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UK's New PM Gets Right to Work, Scraps Contentious Plan

Keir Starmer says of Rwanda deportation 'scheme': 'Dead and buried before it started'

(Newser) - British Prime Minister Keir Starmer said Saturday that he's scrapping a controversial Conservative policy to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda as he vowed to deliver on voters' mandate for change, though he warned it won't happen quickly. "The Rwanda scheme was dead and buried before it started,"...

Newly Found Mass Graves Shake Rwandan Reconciliation

Discoveries, arrests traumatize massacre survivors again

(Newser) - The diggers' hoes scrape the brown soil, looking for—and often finding—human bone fragments. The women then wipe the bone pieces with their hands as others watch in solemn silence. The digging goes on, a scene that's become familiar in a verdant area of southern Rwanda, where the...

Top Court: UK Can't Send Asylum-Seekers to Rwanda

Supreme Court decision deals PM Rishi Sunak's policy a big blow

(Newser) - Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the government's contentious plan to send some migrants on a one-way trip to Rwanda is illegal, striking a major blow to a key policy of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's government that has drawn international attention and criticism. Five justices on the...

Guy Who Inspired Hotel Rwanda Is Back in US With Family

Rwanda convicted Paul Rusesabagina on terrorism charges that were widely considered bogus

(Newser) - The man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda and was freed by Rwanda last week from a terrorism sentence returned Wednesday to the United States and joined his family after being held for more than two years. Paul Rusesabagina's arrival in San Antonio was announced by his daughter Carine...

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda Now Draw Big Bucks

From tourists who can afford $1.5K to spend an hour near them

(Newser) - The "gorillas in the mist" as Dian Fossey famously called them are doing far better now than when the world was introduced to them. CBS News checks in on the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, which numbered 254 when Fossey arrived in the country in 1967. There are now more...

UK Cancels First Deportation Flight to Rwanda

After court intervenes

(Newser) - Britain canceled a flight that was scheduled to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda late Tuesday after the European Court of Human Rights intervened, saying the plan carried “a real risk of irreversible harm." The decision to scrap the flight capped three days of frantic court challenges from immigrant...

20-Year Search for One of 'World's Most Brutal Killers' Ends

It turns out Protais Mpiranya has been dead since 2006

(Newser) - He's one of the "world’s most brutal killers," in the Guardian's telling, and he's eluded authorities for 20 years. But Protais Mpiranya has now been found—dead. The Rwandan fugitive allegedly played a big part in the country's 1994 genocide as commander of...

UK's Controversial Plan: Ship Asylum-Seekers to Rwanda

Refugee groups and humanitarian organizations are denouncing the plan

(Newser) - The British government on Thursday announced a plan under which some asylum-seekers—generally single men—will be put on a one-way flight to Rwanda. It's part of a deal that involves an up-front payment of $158 million being made to Rwanda. Once the asylum-seekers arrive in that country, some...

Architect of Rwanda Genocide Dies at 80

Theoneste Bagosora showed 'no sign of remorse or regret'

(Newser) - Theoneste Bagosora, a former Rwandan army colonel regarded as the architect of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi, and Hutus who tried to protect them, were killed, died in a hospital in Mali on Saturday, the AP reports. His son Achille Bagosora announced the death...

Hotel Rwanda Hero Just Got Convicted

Paul Rusesabagina called terrorism trial a sham orchestrated by Rwandan President Paul Kagame

(Newser) - The man whose actions were acclaimed in the movie Hotel Rwanda has been convicted of terrorism. But Paul Rusesabagina and outside observers call the trial a sham orchestrated by President Paul Kagame to silence dissent. More:
  • Conviction: On Monday, a court in Rwanda convicted Rusesabagina and fellow defendants of forming

Lava Flow Sends Thousands Fleeing
Lava Flow Sends
Thousands Fleeing

Lava Flow Sends Thousands Fleeing

Eruption panics residents but largely spares Congo city devastated in 2002

(Newser) - A volcano eruption in eastern Congo triggered evacuations, with about 8,000 people fleeing to Rwanda, as lava flows neared the major city of Goma. The flows slowed overnight, stopping just before reaching the city of 2 million, officials reported, and the Rwandan emergency agency said the evacuees were going...

Hotel Rwanda Hero Goes on Trial
Hotel Rwanda Hero Goes on Trial

Hotel Rwanda Hero Goes on Trial

Paul Rusesabagina says he was kidnapped

(Newser) - One Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient died on Wednesday . Another one, the businessman whose story became the movie Hotel Rwanda, went on trial on terrorism charges. Paul Rusesabagina, a founder of the pro-democracy opposition group Rwanda Movement for Democratic Change, is accused of offenses including murder and membership of a...

Charges Against Hotel Rwanda Hero Are Fake: Daughter

Paul Rusesabagina is being held in Rwanda after leaving US for Dubai

(Newser) - Paul Rusesabagina, whose story of saving more than 1,200 Rwandans during the 1994 genocide was told in Hotel Rwanda, was kidnapped, his daughter tells the New York Times . The Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient now faces terror charges in Rwanda , and his daughter says he traveled from the US,...

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Faces Terror Charges

Paul Rusesabagina, depicted as hero in 'Hotel Rwanda,' is in custody in Kigali

(Newser) - In the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina was depicted as a hero who saved more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan genocide at the hotel he managed in Kigali. George W. Bush even presented him with the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 for his humanitarian...

One of the World's 'Most Wanted' Gets Arrested

Felicien Kabuga has been accused of equipping militias in the 1994 Rwandan genocide

(Newser) - One of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, a wealthy businessman accused of supplying machetes to killers and broadcasting propaganda urging mass slaughter, has been arrested outside Paris, the AP reports. Felicien Kabuga, who had a $5 million bounty on his head, had been accused of equipping...

He Defied Lockdown to Go Fishing. A Croc Got Him

Man didn't heed 2-week shutdown in Rwanda

(Newser) - Here's an incentive to stay home: A Rwandan man who breached a nationwide lockdown to go fishing was subsequently killed by a crocodile. The man was fishing in the Nyabarongo River Wednesday morning when the crocodile attacked, Alice Kayitesi, mayor of the southern Kamonyi district, tells the BBC . Kayitesi...

Amid Ebola Crisis, a Border Closure

Access to and from Rwanda near Congolese city of Goma is now restricted

(Newser) - Last month, the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has killed more than 1,800 over the past year, was declared an international health emergency , spurring fears that neighboring nations would seal their borders. Now Rwanda has done just that, at least partly. Access between the...

The 'Gorillas in the Mist' May Be No More

Last of the gorillas observed by Dian Fossey believed dead

(Newser) - The last of the original "gorillas in the mist," a troupe observed by primatologist Dian Fossey before her death in Rwanda more than 30 years ago, is believed to have died. Though the mountain gorilla population numbered 600 in 2016, up from some 240 in 1967, per CNN...

800K People Died in 100 Days. Now, 100 Days of Mourning

Rwanda marks the beginning of the 1994 genocide

(Newser) - "In 1994, there was no hope, only darkness," Rwanda's President Paul Kagame said Sunday as he lit a flame at a genocide memorial in the country's capital. "Today, light radiates from this place." Kagame was speaking at an event launching 100 days of mourning...

24 Years After Rwanda's Genocide, a Shocking Find

Mass graves found outside the capital

(Newser) - Mass graves that authorities say could contain more than 2,000 bodies have been discovered in Rwanda nearly a quarter-century after the country's genocide, and further graves are being sought nearby. The new discovery is being called the most significant in a long time in this East African nation...

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