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Burundi: MPs Vote to Quit International Criminal Court

The Burundian parliament on Wednesday voted yes to the decision by the government to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ninety-four Members of Parliament voted in favor of the withdrawal, two voted against while 14 others abstained. The bill needs approval from Burundi’s senate before President Pierre Nkurunziza can sign it into law. The government […]

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EU Renews Sanctions on Burundi until Oct. 2017

The European Union (EU) has renewed its restrictive sanctions against Burundi until the end of October 2017, the bloc’s council said in a statement on Tuesday. According to the council, the latest sanctions “consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities were deemed to be undermining democracy or obstructing the […]

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Human Rights Investigations: UN Slams Five African Countries

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday slammed five African countries, including Ethiopia, Gambia and Mozambique, for shying away from UN officers requesting to carry out human rights investigations. The High commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein made the comment on Tuesday saying that Congo Republic and Burundi were cooperative with the UN […]

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Burundians Want Presidential Term Limits Abolished

A commission set up by President Pierre Nkurunziza last year to canvas public opinion on the country’s political system, on Wednesday said, most Burundians wanted term limits abolished. The central African nation has been gripped by violence for more than a year, triggered by President Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term. Opponents said the […]

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Togo, Israel Poised to Boost Ties

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday met with visiting Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé to discuss cooperation between the two countries. Togo is one of Israel’s strongest friends in western Africa, as evidenced last September when it joined Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi to support Israel at a key vote at the […]

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Burundi: 230 Students Sacked for Doodling President’s Photo

A secondary school in Burundi has sacked 230 students on Tuesday for defacing President Pierre Nkurunziza portrait in their textbooks. Kwizera Guillaume, the provincial director of education in Ruyigi province in Burundi, said the administration has sent home a total of four classes who were sitting an exam. “It is an option we took to […]

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Somalia: 110 al-Shabaab Militants killed in Raids

The African Union AMISOM troops in Somalia have killed 110 militants of al Shabaab Islamist group in the early hours of Thursday. “AMISOM forces killed 110 al Shabaab and captured a large cache of weapons,” AMISOM spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Joe Kibet told reporters. The Al-Qaeda linked militants attacked the base in Halgan in Hiran region, […]

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UN Deploys Human Rights Monitors in Chaotic Burundi

The United Nations in Burundi has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the chaotic East African nation. The investigation team is expected to make recommendations on how to improve the human rights conditions in the country and also meet with Burundian refugees in […]

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Burundi: Ex-President Bagaza Dies at 70

Former President of Burundi Jean Baptist Bagaza died in Belgium at the age of 70. He passed away Wednesday morning in Brussels where he was hospitalized for treatment, the government said. The nation has lost a great figure and tireless worker, Philippe Nzobonariba, the government spokesman said on Wednesday. He said flags will fly at […]

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ICC Opens Probe into Atrocities in Chaotic Burundi

International Criminal Court’s prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda and her team will investigate outbreaks of violence in Burundi that have killed hundreds and forced hundreds of thousands to flee the country since a political crisis erupted in 2015. “At least 3,400 people have been arrested and over 230,000 Burundians were forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries,” […]

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