somali origin known by the name Ikrima, described as a foreign fighter commander for al Shabaab in Somalia, U.S. officials told Reuters on Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The United States has not formally named the target of the weekend raid in Somalia, in which Navy SEALS stormed ashore into the al Shabaab stronghold of Barawe. One U.S. official has previously said the target was neither killed or captured.(REUTERS) 

04 October, 2013

UN Security Council to Visit Africa Great Lakes Region

A delegation from the U.N. Security Council is heading to Africa to visit the volatile Great Lakes Region and discuss implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in February, aimed at stabilizing the region. The U.N. Security Council delegation leaves Thursday on a trip that will take them to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia. Their first stop is the DRC, where the ambassadors will meet in Kinshasa with President Joseph Kabila. The...

04 October, 2013

Guinea opposition quits electoral commission, rejecting early vote count

- Guinea's opposition parties pulled their delegates out of the national electoral commission on Thursday after rejecting some provisional results from Sunday's parliamentary election, meant to cap a transition to democracy. The National Electoral Commission (CENI) began announcing election results on Wednesday, with President Alpha Conde's ruling RPG party taking an early lead in several districts. But the opposition said it had won the Dubreka district, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capita...

04 October, 2013

Exxon secures extra $1.5 billion financing for PNG LNG

Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) has secured an additional $1.5 billion in debt financing for its $19 billion Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, its project partner Oil Search (OSH.AX) said on Friday. The $1.5 billion in supplemental financing will help cover overruns at the 6.9 million metric ton (1 metric ton = 1.1023 tons) per year LNG development, where costs climbed to $19 billion from $15.7 billion late last year. PNG LNG remains on track to deliver its first LNG cargoes in 2014, O...

04 October, 2013

RPT-AFRICA INVESTMENT-Courting African consumers gets a reinvention of cool

Samsung Electronics is betting on a top-end refrigerator designed not to lose its cool in Africa as a way into the continent's consumer markets, where there is growing demand for prestige products which meet local needs. The refrigerator comes with a sticker saying it is "Built for Africa", meaning that while it is basically the same flagship product on sale elsewhere in the world it has been tailored to suit local conditions. The South Korean firm's strategy is simple, and increasingly follow...

02 October, 2013

Ivory Coast Opposition Condemns Member’s ICC Arrest Warrant

A leading member of Ivory Coast opposition says the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrant for Charles Ble Goude will undermine any attempt to stabilize the country. Ble Goude was the leader of a militia loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo called the Young Patriots. The court is trying the former president for alleged crimes against humanity in the post-election violence three years ago.  The youth group is accused of coordinating attacks against critics of Gbagbo’s former gove...

02 October, 2013

ICC Unseals Arrest Warrant for Gbagbo Ally

The International Criminal Court has unsealed an arrst warrant for Charles Ble Goude, an alleged organizer of the 2010-2011 post-election violence in Ivory Coast.The ICC accuses Ble Goude of coordinating attacks against civilians believed to oppose then-Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo.It says Ble Goude, who led Gbagbo's Young Patriots movement, had the power to control militias that attacked specific ethnic or religious communities in Abidjan and in western Ivory Coast.The warrant says he also ...

02 October, 2013

US Army Captain Calls for immediate Release of Journalist Fatou Camara

US Gambian born Army Captain Ebou Camara has called on the Jammeh government to immediately  release Journalist and TV icon Fatou Camara. Mr. Camara is a blood brother to Fatou Camara who was arrested and detained since Saturday September 20th, 2013. Fatou, a GRTS Television personality and the host of the famous Fatou Show until recently was the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the President. She was picked up from her house by two plain-clothes officers who took her into...

02 October, 2013

Mali: Fighting in Mali Prompts President Keita's Return

Mali's newly-elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has cut short a visit to France and returned home amid renewed fight between government forces and Tuareg rebels. They pulled out of peace talks last week. The Malian embassy in Paris said on Tuesday that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had headed home prematurely after talks with his French counterpart Francois Hollande because of fresh fighting in the north of Mali. "Obviously it has to do with the situation in the north," an embassy off...

