Acquisition of Broadcasting Rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ by Canal+

PARIS, France, April 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — CANAL+ AFRIQUE (http://www.canalplus-afrique.com) is pleased to announce the acquisition of broadcasting rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ to be held from 12 June to 13 July 2014 in Brazil.

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CANAL+ AFRIQUE will broadcast the entire competition, on its CANAL+ channels, with every single match being aired live. CANAL+ FOOT will be fully dedicated to the competition for one month.

Throughout this major sporting event, CANAL+ subscribers on the African continent will benefit from exceptional broadcasting thanks to a team of well-known journalists and pundits, a daily highlights show and special shows as the competition advances.

“This exceptional commitment is illustrative of the desire of CANAL+ AFRIQUE to offer the very best quality of broadcasting to African television viewers, particularly for those countries whose teams have qualified”, explains David Mignot, Managing Director of CANAL+ AFRIQUE.

Broadcasting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ will further consolidate the unique football offering of CANAL+ in AFRICA which includes French Ligue 1, the Barclays English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, the two largest European club competitions – the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League – and, lastly, the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of CANAL+ AFRIQUE.

PRESS CONTACT:

Françoise Le Guennou-Remarck

fleguennou.remarck@canal-plus.com

About CANAL+ AFRIQUE

A subsidiary of CANAL+ OVERSEAS, responsible for CANAL+ Group activities abroad and in French overseas departments, CANAL+ AFRIQUE (http://www.canalplus-afrique.com) has been the leading satellite pay-TV operator in Africa for over 20 years.

Responsible for programming and marketing CANAL+ channels, CANAL+ AFRIQUE is also operator of the CANALSAT package which comprises over 145 channels, radio stations and services in over 30 countries in Central and Western Africa.

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The African Union-led Regional Task Force captures a commander of The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) In the Central African Republic

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union-led Regional Task Force (AU-RTF) troops in the Central African Republic (CAR), on 21 April 2014, captured a commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Lt. Charles Okello, West of River Kotto, about 20km West of Bakuma in the South-eastern part of the country. During the battle in which Lt. Charles Okello was captured, the AU-RTF troops also rescued three women and seven children, and recovered one (01) sub-machine gun, three (03) hunters’ rifles, assorted ammunition and one (01) Walkie Talkie radio. The AU Forces are continuing to track other members of the group to which Lt Charles Okello belonged.

Elsewhere, the AU-RTF troops are conducting search and destroy operations in Ango Territory in north-eastern DRC, to rid the area of small scale LRA attacks aimed at looting supplies for survival.

The AU Commission commends the RTF for its successive successes against the LRA, as illustrated by a reduction in LRA attacks on civilians and the relative improvement in the security as well as humanitarian situation in south-eastern CAR and north-eastern DRC.

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The African Union deeply concerned at the prevailing situation in South Sudan

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is deeply concerned at the continued deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan. In this respect, she strongly condemns the deliberate and criminal attack on civilians in Bentiu, Unity State, on 15 April 2014, where over 200 civilians were reportedly killed and more than 400 wounded while sheltering in a Mosque. This dastardly act was followed by another attack on civilians who were under the protection of peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camp in Bor, Jonglei State, on 17 April 2014, during which over 40 people were killed and many others were wounded.

This tragedy is all the more shocking as it came amid efforts by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to facilitate the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement that was signed by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A – in opposition), on 23 January 2014.

The Chairperson of the Commission would like to remind both the Government and the SPLM/A (in opposition) of their responsibility to fully abide by the Agreements they signed and their obligation regarding the protection of all civilians, including those who are under the protection of the UN. She urges both parties to fully cooperate with the IGAD-led Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM), in order to investigate these attacks and to bring their perpetrators to justice.

The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges both parties to the conflict in South Sudan to take seriously the upcoming political negotiations to resolve their dispute and fully cooperate with IGAD to facilitate the early completion of the deployment of the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs), so as to avoid such similar tragedies in the future.

Finally, the Chairperson of the Commission reiterates AU’s continued support to the IGAD efforts aimed at finding a comprehensive and lasting solution to the conflict in South Sudan.

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2014 Article IV Consultation with Mauritius

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, April 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On April, 21, 2014, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation1 with Mauritius.

A stable macroeconomic environment was maintained in 2013, despite difficult external developments. Real GDP growth was lower than expected at 3.2 percent in 2013, mainly on account of construction, sugar and tourism. With subdued international prices, inflationary pressures declined in 2013, despite the public sector wage increases, and year-on-year inflation fell to 3.5 percent. The unemployment rate was unchanged compared to 2012 at 8.0 percent. Credit to private sector growth remained robust. On the external front, the current account deficit widened to almost 10 percent of GDP in 2013. The reserve cover of imports of goods and services stayed constant at 4

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Human Rights Commissioner Strässer visits South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

BERLIN, Germany, April 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, Christoph Strässer, is travelling to South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 22 to 30 April.

In South Sudan he will visit a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP camp) and meet the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for UNMISS, Toby Lanzer, who is responsible for coordinating humanitarian assistance and development aid. As well as holding talks with high-ranking representatives of the South Sudanese government, Christoph Strässer will also meet the Chair of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission as well as representatives of NGOs in the country and German humanitarian NGOs to discuss the human rights and humanitarian situation there.

The talks in Uganda will centre on the recently adopted Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Human Rights Commissioner will speak to Ugandan LGBTI activitists, the Uganda Human Rights Commission and representatives of German foundations and NGOs about the human rights situation and specifically the status of LGBTI persons in Uganda. Meetings at the foreign ministry and with a member of parliament are also planned.

The Human Rights Commissioner will then travel to eastern Congo and to Kinshasa. Here, too, the humanitarian situation, especially in eastern Congo, will be the focus of attention. The programme includes talks with Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, and German NGOs working in the field of humanitarian assistance. Christoph Strässer will also visit refugee camps and a hospital for victims of sexual violence. In Kinshasa the Commissioner will hold talks with government representatives, human rights defenders and members of parliament.

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