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UN Mission Launches New Military Offensive in DRC

U.N. forces have launched a one-week offensive in North Kivu province. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) is taking action after attacks by rebel groups. The goal of the offensive is to ensure peace and stability in the area before the general elections in November, said Lieutenant Colonel Felix...

UN Court Convicts First Woman in 1994 Rwanda Genocide

A U.N. court has sentenced a former Rwandan government minister to life in prison for her role in the 1994 genocide in that country.  The United Nations-backed tribunal in Tanzania sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko Friday on charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and rape as a crime against humanity.  She is the first women convicted by...

Voter Registration Increases in DRC’s North Kivu province, Says UN Official

A U.N. official in the DRC says there’s been a sharp increase in voter registration over the past 10 days in North Kivu province as the country prepares for general elections on November 28. Alexander Essome, the regional spokesman for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), attributes the...

Rwanda Names 22 Rare Baby Gorillas

Made famous in the 1980s by the movie Gorillas in the Mist, Rwanda’s rare gorillas are making a comeback, having increased their numbers three-fold. This year, the east African nation is celebrating the births of 22 babies in a traditional naming ceremony, the largest group since the annual event began seven years ago.Dancers in long white...

Higher Fuel Taxes Driving Togolese Motorists to Black Market

Higher fuel taxes in Togo are driving motorists to the black market for gasoline and diesel as service stations lose customers to the illegal trade. A five percent increase in Togolese fuel taxes has created a thriving black market for motorists unwilling to pay the equivalent of $1.24 for a liter of unleaded petrol when that same fuel was...

Fighting Continues in Congo’s Endless War

The Second Congo War, the world's deadliest since World War II, began in the 1990s when civil war and genocide spilled out of Rwanda and into the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, eight years after the peace treaty, the fighting in the east continues. Although the old war lingers on, the nature of the battle is new.Roughly the size of...

World Bank: Developing Country Growth Outpacing Rich Nations

The World Bank has released its annual forecast on the global economy.  While it predicts growth in the coming years, the forecast varies sharply between rich and developing countries. The forecast for developing countries actually is better than that for developed nations. But the report says developing nations should “shift from crisis-fighting...

Amnesty Urges Rwanda Ease Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Amnesty International is calling on Rwanda to ease restrictions on free speech.The rights group says the months leading up to last year's presidential election were marked by a clampdown on freedom of expression.Amnesty is calling on Rwanda to allow opposition politicians, journalists and human rights activists to express their views without fear...

Congolese Girls Abducted Into War

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a war that formally ended in 2008 still rages in the countryside. International organizations say all types of military groups are guilty of recruiting or abducting children, including countless numbers of girls, to serve as soldiers, porters, spies, scouts, cooks and sex-slaves.When Alliance was 13-years-old,...

Growing Insecurity Raises Concerns in the DRC

A resident of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province says both local and foreign armed groups have intensified attacks on unarmed civilians there. Charles Ntiryica said there are concerns the attacks will hurt business activities in the region and undermine the ongoing voter registration process. “These days armed groups like Mai...

HRW: Rwanda Genocide Courts Leave 'Mixed Legacy'

Human Rights Watch has issued a report saying Rwanda's community-based genocide courts will have a mixed legacy, but the government says the report distorts the truth.HRW's Africa director Daniel Bekele says the courts, known as Gacaca, helped Rwandans better understand what happened in the 1994 genocide.  However, he added that in many cases, "...

Strike Cripples Voter Registration in DRC

The deputy governor of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] says his provincial government has begun talks with striking poll workers to address their concerns over payment and logistical constraints. Feller Lutaichirwa said the regional administration is also working closely with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the...

Court Finds Former Rwandan Military Chiefs Guilty of Genocide

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has found two former military chiefs guilty of genocide for their role in the 1994 killing of Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The court in Arusha, Tanzania on Tuesday sentenced former army chief Augustin Bizimungu to 30 years in prison. It also convicted the former head of the military police, Augustin...

UN ‘Concerned’ About Increasing Attacks in Eastern Congo

The spokesman for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo [MONUSCO] says his group is “profoundly concerned” about increasing attacks by armed groups in eastern Congo. Alexander Essome said MONUSCO has stepped up efforts to prevent future violence in North Kivu province. “In the last two months, we have had...

Oxfam: Civilians Pay Unacceptable Price in Armed Conflicts

The U.N. Security Council meets Tuesday to discuss the principle of protection of civilians in armed conflict. The humanitarian agency Oxfam described the international community’s efforts as “uneven and often biased.” In a new report, Oxfam looked at 18 armed conflicts that affected civilians last year. It said civilians have paid an unacceptable...