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French court rejects fresh probe of plane downing that sparked Rwanda genocide

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:33 PM

The court hands down a 64-page judgment confirming the decision to throw out a probe against members of Rwandan President Paul Kagame's entourage

Rwanda genocide suspect Bizimana dead – U.N. tribunal

May 22, 2020 - 9:56 PM

Augustin Bizimana, one of the top suspects wanted over Rwanda's 1994 genocide, is believed to have died almost 20 years ago

France arrests fugitive Rwandan genocide 'financier'

May 16, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Felicien Kabuga is accused of creating the notorious Interahamwe militia that carried out massacres in the 1994 genocide

ARRESTED. General view of the apartment building where Rwanda genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga who has been known as the financier of the genocide, was arrested on May 16, 2020, in Asnieres-sur-Seine, northwestern suburbs of Paris. Photo by Francois Guillot / AFP

Rwanda confirms first coronavirus case

Mar 14, 2020 - 6:19 PM

The patient is under treatment and is in stable condition

BORDER. This August 1, 2019 image shows the deserted no man's land at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in Goma. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Rwandan convicted of genocide faces 30-year jail term

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) Former director of Rwanda's coffee exports, Fabien Neretse, is the first person to be convicted in Belgium on genocide charges

GUILTY. In this file photo taken on November 04, 2019 Rwandais Fabien Neretse is pictured in front of the Palace of Justice during the first day of his trial in Brussels. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Rwanda shuts DR Congo border after Ebola cases in frontier city

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The announcement coincides with the first anniversary of an epidemic that has claimed more than 1,800 lives, stoking dread that the disease may spread from eastern DRC to vulnerable neighbors

BORDER. This August 1, 2019 image shows the deserted no man's land at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in Goma. Rwanda has shuttered its frontier with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of Goma, the Congolese presidency said on August 1, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Macron seeks to shine light on Rwanda genocide

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The commission of 8 researchers and historians 'will be tasked with consulting all France's archives relating to the genocide... in order to analyze the role and engagement of France during that period,' the presidency says in a statement

MACRON ON RWANDA. French President Emmanuel Macron meets French representatives of the Ibuka association for the memory of Rwanda's genocide, two days ahead of the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide, at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris on April 5, 2019. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/AFP

Rwanda invites Macron to attend 25th anniversary of genocide

Mar 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

If Emmanuel Macron accepts, he will become only the second French president to visit the country since the genocide, which still poisons relations between the two nations

RWANDA AND FRANCE. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Rwandan President Paul Kagame hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. File photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

French prosecutors move to drop probe into 1994 Rwanda presidential attack

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:30 AM

Lawyers for former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana's widow Agathe call the prosecutors' move 'unacceptable' and 'largely politically motivated'

GENOCIDE. Rwanda's former president Juvenal Habyarimana's brother-in-law, Protais Zigiranyirazo, consults his counsel on December 18, 2008 in Arusha at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where he was convicted to 20 years in prison for aiding and encouraging the killing of Tutsi's during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. AFP file photo

Kofi Annan: UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:25 PM

The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as arguably the United Nations' most popular leader

KOFI ANNAN. In this file photo taken on July 20, 2012, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks through a window before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Hundreds dead as floods wreak havoc in East Africa

May 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kenya Red Cross says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide since early March

LONG RAINY SEASON. Scenes like this truck falling off the road are typical in Nairobi now that unusually heavy showers have heralded the beginning of Kenya's long rainy season. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Kagame poised for 3rd-term win in Rwanda election

Aug 04, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Some 6 9 million Rwandans have registered to vote in the poll which pits Paul Kagame 59 against two little known candidates seen as unlikely to pose any threat to his Rwandan Patriotic Front s tight control of the country

ELECTIONS. Polling station staff prepare polling material at a polling station in a Kigali school, on August 3, 2017 on the eve of the country's presidential election. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Kagame set for sweeping victory in Rwanda election

