KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A quarter-century after Rwanda's brutal genocide, President Paul Kagame remains a constant figure atop the country's politics, feted by those who say it needs his visionary...
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's President Paul Kagame said Monday that the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide feel repentant for killing some 800,000 people and that is helping the country to find...
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years after the start of a genocide that killed some 800,000 people, Rwanda is rebuilding with hope and shines with a new light, President Paul Kagame said at...
Uganda denies backing Rwandan rebels as tensions grow
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president is denying support for rebels opposed to Rwanda's government as tensions between the two East African neighbors persist, raising fears of a possible armed...
Uganda deports French, Rwandan nationals in security threat
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda says it has deported a French national and a Rwandan accused of compromising national security.
Police in a statement Tuesday identify the deportees as Olivier Prentout and Annie Tabura and say they "were using their employment as tools to achieve their ill motives."
The deportees, senior managers with telecom MTN Uganda, could not immediately be reached. The statement did not give details of the alleged activities.
France drops probe of air crash that led to Rwandan genocide
PARIS (AP) — French authorities have dropped a sensitive investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwanda's 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence.
Several people close to Rwanda's current president, Paul Kagame, had been under investigation. Rwanda's government denounced the probe as an attempt to deflect responsibility from France's suspected role in the genocide, and welcomed the decision to end it.
2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, said a Rwandan army official.
"We have been watching the situation in this area for some time now and have a good idea of who is behind today's incident. We are in pursuit of the attackers and action will be taken against those responsible," army spokesman Innocent Munyengango said in a statement.
Rwandan leader says at least 2 troops killed in rebel attack
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame says at least two soldiers were killed when rebels crossed into the country from Congo earlier this week.
Kagame on Friday blamed the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which has links to perpetrators of the 1994 genocide, and the Rwanda National Congress, founded by a former army chief.
Rwandan court drops all charges against opposition figure
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's high court on Thursday acquitted the country's most prominent opposition figure of all charges related to her election challenge of President Paul Kagame, as judges said the prosecution failed to provide proof of insurrection and forgery.
Diane Rwigara's case has drawn global attention as Kagame again faces pressure to give more space to critics in this highly controlled East African country.
Rwandan opposition leader defiant as prison term possible
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — As she waits for a judge to pronounce her fate, the Rwandan opposition leader accused of inciting insurrection and forgery after challenging the longtime president in last year's election says no amount of pressure will silence her.
Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of her court appearance on Thursday, Diane Rwigara remained defiant as she faces 22 years in prison if convicted.
Rwanda seeks to jail opposition figure for 22 years
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan prosecutors want a former presidential candidate jailed for 22 years if she is convicted of forgery and insurrection charges.
Diane Rwigara made an appearance in court Wednesday in the capital, Kigali, as the prosecutors made their case. The court will make its ruling on Dec. 6.
Rwandan ex-presidential challenger Rwigara freed on bail
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Former Rwandan presidential candidate Diane Rwigara was freed on bail on Friday after more than a year behind bars on charges she has called politically motivated after her outspoken challenge of one of Africa's most prominent leaders.
A high court ordered the release of Rwigara and her mother, Adeline, with the condition that they stay in the capital, Kigali. It disagreed with the prosecution's argument that they might flee.
Rwanda’s president to newly freed prisoners: Be careful
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's president on Wednesday warned a prominent opposition leader and others newly released from prison to be "humble" and "careful" or they'll end up behind bars again.
President Paul Kagame's address to new lawmakers was his first public comment since the surprise weekend release, with no explanation, of more than 2,100 prisoners including Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.
Rwanda frees opposition leader, 2,100 others from prison
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A prominent Rwandan opposition leader walked free on Saturday after the government approved the early release of more than 2,100 prisoners with little explanation.
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza's release surprised many because it is unusual for longtime President Paul Kagame to pardon potential challengers. She quickly urged Kagame to release all other political prisoners.
"The beginning of opening of the political space in Rwanda, I hope so," she told reporters.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Rwanda, his first stop in a tour of Africa.
Modi was welcomed in Kigali, the capital, late Monday by President Paul Kagame as the first prime minister of India to visit the East African country.
The governments of Rwanda and India later signed bilateral agreements.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame is praising China's treatment of Africa "as an equal," calling it "a revolutionary posture in world affairs" and "more precious than money."
Kagame made the remarks Monday after signing bilateral agreements with the visiting Chinese president, Xi Jinping. Xi is the first Chinese president to visit Rwanda.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Rwanda, the second stop in his latest tour of Africa.
President Paul Kagame has welcomed Xi as the first Chinese president to visit the East African country. On Monday Xi is expected to visit a memorial for Rwanda's 1994 genocide and sign bilateral agreements.
Volkswagen opens Rwanda’s 1st car assembly plant
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — German carmaker Volkswagen opened the first car assembly plant in Rwanda's capital on Wednesday in a milestone for the East African country that is trying to cut back on used car imports from Asia.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's government on Tuesday defended its $39 million sponsorship deal with the Arsenal football club as some aid donors and rights activists raised an outcry.
