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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.

Apr 23, 2015

Analysis – Burundi on knife edge over president’s possible third-term run

BUJUMBURA/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Any move by Burundi’s president to run for a third five-year term risks undermining a peace deal that has kept the African nation calm since civil war ended a decade ago and could stoke tensions in a region blighted by ethnic conflict.

Pierre Nkurunziza has yet to say if he will stand in the June 26 vote, but diplomats and opponents expect him to run even though they say it would violate the constitution and the Arusha peace deal, credited with helping heal Burundi’s ethnic rifts.

Apr 23, 2015

Burundi on knife edge over president’s possible third-term run

BUJUMBURA/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Any move by Burundi’s president to run for a third five-year term risks undermining a peace deal that has kept the African nation calm since civil war ended a decade ago and could stoke tensions in a region blighted by ethnic conflict.

Pierre Nkurunziza has yet to say if he will stand in the June 26 vote, but diplomats and opponents expect him to run even though they say it would violate the constitution and the Arusha peace deal, credited with helping heal Burundi’s ethnic rifts.

Apr 22, 2015

Burundi party to decide at weekend if president runs again

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD will hold a party congress this weekend to decide whether President Pierre Nkurunziza will seek a third five-year term, a move that the opposition and diplomats worry could trigger fresh unrest in the African nation.

“It will be on Saturday,” CNDD-FDD party president Pascal Nyabenda told Reuters in a short phone message when asked about the date for the congress. He also confirmed the party would vote that day on whether Nkurunziza will be the candidate.

Apr 20, 2015

Opponent sees protests if Burundi president seeks re-election

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Burundi’s president will provoke more protests if he announces plans this month to seek a third five-year term and the poor African nation risks being dragged back into a cycle of unrest, a rebel-turned-politician said.

Agathon Rwasa, a presidential hopeful who in 2009 was the last rebel commander to lay down weapons, told Reuters he would call for peaceful protests if Pierre Nkurunziza chose to run, a move opponents say would violate the constitution and the Arusha deal that ended a 12-year civil war in 2005.

Apr 1, 2015

Foreign brewers battle for Ethiopia’s beer drinkers

ADDIS ABABA, April 1 (Reuters) – International brewers are
helping transform Ethiopia’s business landscape as it slowly
sells the assets of the former communist state and opens up to
foreigners drawn to one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

Heineken, Diageo and privately-owned Dutch
brewer Bavaria, have snapped up state breweries or built new
ones in the past four years, introducing new beverages and
increasing competition for St George, Ethiopia’s oldest beer
brand, that was itself bought by France’s Castel Group in 1998.

Mar 26, 2015

Kenya’s president promises to fight graft, critics doubtful

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s president promised on Thursday to take personal charge of a battle against corruption and said anyone in office cited in a report by an anti-graft watchdog should step aside pending investigation, regardless of their rank.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made the fight against graft a priority on taking office in 2013, but critics say he has failed to sweep out corrupt officials in a nation where corruption is seen as a major obstacle to business and law enforcement.

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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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