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The 59 year old leader faces two little known candidates who were given only 3 weeks to campaign against the incumbent who has kept a tight hold on power since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide

CROWD DRAWER. Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame (L) greets a crowd of supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally on July 31, 2017 in Gakenke ahead of August 4 presidential election. Marco Longari/AFP

Pope begs God's forgiveness for Church sins in Rwanda genocide

Mar 21, 2017 - 12:04 AM

Francis s pardon plea follows a request from Rwanda in November for the church to apologize for its role in the massacres

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (R) receives a present from Rwanda's President Paul Kagame ahead of a meeting at the Vatican March 20, 2017. Photo by Tony Gentile /AFP

Hundreds attend last Rwandan king's funeral

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Kigeli V died back in October but his funeral was delayed as his relatives argued over whether he should be buried in Rwanda or in the US where he lived in exile

Relatives and friends attend the funeral service of late King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa on January 15, 2017 at the King's palace in Nyanza as they sit next to the coffin. King Kigeli died in October, aged 80, in the United States. He had been living in exile in the suburbs of Washington since 1992. / AFP PHOTO / STEPHANIE AGLIETTI

Call for applications: Tanzania and Rwanda reporting fellowships

Nov 16, 2016 - 1:19 PM

The International Women s Media Foundation IWMF is now accepting applications for two Reporting Fellowships set to take place in February 2017

REPORTING FELLOWSHIP. Fellows spoke with residents of Bagamoyo, a small fishing town north of Dar Es Salaam, for their stories on foreign business, government regulation, and economic growth. Photo from IWMF

Nations agree on phase-out of super greenhouse gases

Oct 15, 2016 - 1:21 PM

3rd UPDATE Representatives from almost 200 countries reach an agreement on ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons

AGREEMENT. US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech in front of people who attend the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, on October 14, 2016. Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

World urged to scrap super greenhouse gases at Rwanda summit

Oct 14, 2016 - 8:58 AM

Envoys from nearly 200 nations are in the Rwandan capital to thrash out an agreement to phase out hydrofluorocarbons HFCs

Delegates attend the official opening of the 28th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali on October 13, 2016. Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

Rwanda's 100-day bloodbath, a modern genocide

May 08, 2016 - 11:26 AM

In 1998 the court handed down its first life sentences and included rape and sexual violence in acts of genocide

OVERCOME WITH EMOTIONS. Women cry at the Amahoro stadium in Kigali. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Mantan Sekjen PBB Boutros Boutros-Ghali wafat

Feb 17, 2016 - 7:58 AM

Boutros Boutros Ghali menjadi diplomat dari Benua Afrika pertama yang menjadi Sekjen PBB

Foto mantan Sekretaris Jenderal PBB asal Mesir, Boutros Boutros-Ghali ketika masih hidup. Boutros-Ghali dilaporkan wafat pada Selasa, 16 Februari 2016 di usia 93 tahun. Foto oleh EPA/PBB

Thousands protest in Burundi against Rwanda 'aggression'

Feb 14, 2016 - 12:41 AM

Burundi has accused Rwanda of backing rebels intent on overthrowing President Pierre Nkurunziza who was returned to power despite weeks of protests and calls from world leaders for him to step aside

PROTESTS. Demonstrators march on February 13, 2016, in Bujumbura during a protest against Rwanda. Photo by AFP

Rwanda to relocate Burundi refugees to other countries – gov't

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:53 PM

The UNHCR says it is concerned over the announcement saying it seems to undermine the precedent of refugee protection Rwanda has set over decades

RELOCATION? In this file photo, Burundian refugee children line up to receive clothes from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees staff in a refugee camp in Gashora, some 55km south of the capital Kigali, Rwanda, May 18, 2015. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Rwanda's Kagame to run for 3rd term in 2017

Jan 01, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Kagame s decision comes after voters approved constitutional amendments which could allow him to stay in power until 2034

Rwanda President Paul Kagame addresses the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly September 29, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Rwanda jails ex-pastor for life for genocide killings