01 October, 2013

President pledges national dialogue to heal 'divided' Nigeria

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday promised a national dialogue to heal what he said was an ethnically and religiously divided nation, and urged his compatriots to unite against extremism to avoid the fate of Syria. Jonathan struck a sombre tone in a televised speech to mark Nigeria's 53rd year of independence from Britain. "These may not be the best of times ... Our people are divided in many ways - ethnically, religiously, politically and materially. I cannot hide from this real...

01 October, 2013

Kenya says 2013 Q2 GDP growth at 4.3 pct - stats office

 Kenya's economy expanded by an annualised 4.3 percent in the second quarter of this year, a fraction slower than the 4.4 percent recorded a year earlier, official data showed on Tuesday. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics said growth was driven by the agriculture, manufacturing and financial sectors, while the hotels and restaurants sector posted a 11.4 percent contraction due to political uncertainty around March's presidential election. (reuters) 

01 October, 2013

Al-Shabab Finds Fighters Among Somali Youth in Minnesota

While it is still unknown whether Somali-Americans were involved in the recent deadly attack by al-Shabab on a Kenyan shopping mall, it is known that the large Somali community in the U.S. state of Minnesota has been fertile ground for recruitment by the terrorist group. Many young Somali men in the U.S. are torn between two cultures, leaving some susceptible to religious and patriotic appeals from the Islamist militant group.Hashim Yonis has embraced life in America and is running for the p...

01 October, 2013

African Union Pushing for More Intercontinental Trade

Both the African Union and the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) have held countless meetings and conferences on increasing intra-Africa trade. Efforts so far, however, have not translated into results. How intra-Africa trade can be improved is one of the most discussed topics at the AU and UNECA. African countries do only 11 percent of their foreign trade with other countries on the continent. In comparison, Asian countries do 50 percent of their trade with each other, while European ...

30 September, 2013

Boko Haram Gunmen Kill Many Yobe Agric College Students in Early Morning Attack

Unknown gunmen have launched a vicious attack on the College of Agriculture in Yobe state, killing an unspecified number of students. Details of the attack are still sketchy but the provost of the college, Mulima Mata, confirmed the incident, which the News Agency of Nigeria said occurred early Sunday morning in the Gujba district of the state. Reports say the students were shot dead as they slept in their dormitory. The Yobe state command of the Nigeria police could however not be reached to...

30 September, 2013

New Arrest in Kenya Mall Siege

Kenya officials say they have made another arrest in connection with last week's deadly four-day siege at a Nairobi shopping mall.Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said nine suspects are in custody in connection with the attack, with one arrested on Sunday. He declined to give more details about the arrests.On Friday, he said authorities had released three other suspects for questioning.The four-day siege at the Westgate Mall left 72 people dead, including five attackers.Investigators continue ...

30 September, 2013

Guinea Votes in Tense, Delayed Parliamentary Elections

Guineans are voting in parliamentary elections that are two years overdue, amid ethnic and political violence. It's the first democratic parliamentary vote since Guinea's independence from France in 1958. The vote was meant to have been held within six months of the inauguration of President Alpha Conde in 2010, but there have been numerous delays in how the poll should be organized, leading to deadly tensions that have killed more than 50 people over the past few months. Elected lawmakers wil...

30 September, 2013

Tuareg separatists, Malian army clash in northern town

Tuareg separatists and Malian soldiers exchanged fire in the northern town of Kidal on Sunday, residents said, in a sign of escalating tensions three days after MNLA rebels ended a ceasefire with the newly elected government. Local officials said Tuareg separatists attacked an army unit stationed outside a bank in the center of the desert town. However, a spokesman for the rebel group said it was the soldiers who opened fire on an MNLA vehicle, injuring three men inside. The incident in Kidal ...

