UN: Climate of fear pervades Burundi ahead of 2020 elections
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.N. report says the turmoil from the 2015 crisis caused by Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's term extension hasn't been resolved, and the climate of fear and...
UN opposes forced repatriation of refugees to Burundi
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency is urging the governments of Tanzania and Burundi not to forcibly repatriate Burundian refugees sheltering in...
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — It made history as the first country to quit the International Criminal Court. Then it kicked out the United Nations human rights office. Even as Burundi's vice president...
Underdogs have big day at African Cup
Underdogs had a big day at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt as Uganda won on its return to the tournament after 41 years and Madagascar held Guinea to a draw on its debut on...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi national Nina Muregwa says she feels threatened again. After escaping death threats back home over her sexual identity the 17-year-old thought she had found a...
GIZA, Egypt (AP) — Mohamed Salah and host Egypt will face Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the group stage of an historic African Cup of Nations this year, the first time the tournament will field 24...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government has apologized for the country's role in kidnapping thousands of mixed-race babies from their African mothers during colonial times.
Stripped of the right to host the tournament and plunged into the qualifying competition halfway through, Cameroon earned its place at the African Cup of Nations finals and the chance to defend...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A parent and a teacher say six schoolgirls in Burundi have been detained for scribbling on an image of the country's president in schoolbooks.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's government has forced the United Nations human rights office in the troubled East African country to close after 23 years, the U.N. rights chief announced with...
Withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from Somalia begins
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Burundi says the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from the African Union regional force in Somalia has begun.
Sweden: No Ebola virus detected in hospital patient
HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish health officials say a suspected Ebola case reported by a hospital has turned out to be a false alarm with tests carried out on the unidentified patient showing no signs of the deadly virus.
Medical authorities said late Friday that the young male patient was admitted to an isolated emergency ward at a hospital in Enkoping, northwest of Stockholm, with symptoms including blood in his vomit and stools.
Anglican liaison at Vatican out after sex misconduct charge
ROME (AP) — The Anglican Church's representative to the Holy See has resigned following an allegation of sexual misconduct.
A statement from the Anglican Centre in Rome, an ecumenical study center and headquarters for the Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy to the Holy See, announced the resignation Friday.
Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, former Anglican primate of Burundi, was appointed in 2017. He didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, said a Rwandan army official.
"We have been watching the situation in this area for some time now and have a good idea of who is behind today's incident. We are in pursuit of the attackers and action will be taken against those responsible," army spokesman Innocent Munyengango said in a statement.
Rwandan leader says at least 2 troops killed in rebel attack
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame says at least two soldiers were killed when rebels crossed into the country from Congo earlier this week.
Kagame on Friday blamed the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which has links to perpetrators of the 1994 genocide, and the Rwanda National Congress, founded by a former army chief.
UN rights office: Burundi’s government has asked us to leave
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations human rights office on Thursday said Burundi's government has asked it to leave, months after the outgoing U.N. rights chief called the country one of the "most prolific slaughterhouses of humans in recent times."
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani in Geneva confirmed they received a letter on Wednesday "requesting us to close the office. We of course regret this decision and we would like to continue our cooperation with Burundi."
Ex-Burundi leader rejects warrant for his arrest as tactic
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Pierre Buyoya, Burundi's former president, on Sunday dismissed as politically motivated an arrest warrant issued against him for his alleged participation in the assassination of his country's first democratically elected leader.
Burundi issues arrest warrants around 1993 assassination
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's attorney general has issued 17 international arrest warrants for former senior military and civilian officials suspected of involvement in the assassination of the country's first democratically elected president.
At the top of the list is former president Pierre Buyoya, now the high representative of the African Union. He has not reacted publicly.
UN envoy urges new way to help Burundi exit political crisis
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Burundi called for a re-evaluation of the ways to help the African nation emerge from its current political crisis on Wednesday, with a view to elections in 2020.
Michel Kafando told the Security Council that tensions remain high between the government and opposition, there is a "deficit of trust" between the political opponents, and "hate speech" continues against opposition figures.
Salah Egypt’s ‘superman’ again with last-minute winner
Mohamed Salah scored in the last minute to give Egypt a 3-2 win over Tunisia in African Cup of Nations qualifying on Friday, taking the forward's tally to 10 goals in his last eight games for his country.
