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Burundi president surprises with vow to step down in 2020

Gitega - In a surprise move, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Thursday he would step down in 2020, despite widespread belief that he backed a new constitution extending term limits in a bid to cling to power.

Burundi backs reforms that could extend Nkurunziza rule

Bujumbura - Burundians overwhelmingly backed constitutional reforms that bolster President Pierre Nkurunziza's power and allow him to seek another two terms in office, results showed Monday.

Burundi backs constitutional change in referendum: official

Bujumbura - Burundians have overwhelmingly voted for constitutional reforms bolstering President Pierre Nkurunziza's powers and giving him the option to stay in power until 2034, official results showed Monday.

Burundians vote in referendum to extend president's rule

Bujumbura - Burundians voted Thursday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034.

Burundi lawmakers vote to withdraw from ICC

Bujumbura - Burundi's lower house of parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is carrying out a preliminary probe into atrocities committed during an 18-month political crisis.

War crimes court opens preliminary probe into Burundi crisis

Bujumbura - The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court said Monday she was opening a preliminary probe into violence in Burundi, which has been engulfed in a deep political crisis for a year.

Burundi general killed as ICC opens probe into atrocities

Bujumbura - A top Tutsi general was gunned down in Burundi on Monday, as international prosecutors announced they were launching a preliminary probe into a litany of atrocities in the troubled central African nation.

Burundi president agrees to hold talks to end crisis

Bujumbura - Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has agreed to hold talks to end a 10-month-old crisis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday, but the main opposition group dismissed the plan as a "false opening".

Dozen injured in Burundi grenade blast as UN chief visits

Bujumbura - A dozen people were injured in at least 10 grenade blasts overnight in Bujumbura, police said Tuesday, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Burundi.

UN council presses Burundi's president to end violence

Bujumbura - UN Security Council ambassadors met Burundi's leaders on Friday to push peace efforts amid renewed violence in the capital of the troubled central African nation.

One killed in fresh violence as UN Security Council arrives in Burundi

Bujumbura - At least one person was killed as gunfire and explosions rocked the Burundi capital Thursday evening, a local official and witnesses said, just as a UN Security Council delegation arrived to push for an end to months of political unrest.

Rwanda allegedly fueling war in Burundi says refugee organization Special

Rwanda stands accused of fueling a brutal insurgency in neighboring Burundi that could morph into a regional war, an international refugee organization warned Sunday.

Freeing Africans from tyranny one phone at a time Special

In Africa, where roads are often impassible and conflict has put whole swaths of territory off-limits, the Internet is playing a pivotal role in bringing people together.

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.
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