30 September, 2013

Gunmen attack Malian army in northern town of Kidal

Gunmen attacked Malian government forces in the northern desert town of Kidal on Sunday, a local official said, three days after Tuareg separatist rebels broke off a ceasefire with the newly elected government. "We are under fire. The shooting is taking place all over Kidal," said regional governor Adama Kamissoko in Kidal, a long-standing base for the MNLA separatist rebels. "The armed group attacked and the army has responded."(reuters) 

21 September, 2013

Nigerian Islamists kill at least 159 in two attacks

Islamist Boko Haram militants killed 159 people in two roadside attacks in northeast Nigeria this week, officials said, far more than was originally reported and a sign that a four-month-old army offensive has yet to stabilize the region. In the first attack, on Tuesday, Boko Haram guerrillas wearing army uniforms stopped traffic on a highway between the cities of Maiduguri and Damaturu, dragging people out of their vehicles and killing them, with 143 bodies recovered so far. Violence in north...

21 September, 2013

South Sudan raises oil output to 240,000 bpd, most since shutdown

South Sudan has increased crude oil output to 240,000 barrels per day (bpd), its petroleum ministry said on Friday, reaching the highest level since it resumed oil exports through Sudan following a thaw in their relations. Landlocked South Sudan agreed with Sudan in March to restart crude exports through the north, its only access to markets. Sudan threatened in June to close two export pipelines as it accused South Sudan of supporting for rebels in its territory but they defused the row this ...

20 September, 2013

At Least 87 Killed in Militant Attack in Nigeria

Nigerian officials spent Thursday collecting corpses in northeastern Nigeria where Islamist Boko Haram militants killed at least 87 people during an attack earlier this week. The insurgents, disguised in military uniforms, burned scores of homes and buildings during the onslaught late Tuesday. Saidu Yakuba of the Environmental Protection Agency in Borno state said Thursday 87 bodies had been recovered so far and officials were still searching for more dead.  Another officer of the agency said 14...

20 September, 2013

Reconciliation Challenges Ahead for Mali President

After Mali's nearly two-year crisis tore the country in half and deepened divisions in both the north and the south, newly elected president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita says reuniting his nation is a top priority. Comparing the job ahead to "stitching back together" what he has called Mali's shredded social fabric, Keita has said he is aiming to get Malians to harmonize as a "national symphony." For many Malians, however, dialogue and justice must precede reconciliation. "First, we need to look at al...

20 September, 2013

Insight: U.S. and allies target Hezbollah financing, ties in Africa

The United States and its allies are clamping down on suspected Hezbollah activity in West Africa, which Washington says is a major source of cash for the Lebanese group as its patron Iran feels the pinch of sanctions. The push coincides with Hezbollah's deepening role in Syria, where it has dispatched thousands of fighters to back President Bashar al-Assad. It also comes in the wake of attacks outside Lebanon linked to Hezbollah that Western experts say are part of global campaign that could s...

20 September, 2013

Congo Government, Rebel M23 'Chat' in Public

Negotiators at peace talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo's government and the M23 rebel movement have three days left before a deadline set by regional leaders for wrapping up the talks. On Monday, the government delegation will be flying to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, and there's hope they may be able to report some kind of progress - although a complete peace deal in the next few days appears to be unlikely.Since the opening session of these talks last December, all the n...

20 September, 2013

Nigeria's stolen oil is sold and laundered abroad: report

Stolen Nigerian oil worth billions of dollars is sold every year on international markets and much of the proceeds are laundered in world financial centers like Britain and the United States, a report said on Thursday. An estimated 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil was stolen from pipelines in the Niger Delta in the first quarter of this year, the report by London-based Chatham House said, not including the unknown quantities stolen from export terminals. The theft amounts to around 5 perce...

19 September, 2013

Chadian troops abandon north Mali posts in protest

A company of about 150 Chadian soldiers of the United Nations peacekeeping force in northern Mali abandoned their posts on Wednesday in protest at the length of time they have served, a spokeswoman for the U.N. mission said. The soldiers, who fought alongside French forces to oust Islamist militants who had occupied northern Mali, have been in the arid region for several months and are demanding that their rotation be speeded up, Samantha Buonvino said. "About 150 of them left Tessalit for Gao...

