"This is the way of the Congolese government to undermine the peace efforts undertook in recent days by the international community."
The Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebels said attacks on areas under the movement's control in the eastern part of the country may derail peace talks under way in Uganda's capital Kampala. A second round of meetings were concluded
Congolese inventor puts African tablet on sale
"In technological terms, this tablet is equivalent to all those to be found on the market"
Africa has its first handheld tablet to rival the iPad and similar western inventions, which went on sale in the Republic of Congo on Monday, its inventor Verone Mankou said.
"We have set up a team and logistics to sell the tablet since Friday. Today, anyone can buy one," if they are in the main cities of the capital Brazzaville ....(view news)
Robinson - Monusco Showing "More Robust" Role in Combating Sexual Violence
"I think MONUSCO is showing a more robust role across the board," Robinson said.
United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa Mary Robinson said UN forces will be "more robust" in addressing sexual violence and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)..(view news)
Children still being used as soldiers by 27 armed groups in eastern DRC
About 1,700 child soldiers were part of the UNICEF demobilisation
Even though the DRC is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, our country is on the [U.N. child solider] ‘list of shame’ of armed forces and groups involved in recruiting and exploiting children,” Bashimbe said. In a region where nationalist propaganda...(view news)
P Square signs distribution deal with Universal Music
Psquare will now join the Universal family…
Nigerian Pop duo P-Square have signed a major deal with the South Africa imprint of one of the biggest record labels in the world – Universal Music Group. According to reports, the signing took place in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The brothers have been heavily linked with Akon who announced in December 2011 that he had signed the twins ....(view news)
Getting AIDS test results from labs to remote villages once took weeks in Mozambique, with the information sent by courier along the impoverished country's terrible roads. The delay could mean death.
Now, communications engineers have adapted office printers and cell-phone technology to wirelessly and immediately relay test results
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The blind singers Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia extolled the fabric in a song released in 2005, “Beaux dimanches” (“Beautiful Sundays”). The song’s scintillating lyrics include the lines: “Sunday in Bamako is the wedding day Men and women put on their best boubous The bazins are waiting for you This is the wedding day.” It became the hit song on an album that won two prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation awards the following year, including one for best “world music” album... (view news)
Stadiums, zoos, parks, outdoor eateries and beer gardens would all be affected. At beaches, smoking would only be allowed at least 50 metres from the closest person.But before introducing any new law, the health ministry will throw open the proposals to the public in discussions next week t is the second time in five years that South Africa has tried to amend its legislation to make it even harder for smokers to indulge in their habit.
Even before the regulations are debated and final decisions made however, many smokers are fuming, labelling the plans as "extreme", "shameless" and an intrusion on people's rights... (view news)
This could put hundreds of thousands of children at risk of hunger again. The charity called for an urgent increase in aid as a huge number of families in Somalia are still unable to cope with the effects of drought. Last year, East Africa was hit by the region's worst drought in 60 years and many thousands of people died It also triggered a major refugee crisis with hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing rural areas, much of which are controlled by Islamist militants who have banned international aid agencies Many people walked over the border to camps in Kenya and Ethiopia or to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, which is secured by African Union forces helping a UN-backed government. a website affiliated to the al-Qaeda group .. (view news)
Kagame has done this by directly supporting the M23 rebel group which is on the brink of capturing the city of Goma among others in the Kivu Province of the DRC and with a plan of creating a new Republic of Kivu autonomous from the great Congo. Unfortunately this manuver disregards the suffering of innocent women and children involved in this saga. This has kept me awake for days thinking about the inhumane acts of our President, His Excellence Paul Kagame, who is a product of civil unrest himself. Kagame, like my old brothers, sought safety in Uganda as a child refugee due to the unrest in Rwanda in the 1950/60s... (view news)
A day after the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo leaders to end the on going war in Eastern DRC ,the two countries have agreed on plans to get rid on armed rebels in the region.
The document was signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa by nearly a dozen regional states, who met on the sidelines of an African Union summit. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday phoned both Paul Kagame and DRC President Joseph Kabila to discuss the on going battle in the mineral-rich eastern Congo province of North Kivu Ban Ki-moon urged the two presidents to do everything possible to do everything possible to dissuade the M23 from making further advances and... (view news)
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday approved a rule that would require public companies to disclose information on the use of minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Under the rule, public companies would have to disclose annually their tracing of the minerals back to the sources if they use in their products the designated minerals from the DRC and neighboring countries, where armed groups have profited much from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods... (view news)
The United States has cut its military aid to Rwanda, citing concerns that the government in Kigali is supporting rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The U.S. State Department said Saturday it had evidence that Rwanda is helping Congolese rebel groups, including M23. It said it will withhold $200,000 of aid pledged to help a military training agency. The Rwandan government has repeatedly denied helping the rebels.
Washington's move comes a week after the presidents of Rwanda and the DRC agreed to the deployment of an international force to fight the rebellion in eastern Congo and to patrol their ... (view news)