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Burundi threatens to cut ties with UN envoy: diplomats

United Nations, United States | AFP | Burundi is threatening to cut ties with the UN envoy appointed to the country, ahead of elections next year that the government in Bujumbura insists are an internal matter, according to UN diplomats. The UN Security Council abruptly scrapped a meeting on Burundi scheduled …

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Burundi acquits rights activists sentenced to 10-year terms

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | A Burundian court has acquitted three civil rights activists who had been handed 10-year jail terms for undermining state security, their organisation said Thursday. The decision is a rare victory for rights activists in the troubled nation. Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Aime Constant Gatore and Marius Nizigiyimana, …

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Burundi military opposes Somali withdrawal plan

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Burundi army on Sunday said it opposed a request by the African Union that it withdraw 1,000 soldiers serving in an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by February 28. Burundi army spokesman Colonel Floribert Biyereke said in a statement that the military would ask …

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EAC Burundi crisis summit postponed again

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | An East African summit scheduled for December 27 to help broker an end to Burundi’s political crisis has been postponed for a second time, according to a regional bloc organising the talks. Burundi has been caught up in crisis since President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a …

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Burundi told to cut force in Somalia under African pullback

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The African Union has asked Burundi to reduce its contribution to an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by a thousand men under a progressive pullout from the country by the AU. The AU made the request through a diplomatic document called a note verbale, requesting …

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THIS WEEK: Arrest warrant issued against ex-Burundi leader

THIS WEEK: Arrest warrant issued against ex-Burundi leader Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | An international arrest warrant was issued on Nov.30 against Burundi’s former President Pierre Buyoya and 11 former senior officials over the 1993 killing of Melchior Ndadaye. Buyoya now an African Union Representative in Mali denounced the warrant …

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Burundi to shut UN rights office: sources

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The Burundi government has ordered the United Nations Human Rights Council to shut its office in the country within two months, foreign ministry and UN sources told AFP. The government on Wednesday sent a verbal note to resident UN coordinator Garry Conille to transmit the …

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