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Last King of Rwanda Dies in US Exile

King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa lived his older years in 'impoverished obscurity'

(Newser) - Kigeli V Ndahindurwa—the last king of Rwanda, who only sat on the throne for two years (more than a year of that time in exile)—died Sunday morning at the age of 80, the BBC and Foreign Policy report. "He was a devout and dedicated believer and the... More »

Rwandan Hospitals in Need of Blood Get New Lifeline: Drones

US company Zipline begins deliveries

(Newser) - A US-based drone startup has found a humanitarian market for its services: hospitals in remote areas of Rwanda. The startup, Zipline, has begun making deliveries of blood and other medical supplies via the air, a much faster method than navigating the hilly country's network of slow and windy roads,... More »

After 21 Years, Rwandan Genocide Fugitive Found

Ladislas Ntaganzwa was arrested in eastern Congo

(Newser) - Interpol agents arrested a Rwandan with a $5 million bounty on his head who is among the most wanted for the 1994 genocide, officials said Thursday. Ladislas Ntaganzwa was arrested in the eastern Congo city of Goma late Monday, according to Rwandan Prosecutor General Richard Muhumuza. Ntaganzwa is among the... More »

War Crimes Suspect Walks Into Maine

Rwandan believed to have been complicit in massacre is arrested near Canada border

(Newser) - A man suspected of involvement in the Rwandan genocide was arrested in a Maine town after apparently strolling over the nearby Canadian border. Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, is now in US custody and expected to be shipped back to Rwanda. In 2011, Teganya was ordered deported from Canada after a... More »

300 Secret Cables Reveal Major Rwanda Missteps

US, UN pulled back, allowing genocide to unfold

(Newser) - Newly declassified cables from 1994 show that with Rwanda poised on the brink of genocide, world leaders were anxious to get UN peacekeeping forces out of the country as quickly as possible, reports the New York Times . They did so, and an estimated 800,000 people were massacred in 100... More »

Explosive Methane Lake Becoming a Power Source

US company building plant that could almost double Rwanda's energy supply

(Newser) - A US company and the Rwandan government think they can turn an infamous lake from a time bomb into a power battery. Lake Kivu is loaded with a mix of methane and carbon dioxide that, if disturbed, could cause a disastrous explosion or "lake overturn," sending waves of... More »

Newly Found Praying Mantis Is a 'Vicious' Hunter

At least the females, anyway

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered a new species of praying mantis in a Rwandan forest with a unique trait: The females have no wings and are "vicious hunters" who scour the forest undergrowth for prey, reports LiveScience . In fact, they're so good at it that the new species name translates... More »

Rwanda in Mourning, for a Week

Country marks 20 years since genocide began

(Newser) - Rwanda has launched a week of national mourning to mark the anniversary of the genocide that began 20 years ago today when the country's president's plane was shot down. At a ceremony today, President Paul Kagame will light a torch that will burn for 100 days—the length... More »

Fighters Sneak Into Congo Disguised as Women

First heavy fighting in months begins soon afterward

(Newser) - Heavy fighting over the last two days in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed the lives of more than 100 anti-government rebels and about a dozen Congo soldiers, reports the Voice of America . It's notable for two reasons: The more important one is that it's the first... More »

Why an African King Lives on Public Assistance in Virginia

Rwanda's last royal ruler still yearns to reunite his nation

(Newser) - Figure the last king of Rwanda is living on a swanky estate somewhere in Africa? Try again: Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, who ruled from 1959-61, has spent years living in low-income housing in Virginia, where he likes watching wrestling on TV and handing out candies to kids, reports the Washingtonian . But... More »

Rwandan Woman Loses US Citizenship Over Genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi lied over her family's role, says New Hampshire jury

(Newser) - A small window into the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has played out in a New Hampshire courtroom, resulting in the loss of US citizenship for a woman who came here after the massacre. A jury ruled that Beatrice Munyenyezi, 43, covered up the role she and her family played in... More »

Hundreds of Rwandans Protest Genocide Verdict

They accuse UN court of going easy on alleged mass killers

(Newser) - Hundreds of Rwandans marched today on the offices of the United Nations tribunal set up to try key cases related to Rwanda's 1994 genocide, to protest the court's decision to acquit two former cabinet ministers accused of masterminding killings. The protesters, bearing placards denouncing the Arusha, Tanzania-based International... More »

All-Out War Looms in Congo

Strategic city now held by M23

(Newser) - A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda seized the strategic provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo yesterday in a development that threatens to spark a new regional war. Explosions and machine-gun fire rocked the city of more than a million people as the M23 rebels pushed forward... More »

Congo Massacres Claim Hundreds: Report

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls killings 'beyond comprehension'

(Newser) - Hundreds of civilians, most of them women and children, appear to have been massacred by rival armed factions in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay revealed today. While Pillay said that reports were still being verified, she added that "the sheer... More »

Rwanda, Congo OK Border Army to Hunt Rebels

African nations set differences aside at summit

(Newser) - Presidents of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo mended fences today by agreeing on an international force to hunt down rebels in the Congo's chaotic borderlands, Reuters reports. Rwanda's Paul Kagame and the Congo's Joseph Kabila signed the surprising agreement at an African Union summit in... More »

Best, Worst Places to Be Female

Iceland, Rwanda, and Norway top the Independent's 'best' list

(Newser) - With International Women's Day coming up Thursday, should we weep or rejoice? While British women will likely face 14 more elections before women equal men in Parliament, women in Qatar are far more likely to attend university than men. That said, the Independent picked its best and worse nations... More »

NH Woman Faces Trial for Aiding Rwanda Genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi lied her way into US, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A jury in New Hampshire will soon be hearing weeks of graphic testimony about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Beatrice Munyenyezi, who came to the US in 1995, is accused of lying about her role in the slaughter on her refugee and citizenship applications. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old woman was... More »

Rwandan Gets Life Sentence in 1994 Massacre

Hague court rules he took part in Hutu slaughter of Tutsis

(Newser) - A Dutch appeals court has convicted a Rwandan Hutu man of war crimes and sentenced him to life in prison for taking part in a massacre of Tutsis sheltering in a church during his country's 1994 genocide. The Hague Court of Appeal reversed Joseph Mpambara's acquittal by a... More »

Rwandan Woman Is First Ever Convicted of Genocide

Pauline Nyiramasuhuko and son Arsene Ntahobali found guilty in UN court

(Newser) - The UN Court trying suspects of the 1994 Rwanda genocide found a female former government minister and her son guilty of war crimes today and gave both life sentences, marking the first time a woman has been convicted of genocide. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwanda's former minister for family and women... More »

Rwandan War Criminal Nabbed in Congo

UN confirms arrest of fugitive Bernard Munyagishari after 17 years

(Newser) - It's a rough day to be a war criminal. Bernard Munyagishari, a driving force behind the campaign of mass rape and genocide that ripped Rwanda apart, has been caught after 17 years on the run, confirms the UN. The former Hutu militia leader was arrested in the neighboring Democratic... More »

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