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2006-08-09 08:16:05

By Arthur Asiimwe KIGALI (Reuters) - A new film about Rwanda's 1994 genocide criticizes the United Nations for standing by as the slaughter unfolded, and asks if the world body has learned any lessons from the killings, its director said on Wednesday. "Shake Hands with the Devil" is based on the book by Romeo Dallaire, the former Canadian general in command of U.N. forces in Rwanda at the time who was so traumatized by his failure to stop the massacres he later tried to kill...

2006-07-20 02:55:00

KIGALI -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates has donated $900,000 to set up a training facility for health professionals working with AIDS in Africa's Great Lakes region. On a low-profile visit to Rwanda on Sunday and Monday, Gates offered the funds to set up the Center for Training and Operation Research to serve five nations: Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "Such support from well-wishers will go a long way in helping developing countries achieve much in...

2006-05-31 20:22:18

By Arthur Asiimwe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rwandan president Paul Kagame on Wednesday dismissed the Oscar-nominated drama "Hotel Rwanda" as an attempt to rewrite the history of the central African country's 1994 genocide. The 2004 film refueled world interest in the massacres, in which some 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were butchered in 100 days of killings. "Hotel Rwanda" stars Don Cheadle as Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of a luxury hotel in the Rwandan capital Kigali...

2006-05-31 20:42:10

By Arthur Asiimwe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rwandan president Paul Kagame on Wednesday dismissed the Oscar-nominated drama "Hotel Rwanda" as an attempt to rewrite the history of the central African country's 1994 genocide. The 2004 film refueled world interest in the massacres, in which some 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were butchered in 100 days of killings. "Hotel Rwanda" stars Don Cheadle as Paul Rusesabagina, the manager of a luxury hotel in the Rwandan capital Kigali...

2006-05-18 11:23:06

By Lesley Wroughton KIGALI (Reuters) - Rock star Bono on Wednesday pledged to maintain pressure on the United States and other wealthy nations to keep funds rolling for aid to Africa. In Rwanda on a six-nation tour of Africa, the U2 lead singer and activist said there were already signs the elite Group of Eight club of industrial countries were back-tracking on last year's promises to double aid to Africa by 2010. The G8 is scheduled to meet in Russia in July. Bono said he had...

2006-05-18 09:36:50

By Lesley Wroughton KIGALI (Reuters) - Rock star Bono on Wednesday pledged to maintain pressure on the United States and other wealthy nations to keep funds rolling for aid to Africa. In Rwanda on a six-nation tour of Africa, the U2 lead singer and activist said there were already signs that nations in the elite Group of Eight club of industrial countries were back-tracking on last year's promises to double aid to Africa by 2010. The G8 is scheduled to meet in Russia in July....

2006-04-16 20:11:25

By Arthur Asiimwe KIGALI (Reuters) - Three films in two years about Rwanda's genocide have shocked Western audiences with the scale and savagery of the slaughter, but many survivors in the tiny central African nation are unimpressed. They say the big-screen depictions of the carnage, when about 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were butchered in 100 days of state-sponsored killings, have got the story wrong. "My conclusion was that both movies are another Hollywood fiction...

2006-03-28 09:43:28

By Arthur Asiimwe KIGALI (Reuters) - A new film on Rwanda's genocide reduced many survivors to tears at its premiere in Kigali but President Paul Kagame said on Tuesday the movie would help to ensure memories of the mass murder were kept alive. Survivor Claudine Nyirumwiza emerged from watching the film on Monday night with tears rolling down her face. "I hate a machete. I hate seeing a machete anywhere because it reminds me the pain of slow death that my close relatives went...

2006-03-27 09:41:54

By Arthur Asiimwe KIGALI (Reuters) - A new film about the 1994 Rwandan genocide was being premiered in Kigali on Monday amid fears it was stirring up painful memories for survivors weeks ahead of the 12th anniversary of the massacre. Michael Caton-Jones, director of "Shooting Dogs," said his film, which criticizes the failure of western powers to intervene and halt the killings, was meant to give western audiences a better understanding of what happened. "The film was intended to...

2005-12-05 12:52:23

By Guled Mohammed NAIROBI (Reuters) - A strong earthquake jolted Africa's Great Lakes region on Monday, killing at least one person in Congo's remote east and rattling regional capitals. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a 6.8 magnitude quake struck near the town of Kalemie in the Democratic Republic of Congo at 1219 GMT, some 975 km (600 miles) southwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Besides Kenya and Congo, tremors were felt in Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, impoverished...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.