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Sani Abacha aide to hang for killing

A close aide to former Nigerian military ruler Sani Abacha has been sentenced to hang for killing the wife of politician Moshood Abiola in 1996.Major Hamza al-Mustapha has been in detention since 1999 over the killing.Mr Abiola is widely believed to have won the 1993 election, which was annulled by...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Western pressure on Syria grows ahead of UN debate

Western countries are preparing to push for a tough resolution at a UN Security Council meeting on the crisis in Syria. Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi will be asking the Council to back the League’s new plan calling on President Bashar al-Assad to resign. Western foreign...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Mogadishu government vows to eradicate Shebab militia

Somali transitional government forces on Saturday vowed to ridMogadishu of all “violent elements,” a day after a major offensive aimed at dislodging Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militia from the capital.Oficials in Galmudug, a semi-autonomous province of central Somalia, meanwhile, said...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

One killed as Senegal police, anti-Wade crowds clash

At least one person was killed on Tuesday as Senegalese security forces armed with truncheons and tear gas clashed with rock-throwing activists protesting against President Abdoulaye Wade’s decision to seek a third term.A 30-year-old student was run over by a truck and died from his injuries...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda cooperative shares at $12m

KIGALI, -The share capital of cooperatives in Rwanda has grown to Rwf12b (US$12.6 m) as of September this year, information from the cooperatives movement regulator indicates. The cooperatives are estimated to be having 2 million members hence positioning Rwanda to create a middle-class economy....

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 12:00 AM

Rwandatel Calls for uniform interconnection fees

Former incumbent Rwandatel has called for the telecoms regulator to reduce interconnection fees among the operators. Rwandatel’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Francis Egbuson, believes that reduction of the interconnection fee will create a level playing field for operators to compete regardless...

Sunday, October 10, 2010, 12:00 AM

Babson College-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Centre established

The Babson College-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Centre has been established in Kigali to focus on developing entrepreneurs throughout Rwanda. The first of its kind in Rwanda, the Centre will be staffed by Babson and housed within the Rwandan Private Sector Federation (PSF). The Centre, Babson and PSF...

Sunday, October 3, 2010, 12:00 AM

Google to roll out e-mail prioritizing feature in Gmail

NEW YORK - Google plans to begin rolling out to Gmail users on Tuesday a new feature designed to automatically rearrange messages in their inbox so that the most important and pressing ones appear at the top. Called Priority Inbox, the feature will be released with the beta, or test, label and is...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 12:00 AM

Dancer opens ballet studio in Rwanda

“WITH ballet, technique is everything,” Caroline Joan Peixoto, from the United States says. “You can go to a million studios and they can teach you the steps, but if they don’t teach you how to hold yourself and how to balance yourself and the look that you want to have, then you’re going to be...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 12:00 AM

Rwanda export earnings up 24% - Finance minister

RWANDA is maintaining its economic growth projection for this year and it expects earnings from exports to rise 24 percent to $240 million, its finance and economic planning minister said on Friday. John Rwangombwa said the coffee producing nation, due for a presidential election on August 9, will...

Sunday, August 1, 2010, 12:00 AM

Rwanda introduces ‘gorilla tax’

Rwandan companies using the country’s famous mountain gorillas’ image for marketing purposes will have to pay a tax aimed at financing the endangered species protection. “We are launching this campaign to generate income earmarked for the species’ protection,” said Fidele Ruzigandekwe, in charge of...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 12:00 AM

Paying farmers to protect the environment?

ROME - Carefully targeted payments to farmers could serve as an approach to protect the environment and to address growing concerns about climate change, biodiversity loss and water supply, FAO said recently in its annual publication The State of Food and Agriculture. The report however cautions...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 12:00 AM

Aids victims ‘buried alive’

Some people with HIV/Aids in Papua New Guinea are being buried alive by their relatives, a health worker says. Margaret Marabe said families were taking the extreme action because they could no longer look after sufferers or feared catching the disease themselves. Ms Marabe said she saw the “live...

Monday, August 27, 2007, 12:00 AM

Congolese refugees flee to Uganda amid violence

As many as 10,000 Congolese refugees have crossed the border into Uganda in the last two days, fleeing violence in their villages, local government officials said Wednesday. Some of the refugees said they fled after a demonstration by villagers protesting the failure of U.N. peacekeepers to...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:00 AM

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