- After 16 months in detention in Cotonou, Benin, the two Central African rebel leaders have been released.
Abakar Sabone and Michel Am-Nondroko Djotodia serve as the President and Spokesman of the Union of Rally for the Democratic Forces.
Their arrest and subsequent detention was effected by an international warrant issued by the government of the CAR after it had accused the men of attempting to dislodge President François Bozize from power.
Benin authorities released the men after they expressed commitment to engage the government on peace talks.
Central African authorities have been engaging all its opponents - armed and unarmed - in peace talks in an effort to end the looming insecurity and armed banditry in their country's northern region. The region has been going through rebel incursions.
Not all rebel groups have agreed to join the internal peace talks. A group that calls itself the Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy said they would not answer to the peace calls outside the mediation of the Burkinabé` President Blaise Compaoré.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.