Today in History for February 2nd

(2 Feb 2019) Highlights of this day in history include: World War II’s Battle of Stalingrad ends; Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda; author James Joyce born; dancer-actor-coreographer Gene Kelly dies; punk rocker Sid Vicious dies. (Feb. 2)

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet an Ivorian refugee in Spain, one of at least 53,000 migrants who have risked their lives this year making the perilous passage across the Mediterranean, no matter how rough the seas. And we take you to Uganda where legendary Japanese film Rashomon is getting a Ugandan adaptation from the capital’s Wakaliwood studios.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Bustling Ugandan border town on high alert for Ebola

At the Mpondwe border those arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo wash their hands and shoes in chlorinated water and have their temperature taken for signs of fever before they are permitted to cross into Uganda, as authorities increase efforts to stop Ebola from entering Uganda.

HK businessman guilty of bribery in NYC

(5 Dec 2018) A Hong Kong businessman was convicted of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese company. Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty of seven of eight counts including conspiracy and money laundering. (Dec. 5)

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11 boys die in Uganda boarding school fire

Eleven boys perish and another twenty suffer severe burns in a fire that ravaged their dormitories in Uganda while they slept.

Migingo Island: a rocky marriage between Uganda and Kenya

The densely populated island of Migingo, on Lake Victoria, is barely a quarter of a hectare large, its residents crammed into a hodge-podge of corrugated-iron homes. There’s little else but a few bars, brothels and a tiny port. Nevertheless for over a decade Migingo has been a source of tension between Uganda and Kenya, who have been unable to decide to whom it really belongs.

ShowBiz Minute: West, Roseanne, Royals

(17 Oct 2018) Kim and Kanye donate Yeezy sneakers to orphans in Uganda; “The Conners” stars discuss Roseanne Barr’s departure at spin-off premiere; Duke and Duchess of Sussex bring rain to the Australian outback. (Oct. 17)

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian visit Ugandan orphanage

American rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West visit Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO) Children’s village in Masulita, some 40 kilometers north west from capital Kampala. Rap megastar West is in the east African nation to finish recording his ninth studio album “Yandhi”, which was meant to drop two weeks ago, until his surprise decision to go and record in Africa to “feel the energy”.