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Burundi president says God will defeat rebels as he starts third term

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza warned rebels Thursday that they would be crushed by God after being sworn in for a controversial third term following weeks of protests and a failed coup against him.

Ex-army chief killed as fears grow of new Burundi civil war

Bujumbura - The former head of Burundi's army during its 13-year civil war was assassinated Saturday, further fuelling fears of a new civil war in the restive east central African country.

Nervous Burundians say quake portends all-out war

Bujumbura - Already rattled by a political crisis that has claimed some 100 lives, many Burundians fear that Friday's earthquake portends the return of the brutal civil war that rent the central African nation.The 5.

Burundi: Calm days, violent nights

Bujumbura - By day, the streets of Burundi's capital Bujumbura are filled with the sounds of market traders and the honking horns of traffic in the lakeside city.

International outcry after Burundian rights activist shot

Bujumbura - The attempted killing of a leading rights activist, shot in the face by a gunman, triggered international outrage on Tuesday and stoked fears of worsening violence in Burundi.

Burundi rights activist wounded in shooting

Bujumbura - Tensions soared in Burundi on Monday as a leading human rights activist was wounded in a shooting just a day after a top general and right-hand man to President Pierre Nkurunziza was assassinated.

Burundi in crisis as top general assassinated

Bujumbura - A top Burundian general and right-hand man to President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed in a rocket attack on his car on Sunday, prompting fears of further instability in the crisis-hit country.

Burundi president wins controversial third term

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was Friday declared the outright winner of controversial elections, handing him a third consecutive term at the helm of the central African nation despite opposition protests and international condemnation.

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza wins third term

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a predicted but controversial third consecutive term in office, according to official election results announced Friday.Nkurunziza won 69.

Burundi's Nkurunziza: ex-rebel who divided a nation

Bujumbura - A former sports teacher, ex-rebel, born-again Christian and football fanatic, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has divided the nation over his bid to secure a third term in office in elections Tuesday.

Explosions and gunfire as Burundi polls open: Witnesses

Bujumbura - Gunfire and explosions were heard Tuesday in Burundi's capital Bujumbura shortly before polls opened in controversial elections with the president seeking re-election for a third consecutive term, witnesses said.

Violence as Burundi votes in controversial presidential poll

Bujumbura - Burundians voted Tuesday amid gunfire and grenade blasts, with President Pierre Nkurunziza widely expected to win a third term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence.

Explosions, gunfire rock Burundi capital hours before presidential vote

Bujumbura - Explosions and gunfire were heard late Monday in Burundi's capital Bujumbura, hours before polls were due to open in a divisive presidential election, in which Pierre Nkurunziza's is seeking a controversial third term.

Bitterly divided Burundi heads for elections

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza appears set to win a controversial third consecutive term in elections on Tuesday, a hollow victory that will leave him ruling over a violently divided nation.

Burundi crisis talks suspended days before election

Bujumbura - Talks between Burundi's government and opposition aimed at resolving a major crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial re-election bid were suspended on Sunday less than 48 hours before the central African nation goes to the polls.

Burundi rivals hold talks days before election

Bujumbura - Burundi's government and opposition launched a new round of negotiations on Saturday as part of a last-ditch effort to resolve a major political crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial re-election bid, a source close to the talks said.

Crisis-hit Burundi leader promises 'five more years of peace'

Rohero - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza on Friday promised to deliver "five more years of peace" if he is re-elected next week, in the climax of a campaign marked by deadly street protests and an attempted coup.

Uganda president leaves Burundi crisis talks without deal

Bujumbura - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni left crisis talks between Burundi's rival political factions without a deal, but last-ditch efforts following months of violence continued ahead of polls next week.

Burundi arrests rebels, seizes arms ahead of presidential poll

Bujumbura - Security forces in Burundi said Monday they have arrested around 100 suspected rebels and seized a number of weapons in a crackdown ahead of next week's presidential elections.

Burundi postpones vote, troops battle rebels in north

Bujumbura - Presidential elections in crisis-hit Burundi have been postponed to July 21, nearly a week later than originally scheduled, the presidency announced Saturday, amid renewed unrest in the capital and battles with rebels near the Rwandan border.
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