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Pope apologizes for Catholics’ role in Rwandan genocide

Pope Francis on Monday apologized and begged forgiveness for the “sins and failings of the church and its members” during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. According to a statement from the Vatican, the Pontiff, who was meeting with Rwanda’s president on Monday, acknowledged that priests, nuns and members of the Catholic Church had succumbed to […]

Rwanda: green party leader to challenge Kagame in August polls

Rwanda’s opposition leader Frank Habineza this weekend said he would challenge incumbent President Paul Kagame in the August-scheduled presidential election. Rwandans have voted in a referendum on a constitutional amendment last year to allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office this year. The leader of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda […]

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Rwanda’s economy grew by 5.9 percent in 2016

Rwanda’s statistics office said on Wednesday the country’s economy grew by 5.9 percent last year, less than the 6.9 percent growth recorded a year before. The growth was driven by agriculture, industry and the sector of services, it said. Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economies in Central Africa. Its economy is driven by […]

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Morocco’s Return to AU Imminent, King Mohammed VI Flies to Ethiopia

As Morocco is poised to regain its place within the African Union during the organization’s summit hosted by Ethiopia on January 30-31, King Mohammed VI flew to Addis Ababa on Friday to attend the event that will be a landmark for Morocco and for the continent, as well. Last July, King Mohammed VI informed African […]

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Burundian Rebels Detained in DRC Face Extradition

About 150 suspected Burundian rebels, who have been detained in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), face imminent extradition, according to reports. Accused of attempting to carry out armed actions in Burundi, the suspected rebels, currently detained in Uvira, Bukavu and the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, are now facing extradition. They were captured near the two […]

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Rwanda’s Economic Growth Slows to 5.2% in 2016 Q3

Fresh Data released by the statistics office of Rwanda, show the central African nation’s economy grew by 5.2 percent in the third quarter of last year, down from 5.4 percent in the second quarter and 5.9 percent in the same period in 2015. Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economies in Central Africa. Its […]

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Morocco’s King Mohammed VI Awarded Mandela Peace Prize

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has been awarded the 2016 Mandela Peace Prize for his efforts to promote peace and justice around the world and for his Africa-oriented policy that seeks to boost the continent’s development. The king won the prize for his “contribution to building a society of justice and peace between humans and […]

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Rwanda’s Opposition Leader to Run for President in 2017

The Rwandan opposition leader of the Democratic Green party, Frank Habineza, announced his intention for standing as a candidate in next year’s presidential election. He made the announcement this weekend after a meeting with party leaders in the capital, Kigali. “I have accepted your request to represent you as the presidential candidate for the upcoming […]

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Genocide: Kigali opens a formal investigation on French officials

Rwandan prosecutor general on Wednesday said the government has launched an inquiry into the possible role of at least 20 French military and civil officials in the 1994 genocide in the East African nation. The move follows the release of a document in October which accused French officials of having a role in the genocide. […]

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Rwanda raises $18.57 million Treasury bond

Rwandan government borrowed about $18.57 million from the market through a three-year Treasury bond, the central bank said late on Wednesday. The bond, which has a yield of 12 percent, attracted a subscription rate of 139.05 percent as investors sought to lock in gains. Rwanda has been issuing bonds as part of a plan to […]

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