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/ 30 January 2008

In Tanzania, a Maasai girl escapes to education

At 12, brown-eyed Neema Laizer persuaded her elementary school teacher to accept one litre of milk each morning instead of money because her father refused to pay for a girl to be educated. At 13, her father selected a 30-year-old stranger to be her husband. The next day, she was supposed to drop out of school and begin a new life as a housewife, a common fate for young Maasai girls in Tanzania.

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/ 3 August 2007

Darfur rebel factions gather for unity talks

Darfur’s fractious rebel groups gathered in Tanzania on Friday for talks aimed at hammering out a united front following United Nations approval of a beefed-up peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese region. Sponsored by the African Union and UN, the meeting in the town of Arusha will seek to define a common stance among the rebels.

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/ 9 July 2007

Interpol: Sharp rise in drug trafficking in Africa

Drug trafficking has risen sharply in Africa, which has become a favoured transit point for smugglers moving drugs from Latin America to Europe, a senior Interpol official said on Monday. ”Africa is a region where drugs are produced, consumed and trafficked,” said the international agency’s executive director of police services, Jean-Michel Louboutin.

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/ 5 June 2007

World urged to focus on Africa’s success stories

News items on disease, conflict and corruption in Africa are crowding out positive stories of burgeoning economies on the continent, speakers at a global technology and design meeting said this week. Many African economies are booming and attracting interest from people keen to invest in them despite hurdles such as bad roads, erratic power supply or insecurity, they added.

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/ 12 September 2006

Rwandan ex-mayor acquitted of genocide

The United Nations genocide tribunal for Rwanda on Tuesday acquitted a former Rwandan mayor accused of crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the country’s 1994 ethnic massacres. Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found Jean Mpambara innocent of all three charges he had faced.

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/ 14 July 2006

World Bank to help East African power crisis

The World Bank is preparing funding for Tanzania and Uganda to help the East African countries cope with a power crisis triggered by a three-year drought, bank officials said on Thursday. Tanzania and Uganda have been worst hit by the power crisis and are currently enforcing rolling blackouts that are hurting their economies and stretching financial resources.

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/ 7 July 2006

Rwandan ex-mayor gets life for ‘sadistic’ genocide

A former Rwandan mayor convicted for the country’s 1994 genocide saw his 30-year sentence boosted to life in prison on Friday, as a United Nations-backed court rejected his appeal, accusing him of ”sadism”. Appeals judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said the term handed down in June 2004 to Sylvestre Gacumbitsi had been too lenient.

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/ 23 June 2006

Prosecutors seek life sentence for army chief

Prosecutors at the United Nations genocide tribunal for Rwanda on Thursday sought a life sentence for a former military academy chief accused of genocide in the country’s 1994 mass slaughter. They said Tharcisse Muvunyi deserved the maximum sentence that can be handed down by the International Criminal Court for Rwanda for killing Tutsis in several localities in the southern town of Butare.

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/ 9 June 2006

At least 47 killed in Tanzanian bus tragedy

At least 47 people were killed on Friday when a bus plunged into a river in northern Tanzania, bringing the death toll from traffic accidents in the region to at least 75 this week. The bus, going from the town of Melerani to Arusha, spun out of control on a bridge and toppled into a river at Makumira, about 20km from its destination, killing the victims.

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/ 13 December 2005

Rwandan ex-officer jailed for genocide

A United Nations-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted a former senior Rwandan army officer of playing a major role in the country’s 1994 genocide and sentenced him to 25 years in prison, officials said. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found ex-colonel Aloys Simba guilty of genocide and extermination.

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/ 8 December 2005

Former mayor admits role in Rwandan genocide

The former mayor of a Rwandan town pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aiding and abetting the country’s 1994 genocide as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors at a United Nations-backed tribunal, the court said. The 57-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of having ”aided and abetted in the commission of the crimes of murder and extermination” but not guilty to genocide.

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/ 5 January 2005

Rwandan genocide trial back on track

The trial of four former army and police chiefs accused of genocide and war crimes in Rwanda will resume next week after a three-month suspension, the independent Hirondelle news agency covering the case reported on Wednesday. The trial was suspended on October 11 to allow time for a new lawyer to familiarise himself with the case.

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/ 22 October 2004

Tanzania to sell ivory to raise funds

Tanzania plans to sell about 100 tonnes of confiscated elephant tusks in government stores to raise funds for conservation efforts and development projects, a senior official on said Friday. The ivory was seized from poachers or extracted from carcasses of elephants that died of natural causes.

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/ 20 October 2004

Speeding truck kills 11 in Tanzania

A speeding truck hit three donkeys and rammed into an oncoming tourist vehicle in northern Tanzania, killing 11 people from New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and Tanzania, police said on Wednesday. Four other people were seriously injured, including some with broken limbs and bruises, said regional police chief James Kombe.

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/ 20 September 2004

Former leaders boycott Rwandan genocide trial

The former leaders of Rwanda’s army and gendarmerie boycotted the start of their own genocide trial on Monday, accusing the United Nations-mandated tribunal of bias. During Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, the two men, Major General Augustin Bizimungu and General Ndindiliyimana, served respectively as chief of staff of the Hutu-dominated army and gendarmerie.

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/ 6 September 2004

Slow-moving Rwanda genocide trial resumes

The trial of four high-ranking officers in Rwanda’s army during the 1994 genocide resumed on Monday before the United Nations tribunal trying the suspected main perpetrators of the slaughter. Dubbed ”the military trial”, it is seen as one of the most important before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

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/ 30 June 2004

Rwanda genocide court left cash-strapped

The United Nations court trying key suspects in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide is suffering a severe lack of funds because 140 UN members states have failed to honour their financial commitments, according to the tribunal’s spokesperson. Of the -million pledged to the court, -million has not been forthcoming.

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/ 25 May 2004

Storm brews over Rwanda jail plan

Plans to have prisoners convicted by a United Nations tribunal of genocide serve their sentences in Rwanda, where they committed their crimes in 1994, prompted outrage on Tuesday from defence lawyers. Jailing convicts in Rwanda would ”place them under the control of people accused of war crimes”, they said.

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/ 15 February 2004

How a UN chief was broken by horror of Rwanda

The last time General Romeo Dallaire was a witness in court in the small town of Arusha he was in uniform and in tears. This time he has found his composure in a pinstriped suit, behind bulletproof glass and guarded by commandos. His appearance before the United Nations criminal tribunal in Arusha has been a long time in the making.