Rwanda

Country Rwanda
Capital Kigali
Continent Africa
Currency Rwandan franc(RWF)
Languages Kinyarwanda, French & English

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In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in the genocide of roughly 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The Tutsi rebels defeated the Hutu regime and ended the killing in July 1994, but approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC; the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF tried in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009.

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Violette Uwamahoro: Rwanda court releases UK woman - BBC News
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A judge says no evidence warrants detaining the pregnant woman and frees her after five weeks in custody.
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Kagame says Israel has a right to exist, Jewish state an inspiration for post-genocide Rwanda - New Zimbabwe.com

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Kagame says Israel has a right to exist, Jewish state an inspiration for post-genocide Rwanda
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RWANDA's president Paul Kagame became the first African leader to address Washington's biggest pro-Israel forum on Sunday, hailing the Jewish state as an inspiration for his own country's rebirth after genocide. Kagame was commander of the rebel force ...
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How Rwanda can attract more investments for projects by govt and private sector - The New Times

The New Times

How Rwanda can attract more investments for projects by govt and private sector
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Rwanda is in a strong position to engage in public-private partnerships (PPPs) despite a number of gaps and challenges that still exist, a new report by World Bank indicates. According to the diagnostic report on public-private sector partnerships ...



KCB Bank Rwanda takes digital banking initiative to universities - The New Times

The New Times

KCB Bank Rwanda takes digital banking initiative to universities
The New Times
The youth should embrace financial technology to improve their quality of life and also help drive Rwanda toward a cashless economy. “In the world today, technology provides quick and affordable solutions both in a social and economic context. So ...



Top Africa stories: Zim, Tanzania, Rwanda - News24

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Top Africa stories: Zim, Tanzania, Rwanda
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Dar es Salaam - A popular Tanzanian rapper said Sunday that he had been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, seen as increasingly authoritarian and unwilling to brook any dissent. "It is true I am under arrest. Right now I ...

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World Bank boss visits Rwanda - The Independent Uganda - Independent

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World Bank boss visits Rwanda - The Independent Uganda
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Doing business in Rwanda is expected to improve with the visit of World Bank's President Jim Yong Kim. Kim arrived in Kigali on March 21 for a two-day visit and ...

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Govt drafts new policy to promote Made-in-Rwanda - The New Times

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Govt drafts new policy to promote Made-in-Rwanda
The New Times
The Ministry of Trade and Industry and East African Community Affairs has unveiled a Made-in-Rwanda policy in a bid to address issues of quality, prices, cost of production as well as link industries to suppliers. Speaking during the validation session ...



In once-torn Rwanda, fear of a fine molds a nation of do-gooders - The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel

In once-torn Rwanda, fear of a fine molds a nation of do-gooders
The Times of Israel
KIGALI, Rwanda — On the last Saturday of every month, silence blankets this African country for four hours. The ubiquitous motorcycle taxis that stream across the city are gone. Stores are shuttered, streets emptied. It feels like Yom Kippur in Israel.



Kenya dominates as Rwanda falters at 2017 IAAF World XC ... - The New Times

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Kenya dominates as Rwanda falters at 2017 IAAF World XC ...
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Yet again it was a Kenyan affair at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships as they dominated the 42nd edition that took place on Sunday at the ...

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Better Late Than Never: Pope Francis Apologises for Church's Role ... - The Wire

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Better Late Than Never: Pope Francis Apologises for Church's Role ...
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The apology promises to open a significant chapter for rapprochement and accountability in a country that hasn't yet recovered from the tragedy.
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