Go home, Tanzanian President tells Burundian refugees

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Refugees in Tanzania must go home, President John Magufuli said on Friday, a week after officials began mass repatriations of Burundians despite concerns that they may face political persecution. Tanzanian officials have said that all repatriations will be voluntary but Magufuli warned in his speech that refugees in

Turkish military, Syrian rebel forces to cross into Syria ‘shortly’: Erdogan’s aide

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish forces, together with the rebel Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border “shortly”, President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said early on Wednesday, as a surprise withdrawal of U.S. troops made way for the Turkish incursion. FILE PHOTO: Turkish army howitzers are positioned on the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town

UPDATE 1-Nearly 600 Burundian refugees head home as mass repatriation starts

(Updates with refugee quotes) NAIROBI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Burundian refugees who returned home on Thursday say they left camps in Tanzania because women are often raped when they go looking for firewood and because Tanzanian police have beaten and arrested men. Reuters interviewed 10 of the 590 refugees who returned, the first batch transported

Uganda detains supporters of presidential hopeful over banned red berets

KAMPALA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Ugandan security personnel on Thursday detained six supporters of pop star and presidential hopeful Bobi Wine for wearing red berets, a banned symbol of his “People Power” pressure group, a spokesman for the movement said. Wine, 37, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has rattled the government since becoming a

INSIGHT-Congo mine deploys digital weapons in fight against conflict minerals

* Companies need to show they use ‘clean’ minerals * Most traceability schemes now are paper based * New system deploys digital scanners to track minerals By Aaron Ross and Barbara Lewis RUBAYA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 1 (Reuters) – In a small shack overlooking muddy pits hewn out of eastern Congo’s rolling green

Singer attacked with paint at pro-Hong Kong democracy rally in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho was attacked on Sunday by a masked man who threw red paint at her at a rally in Taiwan held in support of anti-government protests in Hong Kong. FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong pro-democracy singer Denise Ho performs at a free concert after Lancome, the face-cream

Ukraine official says any investigation would be transparent: report

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy delivers a speech during the Yalta European Strategy (YES) annual meeting in Kiev, Ukraine September 13, 2019. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo KIEV (Reuters) – An aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was quoted on Monday as saying any investigation in Ukraine would be conducted transparently, after

U.S. sanctions former Ugandan police boss for rights violations

KAMPALA, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury has frozen all assets in the United States owned by the former inspector general of Ugandan police, Kale Kayihura, accusing him of engaging in serious human rights abuses in the East African nation. Kayihura, who served in that post from 2005 to March 2018 when he was

Ugandan leader calls for eye-for-an-eye-style sentences after nephew murdered

KAMPALA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he wants courts to hand out eye-for-an-eye-style sentences for all murder convicts, to help stem soaring violent crime that claimed the life of his nephew last week. From killings to violent robberies and kidnappings for ransom, crime has been surging in recent years in