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FILE — In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 file photo police clash with protesters outside the U.N. refugee agency's offices in Cape Town, South Africa.  The Home Affairs Ministry says that, as of Jan. 1 2020, South Africa can strip refugees of their status if they engage in any political activity related to their home countries.(AP Photo, File)

South Africa to strip refugees' status for any political act

Jan. 14, 2020 9:14 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa can now strip refugees of their asylum status if they engage in any political activity related to their home countries, according to a new law that critics call illegal and deeply ironic after the ruling party fought the former apartheid government for years as a liberation...

Rights group criticizes Rwanda's ruling on former officers

Jan. 14, 2020 6:10 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Human Rights Watch says the decision by Rwanda’s Court of Appeal upholding the conviction of two former high-ranking army officers, who are said to be in failing health, fits a pattern of government repression of critics. Rwanda’s Military High Court sentenced Col. Tom...

Norway to take 600 migrants moved from Libya camps to Rwanda

Jan. 9, 2020 5:16 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway says it will take 600 asylum seekers recently evacuated to Rwanda from Libyan detention centers as the Scandinavian country wants to stop the sometimes deadly smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea. “For me it is important to send a signal that we will...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, palliative care nurse Madeleine Mukantagara, 56, left, prays with Vestine Uwizeyimana, 22, right, who has spinal degenerative disease and is taking oral liquid morphine for her pain, as she visits to check on her health at her home in the village of Bushekeli, near Kibogora, in western Rwanda. While people in rich countries are dying from overuse of prescription painkillers, people in Rwanda and other poor countries are suffering from a lack of them, but Rwanda has come up with a solution to its pain crisis - it's morphine, which costs just pennies to produce and is delivered to households across the country by public health workers. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

Dec. 25, 2019 11:19 PM EST

BUSHEKELI, Rwanda (AP) — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the hill to the road below. What she carried in her bag had...

Rwanda opposition leader says she was barred from traveling

Dec. 6, 2019 11:03 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A prominent Rwandan opposition leader said Friday that authorities barred her from leaving the East African nation this week to receive a human rights award in Spain. “I wrote a letter to the minister of justice requesting permission to travel but the minister didn’t...