The Latest: Uganda president speaks out on domestic violence

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on International Women's Day (all times local):8:25 p.m.Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is urging men to stop physically abusing their wives, in official remarks Thursday while marking International Women's Day. Domestic violence is common across in Uganda, although victims rarely report perpetrators to the police for fear of being stigmatized or thrown out of their homes."If you want to fight, why don't you look for a fellow man and fight?" Museveni said, calling domestic abusers cowards.Museveni said lifting women up economically, through education and entrepreneurship, can help bring an end to rampant domestic violence.He said: "If the girls are not economically empowered, they will remain vulnerable to these bully men."———8:15 p.m.A leading French newspaper has found a novel way to mark International Women's Day — by upping its price for men, to mimic the pay gap.The all-red front page of Thursday's edition of the left-leaning daily Liberation wrote in bold letters "For Women 2 euros, normal price."The paper added that for one day only, men would pay 50 cents more, a reflection of the 25 percent less that women in France are paid than men, on average.Liberation said it wants to "highlight this injustice" with its price increase for men."A punishment? No. A contribution!" the paper wrote on the front page, saying the extra money recovered from men on Thursday would go to the Laboratory of Equality, which has long fought for gender equality.———7:15 p.m.U.S. national soccer team striker Alex Morgan and Brazil forward Marta are among the players chosen for the FIFPro Women's World XI. The team was announced Thursday to coincide with International Women's Day.Goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl of Sweden is joined by defenders Nilla Fischer of Sweden, Lucy Bronze of England, Irene Paredes of Spain and Wendie Renard of France. Midfielder Dzsenifer Maroszan of Germany, Camille Abily of Continue Reading

Uganda’s leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years

Risdel Kasasira, Associated Press Updated 10:55 am, Thursday, January 18, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-3', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 3', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Stephen Wandera, AP Image 1of/3 CaptionClose Image 1 of 3 Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, center in military uniform, with senior government officers and prison wardens pose for a photograph during a graduation ceremony in the capital Kampala Thursday Jan. 18, 2018.Uganda's president says he will sign the death warrants of "a few" prisoners to create fear among criminals in the East African country. ) less Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, center in military uniform, with senior government officers and prison wardens pose for a photograph during a graduation ceremony in the capital Kampala Thursday Jan. 18, ... more Photo: Stephen Wandera, AP Image 2 of 3 Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, center in military uniform, greets relatives of prison wardens during a graduation ceremony in the capital Kampala Thursday Jan. 18, 2018. Uganda's president says he will sign the death warrants of "a few" prisoners to create fear among criminals in the East African country. ) less Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, center in military uniform, greets relatives of prison wardens during a graduation ceremony in the capital Kampala Thursday Jan. 18, 2018. Uganda's president says he will sign ... more Photo: Stephen Wandera, AP Image 3 of 3 Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years 1 / 3 Back to Gallery KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death Continue Reading

Letter From Uganda

On December 22, 2002, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni paid a ceremonial visit to a textile plant in Kampala, his country’s capital city. That day, shoppers in faraway America were streaming down the aisles of malls and department stores in crazed search of last-minute Christmas gifts. But Museveni’s mind was on supply, not demand. As dignitaries, including the US ambassador, looked on, the president loaded a cardboard box containing twelve pairs of seaweed- and stone-colored shorts onto a truck, dispatching them on a journey that was to end on the shelves of an American retail chain. The clothes were part of the first shipment to roll off the assembly line of a new textile factory, which was set up to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, an American free-trade initiative. Few Americans have ever heard of the four-year-old law. But in Uganda, AGOA, as the initiative is commonly called, is a magic word, invoked by politicians and businessmen, diplomats and foreign-aid donors–and most of all by President Museveni. To hear Museveni tell it, AGOA is the first step toward breaking Africa’s dependence on foreign aid and the beginning of an economic revival. To America and other wealthy nations, which have grown tired of pumping billions in aid into Africa with little evident effect, Museveni is a godsend: an African leader who will tell them what they want to hear. Museveni’s view that free trade promises a painless way to raise the continent from penury has won him admirers across the ideological spectrum and entree into rarefied circles. Most recently, he extolled the virtues of trade at the G-8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia. When President Bush signed a bill reauthorizing AGOA through 2015 in July, he praised Uganda’s president. “This African leader,” Bush said, “understands that…when nations respect their people, open their markets, expand freedom and opportunity to all their Continue Reading

