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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.

Burundian army battles gunmen near Rwanda border

Bujumbura - Burundian soldiers clashed with gunmen Friday in a northern region near Rwanda, a local official and the military said, in the latest violence ahead of controversial elections due next week.

Burundian ruling party wins controversial parliamentary poll: election commission

Bujumbura - The ruling party of Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has swept to an expected overwhelming victory in controversial parliament elections that were boycotted by the opposition, according to official results released Tuesday.

Burundi government tells UN mediator to go

Bujumbura - Burundi's ruling party and its allies on Sunday told a United Nations mediator to step down, just two weeks after he was sent to help resolve the central African nation's political crisis.

Six killed in Burundi gun battle

Bujumbura - Six people, including one police officer, were killed in gun battles Wednesday in a part of Burundi's capital that has led protests against the president's third-term bid, police said.

Votes counted in Burundi polls as ruling party eyes win

Bujumbura - Burundi election officials finished vote-counting on Tuesday, a day after internationally condemned polls boycotted by the opposition, with the ruling party expected to win a sweeping victory.

Grenade blasts and boycott in Burundi's controversial polls

Bujumbura - Burundians voted Monday in controversial elections that were condemned internationally amid an opposition boycott and grenade attacks, with the election commission claiming an "enormous" turnout despite many stations being quiet.
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