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Kagame takes over AU Chairmanship, vows institutional reforms

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has officially taken over the chairmanship of the African Union with the tough task of steering the continental body away from heavy dependence on foreign aid. President Kagame’s first task will be to see through the institutional reforms within the AU and the AU Commission to make it financially self-sustaining. Kagame […]

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African heads of State, CEOs seek partnerships at WEF

African CEOs, policymakers and heads of state have joined the global business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the continent seeks to strengthen its partnerships for trade, and investment. Zimbabwe President Emerson Mnangagwa, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have shared pictures on their social media platforms […]

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Togo, only African country to back US position over Jerusalem

Togo, a tiny West African nation, is the only country on the African continent to have voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s political move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN General Assembly repelled Trump’s decision in a resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority last week. The resolution in effect condemned President Trump’s […]

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Rwanda: Fresh report accuses France of complicity in 1994 genocide

A U.S. law firm on Wednesday released a report commissioned by the Rwandan government to examine the role played by France in events leading to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The report compiled by Washington-based Cunningham Levy Muse LLP presented evidence suggesting that French officials were aware of and aided the actions and goals of both […]

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Slave trade in Libya may be crime against humanity, UN warns

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday voiced “grave concern” about modern slavery in Libya, warning that the sale of migrants into slavery in the North African nation may amount to crimes against humanity. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a formal statement calling on Libyan authorities to investigate the reports of migrants being sold at […]

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DR Congo: M23 Fighters helped Kabila to crush protesters – HRW

Human Rights Watch in a report released on Monday said senior security force officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo mobilized over 200 former M23 rebel fighters from neighboring Uganda and Rwanda to quash protests against President Joseph Kabila at the end of his constitutionally mandated term limit in December 2016. The 69-page report titled […]

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Uganda: Three Journalists charged with treason

Three journalists, who work for the Red Pepper newspaper in Uganda, are facing treason charges after the publication of a story alleging that President Yoweri Museveni was planning to overthrow Paul Kagame’s government in Rwanda. The three journalists, Ben Byarabaha (Managing Editor), Richard Kintu (News Editor) and Francis Tumusiime (also News Editor) are also charged […]

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Rwanda agrees to resettle 30,000 African migrants trapped in Libya

The Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday announced the government’s plan to resettle 30,000 African migrants trapped in Libya. The migrants – mostly from Nigeria, Senegal and Gambia – had fled conflict and economic instability, hoping to join Europe through the Mediterranean sea. According to Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, the government was ready […]

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Rwanda announces global visa free regime

Rwanda has announced a global visa free entry for travelers from everywhere in the world starting January 1, 2018. According to the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration, citizens of all countries in the world could receive 30 days visa on arrival under the new regime as of next year. The East African nation already has […]

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Rwanda denies Kagame’s critic, family members bail

A court in Rwanda has denied a bail application for Paul Kagame’s critic Diane Rwigara, her mother and sister detained in the East African nation since September 22, local media reports. Diane Shima Rwigara, 35, a leading critic of President Paul Kagame, has been charged with inciting insurrection after she was barred from challenging Kagame […]

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