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Rebels kill 1 UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic

Jan. 15, 2021 6:17 PM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — At least one peacekeeper was killed and another two were injured on Friday in two successive attacks by armed rebels near the town of Grimari in Central African Republic, the United Nations Mission in the country said. Members from a coalition of armed rebels staged...

Burundi closes borders again as COVID-19 cases on the rise

Jan. 8, 2021 10:13 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi will close its land and water borders starting Monday and all passengers passing through the Bujumbura airport will be escorted by police, the government said Friday as COVID-19 cases surge again in parts of the African continent. This is the second time the East African...

3 UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

Dec. 26, 2020 6:08 AM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Three peacekeepers from Burundi were killed and two others wounded in Central African Republic in attacks Friday by armed combatants, the spokesman for the United Nations secretary-general said. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attacks in Dekoua, Kemo...

Burundian journalists pardoned in presidential decree

Dec. 24, 2020 11:49 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Four journalists in Burundi whose imprisonment caused an outcry have been pardoned and released, according to a presidential decree. The journalists with independent media outlet Iwacu had been serving two and a half years after being convicted on charges of attempting to undermine...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 file photo, refugees who fled Burundi's violence and political tension wait to board a UN ship, at Kagunga on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, to be taken to the port city of Kigoma. At least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers have been forcibly disappeared from refugee camps in Tanzania over roughly the past year, with many being tortured at a police station in Tanzania and seven remain missing, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Report alleges Burundian refugees were disappeared, tortured

Nov. 30, 2020 12:42 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The men kicked down the door well before dawn. They shoved their way into the home of the Burundian refugee and put him in handcuffs, while asking why his wife was standing there crying. Within minutes, they were gone. That day in March was the last time she saw her husband, the woman...