"Visit Rwanda" will be emblazoned on the left sleeve of players in Arsenal's first, under-23 and women's teams.
President Paul Kagame is an Arsenal supporter. The deal was not approved by Rwandan lawmakers.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to resume cooperation between France and Rwanda even though relations between the two countries are not yet fully normalized.
Following a meeting Wednesday in Paris with Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, Macron said "what's important is to build the future" through a pragmatic approach.
Relations have been strained in recent years over Rwanda's accusations of French complicity in its 1994 genocide, which France denies.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — South African geneticist Vinet Coetzee held up a malaria-diagnosing scanner that she said can be developed for use in Africa's rural areas without the need for blood samples or lab tests.
"This can be rapid, affordable and non-invasive," she said. "It can reduce health inequality and bring us one step closer to a world free of malaria."
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community whose sometimes makeshift operations, authorities say, have threatened the lives of followers.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's Revenue Authority said Friday it will auction off assets belonging to the family of a jailed critic of President Paul Kagame's government to pay a tax debt — a move that family members call politically motivated.
Assets of the cigarette maker Premier Tobacco Company, which belongs to the family of Diane Rwigara, will be sold at auction on March 28 to recover $6 million in back taxes, the Revenue Authority said.
Thousands of African migrants protest Israel deportations
HERZLIYA, Israel (AP) — Thousands of African asylum seekers on Wednesday protested outside the Rwandan Embassy in Israel, calling on the African country not to cooperate with an Israeli plan to deport them.
Africa’s leaders choose diplomacy to Trump’s toilet remarks
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The 55-nation African Union appears to have decided to react diplomatically and strategically to President Donald Trump's alleged vulgar remarks about the continent.
Rather than issuing an angry condemnation of Trump's reported comments in which he likened Africa to a filthy toilet, the African Union may decide to follow the advice of its new chairman, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, to deal with the U.S. president as the leader of a country elected by his people.
Trump praises African leader after White House dustup
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to mend relations Friday with a key African leader in the aftermath of his controversial comments about African nations, praising the U.S. partnership with Rwanda along the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum.
Trump and Rwandan President Praise Relations
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The Latest: Trump to tell Davos the US ‘open for business’
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):
President Donald Trump plans to meet with world leaders, dine with business executives and declare America "open for business" during his trip to the Davos summit.
White House officials said Tuesday the president is going to the World Economic Forum to promote his economic policies. He departs Wednesday and arrives in Switzerland on Thursday.
Uganda charges 45 Rwandan nationals with terrorism: Report
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A government-controlled newspaper in Uganda says 45 Rwandan nationals have been charged with terrorism and establishing a terror organization.
The New Vision reported Friday that the suspects were charged Thursday in a remote town in western Uganda. The report gives few details about the charges.
Ugandan police and a judiciary spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
Police say 8 Ugandan media workers face treason charges
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police are holding eight media workers on treason and other charges for a report saying Uganda is planning to overthrow the president of neighboring Rwanda.
Police spokesman Emilian Kayima says the employees of local tabloid The Red Pepper are in detention pending confirmation of charges by the prosecutor. The suspects include five managers and three editors.
Critic of Rwanda’s long-time president denied bail
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court has denied bail to a critic of President Paul Kagame.
A court in the capital Kigali ruled Monday that Diane Rwigara should not be freed during her trial, saying the charges of forgery and inciting insurrection are serious.
Rwigara, who has been in detention since September, insists she has been targeted after criticizing Rwanda's long-time leader.
Jailed Rwandan opposition figure accuses president
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A jailed critic of Rwanda's government said Monday she was detained because she tried to run against longtime President Paul Kagame in the recent election.
Diane Rwigara, who faces charges of inciting insurrection against the state and forgery, spoke out in a courtroom in the capital, Kigali.
She said she was charged "because I spoke about crimes committed by this government. Nobody has talked about Rwandans who disappear without a trace."
Rwanda ex-presidential candidate denies insurrection charge
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Former Rwanda presidential candidate Diane Rwigara is denying charges of insurrection and forgery that she says are linked to her criticism of the government's human rights record.
Rwigara appeared in court Wednesday in the capital, Kigali. She and some family members were detained late last month. Her mother, Adeline, and sister Anne have been charged with incitement and "discrimination and sectarianism."
Rwanda opposition figure Rwigara faces insurrection charges
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan prosecutors on Tuesday charged a prominent critic of the long-time president with forgery and inciting insurrection against the state.
Diane Rwigara faces up to 15 years in jail if she is convicted of the more serious offense of inciting insurrection.
Former Rwandan presidential aspirant Rwigara is arrested
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan police have arrested Diane Rwigara, a leading critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and a women's rights activist, for alleged offenses against state security.
