Burundi opposition chief gets 5 years for bribery

2015-01-16 13:53

A top Burundi opposition leader has been sentenced to five years in jail for bribery following a sex scandal he claims was created to block him from running for president.

Burundi president Nkurunziza to visit SA

2014-10-31 19:45

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza will undertake a two-day working visit to South African next week, the international relations department says.

Burundi rights chief trial opens

2014-07-05 07:25

The trial of one of Burundi's most respected human rights activists has opened on charges of 'endangering' national security.

Burundi expels second UN official

2014-06-04 17:57

Burundi has announced it will expel a United Nations official, the second to be thrown out of the central African nation in as many months.

Burundi demands UN apology

2014-04-16 11:49

Burundi’s government has demanded the UN provide evidence or apologise after an alleged UN report claimed it was arming young supporters.

Burundi bans jogging groups

2014-03-20 20:44

Jogging groups have been banned from Burundi's capital because opposition parties are using them as an excuse to organise uprisings.

Veteran Burundi rebel resurfaces

2013-08-06 19:43

Burundi's veteran rebel leader Agathon Rwasa has resurfaced after three years in the bush, but police stopped him from addressing a crowd of supporters who came to welcome him.

Burundi, a nation divided over land

2013-06-07 09:13

For the crowded and grossly impoverished country of Burundi, struggling to rebuild after decades of unrest and war, land is one of the most emotive issues of all.

Burundi parly passes tough media law

2013-04-04 14:54

Burundi lawmakers have approved a draft media law that forces journalists to reveal sources, threatens reporters with financial penalties and bans news about the local currency.

Burundi gets $2bn in aid

2012-10-31 08:32

Burundi has secured more than $2bn in aid from international donors after requesting help toward financing development programmes over the next four years.

Burundi has executed rebel leader

2012-06-06 22:25

The Burundian army has executed a former spy chief who was believed to head a new rebel group and was captured by troops in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Burundi slams private radio

2011-11-15 11:36

Burundi's interior minister has accused the country's main private radio of inciting the population to disobedience and hatred, and ordered it to submit bank details and records.

Burundi opposition seeks Zuma help

2011-08-11 08:55

A Burundi opposition coalition has urged South African President Jacob Zuma to kick-start negotiations between it and the government.

UN voices worry over Burundi killings

2011-05-21 10:04

A UN human rights expert has voiced concern over rising cases of extrajudicial killing in Burundi this year and the slow pace of investigating the crime.

Burundi police deny executing ex-rebels

2010-10-18 09:43

Burundi’s police have denied that they executed at least 22 members of a former rebel group, saying they died during clashes between security forces and armed groups.

Burundi UN chief resigns

2010-10-07 07:44

The UN representative in Burundi, Charles Petrie, has announced his resignation, ahead of the winding up of the international body’s current mission in the country.

Burundi leader names govt

2010-08-30 11:32

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has named a new government following legislative elections that his party swept amid an opposition boycott, his spokesperson says.

Burundi politicians 'were tortured'

2010-08-23 10:27

The rights group Amnesty International has alleged in a report that at least 12 opposition politicians were tortured during Burundi’s recent elections.

Burundi rulers win by landslide

2010-07-27 17:16

Burundi's ruling party has won an overwhelming majority in parliamentary elections boycotted by the main opposition groups, the electoral commission has announced.

Burundi polls: Campaign begins

2010-07-08 10:12

Campaign for the July 23 legislative elections in Burundi has begun with the electoral commission saying it is not too late for the opposition to join the fray.

2 killed in Burundi after vote

2010-06-29 14:46

Two people have been killed in Burundi and two others wounded in violence that followed a controversial presidential election.

Grenade blast near EU in Burundi

2010-06-28 14:42

An official says a grenade exploded near the offices of the European Union election observer mission in Burundi hours before residents began voting for president.

Nkurunziza sole candidate in polls

2010-06-28 09:20

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza stands unopposed as voters go to the polls after a chaotic month marred by opposition boycott over fraud claims and daily grenade attacks.

Nkurunziza to win as rivals boycott

2010-06-24 21:34

Burundi's President Nkurunziza is assured of re-election as his rivals are refusing take part in the vote, a boycott that underscores political tensions in the country despite the return of peace.

21 hurt in new Burundi attacks

2010-06-19 19:22

A new spate of grenade attacks in Burundi overnight has left 21 people wounded, two of them seriously, police say.


Burundi govt boycotts UN election mission launch

2015-01-12 20:09

Burundi’s government has boycotted the launch of the UN observer mission for elections in May and June, as concern mounts of the risk of violence in the key polls.

