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Catholic Church withdraws support for Burundi elections

Bujumbura - Burundi's influential Catholic Church said Thursday it was withdrawing support for upcoming elections in the crisis-hit country, dealing a fresh blow to President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid to run for a third term.

Burundi opposition says fair elections 'impossible'

Bujumbura - Burundi's main opposition parties said it was now "impossible" to hold free and fair elections next week and that the result should not be recognised if they take place.

Burundi condemns foreign pressure over political crisis

Bujumbura - Burundi's government on Tuesday condemned mounting diplomatic pressure over President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive term, signalling it would not bow to international criticism.

Demonstrator shot dead as protests erupt outside Burundi capital

Bujumbura - A demonstrator was shot dead and two others wounded in southern Burundi on Monday, a local official and witness said, in one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting outside the capital Bujumbura.

Burundi opposition leader murdered, activists vow intensified protests

Bujumbura - Thousands of Burundian activists mourned a murdered opposition leader at his funeral Sunday, vowing to intensify their protests against a bid by the president of the central African nation to seek a third consecutive term.

Burundi opposition leader murdered during pause in protests

Bujumbura - The leader of a small Burundian opposition party was shot dead on Saturday, residents said, the latest violence in a country gripped by weeks of protests over the president's controversial bid to seek a third term.

Calm as Burundi truce starts after deadly protests

Bujumbura - Burundian anti-government protesters began a two-day truce Saturday after almost a month of deadly violence triggered by the president's bid for a third term, culminating in a grenade attack on civilians in a busy market.

Grenade blasts as Burundi protesters defy police crackdown

Bujumbura - Attackers hurled twin grenades into a crowd in Burundi's capital late Friday, killing three people, the latest in almost month of deadly violence triggered by the president's bid for a third term.

Deadly Burundi protests as police try to crush demos

Bujumbura - Protesters in Burundi fought intense battles with police Thursday in violent anti-government demonstrations against a third term bid for power by the president, a week on since a failed coup.

Burundi leader says country peaceful, warns against 'encouraging insurrection'

Bujumbura - Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza insisted Wednesday that "security reigns" in the country, after a failed coup and weeks of violent protests at his bid for a third term in power.

Burundi protesters clash with police as president delays polls

Bujumbura - Burundian security forces fired shots and tear gas in battles with protesters Wednesday, the latest violence in weeks of anti-government demonstrations, as the presidency delayed elections.

Burundi protesters defy calls to end anti-government demos

Bujumbura - Protesters opposed to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza called for him to step down Tuesday, defying warnings to end weeks of demonstrations as security forces fired shots to restore order after a failed coup.

Burundi protesters launch fresh anti-government demonstrations

Bujumbura - Protesters opposed to Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza launched fresh demonstrations Monday, resuming weeks of street marches after a failed coup despite warnings from the government.

Burundi leader makes first appearance since coup bid

Bujumbura - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza on Sunday made his first official appearance since an attempted coup, looking relaxed and appearing confident that he was in full control of the central African nation.

17 alleged Burundi coup plotters appear in court: Lawyer

Bujumbura - Seventeen alleged coup plotters appeared before a prosecutor in Burundi on Saturday, their lawyer said, the day after the failure of an attempt to overthrow the country's president.

Burundi coup defeated, but troubles far from over

Bujumbura - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza was in a confident, defiant mood as his motorcade rolled back into the capital Bujumbura following a failed coup, cheered by supporters and safely under the watch of loyalist troops who fought off the uprising.

Burundi accused of media crackdown after failed coup

Bujumbura - Burundi's government was Saturday accused of launching a campaign of repression against independent media, the day after loyalist troops defeated an attempted coup against the central African nation's president.

Burundi president returns to presidential palace in capital

Bujumbura - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital Bujumbura on Friday following the failure of a coup attempt by a top general, an AFP correspondent said.

Burundi coup leader on the run: police

Bujumbura - The leader of coup attempt in Burundi, General Godefroid Niyombare, has gone on the run after escaping capture by troops loyal to the central African nation's president, a senior police official told AFP Friday.

Burundi coup ends in failure, leaders arrested or on run

Bujumbura - An attempt to overthrow Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza ended in failure on Friday as coup leaders admitted defeat and were arrested or forced to go on the run from loyalist troops.
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