Latest Rwanda News

New book asks why world ignores repression by Rwandan leader

Apr. 11, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The new book " Do Not Disturb " by British author Michela Wrong questions why some in the international community continue to praise Rwandan President Paul Kagame despite repression in his central African country where he could rule until 2034. ...

Rwanda's Kagame welcomes French 'truth' about the genocide

Apr. 07, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — President Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Wednesday praised a new French report documenting France's role in the 1994 genocide as “a good thing,” welcoming efforts in Paris to “move forward with a good understanding of what happened" 27 years after the massacres that...

France to open archive for period covering Rwandan genocide

Apr. 06, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s role before and during the 1994 Rwandan genocide was a “monumental failure” that the country must acknowledge, the lead author of a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron said, as the country is about to open its archives from this period to the public....

World leaders call for pandemic treaty, but short on details

Mar. 30, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — More than 20 heads of government and global agencies called in a commentary published Tuesday for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness that they say will protect future generations in the wake of COVID-19. But there were few details to explain...

Report clears France of complicity in 1994 Rwandan Genocide

Mar. 26, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A commission that spent nearly two years plumbing France's role in 1994’s Rwandan genocide concluded Friday that the country reacted too slowly in appreciating the extent of the horror that left over 800,000 dead but cleared it of complicity in the slaughter. ...

Zoos, scientists aim to curb people giving virus to animals

Mar. 19, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The coughing among the western lowland gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in January was the first warning sign. Soon the fears were confirmed: A troop of gorillas became the first apes known to test positive for the coronavirus. Around the...

Africans rethink big, bountiful weddings as pandemic bites

Mar. 18, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The moment of truth for Ivan Arinaitwe came when he had to choose among many relatives and friends whom to invite to his wedding. An initial 150 people swelled to 300 as he agonized. No matter how he tried, it would be hard to achieve Uganda's recommended...

Court: 'Hotel Rwanda' hero wasn't kidnapped, faces trial

Mar. 10, 2021 12:09 PM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A court has ruled that the man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” was not kidnapped when he was tricked into boarding a chartered flight from Dubai to Rwanda, where he was arrested and now faces terrorism charges. The 66-year-old Paul...

'Hotel Rwanda' hero was tricked onto plane, into arrest

Mar. 05, 2021 12:26 PM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A key piece of the mystery around the arrest of the man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” became clear on Friday when a pastor told a Rwandan court he worked with someone from the Rwanda Investigation Bureau to trick him onto a private plane from Dubai. ...

Rwanda receives 1st batch of COVID-19 vaccines

Mar. 04, 2021 12:11 PM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda on Wednesday received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVAX initiative, with shots set to begin on Friday for the most vulnerable citizens in the country of 12 million people. Rwanda received 240,000 doses of the...