‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina to be freed from prison, Rwanda government says
Rwanda’s government has commuted the sentence of Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving hundreds of countrymen from genocide but was convicted of terrorism offenses years later in a widely criticized trial.
UK still backs Rwanda deportations despite legal challenge
Britain’s immigration minister says people who arrive by unauthorized means should not be allowed to claim asylum in the U.K. Home Secretary Suella Braverman vowed to press on with a contentious plan to send some arriving asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda.
UN envoy warns Congo's M23 rebels are acting like an army
The U.N. special envoy for Congo is warning that the M23 rebel group has increasingly acted as a conventional army during escalating military action in the country’s volatile east and could threaten the U.N. peacekeeping force charged with protecting civilians.
Court refuses to stop UK from deporting migrants to Rwanda
The British government’s plan to deport asylum-seekers of various nationalities to Rwanda is set to go ahead after an appeals court on Monday refused to block the policy that the U.N.’s top refugee official said sets a dangerous precedent for migrants fleeing war and oppression.
San Antonio congressmen, Texas senator urge feds to ensure Paul Rusesabagina’s ‘safe return’ to U.S. amid trial in Rwanda
It’s almost been a full year since a United States resident living in San Antonio was tricked onto a private charter flight that ended with his arrest and imprisonment once he landed in Rwanda.
COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to African nations pick up speed
COVAX has faced delays related to the severely limited global supply of vaccine doses as well as logistical issues. Despite the various challenges, some health officials expressed jubilation as the first vaccine doses via COVAX arrived. Kenya received 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. “This first shipment of 1 million vaccines is part of an order of 3.5 million to Kenya,” UNICEF spokesman Andrew Brown told The Associated Press. Many health workers for months have been disgruntled over the inadequate supply of personal protective equipment.
The Latest: Hawaii says scarcity hinders vaccination efforts
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. He said the sites have set the vaccine doses aside and will receive replacement doses on Tuesday and Wednesday. ___TORONTO — Canadian officials say the country won’t be getting any Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine next week and 50% less than expected over the next month. U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed last week it would temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe and Canada of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity. ___JERUSALEM — Israel’s Cabinet on Tuesday extended an existing nationwide lockdown through the end of January as the country contends with a runaway surge in coronavirus cases.
A crowded mountain can make silverback gorillas more violent
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo, a silverback mountain gorilla named Segasira walks in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. A crowded mountain can make silverbacks more violent, scientists say. Mountain gorillas spend most of their time sleeping, chomping leaves and wild celery stalks, and grooming each other’s fur with long, dexterous fingers. Around that time, three large family groups splintered into multiple smaller units, and the overall population also grew. The dissolution of the larger family groups – one had included 65 individuals – was probably related to the deaths of charismatic silverback leaders, said Stoinski.
Limited COVID-19 testing? Researchers in Rwanda have an idea
Nurses collect the data of people about to get tested for COVID-19 at a testing center in the capital Kigali, Rwanda, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Like many countries, Rwanda is finding it impossible to test each of its citizens for the coronavirus amid shortages of supplies but researchers there have created an innovative approach using an algorithm to refine the process of pooled testing that's drawing attention beyond the African continent.
Sex workers lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19
Sex workers wait for clients in the red light district of Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday, June 12, 2020. The organization has been giving some sex workers food, hand sanitizer and hygiene materials and is talking with the government about budgeting aid for sex workers. Sex workers are part of the society and they deserve to live a healthy life, Kagaba said. We are engaging in unsafer sex practices because we cant be able to access prevention tools or to drugs that we are used to, Grace Kamau, a Kenya-based coordinator with the African Sex Workers Alliance, told a COVID-19 global webinar for sex workers last month. We try to mobilize food for sex workers, but they are many and we cannot feed all of them," she said.