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Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film

Man of 'Hotel Rwanda' fame denied bail in terrorism case

Sep. 17, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” saying the terrorism and other charges against him are serious and he should remain in detention for another 30 days. Rusesabagina, a Belgian citizen and U.S....

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, Burundi Army Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye gestures to party supporters after being chosen as their presidential candidate, at a national conference for the ruling CNDD-FDD party in the rural province of Gitega, Burundi. A new report released Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, by the United Nations commission of inquiry on Burundi sees little optimism in the government of new President Evariste Ndayishimiye, saying it is

UN report 'extremely concerned' about Burundi's new leader

Sep. 17, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A United Nations commission of inquiry on Burundi says it is “extremely concerned" that new President Evariste Ndayishimiye has appointed senior officials who face international sanctions for alleged human rights abuses in the country’s 2015 political turmoil. In a report...

Refugees from Mahama camp in Rwanda are checked for fever as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus after arriving back in Gasenyi, Burundi, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Nearly 500 Burundian refugees living in Rwanda began their journey back to their home country Thursday, the first group to return from Rwanda after five years in exile following deadly political violence that sent many fleeing. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

1st group of Burundian refugees returning home from Rwanda

Aug. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Nearly 500 Burundian refugees living in Rwanda began their journey back to their home country Thursday, the first group to return after five years in exile following deadly political violence sent many fleeing. The United Nations has said hundreds of people were killed in the turmoil...

3 face years in Burundi prison for stone-throwing at leader

Aug. 11, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three people have been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused of throwing stones at the president’s convoy. The sentence has caused an outcry, but the governor says he thinks there will be “changes in this affair” in the coming days. The...