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Three Burundians jailed for 30 years over 'attack' on president

Nairobi - A Burundi court has jailed two men and a woman for 30 years over an "attack" in which stones were thrown at a convoy carrying President Evariste Ndayishimiye, a judicial source told AFP Monday.

Thousands bid farewell to former Burundi president at state funeral

Gitega - Thousands of Burundians clad in white gathered Friday in the capital Gitega to say a final goodbye to former president Pierre Nkurunziza at a state funeral after his sudden death earlier this month.

Former Burundi president to be buried in state funeral

Gitega - Thousands of Burundians on Friday lined the road to the capital Gitega as the body of former president Pierre Nkurunziza was escorted under heavy security for a state funeral after his sudden death earlier this month.

Burundi picks regime hardliner as prime minister

Bujumbura - Burundi's national assembly on Tuesday approved the nomination of Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, a hardliner under US sanctions for his alleged role in political repression, as prime minister.

Burundi's new leader to 'continue on the path' of predecessor

Gitega - Burundi's new president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, took office on Thursday during a colourful ceremony in which he vowed to "continue on the path" of his predecessor who died suddenly last week.

Burundi's new president Ndayishimiye to take office

Bujumbura - Burundi's newly elected president Evariste Ndayishimiye will be sworn in on Thursday, after the sudden death of his predecessor who left him an isolated nation in political and economic turmoil.

Burundi's new president Ndayishimiye to be sworn in Thursday

Bujumbura - Burundi's newly-elected president Evariste Ndayishimiye will be sworn in on Thursday, the foreign ministry announced, in a ceremony fast-tracked by the sudden death of the incumbent, Pierre Nkurunziza.

Burundi cabinet meets on way forward after president's death

Bujumbura - Burundi held an extraordinary cabinet meeting Thursday to discuss a way forward after the sudden death of long-serving ruler Pierre Nkurunziza left many anxious over the future of the troubled country.

Burundi cabinet meets on way forward after president's death

Bujumbura - Burundi convened an extraordinary cabinet meeting Thursday to discuss a way forward after the sudden death of long-serving ruler Pierre Nkurunziza left many anxious over the future of the troubled country.

Burundi to navigate stormy waters after president's death

Nairobi - The unexpected death of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza plunges the country into uncertainty, opening up the possibility of power struggles in the upper echelons of government.

Shock and fear as Burundi mourns veteran president

Bujumbura - Burundians were in shock Wednesday after the sudden death of veteran President Pierre Nkurunziza, with condolences pouring in from across Africa as the troubled country grappled with the complex legacy of his 15-year rule.

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza dies of heart failure

Bujumbura - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of heart failure, the government said Tuesday, after the former rebel chief spent 15 often turbulent years in power.

Burundi court rejects opposition bid to annul poll results

Bujumbura - Burundi's constitutional court on Thursday rejected an opposition bid to overturn the results of last month's contested election, declaring the ruling party's presidential candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye the victor.

Burundi opposition takes poll dispute to constitutional court

Bujumbura - Burundi's main opposition party on Thursday filed its submission to the Constitutional Court to contest the results of a presidential election it alleges was riddled with fraud and irregularities.

Burundi opposition takes poll dispute to constitutional court

Bujumbura - Burundi's main opposition party on Thursday filed its submission to the Constitutional Court to contest the results of a presidential election it alleges was riddled with fraud and irregularities.

Burundi president applauds chosen successor on election win

Bujumbura - Burundi's long-ruling leader Pierre Nkurunziza on Tuesday congratulated his hand-picked successor on a "large victory" in the presidential election, though the opposition has vowed to contest the result in court.

Burundi declares Ndayishimiye victor of bitter presidential election

Bujumbura - Burundi's ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye was on Monday declared the winner of the country's presidential election, but the opposition vowed to contest the results of the "electoral farce".

Burundi expected to announce Ndayishimiye next president

Bujumbura - Burundi's election commission is expected Monday to declare Evariste Ndayishimiye the country's next president, with all signs showing the ruling party's candidate on track for victory following last week's poll.

US hopes for better ties with Burundi after election

Washington - The United States said Thursday it hoped for better ties with Burundi after its latest election, which it praised as an improvement from its violent 2015 vote.

Burundians vote despite virus outbreak

Bujumbura - Tense elections to replace Burundi's long-ruling president got underway on Wednesday despite a coronavirus outbreak that the East African nation has largely ignored.

Burundi to vote in tense poll amid virus outbreak

Bujumbura - Burundians will vote Wednesday in a tense general election, despite a largely-ignored outbreak of coronavirus which is set to be the first major challenge for the new president.

Little hope ahead of polls as Burundi economy hit by virus

Bujumbura - Five years of political crisis have battered Burundi's economy, and there is little hope of a turnaround ahead of elections next week, as feeble signs of recovery have been dashed by the coronavirus crisis.

Almost 600 Burundian refugees return home from Tanzania

Cankuzo - Nearly 600 Burundians who fled political violence in their home country to Tanzania were on Thursday repatriated voluntarily, the UN refugee agency and witnesses said.

1,800 dead as malaria 'epidemic' rages in Burundi: UN

Nairobi - Malaria has killed more than 1,800 people in Burundi this year, the UN's humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivalling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Burundi threatens to cut ties with UN envoy: diplomats

New York - Burundi is threatening to cut ties with the UN envoy appointed to the country, ahead of elections next year that the government in Bujumbura insists are an internal matter, according to UN diplomats.

Burundi schoolgirls jailed for doodling on president's photo

Nairobi - Three teenage schoolgirls in Burundi have been sent to prison to await trial for scribbling on a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza in textbooks, activists said Thursday.

Burundi shutters UN rights office: Bachelet

Geneva - Burundi has closed a UN human rights office that has been operating in the country since 1995, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday, vowing that the UN would continue monitoring violations there.

Burundi issues international arrest warrant for ex-president Buyoya

Nairobi - Burundi on Friday said it had launched international arrest warrants for ex-president Pierre Buyoya and 16 former senior officials over their alleged role in the 1993 assassination of Melchior Ndadaye, the country's first democratically elected Hutu le...

UN human rights chief slams 'regrettable' Burundi threats

New York - The UN's human rights chief on Thursday demanded respect from Burundi after its ambassador threatened to prosecute the authors of a recent report detailing continuing violations in the country.

Burundi accuses Belgium of ordering hit on independence hero

Nairobi - Burundi on Sunday accused former colonial power Belgium of ordering the assassination of independence hero and Crown Prince Louis Rwagasore in 1961, a move likely to further poison ties between the two countries.
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