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Hundreds of Burundians hold anti-UN protests

Hundreds of Burundians took part in government organised protests on Saturday against a UN report that blamed President Pierre Nkurunziza for fuelling hatred and violence.

Burundi economy battered by years of political crisis

Burundi's economy has been battered by the "calamitous effect" of a three-year political crisis which has wiped out modest gains that had been made, an International Crisis Group (ICG) report said Friday.
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28-member group of Burundi cultural troupe disappear during Swiss trip

Every member of a 28-strong group of African musicians has disappeared during a trip to a Swiss folk festival.

Zambia charges five foreigners for trading in counterfeit sugar

Police in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, on Friday charged five foreigners for trading in counterfeit sugar products.

Burundi votes to allow president to extend time in power

A majority of Burundi's voters agreed to amend the constitution in changes that could prolong the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza until 2034, the country's electoral commission announced on Monday.

Burundi opposition says referendum wasn’t free, transparent

Opposition groups in Burundi say Thursday's referendum on extending the president's power was undemocratic as the country awaits the electoral commission's announcement of the results.

Burundi votes on referendum that could extend president’s term

Burundians are voting on a constitutional referendum that if passed could see President Pierre Nkurunziza's stay in power extended until 2034.

Pierre Nkurunziza: Burundi’s ‘messianic’ leader

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is an evangelical who believes he was chosen by God to rule the east African nation, and plans to do so for as long as possible.

Burundians condemn deadly attack ahead of controversial constitutional referendum

Burundians have condemned an attack that killed dozens and injured several others in Burundi’s north western province of Cibitoke, bordering Democratic Republic of Congo late on Friday.

Burundi to suspend BBC and VOA radio broadcasts

Burundi's press regulator on Friday said it was suspending broadcasts by the BBC and Voice of America (VOA) by local radio stations ahead of a constitutional referendum on May 17.

Police in Uganda free 100 hostages held in mosque

Police in Uganda have rescued more than 100 hostages, including more than 90 children, from a mosque in the capital Kampala, said local police spokesman Emilio Kayima on Saturday.

Burundi activist given 32 years for anti-president demo

A Burundian activist was sentenced on Thursday to 32 years in prison for taking part in protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza, sources said, a punishment rights groups said was "eminently political".

Burundi table tennis players cleared over suspect meetings

Burundi police have released 21 members of a table tennis club, who had been arrested over suspicious meetings several times a week, a close friend of the team said on Tuesday.

Burundian asylum seeker deported from US detained back home

A Burundian man recently deported from the United States after failing to receive political asylum has been detained without charge back home, activists said on Saturday.

UN envoy: Situation in Burundi not suitable for credible elections

Amid ongoing political tensions, the situation in Burundi is “not suitable” for credible elections, Michel Kafando, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Burundi has said.

Burundians forced to sign up to vote in referendum – opposition

Burundians are being forced to sign up to vote in a May referendum on extending presidential term limits, Burundian opposition figures and residents say, although the government denies the allegations.

Burundi police threaten opposition to constitution change

Police in Burundi have threatened to arrest anyone campaigning prematurely against a referendum to revise the constitution, which if passed could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in power until 2034.

Burundi govt starts taxing public workers to fund 2020 elections

The Burundian government has started ‘taxing’ salaries of civil servants in order to fund the next general elections slated for the year 2020.

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