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Provisional election results show Rwanda's Kagame cruising to victory, an outcome that was expected

Jul. 15, 2024 23:21 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — President Paul Kagame has won 99% of the vote in provisional results from Monday's presidential election in Rwanda, electoral authorities said, an outcome that was widely expected as the country's long-time ruler aims to extend this three-decade grip on power. ...

Paul Kagame appears set to extend his long presidency of Rwanda in an election Monday

Jul. 12, 2024 00:16 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandans vote Monday in an election that will almost certainly extend the long rule of President Paul Kagame, who is running virtually unopposed after three decades in power in the eastern African nation. Kagame has been met by crowds of admiring supporters at...

UN experts: Between 3,000 and 4,000 Rwandan troops are in Congo operating with the M23 rebel group

Jul. 10, 2024 22:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Between 3,000 and 4,000 Rwanda government forces are deployed in neighboring eastern Congo, operating alongside the M23 rebel group which has been making major advances, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Wednesday. The experts called the estimate of...

Top UN official in Congo welcomes 2-week truce in the east, where violence is at 'alarming levels'

Jul. 08, 2024 21:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official in Congo on Monday welcomed a two-week humanitarian cease-fire in its mineral-rich east, where she said violence has reached “alarming levels” and risked provoking a wider regional conflict. Special envoy Bintou Keita wouldn't say...

Rwanda says it is aware of the UK's intention to terminate contentious deportation scheme

Jul. 08, 2024 16:34 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's government says it is aware of the United Kingdom's intention to terminate its plan to deport asylum-seekers to the East African country. In a statement late Monday, the office of the Rwandan government spokesman said the deal had been initiated by...

New UK Prime Minister Starmer says controversial Rwanda deportation plan is 'dead and buried'

Jul. 06, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Keir Starmer said Saturday that he is scrapping his predecessor's controversial policy to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda as he vowed to deliver on voters' mandate for change, though he warned it will not happen quickly. “The Rwanda scheme was...

'It's our moment.' Girmay's Tour de France breakthrough comes as the cycling worlds head to Africa

Jul. 02, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

Biniam Girmay grew up in Eritrea watching the Tour de France on TV each July with his father. He idolized three-time world champion Peter Sagan but never dared to dream of matching the Slovakian cyclist’s exploits. Then came Monday, when Girmay became the first Black...

1 killed in stampede as Rwanda's Kagame begins campaign for reelection

Jun. 24, 2024 12:26 PM EDT

Attendees of a reelection rally for Rwanda's long-time President Paul Kagame prompted a stampede that killed at least one person and injured 37, officials said Monday. The stampede took place in Rubavu in remote western Rwanda on Sunday when attendees pushed to get closer to Kagame...

More African nations focus on HPV vaccination against cervical cancer, but hesitancy remains

Jun. 24, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Yunusa Bawa spends a lot of time talking about the vaccine for the human papillomavirus that is responsible for nearly all cases of cervical cancer. But on most days, only two or three people allow their daughters to be vaccinated in the rural part of Nigeria where he works....

In Burundi, shortages and power cuts slow a return from international isolation

Jun. 18, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi seems to be running short of everything but patience. A deadly nationwide political crackdown in the East African nation is now in the past. But the return to international favor, and benefits like development assistance that come with it, has been...