Burundi and Rwanda: A rivalry that lies at the heart of Great Lakes crises

2016-08-16 22:11

The end of two particularly bloody and dramatic civil wars saw a reversal of the political and ethnic dominance in Rwanda and Burundi, with Paul Kagame and Pierre Nkurunziza both having a profound effect on the eastern region.

HRW: Rwandan security forces rounding up 'undesirables'

2016-07-21 18:08

Members of Rwanda's security forces are arresting beggars, street children, sex workers and other "undesirables" who are arbitrarily detained in centres described as harsh and inhuman, Human Rights Watch says.

South Sudan violence tops AU summit agenda

2016-07-17 15:49

Renewed fighting in South Sudan that has claimed more than 300 lives is set to dominate an African Union summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

Dlamini-Zuma to stay at AU a bit longer?

2016-07-16 13:02

With her four-year term as African Union Commission chairperson coming to an end, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma might have to stay put for another six months if a worthy successor isn't elected .

Bashir, wanted by ICC, 'very welcome' at Rwanda's AU summit

2016-07-14 19:48

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the world's top criminal court, is "very welcome" in Rwanda for a summit of the African Union, the country's foreign minister said.

French court jails two ex-Rwandan mayors for life over genocide

2016-07-07 05:36

In a landmark ruling, a Paris court has jailed for life two former Rwandan mayors accused of orchestrating the massacre of hundreds of Tutsis during the country's 1994 genocide.

Paris prosecutor calls for life in Rwanda genocide case

2016-07-04 22:49

The prosecutor of a special Paris court set up to try Rwandan genocide suspects, has called for life sentences against two former mayors accused of taking part in the mass murder of Tutsis.

Colorado students build drone for Rwanda park

2016-06-07 23:15

A Denver teen who visited Rwanda's Akagera National Park last summer had an idea he thought would make the rangers' job easier.

Rwanda opens first methane electricity plant

2016-05-17 14:15

Rwanda has formally opened a unique methane power plant, which it is hoped will one day provide 60% of the country's electricity.

SA lions' cubs boost Rwanda big cats' fortunes

2016-05-13 20:56

Three lion cubs have been born in a wildlife park in Rwanda, boosting efforts to restore the country's lion population, which was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide.


Seven dead in troubled east DRC

2016-08-08 12:31

Suspected Rwandan rebels have killed seven people overnight in a region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that has been shaken by ethnic violence, local officials said.

Dlamini-Zuma remains AU head as commission fails to elect new leader

2016-07-18 15:20

The African heads of state meeting in Kigali has failed to elect a new head of the African Union and will try again in January.

Lobbying intensifies as race to elect new AU chair heats up

2016-07-17 14:45

Hours before elections are due to kick off for a successor to AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, lobbying has intensified - and not just for the three candidates nominated to take her place.

Gay rights not on AU human rights agenda

2016-07-15 20:42

Equal rights for homosexual people in Africa is not a topic currently on the African Union's agenda because the continental body does not have a common position on it.

Malala visits girls at camp for Burundi refugees

2016-07-14 14:03

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has arrived at a camp of Burundian refugees to encourage the girls there to pursue their education despite the challenges they face.

Israel, Rwanda share bond of 'pain of genocide'

2016-07-06 20:47

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Rwanda for a symbolic stop on his "historic" African tour, boosting ties between two countries with a history marked by genocide.

Food for thought from the land of a thousand hills

2016-06-28 16:37

Rwanda certainly lives up to the tagline “the land of a thousand hills”, with stunning mountain scenery at every turn. This is beautiful, but it presents real challenges to farmers, who typically have a farm plot that is just 0.6 hectares in size.

In Rwanda, a phone text can save a baby

2016-05-22 14:26

Using an old mobile phone, health worker Floride Uwinkesha logs the latest local pregnancy, part of efforts in Rwanda to boost maternal health through a monitoring programme in isolated rural areas.

Rwanda genocide perpetrator gets life in Sweden

2016-05-16 16:57

A Stockholm court has sentenced a Swede of Rwandan origin to life in prison for genocide and war crimes for his involvement in the 1994 massacres.

Africa eyes digital age to revive growth

2016-05-10 20:05

Hammered by plunging commodity prices, Africa's political and business leaders will meet for three days to discuss diversification and entering the digital economy to kickstart growth.

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