Latest Rwanda News

French court approves transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect

Jun. 3, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French court on Wednesday approved the extradition of Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga to a United Nations tribunal. But Kabuga’s lawyers have asked another court to examine the decision, meaning that he will remain on French soil for at least 10 days and possibly months....

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, a Nigerian port health official, right, uses a thermometer to screen Ethiopian Airline cabin crews for the coronavirus, upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Questions are swirling in Africa and elsewhere over the financial wisdom of sustaining prestige carriers that have a tiny share of an aviation market that sees no recovery in sight as sub-Saharan Africa faces its first recession in a quarter-century amid coronavirus-related travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Virus has been 'very devastating' for many African airlines

Jun. 3, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A “new baby” was born with the revival of Uganda Airlines, the country's president announced last year. But now its four new jets sit idle, business suspended indefinitely because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions. Questions are swirling in Africa and elsewhere...

Belgian diplomats recalled from Rwanda over genocide event

Jun. 2, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda on Tuesday said Belgium has decided to recall two diplomats after the East African nation accused them of organizing a commemoration of the 1994 genocide a day before official mourning started and without informing local authorities. In a statement, Rwanda's government said the...

Rwandan sentenced to life in prison for key role in genocide

May. 28, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison one of the most wanted men in the country’s 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a bounty of up to $5 million on his head, had...

Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Through kids' eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, ruling party presidential candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye casts his vote in the presidential election, in Giheta, Gitega province, Burundi. The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, was on Monday, May 25, 2020 declared the winner of the country's presidential election according to the election commission, with main opposition candidate Agathon Rwasa coming second and claiming that the elections were marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza, File)

Ruling party's candidate wins Burundi's presidential poll

May. 25, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been declared the winner of the country's presidential election. Ndayishimiye won with 69% of the vote in the election which took place on May 20, the country's election commission announced Monday. Because he...

A top Rwanda genocide suspect died years ago, DNA test shows

May. 22, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — One of Rwanda's most wanted fugitives in the country's genocide died 20 years ago, the international tribunal overseeing justice efforts announced Friday, less than a week after another high-profile fugitive was arrested in France. Confirmation of the death of former Rwandan defense...

Laurent Bayon, one of Felicien Kabuga's French lawyers, speaks to reporters outside the courtroom, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Paris. Felicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, a wealthy businessman accused of supplying machetes to killers and broadcasting propaganda urging mass slaughter, has been arrested outside Paris last week. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Top Rwandan genocide suspect wants to be tried in France

May. 20, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — One of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Felicien Kabuga, appeared before a French court Wednesday days after his arrest but a decision on his fate was delayed until next week. Kabuga, 84, was arrested outside Paris on Saturday after 25 years on the run. He was...

Rwanda orders release of young women jailed over abortions

May. 19, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda’s president has pardoned and ordered the release of 50 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the women released Tuesday were the last to be freed. Last year, President Paul Kagame ordered the release...

FILE - In this Friday, April 5, 2019 file photo, family photographs of some of those who died hang on display in an exhibition at the Kigali Genocide Memorial centre in the capital Kigali, Rwanda. Felicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda's 1994 genocide who had a $5 million bounty on his head, has been arrested in Paris, authorities said Saturday, May 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Top fugitive in Rwanda's genocide arrested outside Paris

May. 16, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — One of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, a wealthy businessman accused of supplying machetes to killers and broadcasting propaganda urging mass slaughter, has been arrested outside Paris, authorities said Saturday. Felicien Kabuga, who had a $5 million...