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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 INTERVIEW-Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term
BRAZZAVILLE, March 27 (Reuters) - The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he expected a referendum on a change to the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term at the helm of the oil-producing nation.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term
BRAZZAVILLE, March 27 (Reuters) - The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he had authorised a public debate on changing the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term, and he expected a referendum would be held soon.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 Ex-Congo child soldier apologizes at U.N. for 1990s killings
UNITED NATIONS, March 25 (Reuters) - A former child soldier from Democratic Republic of Congo told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday he was sorry for the harm he caused after he was forcefully recruited from his school by an armed group at age 12.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 Central Africa's c.bank cuts 2015 GDP forecast, holds rate
YAOUNDE, March 25 (Reuters) - The governor of the central bank of the six-nation Central African CEMAC zone on Wednesday trimmed its 2015 economic growth forecast to 4.2 percent from 5 percent.

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 South Asian beaches the target of new EU ship recycling rules

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 Fitch Affirms Republic of Congo at 'B+'; Outlook Stable
(The following statement was released by the rating agency) LONDON, March 20 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has affirmed Republic of Congo's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at 'B+'. The Outlooks are Stable. Fitch has also affirmed the rating on the 2029 Euroboand at 'B+', the Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'B' and the Country Ceiling at 'BBB-', in line with the Country Ceiling for the Communaute Economique et Monetaire de l'Afrique Centrale (CEMAC). KEY RATING

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 At least 15 kidnapped by unknown gunmen in eastern Cameroon
YAOUNDE, March 20 (Reuters) - At least 15 people, including a mayor and local government officials, were kidnapped by unknown gunmen in eastern Cameroon near the restive border region with Central African Republic, authorities said on Friday.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 Cameroon cocoa grinder purchases fall 16 pct
YAOUNDE, March 18 (Reuters) - Cameroon's cocoa grinders purchased 25,370 tonnes of beans by the end of February, down from 30,299 tonnes in the same period of the previous season, according to data from the National Cocoa and Coffee Board on Wednesday (NCCB).

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 UPDATE 1-Belgium detains steel executives on suspicion of Congo bribery
BRUSSELS, March 17 (Reuters) - A Belgian judge has detained two executives of Switzerland-based steel group Duferco on suspicion of bribing officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to secure access to new markets, a spokesman for Belgium's federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 Cameroon mid-March farmgate cocoa prices rise
YAOUNDE, March 16 (Reuters) - Cocoa farmgate prices in Cameroon, Africa's fourth-largest grower, rose by mid-March as crop quantities declined at the end of the main harvest, according to field reports.