UPDATE: ‘Imminent’ Terror Plot Thwarted in Uganda

UPDATE 3:31 PM: Ugandan authorities on Saturday thwarted an attempted terror attack, just days after the terror group Al-Shabab vowed revenge for U.S. airstrikes that killed its leader. Uganda police reportedly arrested several suspects and recovered explosives in the capitol of Kampala, according to reports. However authorities did not say whether the suspects are members of Al-Shabab​, an Al Qaeda affiliate. The announcement about the arrests was made just hours after the U.S. embassy in Uganda warned Americans in the country that an attack was “imminent” and to stay indoors. The U.S. embassy in Uganda sent an emergency message this weekend to Americans inside the African country, telling them to seek shelter because Ugandan officials have uncovered a “terrorist cell” run by the Somali militant Islamist group Al-Shabab​. The extremists vowed to get revenge for U.S. airstrikes last week that killed leader Ahmed Abdi Godane. reported: The embassy described the plot as “imminent” and said it was uncovered by Ugandan authorities. However, embassy officials acknowledged they are not aware of specific targets nor whether the Somali militants of Al-Shabab​ who plotted the attack are still at large. The terror cell was discovered in the city of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city and the largest in the country. The message stated authorities are trying to put in place heightened security measures at the Entebbe International Airport and elsewhere. “We urge that you exercise all possible caution, remaining at home or in a safe location until the all clear is issued,” the embassy said on its website. Watch the clip from America's News Headquarters above. WATCH: World War II Vet Selling His Amazing House of Cars NY Gun Shop Owner Ordered to Turn Over Customer Records Toddler Born Deaf Hears Music for the First Time Continue Reading

Uganda group sues U.S. evangelist for death penalty bill for gays

A Massachusetts evangelist was sued by an East African gay advocacy group that accuses him of helping draft a Ugandan bill to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. Scott Lively, of Abiding Truth Ministries, was slapped with a federal lawsuit asking for a judgment that his actions violated international law — and seeking cash damages. “We hope that he will be held accountable for what he did in Uganda,” said human rights activist Frank Mugisha of Sexual Ministries Uganda. “We want to send out a clear message to him and others.” Mugisha, the 2011 winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, blamed Lively for “helping spread propaganda and violence” against gays in Uganda. Lively, whose parish is based in Springfield, Mass., was among a group of U.S. clergy which visited Uganda in 2009 — just before debate began on the bill. But he told The Associated Press that he supported therapy, not punishment, for homosexuals — and labeled the lawsuit “completely frivolous.” The court papers charge Lively with comparing Uganda’s gay population to “the Nazis and Rwandan murderers,” and describing the gay rights movement as “pedophilic.” Lively responded that those remarks from his 2009 seminars in the capital city of Kampala were taken out of context. “I challenge the plaintiffs and their allies to publish the complete footage ... on the internet,” he wrote in an e-mail to the AP. “They will not do this, or their duplicity would be exposed.” The original Ugandan bill called for the death penalty against gays for certain acts, including sexual behavior by homosexuals infected with AIDS. It was since scaled back to replace the death penalty with life behind bars. Ugandan officials said last month that they did not support the bill, which remains under debate in the East African nation. After the lawsuit was Continue Reading

Mogadishu losing label of ‘World’s Most Dangerous City’

