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East Africa Doesn't Want 'Clothes of Dead White People' Anymore

And the US isn't happy about it

(Newser) - Seventy percent of donated second-hand clothing ends up in Africa, and a number of African nations are tired of it, the New York Times reports. Last year, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, and Kenya raised import tariffs on what Kenyans call the "clothes of dead white people" so... More »

Hippos in Danger Because of Desire for Their Teeth

Mismanagement in trade of hippo teeth a bad sign: researchers

(Newser) - It isn't only elephants that are suffering from humans' insatiable thirst for ivory. A new study notes hippopotamuses, already predicted by some to disappear within 100 years, may be dying at unexpected rates to fuel the trade of ivory ornaments made from hippo teeth. Since 1975, 1.7 million... More »

Ebola-Like Fever Hits Uganda

99 people have been quarantined after a man dies from Marburg virus

(Newser) - At least 99 people have been quarantined in four different locations in Uganda so far after State House Uganda confirmed a man died this week of the Marburg virus—a type of hemorrhagic fever that's strikingly similar to Ebola, CNN reports. Many of the individuals now in isolation are... More »

Scientists Ready to Test 'Super Banana' on Humans

Fruit could save lives through vitamin A

(Newser) - Vitamin A deficiency kills hundreds of thousands of children worldwide; hundreds of thousands more go blind, says a researcher. That's why his team has developed a "super banana" it aims to grow in Uganda by 2020. Cooking bananas are an East African staple, so Prof. James Dale and... More »

Anti-Gay Law Is Costing Uganda

US cuts aid, imposes visa restrictions, and more

(Newser) - Uganda's harsh new anti-gay law —which makes "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by life in prison—is costing the country: The US yesterday cut aid to Uganda over it, and didn't stop there. It slapped visa restrictions on Ugandans believed by the US to have been involved in... More »

US Hunt for Joseph Kony Heats Up

Obama to send aircraft, 150 special ops forces to Uganda

(Newser) - A viral video campaign may not have turned up a warlord accused of murder, rape, and kidnapping in central Africa, but the White House is hoping a ramped up effort by the United States will. The Washington Post reports that President Obama has ordered a strengthened US presence in Uganda—... More »

Uganda Tabloid Names 200 'Top' Homosexuals

List appears day after anti-gay law signed

(Newser) - Yesterday, Uganda's president made "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by life in prison ; today, a tabloid has printed a list of Ugandans it says are gay. The Red Pepper headline reads, "EXPOSED! Uganda's 200 Top Homos Named," per CNN . The AP adds that the list, which was... More »

Ugandan Lawmakers OK Life Sentence for Gays

It's also a crime not to report homosexuals

(Newser) - Ugandan lawmakers today overwhelmingly approved what would be one of the harshest anti-gay laws in the world. Homosexual acts were already illegal in Uganda, but now anyone caught committing this crime twice will be imprisoned for life, the AFP reports. The first draft of the law called for the death... More »

Crowdfunding Goal: Find Joseph Kony

Adventurer Robert Young Pelton wants to film expedition

(Newser) - Big bureaucracies aren't the ones we should trust to track down the world's evildoers, says Canadian adventurer and writer Robert Young Pelton: Instead, we should leave it to him: Young has established a website to raise $450,000 in an effort to track down Joseph Kony , the Ugandan... More »

Uganda Stops Looking for Kony

Suspends search after CAR coup

(Newser) - Jason Russell's naked meltdown didn't stop the hunt for Joseph Kony, but a Central African coup has—at least temporarily. Uganda has suspended its 3,000-troop-strong search for Africa's most wanted warlord following the recent rebel takeover of Central African Republic, Reuters reports. "These rebels... More »

Uganda: 3 Dead in New Ebola Outbreak

5 more cases suspected

(Newser) - A new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has claimed three lives in the capital city of Kampala, with two of the dead hailing from the same family, Uganda's health minister announced today. Reuters reports that five more people suspected to have contracted the virus are being watched, with... More »

Uganda Gov't Announces 'Christmas Gift': Anti-Gay Law

It would punish anyone who promotes gay rights

(Newser) - The speaker of Uganda's parliament has promised a "Christmas gift" to the country's conservative Christian clerics: one of the world's harshest anti-gay laws. Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda, but the bill the speaker has vowed to pass before the end of the year bans... More »

US-Funded African Armies Slaughtering Elephants

Poaching is at its highest level in decades

(Newser) - Elephant poaching in Africa is at its highest level in decades, and American taxpayer dollars are helping to fund the frenzied slaughter, the New York Times finds. Soldiers from US-trained and funded armies in Uganda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been implicated in poaching and ivory... More »

Little League World Series: Africa Sends First Team

Uganda probably won't win, but the underdogs are crowd favorites

(Newser) - The Little League World Series is under way in Pennsylvania, and al-Jazeera writer Cath Turner takes note of a milestone this year: Uganda is playing, the first time a team from Africa has made the tourney in its 66-year history. The boys from Lugazi lost their opener in the double-elimination... More »

Ebola Spread at Baby's Funeral

New cases suspected at Ugandan prison

(Newser) - The Ebola outbreak gripping western Uganda spread widely at the funeral of the first known victim, a 3-month-old girl whose mother also died, according to Doctors Without Borders. Of the 65 people who attended the baby's funeral, 15 contracted the deadly disease and at least 11 of them have... More »

14 Dead in Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

Still no cure or vaccine for deadly hemorrhagic fever

(Newser) - Ebola is back. Health officials have confirmed that a deadly virus that killed 14 people in western Uganda earlier this month is a new "outbreak of Ebola," reports the AP . "Laboratory investigations done at the Uganda Virus Research Institute ... have confirmed that the strange disease reported in... More »

Biggest Problem in Hunt for Kony: It Hasn't Begun

Just 2.5K troops when 5K were planned

(Newser) - The African Union’s hunt for Joseph Kony hasn’t started yet, because it’s missing some very important resources: troops and equipment. Ugandan Col. Dick Olum, who is heading up the hunt for the warlord, tells the AP there are only 2,000 Ugandan soldiers and 500 South Sudanese... More »

Uganda Bans 38 'Pro-Gay' Agencies

Says NGOs are encouraging kids to be homosexual

(Newser) - Uganda plans to kick out 38 nongovernmental organizations over their alleged support for gay rights, say officials there. "Some NGOs, under the pretext of providing social services, are receiving funds to promote homosexuality," its ethics minister says. "We will ask them to step aside and stop pretending... More »

Nodding Disease Strikes Uganda, Confounds World

No answers to affliction that causes retardation, stunts growth

(Newser) - It's called the "nodding disease," a mysterious ailment in East Africa that attacks only children, striking the brain and nervous system, stunting growth, causing seizures and mental retardation, reports the New York Times . It first appeared in the 1960s, but was often misdiagnosed until recently. Found from... More »

Uganda Nabs Top Kony Crony

Caesar Acellam was LRA's top military strategist

(Newser) - Ugandan forces today captured a senior commander of Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, reports the BBC . Caesar Acellam is Kony's top military strategist, notes the AP , though he was not indicted alongside Kony by the ICC in 2005. "He is in good condition," says a... More »

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