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1. Sudan accuses SPLM-N of unwilling to reach peace
KHARTOUM, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government has accused the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-northern sector ( SPLM-N) of being unwilling to reach a peace agreement with the government, Khartoum Al-Sudani daily reported Sunday.
"The SPLM-N is not serious and unwilling to reach a real peace agreement in Blue Nile and South Kordofan States", the paper quoted Kamal Obaid, head of Sudan's delegation to the negotiations with the SPLM/N, as saying.
"The SPLM-N, through the negotiations, wants to utilize the humanitarian assistance to the two areas and transfer them to their armed components", he added.
Obaid held the SPLM-N responsible of the deterioration of the humanitarian conditions in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
The Sudanese government and the SPLM-N have been negotiating in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa over Blue Nile and South Kordofan States.
The two states have been witnessing armed clashes since September last year between the Sudanese army and the SPLM-N which declared its rebellion against the Sudanese government after the independence of South Sudan.(Xinhua)
2. D.R. Congo rebels demand President to step down
BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday warned that negotiation can only take place if President Joseph Kabila steps down.
The M23 rebels have been waging a rebellion on Kabila's government since April. Government soldiers continue to battle with rebels around a strategic army garrison near a mountain gorilla reserve in East Congo.
Fighting around two villages in eastern Congo on Friday forced the army to retreat and displaced thousands of civilians. UN agencies said more than 260,000 civilians have been forced from their homes since the rebellion began three months ago. (Xinhua)
3. Deadly Ebola breaks out in Uganda, 14 people confirmed dead
KAMPALA, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday confirmed that the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever had broken out in the East African country, killing 14 people.
A statement from the ministry of health said that laboratory investigations done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe confirmed that the "Strange Disease" reported in Kibaale district in Midwestern Uganda as Ebola.
"Since July 2012, a total of 20 cases with 14 deaths have been recorded. The index case belonged to a family in Nyanswiga village in Nyamarunda Sub‐county in Kibaale district. Three samples taken from the dead have confirmed Ebola to be present in their biological specimen," the statement said.
The statement said that a national task force on Ebola coordinated by the ministry of health has been reactivated and a team of experts from the ministry, WHO and Center for Disease Control are already in the area.
Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding. (Xinhua)
4. Bush fire devastates 70 hectares of forests in Burundi's Karusi province
BUJUMBURA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- At least 70 hectares of natural forests and some eucalyptus trees were devastated in a fire that broke out on Thursday night in Buhiga in Burundi's central province of Karusi, some 150 km east of the east African country's capital Bujumbura.
The provincial inspector of forest management told Xinhua by phone on Sunday the fire broke out around 20:00 (1800 GMT) at the village of Buhinyuza in the commune of Buhiga and continued to devastate hectares and hectares, but was totally extinguished on Saturday morning.
"When the fire broke out on Thursday night, residents tried their best to extinguish it, but on Friday night, the fire resumed to devastate the forests. It was yesterday (Saturday) morning that they managed to stop it completely thanks to the technical support of police agents," said Karusi Provincial Inspector of Forests Philbert Nduwimana.
Nduwimana said the person responsible for lighting the fire on the forest has not yet been captured and investigations are underway to identify the criminal.
During the dry season extending from June to September in Burundi, cattle breeders are generally believed to be at the origin of forest fires because they burn forests in search of pastures for their cows. (Xinhua)