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French prosecutors move to drop probe into 1994 Rwanda presidential attack

PARIS: French prosecutors have requested the dismissal of a probe into the deadly 1994 attack on former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, which sparked the country's genocide, according to legal papers seen by AFP Saturday. The long-running probe has been a major source of tension between the two countries following accusations that a Tutsi militia headed by current Rwandan President Paul Kagame was responsible for the attack on the plane in April 1994. In a statement dated October 10, prosecutors demanded that…

India’s Modi donates 200 cows

KIGALI: For centuries China has used gifts of giant pandas to foreign countries as a soft power diplomacy tool. But India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has staked a claim to the concept of "cattle diplomacy". During a visit to Rwanda on Tuesday, Modi donated 200 cows -- considered sacred in India -- to poor residents of Rweru model village, south of the capital Kigali. The gesture builds on a Rwandan government scheme called "Girinka" which since 2006 has contributed cattle to poor rural families in an effort to combat…

Rwanda gets first cricket stadium

KIGALI: Rwanda's first cricket stadium was inaugurated Saturday by President Paul Kagame as a permanent home for developing the sport in the country. Gahanga Cricket Stadium in the capital Kigali is built on a 4.5 hectare (11 acre) ground and cost $1.3 million (1.1 million euros), the majority of the funds raised by international cricket players eager to see the game take off in Rwanda. The Rwandan Cricket Stadium Foundation was set up by Alby Shale, the son of a late British politician and cricket lover who visited…

Nigeria compares Myanmar crisis to Bosnia and Rwanda

NEW YORK: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari urged fellow leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to condemn Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people. Comparing the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine province to the massacres in Bosnia in 1995 and Rwanda in 1994, the leader of Africa's most populous nation declared: "The international community cannot remain silent." More than 420,000 people have fled violence in Rakhine, which Buhari said bears the hallmarks of a "state-backed program of brutal…

World urged to scrap super greenhouse gases at Rwanda summit

KIGALI, RWANDA: Hopes were high on Friday that world envoys meeting in Rwanda will agree to phase out potent gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners that are among the biggest contributors to global warming. US officials said the mood was positive, but there was still horse-trading to be done, with wildcard India pushing for the gases to be phased out from 2031, while others were arguing for 2021. US Secretary of State John Kerry met with delegations from India and China, both major producers of hydrofluorocarbons…

In Rwanda, a phone text can save a baby

KIGALI: Using an old mobile phone, health worker Floride Uwinkesha logs the latest local pregnancy, part of efforts in Rwanda to boost maternal health through a monitoring programme in isolated rural areas.