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  • Uganda: Police raid US project that assisted gays

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  • FILE - In a Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 file photo, Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a wrapped condom, as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. President Barack Obama says in a statement provided Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014 that pending steps by Uganda to further criminalize homosexuality will complicate what he is describing as America's valued relationship with the East African nation. Museveni said Friday that he plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for what they term as "aggravated" homosexual acts.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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  • ** FILE ** In this Nov. 12, 2006, file photo, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony answers journalists' questions following a meeting with U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland at Ri-Kwamba in southern Sudan. (AP Photo/Stuart Price, Pool, File)

    U.S. sends more troops, aircraft to search for Kony

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  • US eyes push against anti-gay laws worldwide

    Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights.

  • FILE In this Monday, March 19, 2012 file photo, Sexual Minorities Uganda program coordinator Pepe Julian Onziema speaks in an interview with The Associated Press in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda's health minister said Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 that gays will not be discriminated against by medical workers after the country's president signed a law that strengthens criminal penalties against homosexuals, but prominent gay rights activist Pepe Julian Onziema said that well-known homosexuals face constant discrimination and abuse and recalled being ignored many times by medical workers who served others as they gossiped about his sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)

    Uganda health minister: Gays will still get care

    The medical workers who knew he was gay ignored him, attending to those who arrived after him as they openly gossiped about his homosexuality.

  • Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, in Entebbe, Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Museveni on Monday signed the controversial anti-gay bill into law, with penalties including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for "aggravated homosexuality", saying it is needed to deter what he called the West's "social imperialism" promoting homosexuality in Africa. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)

    Uganda president signs harsh anti-gay law

    Uganda's president signed an anti-gay bill Monday that provides for prison sentences ranging up to life behind bars, saying it is needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa. Arrests of gays were expected as a result, one politician said.

  • Uganda defends anti-gay law despite foreign pressure

    The Ugandan government is defending strict anti-gay proposals that would jail homosexuals for life, even if it means losing the country's foreign aid.

  • SD nun defines trips to Africa 'a sacred journey'

    When she stood before her computer class, Sister Bonita Gacnik knew she had to take things slowly.

  • FILE - In a Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 file photo, Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a wrapped condom, as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. President Barack Obama says in a statement provided Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014 that pending steps by Uganda to further criminalize homosexuality will complicate what he is describing as America's valued relationship with the East African nation. Museveni said Friday that he plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for what they term as "aggravated" homosexual acts.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Obama denounces Uganda for law criminalizing gay sex

    President Obama denounced Uganda on Sunday for approving a law that will impose lengthy criminal sentences on people convicted of engaging in homosexual acts and said the law "will complicate" U.S. relations with the East African nation.

  • FILE - In a Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 file photo, Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a wrapped condom, as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. President Barack Obama says in a statement provided Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014 that pending steps by Uganda to further criminalize homosexuality will complicate what he is describing as America's valued relationship with the East African nation. Museveni said Friday that he plans to sign a bill into law that prescribes life imprisonment for what they term as "aggravated" homosexual acts.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for Ugandans

    President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would "complicate our valued relationship."

  • KU prof. to lead Ugandan newspaper

    A retired University of Kansas professor has been named executive editor of a media group in Uganda.

  • FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 file photo, Muslim men organized in militias with machetes rough up a Christian man while checking him for weapons in the Miskine neighbourhood of Bangui, Central African Republic. Sub-Saharan Africa has seen a very violent start to 2014 with raging conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic - the death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome, with one estimate saying nearly 10,000 have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

    Africa sees violent, deadly start to 2014

    The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles have beheaded children.

  • ** FILE ** A Congolese army soldier cools down in Jomba, Congo, during the army's advance toward Bunagana through rebel-held territory. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. The Congolese army retook one of the last remaining strongholds of the M23 rebels Wednesday, with fighters heading for the hills as the military sought to extinguish the 18-month insurrection, officials said. (AP Photo/Joseph Kay)

    Official: 1,700 M23 rebels surrender to Uganda

    A Ugandan military official says at least 1,700 Congolese M23 rebels, including the top commander, have surrendered to Ugandan authorities.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2006 file photo, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony answers journalists' questions following a meeting with UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland at Ri-Kwangba in southern Sudan. Adventurer Robert Young Pelton, whose crowd-funding scheme has already drawn criticism from a pair of Africa experts, is the latest to join a line of private individuals and aid groups who are trying to corner Joseph Kony and the members of his Lord's Resistance Army. (AP Photo/Stuart Price, File, Pool)

    Canadian will try to find African warlord using crowd-funded former soldiers

    Can you crowd-fund the hunt for a war criminal on the run deep in Africa's jungles? A Canadian adventurer with experiences in Afghanistan and Somalia wants to do just that: raise funds and take a small band of former soldiers to find Joseph Kony.

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