19 September, 2013

Malian man indicted in 2000 killing of U.S. official in Niger

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday unsealed an indictment of a Malian man they say killed a U.S. Defense Department official in Niger in 2000, and who remains at large. Alhassane Ould Mohamed shot and killed William Bultemeier with a pistol in the early morning of December 23, 2000, according to the indictment unsealed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. Prosecutors are offering $20,000 for information that leads to the capture of Mohamed, 42, also known as "Cheib...

19 September, 2013

Central African Republic: 'Horrific Abuses' by New Rulers

The Seleka, a coalition of rebel groups that took power in the Central African Republic in March, has killed scores of unarmed civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Seleka has also engaged in wanton destruction of numerous homes and villages. The 79-page report, "I can Still Smell the dead: The Forgotten Human Rights Crisis in the central Africa REpublic;" details the deliberate killing of civilians - including women, children, and the elderly - between March and...

19 September, 2013

Libya must surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to International Criminal Court

  The Libyan authorities should immediately hand Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi and former intelligence chief Abdallah al-Senussi to the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Amnesty International.     The organization met both detainees last week ahead of the referral of their case to the Indictment Chamber in Tripoli on 19 September. Al-Gaddafi and al-Senussi are wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity but the Libyan authorities are insisting that they stand trial in Libya.   Their case...

18 September, 2013

Mugabe Seeks Peace With 'Arrogant' West

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Tuesday he was ready to re-establish normal relations with the "arrogant" Western countries that have questioned his re-election in a vote his rivals say was fraudulent. Striking an unusually conciliatory tone, the 89-year-old, who has dismissed Western criticism of his July 31 victory, told parliament his ZANU-PF party would pursue a constructive foreign policy based on cooperation with other countries. "We indeed stand ready to work even with those wh...

18 September, 2013

Exiled Ugandan General to Lose Parliament Seat

A leading Ugandan legislator says exiled army General David Sejusa could lose his seat in Parliament if he fails to attend parliamentary proceedings Wednesday.Simon Mulongo, vice chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs, says Sejusa has not been present in parliament since he went into a self-imposed exile abroad.                                            Before he went into exile, Sejusa was coordinator for Uganda’s intelligence agencies at the president’s office...

18 September, 2013

Liberian President’s Son Resigns Government Post

The son of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Tuesday resigned his post as chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).  Robert Sirleaf also stepped down as senior advisor to his mother.  Critics have accused President Sirleaf of nepotism.  In accepting the resignation, she said her son had fulfilled his assignment to “ensure full reform of the oil sector.”  Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah countered the criticism by saying Robert Sirleaf had the requisite experienc...

18 September, 2013

First Witness Called in Ruto ICC Trial

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague have begun calling witnesses in the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, who is facing charges of crimes against humanity.Ruto and radio executive Joshua Arap Sang are accused of helping to orchestrate deadly ethnic violence after Kenya's 2007 election. More than 1,100 people were killed in the unrest.On Tuesday, a woman broke down and sobbed as she described a January 2008 mob attack on a church in Kenya's Rift Val...

12 September, 2013

Rwanda Seeks to Address ICC During Kenyan Leaders’ Trial

Rwanda has asked the International Criminal Court to let it address the court in the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.“What we have done basically is to request the court to allow [us] to address it as a non-member of the Rome Statute, because we are not members of the Rome Statute,” said Rwanda’s Attorney General and minister of Justice, Busingye Johnston. “We think we can be of use to the court in terms of the interpretation of certain aspects regardin...

12 September, 2013

Mali Army, Rebel Clashes Reignite

Three Malian soldiers were wounded in clashes with separatist Tuareg rebels on Wednesday, the army said, the first clashes since the two sides signed a ceasefire deal in June.   The fighting took place near the western town of Lere and comes a week after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was sworn in, highlighting simmering tensions as he seeks to secure an end cycles of uprisings by northern rebels.   Last year's rebellion triggered a coup and was then hijacked by better-armed al-Qaida-linke...

12 September, 2013

Zimbabwe's New Cabinet Filled With Old Guard

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's new Cabinet features many familiar faces. The longtime leader and his ZANU-PF party won easy victories in Zimbabwe's July 31 elections, and questions about the polls by observers and the opposition have been swept aside.Analysts say the new government is stacked with Mugabe loyalists and could signal a return to hardline policies that have earned the Zimbabwean president strong criticism in the past.Mugabe says the Cabinet is full of “young blood” but there i...

