Kagame critic cleared by Rwandan high court
08 December 2018 | 11:08 am
Diane Rwigara, a high-profile critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was cleared on Thursday of charges including inciting insurrection and forgery.
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The first deportation from the UK to Rwanda has been grounded after a European Court of Human Rights ruling.
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Burkina Faso's leader, Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba traveled to Seytenga on Wenesday to visit people who survived an attack that reportedly killed over 100 people over the weekend. Soldiers have recovered 79 bodies so far after the attack in the northern Seno province, the government said on Tuesday, as new details of the assault emerged.
Rwanda is gearing up host the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting from June 20-25 in the capital Kigali. The East African country, which has dropped French in favour of English in schools, wants to use the summit to promote its tourism and hospitality sector. But NGOs that are highly critical of Rwanda's human rights record hope to put this aspect in the spotlight during the event. Our correspondents report.
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