Wisconsin refugee works to reunite with his family
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Congolese refugee who resettled in Wisconsin is working to reunite with his family.
Heritier Muhorana, 33, of Appleton has been working with World Relief Fox Valley in an effort to bring his family to the U.S., The Post-Crescent reported .
UN demands immediate halt to attacks in Ebola areas in Congo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday called on armed groups jeopardizing the response to an Ebola outbreak in Congo to immediately halt their attacks, expressing "great concern" at the potential regional spread of the often deadly virus.
A resolution adopted unanimously by the U.N.'s most powerful body condemned the attacks "in the strongest terms," especially "those posing serious security risks for responders." It singled out Allied Democratic Forces rebels.
College student writes book about surviving genocide
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — Lievin Manisha was 6 years old when he watched as his family and neighbors were beaten, raped and beheaded. He became an orphan and lived in a refugee camp until he was kidnapped, tortured and nearly killed at the age of 12.
Burundi suspends non-governmental groups for 3 months
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's government has suspended the operations of non-governmental organizations for three months, saying that "many of them do not respect the law."
The action was announced late Thursday by the National Council of Security, which is chaired by President Pierre Nkurunziza. It was not immediately clear how many local and international NGOs are suspended as of Oct. 1, though several civil society leaders told The Associated Press that only international ones were targeted.
UN peacekeeper killed in attack in Central African Republic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general says a peacekeeper from Burundi has been killed in an attack in the Central African Republic.
Stephane Dujarric says Thursday's attack apparently was carried out by "anti-Balaka elements" — a reference to a mostly Christian force that has several times attacked U.N. peacekeepers who are trying to quell interreligious and intercommunal fighting in the country.
UN says political settlement is crucial before Burundi vote
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council says a political settlement in Burundi is crucial ahead of elections in 2020 and is urging all parties, especially the government, to participate "actively and unconditionally" in an inter-Burundian dialogue.
In a statement Wednesday night, the council reiterated its concern at the slow pace of the dialogue led by the East African community and "the lack of engagement by the government of Burundi."
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Burundi urged the Security Council on Thursday to appeal to all protagonists to take part in a new dialogue aimed at helping end the country's political crisis.
Michel Kafando told the council Thursday that President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement in June that he will not run for another term and will support the winner of presidential elections in 2020 "offer us an opportunity to make progress in reaching a final settlement of the Burundian question."
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's president announced Thursday he will not run for another term, even as he put in place a new constitution that would allow him to stay in power until 2034.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's constitutional court has upheld the results of the May 17 referendum showing most voters supported constitutional changes that could allow the president to stay in power until 2034.
The court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by the opposition alleging intimidation and abuse, validating the official results showing more than 73 percent of 4.7 million voters supported the amendments.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Burundi urged the African nation's government Thursday to quickly restart dialogue with the opposition following a referendum that will allow the president to stay in power until 2034.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's main opposition coalition asked the constitutional court on Thursday to invalidate the results of last week's referendum on constitutional changes to allow the president to stay in power until 2034.
The leader of Amizero y'Abarundi's parliamentary group alleged that the vote was marred by intimidation and abuses. Pierre Celestin Ndikumana told reporters they were optimistic "considering the extent of the complaints."
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A majority of Burundi's voters agreed to amend the constitution in changes that could prolong the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza until 2034, the country's electoral commission announced Monday.
More than 73 percent of 4.7 million voters in the May 17 referendum supported the constitutional amendments, with only 19 percent opposing the changes, official results showed.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The leader of a Burundian opposition coalition said Saturday they would not accept the outcome of a referendum on extending the president's time in office, calling the vote undemocratic and marred by intimidation.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Vote-counting has started in Burundi's referendum on constitutional changes that would extend the president's rule until 2034.
Five million Burundians were registered to vote in Thursday's referendum that raised concerns about further bloodshed in the East African country that has seen deadly political violence since 2015.
It is not clear when final results will be announced.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's president joined long lines of voters Thursday in a referendum that could extend his rule until 2034, despite widespread opposition and fears that the country's years of deadly political turmoil will continue.
