BERLIN (AP) — The former head of a Rwandan rebel group has died in Germany while awaiting retrial on war crimes charges, a court says.
Ignace Murwanashyaka, the former president of the...
BERLIN (AP) — A German court says the former head of a Rwandan rebel group has died in prison while awaiting retrial on war crimes charges.
Ignace Murwanashyaka, the former president of the...
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...
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Latest on the commemorations to mark the start of Rwanda's genocide 25 years ago. (all times local):
MBYO, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Tasian Nkundiye murdered his neighbor with a machete.
The 43-year-old Hutu and a few other men from his Rwandan village chopped the Tutsi man to...
BOSTON (AP) — A Rwandan man suspected of participating in the African country's 1994 genocide has been convicted of immigration fraud and perjury after seeking asylum in the U.S.
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered a government study into the country's role in Rwanda before and during its 1994 genocide.
KARUBAMBA, Rwanda (AP) — This story was first published on May 13, 1994 when AP journalist Mark Fritz reported on the Rwandan genocide, for which he won a Pulitzer prize. We are reprinting the...
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Rwanda descended into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day...
Dutch police detain genocide suspect sought by Rwanda
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police have detained a Rwandan man suspected of involvement in his country's 1994 genocide.
Prosecutors say in a statement that authorities in Rwanda have...
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.
Rwandans working in Nebraska on their nation’s future
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The African nation of Rwanda needs to feed its fast-growing population of 12 million residents and has been sending some of its best and brightest students to study agriculture and related subjects in Nebraska.
The nearly 160 Rwanda students taking classes now constitute the third-largest population of foreign students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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.
German court overturns Rwandan’s war crimes conviction
BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Rwandan man sentenced to 13 years in prison as an accessory to war crimes in eastern Congo.
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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.
Suspect in Rwanda genocide home after Denmark extradites him
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan teacher accused of participating in the country's 1994 genocide has arrived home to face charges after his extradition from Denmark.
Prosecution spokesman Justin Nkusi confirmed the arrival Tuesday of 50-year-old Wenceslas Twagirayezu and said he is considered a key perpetrator of the genocide that killed over 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus.
Rwanda says forces clash with rebels from neighboring Congo
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda's army says its forces have fought and repelled suspected rebels who crossed into the country from neighboring Congo, killing four of them.
Army spokesman Innocent Munyengango tells The Associated Press that the attack by suspected Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda occurred on Sunday in western Rubavu district. Munyengango says no Rwandan forces were killed.
The mayor of Rubavu district tells local media that one resident was injured.
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.
Ex-Burundi leader rejects warrant for his arrest as tactic
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Pierre Buyoya, Burundi's former president, on Sunday dismissed as politically motivated an arrest warrant issued against him for his alleged participation in the assassination of his country's first democratically elected leader.
European zoos to send critically endangered rhinos to Rwanda
DVUR KRALOVE, Czech Republic (AP) — Wildlife parks in three European countries on Tuesday announced they are joining forces to send critically endangered eastern black rhinos back to their natural habitat in Rwanda, where the entire rhino population was wiped out during the genocide in the 1990s.
More women in poor countries use contraception, says report
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — More women and girls in poor countries are using modern contraception, signifying progress in efforts to involve women in family planning, according to a report released Monday.
The number of women and girls using contraceptives in 69 of the world's poorest countries surpassed 317 million in 2018, representing 46 million more users than in 2012, said the report by Family Planning 2020, a U.N.-backed global advocacy group working to promote rights-based family planning.
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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.
World Cup cash inequality persists after women’s prize rises
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says doubling the total prize money for women's World Cup teams to $30 million is progress. However, the total prize money will be $440 million for the men's teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Latest: Copa America moves to even years from 2020
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA Council meeting (all times local):
FIFA has agreed to change the dates of tournaments in Africa and South America.
The Copa America will shift from odd to even-numbered years, starting in 2020 and putting the quadrennial event in line with the timings of the European Championship.
The FIFA Council approved a request from African Cup of Nations organizers to move the 2023 edition from January-February to June-July.
FIFA puts new tournaments on hold due to European opposition
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A $25 billion overhaul of world soccer competitions was put on on hold after mounting disapproval from European leaders and clubs saw FIFA President Gianni Infantino backtrack on Friday and accept more consultation was necessary to avert a crisis.
A vote was abandoned hours before the council meeting where Infantino hoped to secure approval from his council on the principle of revamping the Club World Cup and establishing a Global Nations League.