Rwigara's mother and sister were also detained on the tax evasion charges and she is also being charged with forgery, Rwanda police said in a Twitter post Sunday. The three who arrested Saturday have been under investigation and police have interrogated them several times.
Diane Rwigara, outspoken critic of Rwanda’s president, arrested
KIGALI, Rwanda — Diane Rwigara, a leading critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was arrested on charges of tax evasion and forgery.
Rwandan police also posted a message on Twitter saying Rwigara and members of her family were held for not responding to summons and were later released.
Rwanda: Former presidential hopeful Rwigara arrested again
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The brother of a former presidential hopeful in Rwanda says Diane Rwigara has been arrested again in the capital.
Aristide Rwigara, who lives in the United States, says his sister was taken from their Kigali home Friday along with their mother, Adeline, and sister Anne.
Rwandan police have not confirmed the arrest. Authorities have said Diane Rwigara is under investigation for tax evasion and forgery. She was briefly arrested late last month.
Rwanda: Police question former presidential hopeful Rwigara
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan police say they are questioning a former presidential hopeful who is suspected of forgery and tax evasion.
Police spokesman Theos Badege says officers forced their way into the home of Diane Rwigara after they were denied entry. Badege says she failed to respond to three summonses.
Rwigara could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.
Former presidential hopeful in Rwanda said to be in custody
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A women's rights activist and former presidential hopeful is in police custody in Rwanda, her brother said Thursday, raising concerns about the whereabouts of a rare challenger to longtime President Paul Kagame.
Police have said Diane Rwigara is free after her home in the capital, Kigali, was searched on Wednesday.
Former Rwanda presidential candidate accused of forgery
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A former presidential candidate in Rwanda is under investigation for forgery and tax evasion, police said Wednesday, a day after detectives searched her home in the capital, Kigali.
Diane Rwigara is being investigated on suspicion of forging signatures during her efforts to qualify as a candidate, police spokesman Theos Badege said. Police and revenue officials also are investigating her family's business over allegations of tax evasion, he said.
Rwanda leader Kagame inaugurated; won nearly 99 pct of vote
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn in for a third term Friday after winning re-election with nearly 99 percent of the vote.
Many African leaders attended the ceremony in the capital, Kigali. The longtime president had described the Aug. 4 election as "a formality" while campaigning.
The East African nation has virtually no political opposition, and critics accuse Kagame of being intolerant of dissent. He denies it.
Rwandan refugee in Uganda kidnapped in capital: Officials
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Rwandan refugee has been kidnapped by unknown people in Uganda, the victim's wife and Ugandan officials said Thursday.
Rene Rutagungira was known to refugee officials before his abduction in the capital, Kampala, said Apollo Kazungu, a government commissioner in charge of refugees.
Rutagungira had been out drinking with three Rwandan friends when he was kidnapped late Saturday, said his wife, Jasinta Dusangeyezu.
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Latest on Rwanda's presidential election (all times local):
The United States says it is "disturbed by irregularities observed during voting" in Rwanda's election in which longtime President Paul Kagame won with nearly 99 percent of the vote.
A State Department statement on Saturday also says the U.S. reiterates "long-standing concerns over the integrity of the vote-tabulation process."
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The United States said Saturday it was "disturbed by irregularities observed during voting" in Rwanda's election, which longtime President Paul Kagame won with nearly 99 percent of the vote.
A State Department statement reiterated "long-standing concerns over the integrity of the vote-tabulation process."
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's long-time president has 99 percent support with nearly half the ballots counted in Friday's presidential election, according to preliminary results from a vote he was widely expected to win.
President Paul Kagame, who has led Rwanda since his rebels ended the 1994 genocide that left more than 800,000 people dead, told a campaign rally in July that "the day of the presidential elections will just be a formality."
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Latest on Rwanda's presidential election (all times local):
With 40 percent of the polls reporting, President Paul Kagame is leading Rwanda's presidential election with over 99 percent of the vote.
Neither of his challengers — Frank Habineza and Philippe Mpayimana — has reached the 1 percent mark so far, according to preliminary results announced by the electoral commission Friday night.
Kagame won 93 percent of the vote in the 2010 presidential election.
Rwandans overseas begin voting in presidential election
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandans living outside the country started voting Thursday, a day before the presidential election that longtime leader Paul Kagame is widely expected to win.
The electoral commission for the East African nation said more than 44,000 people in the diaspora were expected to vote at nearly 100 polling stations. Political analysts called that a small part of the millions of Rwandans living overseas.
Rwanda's 6.9 million registered voters can vote on Friday.
In Rwanda vote, ‘people knew the winner a long time ago’
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — In the eyes of some voters Philippe Mpayimana, a fresh-faced former journalist who is running for president of Rwanda, is just a clown. Otherwise, they ask, why would he be running against longtime President Paul Kagame?
Some of Mpayimana's campaign venues are nearly empty of people, underscoring a widespread belief among Rwandans that Friday's election is just another coronation for Kagame, who won 93 percent of the votes in the last election.