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AU launches African passport

File photo©ReutersThe African Union (AU) on Monday launched its continental passport at a ceremony witnessed by over 40 heads of state meeting at the 27th AU summit in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.

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DRC's rebel stalemate

With the surrender of M23 in 2013, the vacuum has been filled by dozens of other armed groups. Photo©James Akena/ReutersAn estimated 70 militia groups are active in eastern DRC, with a spate of clashes in recent months. As the tally of displaced people rises, UN and government forces seem unable to shift the balance of power.

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World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off in Rwanda

President Paul Kagame. Photo©Michel Euler/AP/SIPARwanda's ambitions to become a global conference hub got a huge boost on Wednesday when President Paul Kagame opened the 26th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.

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Rwanda: Property bubble beckons in race to middle-income country

A view over parts of the capital Kigali, in Rwanda Sunday, April 6, 2014. Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAWhen property consultant Simon Ethangatta set up in Rwanda's capital in 2011, the view from his office was of tin shacks overlooked by modest suburban homes on the wooded hillsides.

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Rwanda: The most serious threats to Kagame’s leadership come from within his party

Photos© All rights reservedOn 8 October, Rwanda's supreme court ruled that President Paul Kagame could run for a third term in 2017, dismissing the opposition Democratic Green Party's lawsuit challenging any potential amendments to the constitution's two-term limit.

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Rwanda Country Profile 2015: Political and security rifts

altAlthough the government will try to keep the spotlight on Rwanda's economic advances, it will become increasingly difficult to disguise the political rifts within the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

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Rwanda: Kagame's rule may be extended as MPs back constitution change

File photo©ReutersRwanda's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to allow President Paul Kagame to extend his rule beyond a second term that ends in 2017 and possibly stay on until 2034, a move opposed by the United States and other donors.

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Rwanda: Karenzi in court

Photos©Denyse Uwera/Ap/SipaThe arrest of the spy chief in London has stirred up a diplomatic storm

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Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza's friends can't disagree with him

Photo©MARCO LONGARI/AFPBurundi's leader has thrust the country to the forefront of the debate about presidential term limits. With few friends in the region but a divided opposition, will he be able to stave off the threat of instability?

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Barack Obama on Africa's fragile foundation

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the African Union. Phtoto©REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNSTUS President Barack Obama advised African leaders to respect their constitutions and condemned those who refuse to step down when their terms end, in an historic address to the African Union, in Addis Ababa, on Tuesday.

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Burundi's high-risk campaigns

Photo©Jerome Delay/AP/SIPAPresident Pierre Nkurunziza and his allies' determination to press ahead with parliamentary and presidential elections on 29 June and 15 July, respectively, is fuelling Burundi's deepening crisis.

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Rwanda ruling party approves Paul Kagame third term bid

President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. Photo©ReutersRwanda President Paul Kagame's bid to run for a third term has been endorsed by senior members of the country's ruling party, paving the way for a constitutional amendment.

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Nigeria-Rwanda: A big brother, little brother affair

Nigerian businesses are rushing to connect with tech-loving Rwanda. Photo©Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty ImagesOne seeks to become a middle-income, 'knowledge- based' economy; the other to join the top 20 in the world. You scratch my back, as the saying goes.

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Rwanda's job crunch

Despite service sector growth, many employees remain stuck in low-paid jobs. Photo©Vincent Fournier/JAIn a landlocked country without natural resources, pushing the service sector and investing in technology is a fine idea. One snag: the strategy has produced too few skilled jobs. Many are now questioning whether the focus should shift to agribusiness and manufacturing.

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Rwanda's attention grabbing digitisation

Photo©ReutersRwanda began developing its information and communication technology (ICT) in 2000 after adopting the National Information Communications Infrastructure (NICI) policy and created a long-term plan to achieve full digitisation in four five-year stages. 14 years on, Rwanda's success story is grabbing global attention.

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What I don't accept is interference - President Paul Kagame, Rwanda

Paul Kagame President, Rwanda. Photo©Vincent Fournier for TARIn a frank interview on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the genocide, President Kagame talked about its repercussions, regional politics and the end of his last term as leader in 2017.

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Rwanda's politics by other means

5,000 peacekeepers drawn from a population of 12 million are engaged in multilateral missions. Photo©Sylvain Cherkaoui for JARwanda's transformation from a crucible of genocide into a regional peacekeeper has been an effective diplomatic anchor in a sea of troubled relationships.

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Rwanda's bet: Middle-income or bust

Constructing the future means a shift from exporting raw materials into services. Photo©Vincent Fournier for TARRwanda's two decades of recovery have been remarkable. Now it faces an uphill struggle to sustain economic growth in order to graduate into middle-income status. A liberalised financial sector has begun the country's transformation but much will depend on the growth of its service sector.

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Politics of attendance and no-shows - Anansi

European Union and African leaders pose for a family photo during a European Union Africa summit in Brussels April 2, 2014. Photo©ReutersShowing up at a summit can be key to a politician's image and communications strategy, but the power of a well-planned absence or boycott is all too tempting for some. The sick no-shows, also, manage to use the doctrine of silence surrounding the health of African leaders to their advantage. The Europe-Africa summit in April provided just the right platform for drama brewed in the African pot.

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Rwanda to allow derivatives trading, offer more incentives for foreign firms soon

President Paul Kagame's government has won praise for its economic reforms. Photo©ReutersRwanda's finance minister said the country will soon allow derivatives trading on its stock exchange and a new investment code, which could offer tax breaks for foreign investors, has been sent to parliament.

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