09 September, 2013

Mali's New PM Unveils 34-Member Cabinet

Mali's new prime minister, technocrat Oumar Tatam Ly, has named a 34-member Cabinet that includes a new ministry tasked with promoting reconciliation in the country's war-ravaged north.The new department of National Reconciliation and Northern Developement aims to heal scars from a 2012 rebellion by an Islamist-led mix of rebel groups, including radicals with links to al-Qaida. That uprising, which followed a coup in Bamako, was crushed by a French-led military intervention early this year.In a ...

09 September, 2013

Kenya Lawmakers to Accompany Deputy President Ruto at ICC Trial

On Monday, the first group of about 20 Kenyan legislators is accompanying Deputy President William Ruto to The Hague before his scheduled trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to lawmaker Elisha Kipkorir Busienei.  Mr. Ruto’s trial begins Tuesday.“All of them are not going to be cross examined, but it is only to show solidarity to him.  What they are doing at The Hague is just a fabrication, and as you can see some of the witnesses are withdrawing because they know that cann...

09 September, 2013

US, UN Urge Congolese, Rwandan Restraint

United States special envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa, former senator Russ Feingold, and United Nations counterpart Mary Robinson are in Rwanda on the last leg of a four-day trip to promote peace in the region. Sounding upbeat about peace prospects and warning all sides against further military action, their joint visit came as Great Lakes regional leaders agreed this week that peace talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government and M23 rebels should resume in Kampala wit...

09 September, 2013

Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somalia Blasts

Somali officials say at least 18 people were killed and a dozen others wounded when a car full of explosives blew up outside a restaurant in Mogadishu. The Village restaurant is popular with government officials, workers and journalists.The attack Saturday at The Village restaurant in central Mogadishu was the second time the business has been targeted in less than 12 months.Investigators say a car bomb exploded near the busy restaurant where customers were having lunch and, minutes later, a sui...

06 September, 2013

Great Lakes Leaders Urge Resumption of DRC Peace Talks

Leaders in Africa's Great Lakes region want the government and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo to resume peace talks following a flareup of fighting.  After a day of closed-door discussions in Kampala, five heads of state from Africa's Great Lakes region declared that negotiations should resume within three days between the Congolese government and the rebel group M23.Participants included the presidents of Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo...

06 September, 2013

Rights Campaigner Says Ruto Must Appear Before ICC

A human rights campaigner says that as the trial of Kenyan deputy President William Ruto is set to begin September 10 at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the focus should be on the victims of the crimes against humanity that he is accused of committing and not on the politics.This comes as Kenya’s parliament voted Thursday to withdraw from the ICC, where President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy are due to go on trial for crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in the country...

06 September, 2013

Cameroon Shuts Down 11 Media Outlets

Cameroon's National Communications Council has closed down 11 newspapers, television and radio stations, for what it describes as disrespect of ethics and professional norms. But journalists say these private media outlets are being silenced because they are critical of the government.On Friday morning, Cameroon's state radio CRTV announced the suspension of three radio stations, a television station and seven newspapers.  The report said Cameroon's National Communications Council also suspended...

06 September, 2013

S. Sudan Makes Billion in Oil, Passes Quarter to Sudan

 South Sudan made almost $1 billion from oil sales since resuming production in April, of which it had to pass on a quarter to arch foe Sudan for exporting crude through its territory, the oil ministry said on Thursday. The landlocked African nation needs to export the crude, its economic lifeline, through two pipelines crossing Sudan, from which it seceded in 2011 after decades of civil war. The neighbors, which fought one of Africa's longest civil wars ended in 2005, agreed in March to resume ...

05 September, 2013

Kenya May Withdraw from ICC

Kenyan lawmakers are meeting Thursday to discuss whether to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, just two months before the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta.A withdrawal would not interrupt any trials already scheduled.Kenya's president and deputy president, William Ruto, are due to go on trial for crimes against humanity in connection with a crackdown on thousands of post-election protesters following the 2008 elections.Charges include rape and targeting more than a thousand people....

