President Paul Kagame has changed the country by tackling problems that have plagued other African economies. He's also taking cues from East Asia's "Tiger" economies. But it's not all good news: Most citizens are still poor, and rights groups routinely blast Kagame.
Police firing rubber bullets and tear gas sent men, women and children scattering as they herded them into their shacks. Saturday's show of force follows a government vow to halt illegal protests and disarm strikers who have stopped work at seven mines northwest of Johannesburg.
More than 20 countries saw protests this week against a low-budget film, posted online, that many Muslims found insulting and blasphemous. After days of protests outside the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, things seem to be calming down there.
It has been a week of unexpectedly violent protests across much of the Arab world. It started when protesters attacked and killed four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. NPR's Leila Fadel tells host Scott Simon the latest on the violence, as protests erupt elsewhere in the region over an anti-Islam film.
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