Dec 31, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Jean Uwinkindi is found guilty in Kigali s High Court of genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity during the 100 day massacre that began in April 1994 and left 800 000 dead

Burundi rebels announce force to oust president

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:23 PM

This comes amid mounting regional pressure on the government to accept African Union peacekeepers which it calls an invasion force

White House urges Rwanda's Kagame to respect term limits

Dec 20, 2015 - 7:52 AM

The White House warns that any move to prolong his hold on power would be to the detriment of Kagame s legacy

LIMIT TERM. In this file photo, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame waits to deliver his address during the 70th session General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 29 September 2015. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

Rwanda votes yes to allow extra terms for Kagame

Dec 19, 2015 - 3:32 PM

The constitutional amendment allows President Kagame to run for a third seven year term in 2017 then at the end of which he will be eligible to run for a further two five year terms

ANOTHER TERM. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, speaks during the second day of the St. Gallen Symposium at the university of St. Gallen, Switzerland, May 8, 2015. File photo by Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

Detained Rwandan journalist in Burundi freed

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:07 PM

Burundi has been in crisis since late April over President Pierre Nkurunziza s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive five year term

PROTEST. A man is lifted by police during a protest in Bujumbura on May 13, 2015. A top Burundian general announced today the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term. Photo by Landry Nshimiye / AFP

Rwanda opposition seeks to block third term change for Kagame

Jun 04, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The challenge centers around the Green Party s belief that the constitution can only be revised to only reduce or prolong the duration of the president s mandate

ANOTHER TERM? In this photo, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, speaks during the second day of the St. Gallen Symposium at the university of St. Gallen, Switzerland, May 8, 2015. Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

Rwanda UN genocide court holds final hearing

Apr 23, 2015 - 9:09 AM

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ICTR based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha was set up in 1994 by the United Nations to try those responsible for the genocide

In this file photo, the national flag of Rwanda flutters in front of the Rwandese embassy in Brussels, Belgium, December 31, 2001. Oliver Matthys/Belga/EPA

France declassifies Rwanda genocide documents

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:18 AM

UPDATED A decision to declassify the papers is signed and concerns documents in the Elysee relating to Rwanda between 1990 and 1995 spanning the genocide which claimed at least 800 000 lives

Police officers guard the Elysee Palace's front gate in Paris, France, 26 December 2013. Etienne Laurent/EPA

France to free Rwandan genocide suspect

Apr 04, 2015 - 10:57 AM

He denies the accusations against him He has always said that as a member of a mixed family himself with a Tutsi mother he tried to save lives

FREE. In this file photo, Claude Muhayimana (C), one of the two Rwandan men accused of taking part in the massacre of ethnic Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, arrives for an extradition hearing at the courthouse in Paris, on November 13, 2013. File photo by Marion Ruszniewski/AFP

UN Security Council: 5 countries set to join world's 'top table'

Oct 13, 2014 - 11:17 AM

For the contenders a Council seat is the ultimate diplomatic prize raising a country s profile several notches boosting influence and providing knockoff benefits in bilateral ties

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Sweden jails Rwanda genocide suspect

Sep 25, 2014 - 10:36 PM

The men whose identities have not been revealed deny the allegations that they participated in the genocide back in 1994

UN to vote on improved Syria aid access

Jul 12, 2014 - 12:58 PM

The United Nations accuses the Syrian regime of imposing bureaucratic and arbitrary obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian aid

AID FOR CIVILIANS. The UN Council calls on the Syrian government to improve civilians' access to much-needed aid. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Planet of the dying apes: experts sound alarm over shrinking habitats

Jun 26, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Experts predict that at the current rate human development will have impacted 90 of the apes habitat in Africa and 99 in Asia by 2030

Liberia's Taylor applies to serve jail term in Rwanda

Jun 19, 2014 - 9:51 PM

A motion before the UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague argues former Liberian president Charles Taylor should be allowed to serve his sentence closer to his family

