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Over 15 civilians killed in eastern Congo by militants

Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 15 people overnight in eastern Congo, local officials said on Saturday, in the latest massacre since the army launched a major offensive against the rebels last month. Democratic Republic of Congo’s army initiated its latest campaign, with support from U.N. peacekeepers, on Oct. 30 to root out fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) from the dense forests near the Ugandan border. As was the case during previous military operations against the ADF, its fighters have retaliated by attacking civilians, killing more than 40…

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DR Congo: Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine rolled out

The second model of an Ebola vaccine has now been introduced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Johnson & Johnson manufactured vaccine has been introduced to compliment that of Merck. The Merck manufactured vaccine was introduced this year and administered to thousands of people. That vaccine has been administered to over 250,000 people since the start of the outbreak in August 2018. Health officials in the country say this latest move is to help combat the spread of the deadly virus in the country’s eastern provinces. Médecins Sans Frontières…

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Congolese warlord Ntaganda jailed 30 years by ICC

The International Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced former Congolese military leader Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years in prison. Ntaganda was convicted of several atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. He was found guilty in July on 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for acts committed when he was military operations chief for the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-2003. The former warlord was also accused of keeping women as sex slaves and murder in the DR Congo…

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DR Congo: Journalist killed over Ebola reportage

The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said that a Congolese journalist has been killed at his home over his reportage on the deadly Ebola virus. The unidentified attackers, according to the army raided Papy Mumbere Mahamba’s home in Lwebma, in the north-eastern province of Ituri, killing him. His wife was also wounded in the attack with his house set ablaze. The journalist is well known for his reporting on and the creating of awareness about the Ebola virus in DR Congo. According to local reporting, Mr Mahamba…

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Trump cancels trade deal with Cameroon over rights abuses

The US President, Donald Trump has said that Cameroon will no longer benefit from a trade deal signed between the US government and sub-Saharan African countries. Mr. Trump says his government is pulling out of a deal with Cameroon because of “gross” human rights violations against its own citizens. President Trump cited “extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detention, and torture” in his statement issued on Thursday. He also added that Cameroon will be officially excluded from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 1, 2020. Human rights group…

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DR Congo to proceed with $14b Inga dam despite row

The Democratic Republic of Congo has said that building a $14 billion dam on the Congo River will still take place. The project is facing many challenges including disagreements between developers. Congolese officials had asked two groups of developers, one Chinese, one Spanish to submit a joint proposal last year. But talks between the partners broke down due to “serious differences” regarding the development and shareholding of the project. Despite several talks between the developers with the latest held in March there was no deal. A government agency overseeing the…

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Cameroon: 22 killed, dozens trapped underground in deadly landslide

Heavy downpour has led to a deadly landslide in Bafoussam in western Cameroon some 200 km (120 miles) north of its main port city of Douala. Local media reports of at least twenty-two deaths with dozens still trapped underground. 120 people are reportedly to be living in the said community affected by this disaster. Rescue efforts are still ongoing following the disaster on Monday night as search for survivors continues. Regional governor Fonka Awa Augustine told the media some victims built houses on hilly ground, despite government warnings. “It is…

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Rwanda is first African country to launch Volkswagen electric cars

German car producer Volkswagen has teamed up with Siemens to launch electric vehicles in Rwanda. The launch on Tuesday is part of the e-Golf project, making Rwanda the first African country where Volkswagen is testing electric cars. During Tuesday’s launch four of the electric cars were unveiled and available on the local market. The e-golf cars are now being rolled out in Africa for the first time. There is only one charging station for these cars located at the Volkswagen facility at the Special Economic Zone. Volkswagen officials say more…

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Burundi: 4 journalists charged with undermining state security

Burundian authorities have charged four journalists on Saturday with a crime of undermining state security. The journalists were arrested this week as Burundi’s government continues to clamp down on journalists and human rights groups. According to local media reporting the journalists from a local news website outlet, Iwacu had travelled to report on violence in the northwestern province of Bubanza. They were arrested on Tuesday during this trip together with their driver. Radio journalist Christine Kamikazi, political reporter Agnès Ndirubusa, English-language journalist Egide Harerimana, photographer Térence Mpozenzi and driver Adolphe…

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Australia denies African journalist visa for press freedom event

Australian authorities have denied a prominent Cameroonian journalist visa to attend a press freedom conference in Australia. Mimi Mefo Takambo had been invited to speak at the press freedom event but had her visa application rejected. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs had said in its rejection letter that they were “not satisified” that Mimi, had an “employment and financial situation [that would] provide an incentive to return following [their] stay in Australia or to abide by the conditions to which the visa would be subject”. The journalist who now works…

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