Burundi denies 'plot' to kill opposition leader

2014-07-14 07:41

Burundi's interior minister has denied government involvement in an alleged attempt by a policeman to assassinate a prominent opposition leader.

Burundi ready to boost CAR contingent

2014-06-05 07:46

Burundi is ready to send hundreds more troops to Central African Republic, where international forces are trying to put an end to sectarian violence, President Pierre Nkurunzisa says.

Belgium frees Burundi opposition leader

2014-05-07 12:19

Belgian authorities have released a prominent Burundian opposition leader who had been detained at the airport last week while he was on route to Italy.

UN concerned at political violence in Burundi

2014-04-11 08:56

Burundi is experiencing rising political violence and restrictions on political rights, the press and civil liberties in the run-up to 2015 elections, the UN has warned.

Burundi opposition chief charged with rebellion

2014-03-12 14:56

Burundi has charged the leader of a key opposition party and 71 supporters with rebellion after violent clashes last week, a prosecutor says.

Burundi journalist held in secret prison

2013-06-14 22:45

A Burundian television journalist, who has disappeared, is being detained by the country's intelligence services, the Burundian Journalists' Union says.

UN slams 'negative' Burundi media law

2013-06-06 10:04

The UN leader Ban Ki-moon has slammed a new law passed by Burundi’s government that he says would have a "negative impact" on press freedom.

AU praises France's 'remarkable' Mali action

2013-01-17 09:41

African Union President Thomas Boni Yayi has praised the "remarkable work" of the French military in Mali, saying its troops are "practically saving" Africa.

Regional leaders meet on DRC unrest

2012-10-08 10:39

Regional heads of state have gathered ahead of a summit on the chronic unrest in the east of the DRC, the latest attempt to end the violence there.

Burundi death squads kill 300 - claim

2011-11-23 07:38

Government-backed death squads have killed more than 300 members of Burundi's former rebel group and opposition supporters in covert operations over the past five months, a rights group says.

Somalia: Burundi ready to send more troops

2011-08-16 10:02

Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza says he is ready to send more troops for the AU force in Somalia after the mission’s commander last week called for additional soldiers.

Burundi plans TRC panel for 2012

2011-07-27 22:20

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has announced that a much-delayed Truth and Reconciliation Commission to probe decades of ethnic killings would be set up in early 2012.

Former rebel executed in Burundi

2010-10-24 19:57

A member of Burundi's former rebel movement was executed overnight by a group of men wearing police uniforms north of the capital Bujumbura.

Burundi opposition official held

2010-10-07 08:58

Security forces in Burundi have arrested an opposition official, his party says condemning it as a sign that President Pierre Nkurunziza's government is becoming intolerant.

14 bodies found in Burundian river

2010-09-22 11:04

Residents in northern Burundi are on alert after the discovery of 14 bodies, some of them mutilated, in a local river, an official says.

Burundi's Nkurunziza wins again

2010-08-26 19:00

Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in for a second five-year term as Burundi's president following a landslide victory in an election that was boycotted by the opposition over fraud claims.

Burundi recognises party leader

2010-08-05 22:31

Burundi's government has recognised the new head of the main opposition party after the former leader, an ex-rebel chief, was deposed by dissident party cadres.

Burundi in 'no contest' vote

2010-07-22 15:53

Burundi's ruling party is assured of victory in parliamentary polls that are the latest instalment in an electoral marathon marred by fraud allegations, violence and boycotts.

Burundi president re-elected

2010-06-30 21:50

Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza has been re-elected with 91.62% of the vote, following polls in which he was the only candidate.

10 blasts in Burundi election

2010-06-28 18:37

Ten grenade attacks, including a blast near the European Union election observer office, have suppressed voter turnout in Burundi.

Low turnout in Burundi vote

2010-06-28 12:02

Many Burundians have stayed away from voting stations in a presidential election in which the outcome is already clear after a decision by opposition candidates to boycott the poll.

AU concerned over Burundi poll

2010-06-25 14:00

The African Union chief Jean Ping has voiced concern about Burundi’s upcoming presidential elections, which opposition are boycotting.

3 killed in fresh Burundi clashes

2010-06-22 17:31

Three people have been killed and several wounded in Burundi in the latest spate of attacks to rock the east African nation amid a tense electoral crisis, officials have said.

10 grenade blasts in Burundi

2010-06-17 22:31

Ten grenades exploded overnight in several parts of Burundi, the latest in a surge of such incidents that started amid a disputed electoral process.

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