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May 1, 2015

Burundi president warns of ‘severe sanctions’ against protesters

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza warned on Friday of tough measures against those staging protests against his decision to seek a third term, a move opponents say violates the constitution and endangers a peace deal.

Chanting anti-Nkurunziza songs and blocking a road with boulders, hundreds of protesters gathered in Bujumbura’s southern suburb of Musaga on Friday, the sixth day of protests. Unlike previous days, there were no scuffles with police.

May 1, 2015

Hundreds of students seek refuge outside U.S. embassy in Burundi

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Hundreds of students from a Burundi university shuttered by the government were seeking refuge outside the U.S. embassy in the capital on Friday, amid unrest and escalating tensions ahead of the June 26 presidential vote.

The east African nation has been rocked by days of protests triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term, a move opponents say violates the constitution and a peace deal that ended an ethnically charged civil war in 2005.

Apr 30, 2015

U.S. tells Burundi’s president his country risks boiling over

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. diplomat told Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday that the east African country risks boiling over if it smothers political opposition, as protests against the president entered a fifth day.

The Burundi Red Cross said 15 protesters were injured during clashes with the police on Thursday. Some suffered bullet wounds, said one activist. Late in the day a soldier was killed by unknown gunmen, who were arrested.

Apr 30, 2015

Analysis – Burundi’s patchwork army faces test to keep the peace

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – When protesters in Burundi cheer for soldiers who turn up at demonstrations against the president’s bid for a third term, it is redolent of uprisings further north in Africa where the military was hailed as friend not foe.

But deploying the army on the streets of Burundi may carry higher stakes than when generals intervened in Cairo and Tunis in 2011 and Ougadougou in 2014 to turf out veteran leaders.

Apr 30, 2015

United States says Burundi risks boiling over if political opposition stifled

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. diplomat told Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Thursday that the east African country risks boiling over if it stifles political opposition, as protests against the president entered a fifth day.

Tom Malinowski, U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, arrived in Burundi on Wednesday to try to help halt escalating unrest and defuse the country’s biggest crisis in years, set off by Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office.

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. diplomat in Burundi amid anti-president protests

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Burundi on Wednesday to try to help halt escalating unrest and defuse the country’s biggest crisis in years, set off by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term.

Police in the east African nation have clashed for four days with protesters who say Nkurunziza’s plan to run again in the June 26 election violates the constitution and threatens a peace deal that ended the ethnically fuelled civil conflict.

Apr 29, 2015

Top U.S. diplomat on way to try to halt unrest in Burundi

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – A top U.S. diplomat was heading to Burundi on Wednesday, seeking to halt escalating unrest triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office, a move protesters say is unconstitutional.

Since Sunday, police in the landlocked nation at the heart of Africa have clashed with protesters who say Nkurunziza’s plan to run again in the June 26 election threatens the Arusha peace deal that ended an ethnically fueled civil war in 2005.

Apr 28, 2015

Burundi tells foreign envoys to stay neutral over unrest

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s government told diplomats on Tuesday to stay neutral and not side with protesters who accuse President Pierre Nkurunziza of violating the constitution by announcing he will seek a third term in office.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets for a third straight day and were confronted by police firing teargas and shots in the air, as Burundi faced its worst political crisis since the end of an ethnically fuelled civil war in 2005.

Apr 28, 2015

Burundi tells diplomats to stay neutral over unrest

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s government told diplomats on Tuesday to stay neutral and not side with protesters who accuse President Pierre Nkurunziza of violating the constitution by announcing he will seek a third term in office.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets for a third straight day and were confronted by police firing teargas and shots in the air, as Burundi faced its worst political crisis since the end of an ethnically fueled civil war in 2005.

Apr 23, 2015

Somalia seeks to drive militants from southern valley bases: PM

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Somali and African forces aim to drive al Shabaab Islamist militants out of one of the last major tracts of territory in southern Somalia that the group still holds and which it uses to launch attacks, the Somali prime minister said on Thursday.

Omar Sharmarke also told Reuters he was pressing Kenya to reopen Somali money transfer firms that are a lifeline to many in Somalia but whose licenses Nairobi suspended after al Shabaab raided a north Kenyan university this month killing 148 people.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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