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Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed in attack on UN convoy

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an attack on a UN convoy. The country’s foreign ministry said the ambassador was travelling in the United Nations convoy when it came under fire near Goma, in the east of the DR Congo. 43-year-old Luca Attanasio died in hospital on Monday, according to officials. The foreign ministry’s statement said “It is with deep sadness that the foreign ministry confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Italian ambassador.” Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio expressed his “great…

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Benin sacks EU ambassador over ‘interference’

Benin has ordered the European Union ambassador to leave the country over alleged political interference. A statement from the office of the President of Benin described Ambassador Oliver Nette as harmful. It however indicated that the West African country has nothing against the EU. A government source has also told the AFP that the ambassador is inciting the nationals against the government. According to the source the German envoy, Oliver Nette has ignored several warnings from Benin’s Foreign Minister. “He has interfered too much in domestic affairs. He constantly calls on civil…

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A RESPONSE TO AMBASSADOR ERICA BARKS-RUGGLES Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles The United States Embassy in Rwanda2657 Avenue de la Gendarmerie (Kacyiru)P.O. Box 28 KigaliRWANDA Your Excellency, I read your letter to the Rwandan people in the RPF-owned and Rwandan intelligence-controlled newspaper, The New Times of 4th February, 2015. For such a beginning in distant place plagued with demons of death and destruction in its past and present, you must be feeling both excited and challenged. In responding to your hopeful letter, I only wish the Rwandan people to whom you address the…

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