Life and Style The Google doodle celebrating Dian Fossey's 82nd birthday on 16 January 2014

Google has celebrated the 82nd birthday of late American zoologist Dian Fossey with a Doodle on its search page.

UN Congo report edited to 'tone down' attacks

The United Nations has toned down a report detailing hundreds of gruesome attacks against civilians in Congo over a 10-year period but has left intact the suggestion that Rwanda's army may have committed genocide there in the 1990s.

UN reports over 500 rapes in eastern Congo

The United Nations reported yesterday that more than 500 systematic rapes were committed by armed combatants in eastern Congo since late July — more than double the number previously reported — and accepted partial responsibility for not protecting citizens.

Rwanda threatens to withdraw peacekeepers

Rwanda threatened to withdraw its troops from United Nations peacekeeping operations if the world body publishes a report accusing the Rwandan army of committing possible genocide in Congo in the 1990s, Rwanda's foreign minister said in a letter sent to the UN.

How did rebels rape 200 women just miles from UN base in Congo?

Agency condemns attack but struggles to justify costly mission in North Kivu that was powerless to stop wave of sexual violence

UN was unaware of Congo mass rapes, says envoy

The top UN envoy in Congo said two peacekeeping patrols were not informed by villagers that mass rapes were taking place and the United Nations is now working to improve communications and prevent any recurrence.

Kagame heads for landslide victory in Rwanda

Rwandan President Paul Kagame moved towards a second seven-year term yesterday after preliminary results gave the war veteran 93 per cent of the vote in more than a third of the country's districts.

Britain urged to use influence to get tough on Rwanda

Aid payments must be used to pressure regime over civil rights abuses, says charity

Queues to vote in Kigali but change is not on ballot

Voters queued from dawn to cast their votes in the mountainous central African nation yesterday. But the Rwandan poll is the latest in a series of African elections where the outcome has been carefully pre-arranged.

Leading article: The UK has influence in Rwanda. We should use it

While Britain has been busy accepting its diminished influence on world affairs recently, this new humility should not be falsely extended to Rwanda. The UK remains the largest single donor to the government in Kigali, a contribution that President Paul Kagame, who was expected to win re-election convincingly yesterday, cannot afford to ignore.

Facing life in jail, the woman who dared to take on Paul Kagame

Stability in Rwanda is based on political repression, opposition leader Victoire Ingabire tells Daniel Howden

Minister accuses rival of links to terrorism

Rwanda's foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo had an unusually – for a politician – blunt answer when The Independent asked her about Victoire Ingabire's allegations this week.

Senior politician found hacked to death in Rwanda

The deputy leader of Rwanda's Green Party was found murdered yesterday amid a crackdown against opposition organisations before next month's presidential elections.

Editor's murder 'approved by Rwandan President'

From a safe house, journalist who survived assassination attempt tells Daniel Howden the truth about Paul Kagame's rule

Vincent Magombe: Britain must help defuse the situation – before it's too late

It's quite common to think of Rwanda as being split into Hutus and Tutsis – but the truth is much more complicated. It might have been the case in 1994, when Tutsis united in self-defence. Today, though, the picture is different.

Spike in violence ahead of Rwanda poll

Former US President Bill Clinton presented Rwanda's leader with a global citizen award last autumn and lauded him for freeing the minds of his people.

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