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Rwanda Partially Bans BBC Broadcasts over Genocide Documentary

Rwanda on Friday partially suspended BBC broadcasts over a controversial documentary on the central African country's leadership and the 1994 genocide.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA)said the BBC radio services in the local Kinyarwanda language would be blocked while the affair was investigated, but English and French programs could continue.

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Jailed Rwanda Opposition Figure Lodges Complaint with African Court

Jailed Rwandan opposition figure Victoire Ingabire has filed a complaint with the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights to demand a retrial, officials said Friday.

Ingabire was sentenced last December to 15 years in jail for "conspiracy in harming authorities through terrorism and war" and for minimizing Rwanda's 1994 genocide, in which at least 800,000 people were killed by troops and extremists of the Hutu majority.

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Rwandan Lawmakers Demand BBC Ban over 'Genocide Denial'

Rwandan lawmakers have called for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994, reports said Thursday.

"Rwanda's Untold Story", broadcast this month, highlighted growing criticism of President Paul Kagame and revived allegations that his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) -- then a rebel group, now the ruling political party -- was behind the shooting down of a plane that triggered the genocide.

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Rwanda Ends Ebola Checks on Travellers from U.S., Spain

Rwanda lifted Thursday Ebola travel restrictions on travelers who had been in the United States and Spain after the president publicly told the health minister it was not necessary.

Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho had this week ordered all travelers who had been in the United States and Spain within the past three weeks to send updates to her ministry each day they are in Rwanda.

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Rwandan Leader's Allies Seek Vote to Allow him a Third Term

A campaign for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to seek a third term has begun with allies suggesting a constitutional change to allow him to run in 2017.

Kagame, whose Rwandan Patriotic Front or RPF -- a former rebel army that helped end the 1994 genocide and is now the major political party -- was elected in 2003 and 2010 and is therefore ineligible to stand again.

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Burundi Says Bagged Bodies in Lake Mystery 'from Rwanda'

Burundi said Tuesday it was certain that bodies found floating in a lake on its border had floated downstream from neighboring Rwanda, despite repeated denials from Kigali.

The appearance of the corpses over the past several months have sparked concern in a region scarred by decades of unrest and serious rights abuses. Officials say six bodies were found, although fishermen have reported seeing as many as 10 times that number.

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Genocide Court Upholds Life Terms for Rwanda ex-Ruling Party Bosses

The U.N.-backed tribunal for Rwanda on Monday upheld the life sentences for two former heads of the ex-ruling party for genocide crimes committed in 1994.

Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, the former chairman and deputy of Rwanda's then-ruling National Revolutionary Movement for Development, had been handed life terms in 2011.

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Two Rwandan Military Figures in Court on Sedition Charges

Two prominent Rwandan military figures appeared in court on Friday to plead not guilty to charges of inciting a rebellion against the central African nation's strongman, President Paul Kagame.

The arrests of the military figures, who were once close to Kagame's inner circle, has prompted speculation of a major political crisis in the country.

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Burundi, Rwanda Urged to Investigate Bodies Found in Lake

The United States has called on Burundi and Rwanda to conduct a "thorough and impartial" probe into the appearance of several corpses in a lake bordering the two central African nations.

Officials say a total of six bound and bagged bodies have turned up in Lake Rweru over the past two months, although fishermen have reported seeing as many as 10 times that number.

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Sweden Jails Rwanda Genocide Suspect

A Swede of Rwandan origin who is suspected of involvement in the 1994 genocide was remanded in custody Thursday, while a Rwandan national was released after questioning, a prosecutor said.

"Only one of the two men has been detained, but an investigation concerning both of them is underway," Tora Holst, prosecutor in charge of the probe, told AFP.

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