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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...

Rwanda deports US pastor whose radio station had been banned

Oct. 8, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A state-run Rwandan newspaper reports that the country has deported an American pastor who was arrested and accused of disturbing the public order. The New Times on Tuesday cites immigration authorities as saying conservative missionary Gregg Schoof had overstayed his work permit....

Attack in popular Rwandan tourist region leaves 14 dead

Oct. 7, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan police say 19 attackers have been killed and others are on the run after their assault on a popular tourist area killed at least 14 people over the weekend. National police spokesman John Bosco Kabera said in a statement late Sunday that five other attackers have been arrested...

Verbal autopsies used in push to better track global deaths

Oct. 6, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — One afternoon last month, a young woman with a tablet computer sat next to Alphonsine Umurerwa on the living room couch, asking questions, listening carefully. She learned that the woman's 23-year-old daughter, Sandrine Umwungeri, had been very sick for about a year, gradually...

Verbal autopsies used in push to better track global deaths

Oct. 1, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — One afternoon last month, a young woman with a tablet computer sat next to Alphonsine Umurerwa on the living room couch, asking questions, listening carefully. She learned that the woman's 23-year-old daughter, Sandrine Umwungeri, had been very sick for about a year, gradually...

1st wave of migrants evacuated from Libya reaches Rwanda

Sep. 26, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The first evacuation flight of African refugees and asylum-seekers from wretched Libyan detention centers arrived in Rwanda late Thursday in an unusual new effort to divert and care for people who failed to reach Europe. The East African nation's agreement to take in 500 people who...

Rwandan opposition leader says murder politically motivated

Sep. 24, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A leading Rwandan opposition leader asserted Tuesday that the deadly attack on her party's national coordinator was politically motivated. Victoire Ingabire spoke to The Associated Press after Syridio Dusabumuremyi was attacked at his office Monday night by two men. "This is too...

Congo's army says it kills militia leader wanted by the ICC

Sep. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's army has killed the commander of the Rwandan Hutu militia group FDLR who had been wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, a spokesman said Wednesday. Gen. Sylvestre Mudacumura was gunned down overnight in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu province,...