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Uganda, Rwanda presidents agree to cease hostilities

Aug. 21, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leaders of Uganda and Rwanda agreed on Wednesday to re-open the border between the two countries following a summit mediated in Angola, ending months of tensions that raised fears of armed hostilities. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda also...

Ugandan police say 20 killed in deadly motor accidents

Aug. 19, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 20 people have been killed in two separate motor accidents in Uganda, including an explosion involving a fuel tanker in the country's west, police said Monday, in incidents highlighting growing road safety concerns in the region. A fuel tanker exploded Sunday after losing...

Rwanda, Congo restrict unnecessary border travel amid Ebola

Aug. 7, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda and Congo are discouraging travel across their border to prevent further spread of the highly contagious Ebola virus. Travel restrictions are part of measures taken by Rwandan and Congolese health officials who met in Rwanda. People traveling across the border for non-essential...

Ugandan activist Bobi Wine condemns killing of his supporter

Aug. 6, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan musician and opposition leader Bobi Wine is urging police to investigate the death of one of his supporters who died from injuries sustained during torture by unknown abductors. Wine said the victim, an entertainer whose stage name was Zigy Wyne, was missing an eye and two...

Uganda begins largest trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

Aug. 2, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Researchers in Uganda have launched the largest-ever trial of the experimental Ebola vaccine that is expected to be deployed in neighboring Congo, where a deadly outbreak has killed over 1,800 people. The trial of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine involves up to 800 people in the...

Ugandan academic gets prison for criticizing the president

Aug. 2, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan academic who once called the president "a pair of buttocks" has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of cyber harassment. Stella Nyanzi on Friday flashed her bare breasts in protest while appearing in court via video link from prison. Amnesty...

1-year-old daughter, wife of Congo's Goma victim have Ebola

Aug. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The wife and 1-year-old daughter of the man who died of Ebola in Goma this week have tested positive for the disease, health officials confirmed Thursday, the first transmission of the virus inside the densely populated crossroads city on the border with Rwanda, a scenario that...

2nd person dies from Ebola in Congo's city of Goma

Jul. 31, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A second person died Wednesday of Ebola in Congo's major crossroads city of Goma, again raising fears the virus could spread beyond the country's borders as the outbreak enters a second year. The man may never have known he had Ebola and was contagious for days before the illness was...

Africa's booming cities face a severe toilet crisis

Jul. 27, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

MAKINDYE-LUKULI, Uganda (AP) — The darkening clouds are ominous for many in this urban neighborhood, promising rushing rainwaters stinking of human waste from overflowing septic tanks. As Africa faces a population boom unmatched anywhere in the world, millions of people are moving to fast-growing cities...

Uganda's Bobi Wine formally declares his presidential bid

Jul. 24, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine formally launched his presidential bid for the 2021 election on Wednesday, calling the country's longtime leader a dictator and urging him to hold credible polls. "On behalf of the people of Uganda I am challenging you to free and fair...