05 September, 2013

Rwanda Remains in Shadows of DRC Conflict

Leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes region are meeting in Kampala Thursday, seeking a solution to the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a lull in fighting between the armed forces and the M23 rebels. But, accusations that Rwanda continues to support the rebels are complicating efforts for peace.On a cloudy morning in Goma this week, the Congolese army paraded alleged M23 defectors and children who had been forcibly recruited by the rebels in front of a group of visiting journalists.A...

05 September, 2013

CAR Moves to Disarm Rebel Fighters, Halt Violence

Authorities in the Central African Republic have begun a new disarmament campaign aimed mainly at rebels who overthrew the president in March.Minister of Public Security Jose Binoua said Wednesday the campaign is a response to a surge in robberies, auto thefts, rapes and murders blamed largely on fighters with the Seleka rebel movement.Binoua said he hopes to disarm rebel fighters living in parts of the capital, Bangui, outside six designated military barracks. He said any Seleka fighter wal...

05 September, 2013

Regional Heads of State to Meet in Uganda

Heads of state and government in the Great Lakes region of Africa plan to meet in Uganda on Thursday to discuss the security crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following renewed clashes between the national army and the M23 rebels.Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, the head of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, will open the meeting in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, according to Ambassador James Mugume, the permanent secretary at Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.Th...

03 September, 2013

Civilians Join Fight Against Nigeria's Boko Haram

In Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, the birthplace of Boko Haram, hundreds of young men have formed units of a civilian vigilante group that now is actively working to hunt down militants alongside the military. In doing so, the vigilantes have themselves become targets.At least 55 members of a civilian vigilante group in Borno State have been slaughtered by presumed Boko Haram militants in a series of reprisal attacks over the last month.The most recent attack took place Friday outside the t...

03 September, 2013

South Africans Welcome Mandela’s Return Home From Hospital

Journalists and South Africans have flocked to former South African president Nelson Mandela’s home in Johannesburg following his release Sunday from a Pretoria hospital. Mandela spent 85 days there after being admitted on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. While many South Africans are breathing a sigh of relief, some have questioned why the world icon was released despite the fact that his condition remains critical and at times unstable. Since Sundays’ announcement that the 95-year-ol...

03 September, 2013

South African Mine Group Announces Strike

The General-Secretary of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says members of the group will begin a strike Tuesday to press home their demands for better living conditions.“The strike ignited because the employers failed to respond to the reasonable demands submitted by the National Union of Mineworkers on behalf of its workers, among others, it is the recognition of the difficult underground environment it cannot be compared with the hospitality industry,” said NUM General-Secret...

03 September, 2013

SADC Deems Zimbabwe Election 'Generally Credible'

he Southern African Development Community (SADC) says Zimbabwe’s July 31 elections were free and generally credible, but allowed that some irregularities cast doubt on fairness. The vote saw longtime President Robert Mugabe re-elected with more than 60 percent of the vote.  .Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe headed the SADC observer mission to Zimbabwe’s elections and is satisfied with how the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) handled the polls.“The elections in Zimbabwe were gen...

02 September, 2013

Mandela Discharged From Hospital

 Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from Medi-clinic Heart Hospital in the country’s capital, Pretoria, where he spent close to three months being treated for a recurring lung infection. However, his health is said to remain critical and at times unstable, and his doctors will keep providing him with intensive care at his Johannesburg home. Thuso Khumalo has more from Johannesburg.A spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma has confirmed that Mandela left th...

02 September, 2013

Goma Residents Hopeful Rebel Withdrawal Spells Peace in Eastern Congo

Residents of Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, are optimistic that the withdrawal of M23 rebels from positions outside the city could bring an end to fighting in the area. The situation is still volatile, as tensions with neighboring Rwanda remain high.Days after the shelling stopped, the Virunga market in Goma is starting to shuffle back to life.It’s Sunday - a typically slow day - but many of the shops here are open. Women are folding colorful fabrics, and customers are wa...

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