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Uganda readies for tense presidential polls, but few doubt winner

Kanpala - As the only female presidential candidate in Uganda, a male-dominated country where the leader is eyeing a fourth decade in power, Maureen Kyalya admits the odds are stacked against her.

Into Zika's heart: The Ugandan forest where virus was found

Lira - Down winding paths through dense jungles, Gerald Mukisa kicks up the dry leaves noisily with his feet to provide warning sounds, noting that the late afternoon heat is "snake time".The forest is calm.

Uganda media intimidated ahead of presidential polls: HRW

Kanpala - Government intimidation of journalists and activists in Uganda is having a "chilling effect" on free speech ahead of elections next month, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Uganda president urges voters to re-elect the 'old man'

Kanpala - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he needs more time to develop the country as he looks to enter a fourth decade in power, urging voters to re-elect the "old man.

Uganda presidential rivals fear election violence

Kanpala - Ugandan political candidates raised fears Saturday of violence ahead of presidential polls next month, with accusations of police brutality and claims opposition groups are organising militia forces.

Virus linked to newborn brain shrinkage rampages beyond Brazil

Until this year, Brazil had few cases of microcephaly, a debilitating and ultimately deadly disorder in which newborns are born with abnormally small brains. Then the country recorded almost 3,000 cases after reporting less than 200 cases in 2014.

Burundi rivals hold peace talks in Uganda

Kanpala - Rival Burundi factions held talks in Uganda on Monday, resuming long-stalled negotiations aimed at ending months of violence that raised fears of a return to civil war.

Burundi rivals head for Uganda peace talks

Kanpala - Rival Burundi factions travelled to Uganda on Sunday ahead of talks aimed at ending months of violence, diplomats said, as the African Union pushes the government to accept a peacekeeping force.

Pope honours Christian martyrs on landmark Africa tour

Kanpala - Large crowds of Ugandans greeted Pope Francis on Saturday as he held a mass youth rally and honoured martyred Christians on his landmark trip to Africa, which he dubbed "the continent of hope".

Pope hails Africa as 'continent of hope'

Kanpala - Pope Francis hailed Africa as "a continent of hope" on Friday as he toured Uganda on the second leg of a landmark trip that has seen him railing against corruption and poverty.

Huge crowds cheer as pope arrives in Uganda

Entebbe - Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on Friday on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa which has seen him railing against corruption and poverty, with huge crowds celebrating his arrival.

Freeing Africans from tyranny one phone at a time Special

In Africa, where roads are often impassible and conflict has put whole swaths of territory off-limits, the Internet is playing a pivotal role in bringing people together.

Uganda's opposition agree single presidential candidate

Kanpala - Uganda's opposition leaders said Friday they will field a joint presidential candidate to challenge veteran leader Yoweri Museveni, after efforts for a coalition collapsed when all wanted to be leader.

Uganda opposition coalition collapses, as joint presidential bid fails

Kanpala - Uganda's opposition coalition said Thursday it had failed to agree a joint presidential candidate to challenge veteran leader Yoweri Museveni.

Ugandan police arrest two top presidential challengers

Kanpala - Ugandan police on Thursday arrested two top opposition leaders and presidential candidates hoping to challenge veteran President Yoweri Museveni in elections next year, police said.

Thai authorities intercept 11th ivory shipment so far this year

Thai authorities have intercepted yet another shipment of ivory, marking the 11th seizure so far this year. The shipment weighed in at approximately 250 kilograms and is estimated to be worth about $295,000.

Blue is the color for wiping out sleeping sickness

Scientists have found that the color blue is attractive to the tsetse fly. Knowing this could help in the battle against sleeping sickness.

Unidentified male found deceased in Washington parking lot Special

Tacoma - An unidentified African American male was found deceased in the driver’s seat of a Toyota Avalon early this evening in Midland.

African scientists leading charge against anti-gay laws in Africa

Homosexuality is “un-African,” or at least that's what some national leaders would have you believe. The Academy of Science of South Africa, however, is pushing back, having released a report refuting and condemning anti-gay laws.

Uganda bombing trial stalls after top prosecutor assassinated

Kanpala - A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead.
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