Infantino says women justified protesting cash inequalities
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino understands why female footballers are unhappy about the lack of gender equality in World Cup prize money but said Thursday that doubling the cash for finalists to $30 million represents significant progress.
FIFA president: new events will protect soccer’s relevance
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he is pushing for support of new competitions despite Europe's opposition because it is his duty to protect the "relevance of football."
Saudi government funds won’t pay for new FIFA events
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Facing scrutiny over links to Saudi Arabia, FIFA says new competitions that will bring in $25 billion will not be funded directly by any nation, according to documents seen by The Associated Press.
AP source: FIFA proposes annual Club World Cup
FIFA President Gianni Infantino is doubling down on his Club World Cup plans with a proposal for an expanded annual tournament despite European soccer's resistance to any competition that challenges the supremacy of the Champions League, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press.
Rwanda names 50 percent female Cabinet, following Ethiopia
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Two days after Ethiopia announced one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets with 50 percent women, Rwanda has done the same.
The East African nation late Thursday announced that women now make up half of the slimmed-down, 26-seat Cabinet.
Rwandan woman chosen to head body for French-speaking world
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Rwanda's top diplomat Louise Mushikiwabo has been chosen to lead the body that represents French speakers around the world, becoming the first African woman to hold the post.
The foreign minister replaces Canada's Michaelle Jean, who had sought re-election for the top job at the International Organization of Francophonie.
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.
Cartoons that ‘humiliate’ officials in Rwanda now a crime
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Drawing cartoons or producing writing that "humiliates" a government official is now a criminal offense in Rwanda, a new law says.
Journalists say the law that took effect on Thursday will greatly affect work that is meant to hold public officials, including Cabinet members and security officers, to account.
It was not immediately clear if the law affects people who post such writings on social media.
Rwanda fee hike to visit gorillas leads to drop in tourists
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda (AP) — Gorilla tourism is an important income source for Rwanda, but a recent increase in permit fees for safaris meant a steep decline in visitors.
Earlier this year the WWF conservation group said the mountain gorilla subspecies was making a comeback, with numbers above 600 from an estimated 480 in 2010 in the Virunga Massif, a mountainous area encompassing parts of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.
Danish court: Man can be extradited to Rwanda for war crimes
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An appeals court in Denmark says a man can be extradited to his native Rwanda where he is suspected of committing crimes against humanity in 1994.
The Eastern High Court in Copenhagen on Friday said Wenceslas Twagirayezu can be deported on suspicion of taking part in a massacre in a church and at a university where more than 1,000 people were killed.
More mass graves discovered from Rwanda’s genocide
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Authorities in Rwanda have found new mass graves they say contain 5,400 bodies of genocide victims nearly a quarter-century after the 1994 bloodshed.
Naphtal Ahishakiye, executive secretary of genocide survivors' organization Ibuka, told The Associated Press the bodies were exhumed from 26 mass graves in the capital's Kicukiro district.
He said the discovery followed a tip from a man who heard about the graves as a child.
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.
Rwandan soccer officials arrested after ref alleges bribery
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan police say they have arrested two soccer officials and are investigating allegations they tried to bribe the referee before an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ivory Coast last weekend.
The Rwanda Investigation Bureau said Rwanda soccer federation secretary general Francois Regis Uwayezu and commissioner for competitions Eric Ruhamiriza were arrested on Wednesday after allegations made by Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza.
Professor’s fate: Cleared of murders, convicted for speech
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Catherine Mukantabana did her best after her husband was taken away. She consoled the children, worked as a nurse in Towson and tried to escape the grim allegations that haunted them.
This summer came an answer to her prayers. And yet, the phone call brought both comfort and grief.
The world would know her husband was no war criminal. But he still wasn't coming home.
Uganda charges ex-police chief who fell out with president
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A military general who recently commanded Uganda's national police has been charged over his role in the illegal repatriation to Rwanda of refugees wanted there.
Gen. Kale Kayihura also was charged with "failure to protect war materials." He denied the charges before a military court on Friday.
Kayihura was fired in March after falling out of favor with longtime President Yoweri Museveni amid reports he was building his own power base within the security forces.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Ebola vaccinations began Wednesday for Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly virus that has already claimed at least nine lives.
Health officials have warned that containing the outbreak in North Kivu province is complicated by the presence of multiple armed groups vying for mineral-rich land in the northeastern region that borders Uganda and Rwanda. Ebola screening of travelers at the Congo-Rwanda border was "already in high gear," the World Health Organization said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 30 countries that support a set of principles calling for U.N. peacekeepers to protect civilians in armed conflict are asking the United Nations to go a step further and hold peacekeepers accountable if they fail to do so.