JAILED. In this file photo, former Liberian President Charles Taylor (L) is seen in the dock during his trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, based in Leidschendam, outside The Hague, The Netherlands, 16 May 2012. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels/Pool

Banish sexual violence 'to dark ages' – Kerry

Jun 14, 2014 - 7:43 AM

Make no mistake: we can end this establish new norms hold those who commit those acts accountable and no longer tolerate these horrific tactics

Mali government, rebels sign ceasefire deal – AU

May 24, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Mauritanian President and African Union chairman Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz cut short a visit to Rwanda to hold the urgent ceasefire talks with the Tuareg rebels groups

CEASEFIRE. In this photo, Mauretania's President President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz speaks during a joint news conference at the end of the fourth EU-Africa Summit of Heads of States at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 3, 2014. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Emotional scenes as Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide

Apr 07, 2014 - 10:45 PM

Several people were overcome with trauma screaming and crying uncontrollably with medical staff helping to carry them out and to provide counselling

OVERCOME WITH EMOTIONS. Women cry at the Amahoro stadium in Kigali. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

French ambassador barred from Rwanda genocide commemorations

Apr 07, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Rwanda s foreign ministry bars France s ambassador from attending the 20th anniversary remembrance of the killing of 800 000 ethnic Tutsis

REMEMBRANCE. A file picture dated 07 April 2005 showing relatives of victims of the 1994 genocide paying their last respects, in Murambi, eastern Rwanda. On Monday, 07 April 2014 leaders including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will gather in Kigali, Rwanda, to remember the events in 1994, when around 800,000 Rwandans were brutally killed in a three-month campaign by the Hutu-led government against the Tutsi population. Ricky Gare/EPA

Rwanda to France: Face 'difficult truth' of genocide role

Apr 06, 2014 - 10:40 PM

We cannot move on at the expense of the historical truth of the genocide Rwanda s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said on the eve of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the killings

20 years on, Rwanda's reconciliation goes on step by step

Mar 06, 2014 - 2:44 PM

20 years on the question of reconciliation is still a central issue in the country and one promoted heavily by the government of President Paul Kagame

VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE. Photographs of people murdered during the 1994 genocide are displayed at Kigali Memorial Center in Kigali, Rwanda, 14 May 2012. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Landmark Rwanda genocide trial opens in France

Feb 05, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Rwanda s justice minister welcomed the opening of the trial of Pascal Simbikangwa nearly 20 years after the 100 day genocide shocked the world

Rwandan army captain faces landmark French genocide trial

Feb 04, 2014 - 11:21 AM

A French court begins hearing the landmark trial of a former Rwandan army captain charged with complicity in the 1994 genocide

Rwanda marks 20th anniversary of genocide

Jan 08, 2014 - 7:24 AM

An estimated 800 000 people essentially from the Tutsi minority perished in the genocide carried out by Hutu extremist militias and troops in the three months from April to June 1994

VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE. Photographs of people murdered during the 1994 genocide are displayed at Kigali Memorial Center in Kigali, Rwanda, 14 May 2012. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

UN to reinforce DR Congo borders after rebel defeat

Nov 07, 2013 - 9:25 AM

UN troops will help reinforce Democratic Republic of Congo s borders to stop rebels and arms crossing into Rwanda after the defeat of M23 mutineers

In this file photo, Congolese government soldiers aboard a pick up truck leave their headquarters to escort Lieutenant General Olenga Francois in the town of Minova, some 45km from the provincial capital Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, 25 November 2012. EPA/Dai Kurokawa

African leaders meet to discuss DR Congo crisis

Nov 05, 2013 - 8:13 AM

African leaders go into talks to discuss the possibility of reinforcing a UN special brigade deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Leader of beleaguered DR Congo rebels calls for truce

Nov 04, 2013 - 11:59 AM

The call comes with the rebels on the back foot as Congolese troops pounded hilltop positions where some 200 fighters have holed up

DR Congo troops advance as M23 movement faces 'end'

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:06 AM

The renewed fighting – the heaviest since August – sparks concern from the West prompting calls for restraint