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Rwanda opens pioneering methane electricity plant KIGALI: Rwanda formally opened a unique methane power plant Monday which it is hoped will one day provide 60 percent of the country's electricity, according to its operator.The generation station on Lake Kivu in Rwanda's west will also help reduce the risk of a potentially catastrophic natural disaster should the lake's vast quantities of methane and carbon dioxide be disturbed by an earthquake.President Paul Kagame joined managers from the state-run Rwanda Energy Group (REG) for the opening ceremony of the $200 million (145 million euros) "KivuWatt" project, REG manager Augusta Mutoni told AFP.US-based power company ContourGlobal started construction of the plant located in Kibuye, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, after the government ran a successful pilot that produced about two megawatts (MW) of electricity from the methane in the lake.The Kibuye plant has produced 26 MW since December. The pioneering new system uses a floating ...

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UN concerned by rise in Burundi detentions UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations is deeply concerned by a surge in violence in Burundi and a rise in the number of detentions in recent days, a UN spokesman said Monday.The heightened tensions came around the one-year anniversary of an attempted coup to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza."We are deeply concerned by the hike in violence and the reports of an increased number of detentions in recent days," said UN spokesman Farhan Haq. UN officials are ...

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Nigeria hosts international summit on Boko Haram ABUJA: Nigeria was on Saturday hosting talks on Boko Haram with regional and Western powers, as the United Nations warned of the militants' ties to the Islamic State group and its threat to African security.Leaders from Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger were among the delegates, alongside French President Francois Hollande, and high-ranking diplomats from the United States, Britain and the European Union.Nigeria is seeking closer military cooperation to bring to an end nearly seven years ...

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Ugandan opposition leader charged with treason KAMPALA: Ugandan opposition figure Kizza Besigye was charged with treason late on Friday for declaring himself president and challenging the election victory of veteran leader Yoweri Museveni, officials from both camps said. The charge - which carries the death penalty - marked an escalation in recent confrontations between the government and Besigye who has been repeatedly arrested and accused authorities of beatings and intimidation.Tensions have mounted since the disputed February poll and authorities this week ...

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Kenya security forces kill 10, arrest 36 in operation against MOMBASA: Kenyan security forces have killed 10 suspected al Shabaab militants and arrested 36 others in nine months since launching an operation against the insurgents on the coast, the head of the operation said on Friday. Somalia's al Shabaab have claimed a series of attacks in the past three years or so in Kenya that have killed hundreds of people.Several raids targeted coastal sites, and Kenyan officers say they have been launched from Boni forest ...

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US air strike kills 5 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia: Pentagon WASHINGTON: A US forces in Somalia called in an air strike on Thursday that killed five fighters from the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab, the latest in a series of U.S. military operations targeting the organization, the Pentagon said.The U.S. forces had been advising Ugandan soldiers with the African Union mission (AMISOM) during an operation against an illegal taxation checkpoint when the Ugandans got into a firefight with 15-20 al Shabaab fighters.Pentagon spokesman Captain ...

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Sudan's Bashir returns from Uganda after 'short visit' KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir returned Thursday from a "short visit" to Uganda, his first trip to Kampala since his International Criminal Court indictment in 2009 for alleged war crimes in Darfur.Sudan's official news agency SUNA had earlier reported that Bashir was on a two-day visit to Uganda, which is a signatory of the Hague-based International Criminal Court."From the start this was meant to be a short visit. It was only to attend a special ...