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May 22, 2015

Cholera hits 3,000 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: U.N.

GENEVA/BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – About 3,000 refugees fleeing political turmoil in Burundi have been infected in a cholera epidemic in neighboring Tanzania, the United Nations said on Friday, stoking fears of a growing humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Great Lakes.

Up to 400 new cases of the deadly disease were emerging every day, the U.N.’s refugee agency UNHCR said, mainly in Tanzania’s Kagunga peninsula where tens of thousands of Burundians have taken refuge, often in squalid conditions.

May 21, 2015

Two killed in running street battles in Burundi’s capital

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Street battles and gunfire erupted again in the capital on Thursday as protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected his calls for calm in Burundi, an ethnic tinderbox with a history of civil war and genocide.

The Burundi Red Cross said two protesters were killed as soldiers and police fired tear gas and shots in the air in confrontations with scores of young men throwing rocks and burning makeshift barricades in the roads.

May 21, 2015

Street clashes, gunfire erupt again in Burundi capital

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Street battles and gunfire erupted again in the Burundi capital on Thursday as protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza rejected his calls for calm in the east African nation, an ethnic tinderbox with a long history of civil war and genocide.

Soldiers and police fired tear gas and warning shots in the air as they faced off against scores of young men throwing rocks and burning makeshift barricades in the roads, Reuters witnesses said.

May 20, 2015

President delays Burundi elections, more shooting in capital

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s president pushed back parliamentary and local elections to June 5 on Wednesday and further clashes between police and protesters broke out in a power struggle threatening to unleash more ethnic bloodshed in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

President Pierre Nkurunziza said the parliamentary and council vote would be postponed from May 26. His decree made no mention of the weeks of unrest in the capital Bujumbura or last week’s failed coup.

May 19, 2015

Burundi police fire tear gas, beat anti-president protesters

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi police fired tear gas and beat protesters who were demanding President Pierre Nkurunziza end his bid for a third term, in a resurgence of unrest has stoked fears of ethnic conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes.

A Reuters photographer said at least eight of the flag-waving and chanting demonstrators were dragged off by police on Tuesday. Some in the crowd responded by pelting officers with stones and rocks.

May 19, 2015

Burundi president fires defense chief after coup attempt

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s embattled President Pierre Nkurunziza sacked his defense and foreign ministers on Monday, five days after surviving an attempted coup by generals opposed to his bid for a third term in office.

In a decree seen by Reuters, Nkurunziza declined to give any reasons for the dismissals. “President does not have to explain,” one of his spokesmen said in a follow-up text message. “Constitution gives him powers to (do) so.”

May 18, 2015

Burundi protests resume, Kenya calls for poll delay

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Small groups of protesters resumed demonstrations on Monday against Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term, days after he survived an attempted coup.

The atmosphere was tense as soldiers deployed on the streets of Bujumbura where more than 20 people were killed in almost three weeks of protests before the failed putsch, a Reuters witness said.

May 17, 2015

Burundi president appears in capital, warns of Islamist threat

BUJUMBURA, May 17 (Reuters) – Burundian President Pierre
Nkurunziza on Sunday made his first public appearance in the
capital Bujumbura since an attempted coup last week failed to
oust him, warning of a threat posed by Islamist militants from
Somalia.

The east African nation was plunged into crisis after
Nkurunziza said he was seeking a third term of office.

May 15, 2015

Burundi says it arrests leader of failed coup

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundian forces arrested the leader of a failed coup on Friday, President Pierre Nkurunziza’s spokesman said, but anti-Nkurunziza protesters said they would return to the streets, setting the stage for more clashes.

Major General Godefroid Niyombare was captured two days after announcing Nkurunziza had been overthrown, presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho said.

May 15, 2015

Burundi says it arrests three generals behind coup bid

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) – Burundi’s authorities have arrested three generals for their role in an attempted coup but the leader of the bid to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza was “still on the run”, a presidential spokesman said on Friday.

After Thursday’s heavy fighting for control of the state radio headquarters and frequent gunfire in the capital, the streets of Bujumbura were quiet on Friday morning.

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      "Born in Belgrade in 1969, Goran Tomasevic started working for Reuters as a freelance photographer in 1996 during the anti-Milosevic demonstrations. He was based in Baghdad during the Iraq conflict, in Jerusalem during tense times between the Israelis and Palestinians and was senior photographer in Egypt during the uprising. Goran is currently chief photographer for East Africa based in Nairobi. In 2003 and 2005 Goran won the Reuters photographer of the year award."
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