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In Burundi, shortages and power cuts slow a return from international isolation

Jun. 18, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi seems to be running short of everything but patience. A deadly nationwide political crackdown in the East African nation is now in the past. But the return to international favor, and benefits like development assistance that come with it, has been...

Austrian leader lauds UK's efforts on migration and cites its plan for deportations to Rwanda

May. 21, 2024 06:30 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's leader praised Britain Tuesday as a “pioneer” in outsourcing asylum proceedings to places outside Europe, citing a U.K. bill to send migrants to Rwanda as he hosted Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Vienna. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer's conservative...

Notorious people smuggler wanted in Europe arrested in northern Iraq

May. 13, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — One of Europe's most notorious human smugglers was arrested Monday in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, security officials said. The regional government's security agency said it had arrested Barzan Majeed, known as “the Scorpion,” in the area...

Belfast judge says parts of the UK's migrant deportation law shouldn't apply to Northern Ireland

May. 13, 2024 15:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom's law to deport asylum-seekers shouldn't apply in Northern Ireland, because parts of it violate human rights protections, a Belfast judge ruled Monday. The Illegal Migration Act was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and...

Rwanda denies involvement in grenade attack blamed on Burundi rebels

May. 13, 2024 04:01 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rwanda has denied claims by neighboring Burundi that it armed a rebel group that was accused of carrying out a grenade attack, as relations between the two countries continue to be strained. “We call on Burundi to solve its own internal problems and not...

Death toll in bombings at displacement camps in eastern Congo rises to at least 35

May. 10, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — The death toll in the bombings of two camps for displaced people in eastern Congo last week rose to at least 35 Friday, with an additional two in very critical condition, a local official told The Associated Press. Éric Bwanapuwa, a lawmaker who represents Goma,...

Families of the victims of attacks on displaced people in Congo mourn their dead

May. 08, 2024 11:56 AM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Families of the victims of last week's bomb attacks on two camps of displaced people in eastern Congo gathered to mourn their loved ones at a ceremony on Monday evening. During the ceremony in the city of Goma in the North Kivu Province, mourners sang and lit candles in tribute...

Bomb kills at least 12 people, including children, at two displacement camps in eastern Congo

May. 03, 2024 19:23 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Attacks on two camps for displaced people in eastern Congo's North Kivu province on Friday killed at least 12 people, including children, according to local officials, an aid group and the United Nations. The U.N. said in a statement that bombs hit two camps for...

M23 rebels seize key smartphone mineral mining town in eastern Congo

May. 02, 2024 19:40 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A rebel group with alleged links to Rwanda this week seized Rubaya, a mining town in eastern Congo known for producing a key mineral used in smartphones, the group said Thursday in a statement. In a statement shared with The Associated Press, a spokesperson...

A man who failed to get asylum in the UK is said to have voluntarily flown to Rwanda

May. 01, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — An unsuccessful asylum-seeker in the U.K. has voluntarily arrived in Rwanda, an official said, as the British government rounded up the first group of migrants it expects to fly to Kigali this summer. The man, whose nationality was not disclosed, did not...