Rwanda, Uganda leaders to meet amid tensions | AFP

Officials prepare for the meeting between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni in the no man’s land at the Gatuna border post between their countries, amid ongoing diplomatic tensions. IMAGES

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Uganda military fights back against destructive locust swarms | AFP

Soldiers take on the locust infestation which recently reached Uganda. The locusts have devastated food supplies in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describing the situation as the worst in 25 years.

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Burnt to the bone: Uganda’s acid attack survivors seek justice | AFP

According to the NGO ‘End Acid Violence’, 42 acid attacks took place in Uganda in 2018. But the country’s police have only 4 such cases on record for the same year, indicating that the majority of these incidents go unrecorded.

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Burnt to the bone: Uganda’s acid attack survivors seek justice | AFP

According to the NGO ‘End Acid Violence’, 42 acid attacks took place in Uganda in 2018. But the country’s police have only 4 such cases on record for the same year, indicating that the majority of these incidents go unrecorded.

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Today in History for February 2nd

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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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Mali where railway employees are working to preserve Bamako’s now defunct colonial era station which serviced the country for almost one hundred years. Then we head to Uganda where a beauty pageant is being used to restore confidence in people who have been diagnosed with HIV .

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Uganda’s Museveni begins jungle march to highlight liberation struggle | AFP

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni begins a six-day march through the jungle to re-trace the route through which his guerrilla forces seized power three decades ago, which critics dismissed as a bid to rally support ahead of 2021 elections. Museveni is one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders, having seized power in 1986 after taking part in rebellions to end the brutal rule of Idi Amin and Milton Obote, and is expected to seek a sixth term in office in the next elections. He began what will be a 195-kilometre (121-mile) walk from Galamba, north of Kampala, and will end on January 10 in Birembo south of the capital where his rebel army faced one of its toughest battles in the fight to overthrow Obote.

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STOCKSHOTS Total taken to court in France over operations in Uganda | AFP

NGOs denounce “threats” to biodiversity and “land grabbing”: the Total group is being sued for its activities in Uganda. The verdict will be delivered at the court in Nanterre. Les ONG dénoncent des “menaces” pour la biodiversité, un “accaparement” des terres: le groupe Total est assigné en justice pour ses activités en Ouganda. La décision doit être mise en délibéré au tribunal à Nanterre. IMAGES

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Uganda beauty pageant aims to fight stigma against HIV-positive people | AFP

Uganda’s Y+ Beauty pageant aims to remove stigma around HIV-positive people in the country and help young people who were diagnosed with the infection rediscover their self-esteem. Ruth, who made a suicide attempt five years ago after falling into depression, became the competition’s first runner-up.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Mozambique, where Jihadist attacks are wreaking havoc in the lives of people in the province of Cabo Delgado. Then we go to Uganda where an Ebola task force is helping people live their lives whilst managing the deadly virus. But first let’s take a look at the stories that made the headlines this week.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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Children on frontline of fight to stop spread of Ebola | AFP

At the Mpondwe border crossing between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, Congolese children are screened every morning for symptoms of Ebola virus that has taken over 1,900 lives in DRC before they can go over to the other side for school. Many Congolese young people attend school across the border where job and education opportunities are greater. A nine-year-old girl of Congolese origin who tested positive for Ebola at the border has recently died.

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Firefighters extinguish flames after Uganda fuel truck blast | AFP

Firefighters battle the flames after a fuel truck barrelled into other vehicles in a busy town in western Uganda and exploded. The blast occurred Sunday evening in the Kyambura trading centre, a mountainous area near the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and killed at least 19 people.

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Today in History for August 16th

Highlights of this day in history: Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll, dies at Graceland; Baseball’s Babe Ruth dies in New York; Uganda’s Idi Amin dies in Saudi Arabia; ‘Sports Illustrated’ hits newsstands; Singer Madonna born. (Aug. 16)

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Uganda’s popstar MP Bobi Wine announces 2021 presidential election run | AFP

Ugandan pop star turned leading opposition figure Bobi Wine officially announces he will take on veteran President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 national elections. SOUNDBITE

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WHO panel says Ebola outbreak not an ’emergency of international concern’ | AFP

The World Health Organization says that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not qualify as an international threat, despite confirmed cases also in neighbouring Uganda. SOUNDBITE

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Red Cross struggles to contain ebola in DRC | AFP

The Director of Health and social services for Red Cross Uganda says that one of the biggest challenges faced in controlling the spread of Ebola from DRC to Uganda is the porous nature of the border between the two countries.

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Red Cross teams work to raise awareness of Ebola in Uganda | AFP

Red Cross teams work to raise awareness of the Ebola virus in the Uganda-DRC border area. Uganda has recorded three cases of Ebola in the first known cross-border spread since an outbreak began in eastern Congo last August. IMAGES from December 2018 of Red Cross workers raising awareness in Uganda

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Ebola virus | AFP Animé

Videographic on Ebola. A grandmother in Uganda has died from the virus, health officials said on Thursday, the second fatality in the country since a major outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed the border.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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The Ebola virus | AFP

Short videographic on Ebola. A five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Wednesday, in the first spread of a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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How Ebola attacks the body | AFP Animé

Videographic on the deadly disease Ebola. A five-year-old boy has died from Ebola in Uganda, the first case since a deadly outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo 10 months ago.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Ugandan health minister confirms first case of Ebola | AFP

A five-year-old boy is being treated for Ebola in Uganda, the first case since an outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo 10 months ago. SOUNDBITE

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

This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to the small farming town in the northwest of South Africa that became a hotbed for racial tension in South Africa two years ago, and we take you to Uganda, where one woman has developed a soap that she claims helps protect against malaria.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Uganda holds controversial Miss Curvy pageant

Uganda holds its first Miss Curvy pageant as part of a government campaign to use “curvy women” to attract tourists to the east African nation. The event was first announced by Tourism Minister Godfrey Kiwanda in February and spaked fury among activists at the time.