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Rwandan senate elects new president

KIGALI, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's Senate on Thursday elected new president following a swearing-in ceremony of 20 new senators.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame officiated the ceremony held at the parliamentary building in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, sitting along with the outgoing Senate president Bernard Makuza, Chief Justice Sam Rugege and Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente at the platform.

Members of the two parliamentary chambers, the 26-member Senate and the 80-member lower house Chamber of Deputies were seated.

Verbal autopsies used in push to better track global deaths

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — One afternoon last month, a young woman with a tablet computer sat next to Alphonsine Umurerwa on the living room couch, asking questions, listening carefully.

She learned that the woman’s 23-year-old daughter, Sandrine Umwungeri, had been very sick for about a year, gradually becoming so weak she stopped leaving their tin-roofed home in a hilly section of Rwanda’s capital city. The family thought she had malaria.

Medicines from a local pharmacy didn’t help. In March, she died.

Rwanda welcomes first group of African refugees from Libya

27 September 2019; AFP: A group of 66 African refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Kigali from Libya, the UN said, the first in what could be thousands of people being helped to flee the conflict-torn country.

The move follows a pledge by President Paul Kagame in 2017 to offer a "home" to Africans after reports emerged of the torture, sexual violence and forced labour they suffer in Libya.

100 Corpses Of 1994 Rwandan Genocide Discovered In Kigali

KIGALI, Rwanda, Sept 25 (NNN-XINHUA) – Local Rwandan residents, discovered 100 corpses of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in the capital city Kigali, a local official said.

Residents have started retrieving the unidentified corpses in Nyarugenge district, a suburb of Kigali, since Friday, after getting information from a genocide survivor, who lived in the area during the 100-day tragedy, an executive secretary of Rwezamenyo Stella Mbabazi told Xinhua.

Rwanda buries remains of nearly 85,000 genocide victims

5 May 2019; DW: In a ceremony in Kigali on Saturday, the remains of 84,437 people murdered in the Rwandan genocide were laid to rest at the Nyanza Genocide Memorial.

The burial came a month after the country commemorated the 25th anniversary of the massacre. The newly found victims were among more than 800,000 people, mostly belonging to the Tutsi minority ethnic group, who were massacred over 100 days by Hutu extremists and militia forces bent on eradicating them.

Macron orders probe into France's role in Rwanda genocide

5 Apr 2019; DW: French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday announced the creation of a commission tasked with investigating France's role in the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

The presidency tapped several historians and researchers for the commission, saying they "will be tasked with consulting all France's archives relating to the genocide … in order to analyze the role and engagement of France during that period."

China a sincere partner for African countries: Rwandan experts

KIGALI, July 25 (Xinhua) -- China remains a sincere partner for most of African countries, Rwandan experts told Xinhua in recent interviews.

China and Rwanda enjoy a long history of friendship and fruitful cooperation in various sectors such as business, health, education, tourism, infrastructure, said Ismael Buchanan, Dean of the School of Economics and Governance at the University of Rwanda.

Chinese president arrives in Rwanda for state visit

KIGALI, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here on Sunday for a state visit to Rwanda, the first by a Chinese head of state to the African country.

Upon their arrival, Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were warmly received by Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his wife Jeannette Kagame.

At the airport, a group of local people in colorful clothes with distinctive ethnic features performed dances and beat drums to greet the honored Chinese guests.

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