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Uganda, Rwanda presidents agree to cease hostilities

The leaders of Uganda and Rwanda agreed on Wednesday to re-open the border between the two countries following a summit mediated in Angola, ending months of tensions that raised fears …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 7:21 a.m.

‘Now we are in coffee land’: Deborah Di Bernardo travels to Rwanda in search of industry’s next big bean

As the owner of Roast House Coffee in North Spokane and First Avenue Coffee downtown, Deborah Di Bernardo is not only judging on taste, consistency and freshness. She also is …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Endangered rhinos ready to be sent from Europe to Rwanda

Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos from wildlife parks in three European countries are ready to be transported back to their natural habitat in Rwanda, where the entire rhino population …


In Rwanda, mountain gorilla treks spur country’s renewal effort

I had come to Rwanda with my college roommate to celebrate a big birthday on a trip years in the making. We had dreamed about venturing to Volcanoes National Park …


Genocide survivor, WSU crop scientist plants seeds of hope

Cedric Habiyaremye was 7 years old when his family fled their home in Gafunzo, Rwanda, in the spring of 1994. He remembers hiding, being chased, as his family headed toward …


25 years after genocide, can Rwanda heal? 6 villages try

A quarter century after the 1994 genocide that killed 75 percent of the country’s ethnic Tutsis, Rwanda has six “reconciliation villages”, where genocide survivors and perpetrators live alongside each other.


Rwanda frees opposition leader, 2,100 others from prison

A prominent Rwandan opposition leader walked free on Saturday after the government approved the early release of more than 2,100 prisoners with little explanation.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 5:04 p.m.

Rwandans shocked by discovery of genocide-era mass graves

Mass graves that authorities say could contain more than 2,000 bodies have been discovered in Rwanda nearly a quarter-century after the country’s genocide, and further graves are being sought nearby.


Trump praises African leader after White House dustup

President Donald Trump sought to mend relations Friday with a key African leader in the aftermath of his controversial comments about African nations, praising the U.S. partnership with Rwanda along …


Rwanda-backed report alleges France’s role in 1994 genocide

A new report commissioned by Rwanda’s government accuses France of supplying weapons and protection to the perpetrators of its 1994 genocide in which over 800,000 people were killed, deepening a …


Rwanda offers to shelter African migrants abused in Libya

Rwanda is offering to host some, perhaps thousands, of the African migrants whose reported abuse in Libya has led to international expressions of revulsion.


Christine M. Flowers: Cheering Trump’s honest U.N. speech

Clearly, no one expected Obama-style smoothness from this president, but they were probably not expecting him to take on the U.N. record of human rights with deadly accuracy, either.


From Rwanda to Spokane: Couple reunified after two years apart

Khalfani Ramadani and his wife, Josephine, were reunified in Spokane this week. It was the first time they’d seen each other in the two years since Ramadani came to the …


Rwanda: Police question former presidential hopeful Rwigara

Rwandan police say they are questioning a former presidential hopeful who is suspected of forgery and tax evasion.


In Rwanda, 7 people killed by crocodiles amid dry spell

Residents in Rwanda’s capital say seven people have been killed by crocodiles on the banks of Nyabarongo River this month.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Rwandans vote in election that president calls ‘a formality’

Rwandans voted in an election Friday that the country’s longtime president was widely expected to win, while the foreign minister mocked the head of Human Rights Watch and asked if …


Rwandan academic gets life in jail for 1994 genocide

A prominent Rwandan academic has been sentenced to life in jail after being convicted of genocide, officials said Saturday.


Prosecutor: Denial of Yugoslav and Rwanda war crimes widespread

The chief prosecutor of war crimes in former Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda warned Wednesday that denial of these crimes is now widespread and efforts are underway to rewrite history.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwanda genocide

Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness for the “sins and failings of the church and its members” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, and told Rwanda’s president that he hoped his apology …


Spokane-based medical team heals hearts in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda – The youngest of the patients was dangling his legs off the side of his bed. The white coats were taking up most of the room, seven or …


Mom joining ministry in Rwanda, taking kids with her

Heather Bennett’s new job comes with a lot of change. It’s in a different country on another continent, in a different business and she’ll be surrounded by people who speak …


Local health care providers encounter resilience on mission

A reluctant traveler has a chance meeting with a doctor a half a world away and a medical mission is born. That’s the story behind Healing Hearts Northwest, a group …


16 heart patients get new lease on life

KIGALI, Rwanda – Felicite Mukarubuga’s hands trembled as she took the pen and consent forms. The 22-year-old Rwandan woman listened while Dr. Hal Goldberg of Spokane Cardiology thoroughly explained a …


Medical team taking expertise to Rwanda

In their own way, a team of a 45 medical professionals from Spokane will embark on a mission of medical and moral repayment when they travel to Rwanda later this …


Rwandan doctors seek new ideas

Rwandans can now count Spokane doctors and health care workers among their extended family. Teams of surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals have traveled to the central African country during …


Replacing genocide with hope

The memories, good and bad, came flooding back to Carl and Teresa Wilkens last week upon their return to Rwanda, a verdant place they once called home before the streets …


Efforts against genocide garner acclaim

A Spokane professor and author of a book on the psychology of genocide is one of 20 persons nationwide to receive a fellowship to build local awareness of global atrocities. …