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'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Sep. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and urged...

Kenya becomes 3rd country to roll out malaria vaccine

Sep. 13, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Health authorities in Kenya on Friday started administering doses of the world's only licensed malaria vaccine to young children in rural areas facing high transmission rates. Kenya became the third African country to introduce the vaccine, after Malawi and Ghana. The aim is to reach...

Uganda: As refugee influx persists, UN cites funding gaps

Sep. 12, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Major gaps in funding are constraining the work of the United Nations refugee agency in Uganda, according to the UNHCR representative in the East African country sheltering 1.3 million refugees. The U.N. agency in Uganda is operating at only 35% of its total funding requirements,...

Uganda: 9-year-old girl from Congo dies of Ebola

Aug. 30, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A 9-year-old Congolese girl who tested positive for Ebola in neighboring Uganda has died, Ugandan authorities said Friday, as the World Health Organization said that the outbreak has neared 3,000 cases. The girl's body was repatriated to Congo for a funeral upon the request of her...

Uganda says a traveling Congolese girl has Ebola

Aug. 29, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A 9-year-old Congolese girl tested positive for Ebola in Uganda on Thursday after traveling from Congo, where an outbreak of the highly infectious disease has killed nearly 2,000 people. The child, who is now in isolation at a hospital in the Ugandan border district of Kasese,...

Uganda Airlines launches new operations with Kenya trip

Aug. 27, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's national airline has launched commercial operations with a flight to the Kenyan capital. Uganda Airlines' inaugural flight to Nairobi on Tuesday carried mostly government and airline officials following a ceremony to re-launch the carrier that collapsed in 2001. Uganda...

Despite recent agreement Rwanda says no travel to Uganda

Aug. 23, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda says its citizens are not allowed yet to travel to Uganda despite a deal reached between leaders of the two countries on Wednesday in Angolan capital. The leaders agreed to resume "as soon as possible" the cross-border activities including the movement of persons and goods....

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...