MOGADISU, Somalia — Mogadishu is losing a label it never wanted in the first place: The World’s Most Dangerous City. The seaside Somali capital is enjoying a peace that, except for the infrequent attack, has lasted the better part of a year. Somalis who fled decades of war are coming back, as are U.N. workers who long operated out of Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya. Embassies are reopening and a U.S. assistant secretary of state visited here on Sunday, the highest-ranking U.S. official to set foot in Mogadishu since the infamous Black Hawk Down battle of 1993. Minnesota resident Abdikhafar Abubakar fled Somalia in 1992, leaving behind his mother, three siblings and other family members. He planned to visit twice in previous years, but each time his mother warned it was too dangerous. Jason Straziuso/AP A fruit seller looks across as a Somali government soldier stands guard in Afgoye, west of the capital Mogadishu, in Somalia. Last week, he finally returned to Mogadishu, where he saw his mother for the first time in two decades. This time she said it was safe and she welcomed him home with tears of joy. He later walked the streets with his brother. “One thing I could say about Mogadishu as the most dangerous city in the world: I’ve been here one week and I never felt any danger,” Abubakar said. “When I was out walking around, I wasn’t scared. There was nothing to be scared of.” He did hear gunshots in the distance but even that didn’t rattle him. Mogadishu’s designation as the World’s Most Dangerous City was unofficial, of course, but widely applied. Jason Straziuso/AP Burundian troops serving with the African Union peacekeeping force sing church hymns at their base near Mogadishu, Somalia. The U.N. and embassies pulled out in the 1990s, following the collapse of the last fully functioning government in 1991. Al-Qaida-linked militants held sway over much of Continue Reading

Running once meant survival for Manual coach

Sitting on the top porch step of his small house in Smoketown, Rizik Lado tightened his running shoes. It was a perfect autumn day for a run through Cherokee Park, sunny and cool.It was a far cry from one of Lado's earliest memories, when, as a barefoot 5-year-old, he bolted from his village in South Sudan as his teacher shouted for the schoolchildren to flee. He still remembers the invading rebels' gunfire.Running was how Lado stayed alive."If I was not running, I might be dying," he said. "I ran for my life, just to survive."That led to a passion for running, which the now 26-year-old Lado shares with duPont Manual High School's cross country team as an assistant coach. The girl's squad — his "little sisters" — won a state championship earlier this month.  A member of the boys' team, Yared Nuguse, also just won a state title."Sometimes when they think a workout is very hard I tell them about running from snakes and the rebels in Africa," Lado said. "I say to them — if a boy from a tiny village in Africa can make it to the United States, you can do anything, if you believe you can."►READ MORE: Outage reported on airport's busiest day of travel►READ MORE: Kentucky atheist sues over rejected license plateHis journey began on that fateful day in 1994. Barefoot and by himself, Lado fled high into the mountains. Over several days he slept in a cave, eating a sweet potato that he had brought to school a little at a time.He watched from his hiding place as his village was burned and cattle slaughtered.  When the rebels no longer had reason to stay, they moved on and Lado knew it was safe to come down from the mountain.That was the way of life in his village, he said. Rebels would invade and little Lado would run. He learned to use his speed and cunning to survive other dangers in his homeland such as gorillas, tigers and snakes. "Every morning I woke up Continue Reading

FBI opens case on death of American Nate Henn, among 74 people killed in Uganda bomb blast

Washington - An American aid volunteer with a girlfriend in New York City was among 74 people killed in a terrorist bomb blast in Uganda aimed at people watching the World Cup soccer final Sunday. Nate Henn, 25, of Wilmington Del., a former college rugby player, was known by his Ugandan nickname, Oteka - "The Strong One" - which he tattooed on his beefy arm. "He sacrificed his comfort to live in the humble service of God and of a better world," the group Henn volunteered for, Invisible Children, said in a statement. In another ghastly twist, Henn's brother Kyle was injured in a small plane crash yesterday in Chapel Hill, N.C., while heading to join mourning relatives, ABC News reported. The pilot was killed. Henn's Facebook page said he was "in a relationship" with Stephanie Thompson, who apparently works in the salon industry in New York City. Both their Facebook pages showed loving photos of each other. An FBI official said agents in the New York City field office opened a case on the death of Henn - a volunteer for a Christian aid group working with former child soldiers - as G-men flew from from the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, to the blast sites. The suicide bombers struck the Kyadondo Rugby Club and an Ethiopian restaurant in Kampala. The severed head of a Somali suicide bomber was found at one of the grisly scenes. A terror group aligned with Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, claimed responsibility for its first strike outside its Somalia base. Shabaab leader Sheikh Ali Muhammad Raghe hailed the bombings as the "best response to the activities of the Ugandan [peacekeeping] troops in Mogadishu," the Somali capital. The attacks immediately raised new concerns about Al Shabaab's intent to attack the U.S. homeland. No plots have been detected here, but the FBI has long tracked St. Paul's large Somali immigrant community because dozens of young men have traveled to their parents' homeland to join the extremist group. Several Somali-Americans became Continue Reading

