Rwanda targets $1.2bn foreign investment in 2015

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Rwanda aims to increase foreign direct investment in 2015 to $1.2bn, a fourfold jump from two years ago, helped by a new investment code that offers tax breaks and other incentives, a senior official says.

Ugandan police open fire at opposition rally

2015-07-02 16:23

A Ugandan police officer has opened fire at an opposition rally injuring one person, police and opposition say, prompting critics to accuse the government of using violence to intimidate rivals ahead of next year’s presidential vote.

Uganda opposition chief launches presidential bid

2015-07-02 12:04

Prominent Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has entered next year’s election race against veteran President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, a report says.

Lions return to Rwanda courtesy SA

2015-07-01 21:09

The sedated, blindfolded lions lay in the dirt, unwitting passengers about to embark on a 30-hour, 4 000km journey by truck and plane from South Africa to Rwanda, whose lion population was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide.

Gunshots heard in Burundi capital ahead of poll results

2015-07-01 15:33

At least two policemen have been injured during a grenade attack in Burundi’s capital, witnesses say, as the country awaits results from the country’s parliamentary election which was boycotted by the opposition.

Ethiopia mulls tough trafficking law, including death penalty

2015-06-30 22:26

Human traffickers in Ethiopia could face life in jail or the death penalty under a bill aimed at curbing the illegal flow of people in and out of the Horn of Africa country.

10 000 Burundians fled country before vote - UN

2015-06-30 15:13

Nearly 10 000 Burundians fled the country over the weekend before Burundi closed its borders ahead of controversial and violence-wracked elections in the troubled east African country, the UN says.

South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive - UN

2015-06-30 11:43

South Sudan’s army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report says.

ICC asks Security Council for help to ensure Bashir's arrest

2015-06-30 08:52

A top ICC prosecutor has called for the UN Security Council to ensure Sudan’s compliance with a court order for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir.

Kenya govt in court after botched abortion

2015-06-29 20:04

The mother of a 15-year-old rape survivor, who needs a kidney transplant following a botched backstreet abortion has filed a case against Kenya's government.


UN: S Sudan rebels attack UN base in possible 'war crime'

2015-07-02 17:12

South Sudan rebels have opened fire on a UN peacekeeping base sheltering 30 000 civilians, killing one and wounding six in a possible war crime, the UN says.

Obama unlikely to meet AU chair Mugabe – report

2015-07-02 14:19

US President Barack Obama will be touring the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia during his visit to Africa but will likely not meet the AU chairperson Robert Mugabe.

UN imposes first sanctions on 6 South Sudan commanders

2015-07-02 10:59

The UN Security Council has imposed sanctions on six commanders from South Sudan, the first to be blacklisted in a country where 18 months of war have brought horrific violence.

Burundi gun battle neutralises protesters

2015-07-01 17:10

Six people, including one police officer, have been killed in gun battles in a part of Burundi's capital that has led protests against the president's third-term bid.

UN accuses S Sudan govt forces of abusing, burning women alive

2015-07-01 12:59

The UN has accused South Sudan’s government forces and its allies of sexually abusing women and girls and reportedly burning some alive in their homes during recent fighting in the conflict-torn nation.

Child labourers in Tanzania gold mines rescued

2015-06-30 20:07

Thousands of children have been rescued in the past three years from gold mines in northern Tanzania.

Votes counted in Burundi polls as ruling party eyes win

2015-06-30 13:53

Burundi election officials have finished vote-counting, a day after internationally condemned polls boycotted by the opposition, with the ruling party expected to win a sweeping victory.

UN extends Darfur peacekeeping force despite Sudan protest

2015-06-30 10:17

The Security Council has unanimously approved a one-year extension of the joint UN-AU peacekeeping force in Sudan’s western Darfur region where conflict is intensifying.

Voting in Burundi 'slow' in several districts

2015-06-30 07:34

Voting in Burundi’s parliamentary elections appeared slow in several districts after the opposition boycotted the polls protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's attempt to win a third term in office.

At least 15 killed in fighting between Somali army, al-Shabaab

2015-06-29 15:12

At least 15 people have been killed in clashes pitting Somali and African Union troops against the Islamist group al-Shabaab near the southern port of Kismayo, officials said.

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