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Lightning Strikes Rare Mountain Gorillas

4 dead in Uganda in 'big loss for species'

(Newser) - There are about 1,000 mountain gorillas left on planet Earth, and there are four fewer after a lightning strike felled the rare creatures in Uganda, reports the BBC . The three adult females, including a pregnant female, and infant male were discovered in Mgahinga National Park with "gross lesions"... More »

Nation's Law Would Bring Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Critics say revived bill in Uganda will 'fire up more hatred'

(Newser) - Africa is known for having some of the most rigid laws against homosexuality in the world, with Uganda now vying for one of the top spots on that front. Reuters reports a bill is in the works there that would resurrect a long-dormant one, with a dire punishment for gay... More »

Untrained Missionary Defends Care of Children Who Died

Uganda nonprofit cared for the malnourished

(Newser) - An American missionary is defending herself against allegations that she ran an unlicensed medical organization in Uganda that was responsible for the deaths of more than 100 children. The two women suing Renee Bach said they didn't realize she had no medical training until their children died. "Mistakes... More »

They'd Hoped to Contain Ebola in the Congo. That Plan Failed

2 have died in Uganda, and there are more suspected cases

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has called an emergency meeting Friday over an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has now made its way into Uganda. Citing Ugandan Health Ministry information, the New York Times reports that two people—a 5-year-old Congolese boy and his 50-year-old grandmother—died... More »

Kidnapped American: 'How Do I Get Them to Shoot Me?'

California woman Gayle Endicott appears on CBS This Morning

(Newser) - An American kidnapped in Uganda says she felt a human connection with her captors but also contemplated how to get herself killed. Appearing on CBS This Morning, Gayle Endicott went into detail about her 5-day April ordeal and described a moment when she, her guide, and four captors were crossing... More »

Kidnapped American Tourist Is Freed

Kimberly Sue Endicott was held in Uganda for 5 days

(Newser) - A kidnapped American tourist is safe and sound after an unexpectedly dramatic vacation. In Uganda for a safari, Kimberly Sue Endicott and her local guide were abducted at gunpoint from Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday night and held for $500,000. The Guardian says it's unclear whether money... More »

After 3 Days, California Woman Still Captive in Uganda

Kimberly Sue Endicott was kidnapped on vacation

(Newser) - Ugandan officials are negotiating for the release of a California woman and a local tour driver who were kidnapped at gunpoint in a wildlife park on Tuesday. The search has widened as well, CBS reports. Kimberly Sue Endicott and Jean-Paul Mirgene Remezo were taken by four men in Queen Elizabeth... More »

A US Tourist Was on Safari. Now, a $500K Ransom

Kimberley Sue Endecott, her driver were abducted in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park: police

(Newser) - An American woman was kidnapped at gunpoint from Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park Tuesday night, Reuters reports. Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, and her Ugandan driver were on a game drive in the safari park when four gunmen ambushed the vehicle and took them both. An elderly couple at the... More »

Kanye in Uganda: Recording in a Tent, Giving Yeezys

West and family are visiting Africa until Friday

(Newser) - Kanye West has met with Uganda's president during a visit to the East African nation and given the 74-year-old leader a pair of white sneakers. President Yoweri Museveni said he and the American rapper held "fruitful discussions" on Monday about promoting tourism and arts, reports the AP . Uganda'... More »

44 Dead as Ferry Capsizes on Lake Victoria

Not clear how many were onboard

(Newser) - At least 44 people died when after a passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, a Tanzanian official said late Thursday, and the death toll was expected to rise when rescue efforts resumed at daybreak. Thirty-seven people were rescued after the sinking Thursday afternoon, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told the... More »

Game Ranger's Toddler Eaten Alive by Leopard

Tragedy unfolded in a Uganda national park

(Newser) - A horrifying story out of Uganda, where a toddler was grabbed and eaten by a leopard Friday at the Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The 2-year-old boy's mother is a game ranger at the park and was working, and the boy was with his nanny in... More »

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 »

Uganda Dumps Refunds on Bride Prices

But grooms still have to pay the bride price to begin with

(Newser) - Uganda's top court today banned the practice of refunding bride price—normally livestock given by the groom to his bride's family—when a marriage ends in divorce. The Supreme Court agreed with activists that the practice undermines the dignity of women but it upheld the practice of paying... 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 »

Ugandan Court Declares Anti-Gay Law 'Null and Void'

Measure was passed without a quorum, court rules it illegal

(Newser) - A Ugandan court today invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. The panel of five judges on the East African country's Constitutional Court said the speaker of parliament acted... 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 »

Britain Has First Gay Weddings

New law takes effect

(Newser) - Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. Londoners Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway were among the first to tie the knot when Britain's new marriage law came into effect today. The... 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 »

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