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Italian priest, and 2 Kenyan men who say he’s their father

Dec. 6, 2019 10:18 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Steven Lacchin grew up a fatherless boy, but he knew some very basic facts about the man who was his father. He knew Lacchin, the name on his Kenyan birth certificate, was his dad’s name. He knew that Mario Lacchin abandoned him and his mother. When he was older, he learned...

Uganda police block opposition leader’s anti-corruption walk

Dec. 4, 2019 5:53 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s police on Wednesday blocked opposition leader Kizza Besigye from leading an anti-corruption march in competition with one organized by the president. Kampala’s Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango alleged the opposition was planning to create chaos in...

Complacency a concern as AIDS treatment improves in Africa

Nov. 29, 2019 9:34 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — AIDS has no cure. HIV is still here. But some people are forgetting that. Those are some of the bold messages Uganda’s leader is emphasizing as health officials try to stem stubbornly high infection rates among young people in this East African country that years ago won...

Uganda charges 67 people after raid of LGBT-friendly bar

Nov. 12, 2019 10:09 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Sixty-seven people arrested at a gay-friendly bar in Uganda were charged with "common nuisance" Tuesday in what activists called the latest attack on the LGBT community. They face a maximum sentence of a year, lawyer Patricia Kimera said. She described the charges as "petty," adding...

2 Ugandans killed in Rwanda amid border tension

Nov. 10, 2019 10:22 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's police said on Sunday that two Ugandans had been killed by Rwandan security forces in an incident that may escalate the border tension between the two East African countries. Elly Maate, police spokesman of Uganda's Kigezi region, which borders Rwanda, said the victims had...

Congo and Uganda presidents vow to boost trade

Nov. 9, 2019 2:56 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi is visiting Uganda to promote trade between the neighboring countries, after Rwanda closed its border with Uganda. After meeting with Congo's leader in Uganda's capital, Kampala, on Saturday Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni said the two countries...

South Sudan rival leaders delay forming coalition government

Nov. 7, 2019 11:30 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to postpone the formation of a coalition government for 100 days. The rival leaders were to have formed a unity government by Nov. 12, but after meeting in Uganda for six hours Thursday, they said that...

Ugandan forces are accused of targeting journalists at work

Nov. 4, 2019 7:04 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police fired tear gas on Monday to break up a demonstration by journalists protesting alleged abuse by the police, highlighting what some see as an attack on press freedom in the East African country. The placard-bearing journalists were stopped by armed police while trying...

Uganda says no plan to bring bill punishing homosexuals

Nov. 4, 2019 5:16 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's government is denying that it intends to introduce a bill targeting homosexuals, dismissing claims by a senior official who wants such legislation. Esther Mbayo, minister in charge of the presidency, said in a statement Monday that the government "does not have any plans of...

Ugandan police detain 16 men over suspected homosexuality

Oct. 24, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police have detained 16 men on suspicion of homosexuality and human trafficking, a rights group said Thursday, as activists fear an increase in targeted attacks against LGBT people. The arrests took place in a neighborhood just outside the capital, Kampala, on Monday as the...