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Ebola Deaths Rise to 2,600

[Deutsche Welle]More than 2,600 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak. The virus has so far infected at least 5,300 people in West Africa since early this year. (AllAfrica)

Mediators From Burundi and the DRC Learn From Their Rwandan Counterparts

[Rwanda Govt]Huye -From 16-18 September 2014, mediators from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo Customary Chiefs joined their colleagues (Abunzi) from Rwanda to share experience in solving community disputes. (AllAfrica)

SADC Makes Resolutions on DRC, Lesotho

[CAJ News]Pretoria, South Africa -THE Southern African Development Community (SADC) has urged political leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho to commit to efforts to find peace in the two countries. (AllAfrica)

Church Rejects Kabila 3rd Term

[Cameroon Tribune]The Catholic Church has joined the bandwagon calling for respect of the current Constitution. (AllAfrica)

Pearls of Wisdom as Export Forum Nurtures Entrepreneurs

[allAfrica]At the registration lobby within the Serena Hotel grounds in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, delegates make a beeline to collect their conference badges. Others chat away excitedly, as more swap niceties of social convenience. (AllAfrica)

Kinshasa Detains Publisher

[RSF]Reporters Without Borders' partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Journaliste en danger (JED), yesterday issued a statement condemning the judicial harassment of Mike Mukebayi Nkoso, publisher the bi-weekly Congo News. (AllAfrica)

Community Mediators' Role in Solving Conflicts Hailed

[New Times]Officials have commended the role played by community mediators, locally known as Abunzi, in solving local disputes and finding common grounds for citizens, which they say has greatly impacted the socio-economic lives of the population. (AllAfrica)

Interview of Minister Louise Mushikiwabo On Contact Fm - Refugee Situation/Eastern DRC

[Rwanda Govt]C.FM: Honorable Minister first of all let me welcome you to Contact FM. And nowadays, refugee numbers of Congolese people is close to 12,000 people. How is this being handled? (AllAfrica)

UN Calls for U.S. $1 Billion to Fight Ebola

[UN News]The United Nations announced today that it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: "Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially." (AllAfrica)

'We Have to Act Fast' on Ebola - Obama

[State Department]Washington -The "daunting task" of containing Ebola can be accomplished, President Obama says. "We know that if we take the proper steps, we can save lives. But we have to act fast." (AllAfrica)

SA Explores DRC Opportunities

[CAJ News]Pretoria -A 25-MEMBER delegation of South African businesspeople has arrived in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to explore investment opportunities. (AllAfrica)

TP Mazembe Eyes Under 20 Stars

[Malawi24]The former African champions have shown interest in Brighton Munthari, who plays for Sure stream academy and Boston Kabango whose playing his trade with Azam Tigers. (AllAfrica)

SADC Statement on Lesotho & DR Congo


Rebels Want Assurances on Arms

[VOA]The leader of the Mai Mai Kifuafua rebel movement said he needs assurances from the Democratic of Republic of Congo's (DRC) government that it will protect unarmed civilians in the territory the group controls before his 2,800 members will hand over their weapons under the administration's peace effort program. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda to Host Regional Conference of Community Mediators

[New Times]A delegation of 140 mediators from the three countries of Burundi, DR Congo and hosts Rwanda will converge in Huye District for a three-day conference on local mediation. (AllAfrica)

Prosecution Investigations Delay Start of Ntaganda Trial

[Bemba Trial Website]The trial of Bosco Ntaganda for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is not expected to commence until June 2015 due to ongoing prosecution investigations. (AllAfrica)

Govt Official 'Unaware' of Moves to Scrap Term Limits

[VOA]The Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) information minister says he is "unaware" of an alleged attempt by the government to remove term limits in the constitution that would pave the way for President Joseph Kabila to run for a third term. President Kabila's second term expires in 2016. (AllAfrica)

SA Committed to Work With DRC

[]Pretoria -South Africa is committed to collaborating with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to ensure that relations are strengthened. (AllAfrica)

MSF Opens Ebola Treatment Centres in Lakolia and Boende

[MSF]Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has opened two treatment centers in response to the Ebola epidemic raging in Boende health zone, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The first is a 40-bed facility in Lokolia, the epicenter of the epidemic, and the second is a 10-bed facility in Boende. (AllAfrica)

Judges Reject Prosecution Bid to Submit Witness Tampering Evidence Against Bemba

[Bemba Trial Website]Evidence relating to alleged witness tampering by Jean-Pierre Bemba will not be admitted into the case record of his ongoing war crimes trial. Trial judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ruled that admitting that material is not appropriate at the current stage of proceedings. (AllAfrica)

Bemba's Former Lawyer Wants ICC Judge Off Evidence Tampering Case

[Bemba Trial Website]Aimé Kilolo-Musamba, a lawyer who previously represented Jean-Pierre Bemba at the International Criminal Court (ICC), is seeking the disqualification of the pre-trial judge handling his case of alleged evidence tampering. (AllAfrica)

Start Date for Ntaganda's ICC Trial to Be Known Soon

[Bemba Trial Website]Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have called for a status conference to set the date for the commencement of the trial of Bosco Ntaganda, the former deputy chief of staff of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC). (AllAfrica)

The SADC Wrap - Lesotho General Flees Into Mountains and Antananarivo Suffers a Plague of Locusts

[The Daily Vox]Each week award winning journalist KRISTEN VAN SCHIE brings you all the news that's worth knowing from across the SADC region. Here is this week's SADC wrap. (AllAfrica)

SA Pushes Trade, Investment in DRC

[]Pretoria -Twenty-five companies are on their way to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in search of investment and export opportunities. (AllAfrica)

Nations Cup Qualifier - Eagles Exhibit Horror in Calabar

[Vanguard]African champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are in danger of not being able to defend the trophy they won 2013 in South Africa as they succumb 2-3 to Congo Brazzaville yesterday at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar in their opening game of the 2015 Nations Cup group qualifier. (AllAfrica)

AFCON 2015 - Congo's Red Devils Stun Super Eagles 3-2

[This Day]African champions Nigeria lost their first competitive match after the 2014 FIFA World Cup as they were shocked 3-2 by Congo's Red Devils in an AFCON 2015 qualifier played in Calabar yesterday. (AllAfrica)

How to boost food production in Africa

ADDIS ABABA 15 September 2014 (IRIN) - Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. (

Paul*, gay rights campaigner in DRC: “They said I was the Antichrist”

BUKAVU 18 August 2014 (IRIN) - Homosexuality may, unusually for an African country, be legal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the time being, but gay people there also face the ostracism, stigma and exploitation, according to Paul* 27-year-old the co-founder of a gay rights organization in the eastern South Kivu Province. (

Food security alarm for east, central Africa

NAIROBI 13 August 2014 (IRIN) - Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013. (

NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work

GOMA 23 July 2014 (IRIN) - International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict. (

Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness

KISUMU/NAIROBI 28 May 2014 (IRIN) - Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it. (