Emotional return home for Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka after brother almost died in May motorcycle wreck

INDIANAPOLIS - At 2:13 in the afternoon on May 28, Ben Kiwanuka, a 32-year-old FedEx ramp agent at the Indianapolis airport, sped along Lafayette Road with his younger brother, Mathias, a Giants defensive end, right behind him. The men rode motorcycles - both black Hondas - maneuvering between lanes in their hometown as they approached a slight bend in the road. All movement came to a halt when Sheila Petrie, 43, pulled out of an apartment complex on Hunnewell Drive in a gold Kia Rio. The elder Kiwanuka, who wasn't wearing a helmet, had 30 feet to make a decision. Ben slammed on the brakes and braced himself. "I remember hearing a loud sound," he says. "And then I must have blacked out." Between colliding with Petrie's trunk and losing consciousness, Ben Kiwanuka was thrown 100 feet in the air. He broke his fall with both wrists, which were shattered on impact, along with his thumbs. His right arm was lacerated just above the elbow, and Mathias - who pulled up in time and went unscathed - took off his black T-shirt and tied it around his brother's arm as a makeshift tourniquet to staunch the blood loss. "Call 911!" Mathias shouted. He then called their mother, Deodata. "Mom, come here!" Mathias said. "There's an accident. I need you!" He said to Ben, "Don't move! Don't move!" Their mother, a former nurse, asked what had happened. Mathias told her, then gave a description of where they were. The last thing she heard before his cell phone died was that an ambulance was coming. Their sister, Mary, also called, and Ben picked up. Ben insisted that he was fine, just a little lightheaded. Moments later he passed out again. "It was kind of an out of body experience," Ben says. Police at the scene filed a report that labeled Ben a "possible fatal," but he survived. Only at Methodist Hospital did he learn the totality of his injuries. His heart was bruised, his ribs were cracked, his left leg was fractured, his right foot broken in two sections, the skin Continue Reading

Helping women in Africa put food on the table

"This woman started with a tiny, tiny business, selling rice and peanuts. Two years ago, she could barely feed her family," she says in her calm, silky voice, pointing at Awa Sangaré, a spirited-looking woman from a village in Mali called Tonka. When Daff, 31, visited her last month, Sangaré was "the best businessperson in the market that day. She had this huge store where she was selling tomatoes, mangoes, peanuts, fish and even art, pottery. ... She even had a cell phone!" A measly $80 did the charm. "For Mali, it's a lot. She is now teaching her skills to her daughter and also to other people in the community," Daff says. Daff is the program officer for Africa at Trickle Up, a New York-based international nonprofit organization that gives small grants to some of the poorest people in the world - including the U.S. - particularly to women. Born in Senegal and raised in France, Daff oversees the allocation of thousands of grants of an average $100 in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Uganda and Ethiopia. In those countries, up to 28 coordinating agencies seek grantees and give them basic business advice. "Most of the times, the people who receive the capital are nonliterate," Daff says. In 2006, 3,475 new businesses were initiated. Daff made three trips to the region for a total of nearly two months of travel. "In the last 27 years, Trickle Up has helped people start or expand over 150,000 businesses as a way out of poverty, affecting the lives of over half a million people" all over the world, says Susannah Leisher, the group's director of programs. "She's just stellar," Leisher says of Daff. "She's a very good listener, unassuming, poised and incredibly organized." Born in Senegal's capital city of Dakar, Daff is the third of six children. The family moved to Paris because her father, in what turned out to be a family tradition, worked for a nongovernmental organization for French-African cooperation. Growing up, she spent Continue Reading