"I thank all Burundians who woke up early in the morning to do this noble patriotic gesture," President Pierre Nkurunziza said after casting his ballot in his home province of Ngonzi.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundians vote Thursday in a referendum that could keep the president in power until 2034 and threatens to prolong a political crisis that has seen more than 1,000 people killed and hundreds of thousands fleeing to neighboring countries.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief calls last week's deadly attack in Burundi a "very dangerous development" ahead of Thursday's referendum that could extend the president's rule.
Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein spoke Tuesday following Friday's attack in rural Burundi that killed 26 people, including 11 children. The government blames the attack on a "terrorist group."
Zeid says the attack in Cibitoke could have been motivated by politics or other reasons.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Twenty-six people were killed and seven others wounded in an attack by an unidentified "terrorist group" in rural Burundi, the country's security minister said Saturday.
The attack came shortly before Burundians vote May 17 in a controversial referendum that could extend the president's term. It was not immediately clear if the attack was related, although some activists said they believe it was.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States is denouncing "violence, intimidation, and harassment" in Burundi against people thought to oppose a referendum this month that would allow the president to stay in power for another 14 years.
The State Department statement expressed concern about the "non-transparent process" of changing the constitution in the May 17 referendum. It says incumbents' efforts to stay in office beyond term limits weaken democratic institutions.
Group protests human rights activist’s detention in Burundi
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging Burundian authorities to either free or charge an activist who has been detained since Nov. 21.
The group said Wednesday that Nestor Nibitanga was arrested at his home in Gitega province and taken to the national intelligence service headquarters in the capital, Bujumbura, before being transferred to jail.
Human Rights Watch's Ida Sawyer calls the arrest part of a "broader crackdown" on rights activists and journalists in the East African nation.
Burundi’s president launches campaign to extend his rule
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's president launched a campaign Tuesday to support constitutional amendments that could extend his rule despite warnings by his opponents of more violence ahead.
President Pierre Nkurunziza told supporters in Gitega province to vote in favor of the changes in an upcoming national referendum. The proposed changes include extending a presidential term from five years to seven.
A date for the referendum has not been set but it is expected next year.
Burundi’s government enforcers now killed for their silence
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Vanessa Kaneza is on the run, hiding from security agents she believes killed her husband and may want to harm her.
International court opens probe into Burundi deadly violence
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges have authorized an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored crimes in Burundi including murder, rape and torture, announcing the decision Thursday shortly after the East African nation became the first to formally quit the court.
Refugee farming program in Iowa gets federal funding boost
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A program that helps refugees in Iowa become farmers is growing, thanks in part to a federal funding boost.
Organizers with Des Moines-based Lutheran Services in Iowa will use a $24,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer training to refugees about food safety, organic production and crop planning.
Burundi becomes 1st to leave International Criminal Court
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi has become the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, but officials say the court's prosecutor will move ahead with an examination of the East African nation's deadly political turmoil.
An ICC spokesman confirmed that the pullout took effect Friday, a year after Burundi notified the United Nations secretary-general of its intention to leave the court that prosecutes the world's worst atrocities.
Tanzania accused of arresting exiled Burundian rebel leaders
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A Burundian rebel group says Tanzanian authorities have arrested four of its top leaders.
The Popular Forces of Burundi said those arrested Saturday include the rebel group's commander in chief, Maj. Gen. Jérémie Ntiranyibagira.
Human rights activists condemned Tanzania's decision to make the arrests, saying the Burundians face possible execution upon deportation to Burundi.
EU prolongs sanctions against Burundi officials
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has extended for a year travel bans and asset freezes against four top officials in Burundi for their role in fomenting unrest in the central African country.
EU headquarters said Monday that the bloc "remains profoundly concerned" by developments in Burundi, and that the sanctions were linked to "acts of violence, repression or incitement to violence and acts which constitute serious human rights violations."
Germany to investigate provenance of 1,000 African skulls
BERLIN (AP) — A German cultural institution has started investigating the provenance of about 1,000 human skulls from the country's former African colonies that ended up in the collection of a Berlin hospital, officials said Thursday.
The collection of skulls, from colonies in what is today Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Mozambique, were found in poor condition at Berlin's Charite hospital and medical school and transferred to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in 2011.