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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...

Rwandan opposition leader leaves her party, founds another

Nov. 11, 2019 10:33 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan opposition leader says she has quit as chief of the political party she founded and is launching a new one. Victoire Ingabire says she is leaving the FDU-Inkingi party weeks after police interrogated her over a possible connection to an attack in a popular tourist area near...

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...

Rwanda rejects British legislators' call to free officers

Nov. 7, 2019 8:19 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's government has protested a call by six British legislators for President Paul Kagame to free high-ranking army officers, saying the two were convicted of serious crimes. Rwanda's Military High Court sentenced Col. Tom Byabagamba and retired Brig. Gen. Frank Rusagara, in 2016...

Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers

Oct. 29, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

KINIGI, Rwanda (AP) — Deep in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park, a 23-year-old female gorilla named Kurudi feeds on a stand of wild celery. She bends the green stalks and, with long careful fingers, peels off the exterior skin to expose the succulent inside. Biologist Jean Paul Hirwa notes her meal...

Rwanda's president pardons 52 women jailed over abortions

Oct. 11, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's president has pardoned and ordered the release of 52 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. Thursday's decision follows Rwanda's revision of its penal code, which previously imposed prison sentences for anyone who had an abortion or helped in...

Gay man in Rwanda notes 'intense pressure' after coming out

Oct. 11, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan gospel singer who recently came out as gay says he has quit his day job as an accountant after "intense pressure" from colleagues. Albert Nabonibo says he felt alienated and no longer a part of the beverages company that employed him in the capital, Kigali. He says that...

UN prosecutor charges former Rwandan minister with contempt

Oct. 11, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A United Nations prosecutor has charged a former Rwandan planning minister with contempt of court for allegedly bribing witnesses to recant testimony in an attempt to overturn his genocide convictions. Prosecutor Serge Brammertz released the indictment against Augustin...