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Parliament in Kampala appeared to have dropped plans to debate an anti-gay bill yesterday after a global outcry.

Uganda drops anti-gay bill

Uganda's parliament appeared to have dropped plans to debate a controversial anti-gay bill after a global outcry from US leaders, rights groups and an internet campaign.

Ugandan MPs drop demand for execution of homosexuals

Proponents of anti-gay legislation being introduced in Uganda look set to lose the battle to introduce the death sentence for what they describe as "aggravated homosexuality".

Uganda politicians hold hearings on anti-gay bill

A Ugandan parliament committee today held a second day of hearings on a controversial anti-gay bill that attracted international condemnation for its harsh penalties. Politicians indicated the bill could be voted on this week.

Ugandan rioting leaves one dead, 64 wounded

Soldiers and police fired at rioters who burned tyres in central Kampala yesterday, with at least one person killed as Uganda's growing protest movement reached the capital for the first time.

Ugandan opposition leader arrested at protest

The opposition leader Kizza Besigye was dragged from his car at gunpoint by police yesterday and thrown into a pick-up truck during a fifth round of protests against high food and fuel prices.

Death penalty for gays may be dropped, says Ugandan MP

A Ugandan MP behind an anti-gay Bill that has attracted worldwide condemnation said yesterday that the most controversial part of the legislation – the death penalty provision – was likely to be dropped.

Tullow sues ex-partner Heritage Oil for $313m

Heritage oil has been hit by a $313m (£193m) lawsuit by its former partner in Uganda, Tullow Oil. Tullow claims it is owed the money to cover taxes it paid on the oilfields it purchased from the Jersey-based company in 2010.

Ugandan police shoot opposition leader during protest march

Military police officers shot Uganda's top opposition politician yesterday and fired tear gas into a hospital during demonstrations against rising fuel and food prices.

Uganda: MPs arrested over fuel price protests

Two leading Ugandan opposition figures and several members of parliament were arrested yesterday during a "walk to work" in protest at high fuel and food prices. Kizza Besigye and Norbert Mao, who were second and third behind President Yoweri Museveni in last month's presidential election, were arrested in the capital, Kampala.

Ugandan secret police unit accused of torture

An international rights group says a secretive Ugandan police unit frequently operates outside the law, tortures people and in some cases kills suspects. Police deny the report, saying it is exaggerated.

Ugandan police break up 'sham poll' protest

Police in the capital, Kampala, used tear gas and fired shots in the air to disperse a crowd who were protesting against President Yoweri Museveni's election victory last month.

Video: International Women's Day, Florence Apuri, champion of women's rights

ActionAid campaigner, Florence Apuri, talks about her experiences of being abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and how this traumatic experience led her to becoming a champion for women's rights in Uganda.

53 African Union peacekeepers killed in Somalia offensive

More than 50 African Union peacekeepers have died in fighting in Somalia since a major offensive against Islamist militants began two weeks ago, officials said yesterday.

Ugandan leader wins again, but critics say vote was fraudulent

Uganda's long-serving President, Yoweri Museveni, has won another term in office, the country's election commission said yesterday, but the main opposition leader claimed the vote was fraudulent and vowed to reject the results.

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