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2017-07-26 Teens' Parents Not Worried About Their Disappearance in U.S. - Teachers
[VOA] Instructors of the six Burundian teens who disappeared last week in Washington say the kids' parents do not seem concerned about their disappearance, and likely knew the teens would not come back to Burundi.

2017-07-26 Burundi Not Represented in Francophonie Games
[Iwacu] "We have not so far been informed about the reasons for the cancellation of our participation in the Francophonie games at the last minute", says Annick Kabatesi, head of the fashion company which makes clothes from ficus tree, who was among participants in the competition.

2017-07-26 President Nkurunziza Ventures Out, Asks Refugees to Go Home
[East African] President Pierre Nkurunziza on Thursday met with his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli in Ngara in northwestern Tanzania in his first ever trip outside Burundi since the failed May 2015 coup.

2017-07-26 ATCL Readies to Extend Wings to Burundi
[Daily News] AIR Tanzania is ready to take on established rivals airlines flying to Bujumbura as it finalizes preparations to fly to the Burundi capital city from next month.

2017-07-25 Imbonerakure Accuse Former President of Insulting Them
[Iwacu] On July 22, the imbonerakure, members of the youth wing of the ruling party CNDD-FDD in Bujumbura City Council, gave a warning to the former Burundian President, Domitien Ndayizeye. They accuse him of insulting them. They say he has no moral lesson to teach them.

2017-07-25 Provincial Administration Expels 57 Congolese in Transit From Rumonge to Tanzania
[Iwacu] "They came in groups. 39 Congolese arrived in Rumonge on 20 July while 18 others arrived on 21 of the same month", says Juvénal Bigirimana, Rumonge province Governor. The majority of them were women and children. They entered Burundi through Rumonge port. They said they had fled confrontations between Mai-Mai rebel group and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) in the localities of Fizi and Missi in South Kivu. They said they passed through Rumonge southern province seeking t

2017-07-24 President Tells Refugees to Come Home
[VOA] Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has invited people who fled the country during violent political unrest two years ago to return home.

2017-07-24 'Refugees Return When Conditions Are Favorable'
[Iwacu] A delegation of the facilitation, EAC and AU visited a refugee camp in Tanzania. The objective was to explore the possibilities of Burundian repatriation. A decision challenged by some people.

2017-07-24 Hilal and Merreikh-Less Sudan Face Burundi
[CAF] For the first time in decades, a Sudan national team has been assembled without players from the nation's two most glamourous clubs, El Hilal and El Merreikh.

2017-07-22 Abducted Journalist Remains Missing, One Year On
[Iwacu] Iwacu Press Group commemorates one year of the disappearance of its journalist, Jean Bigirimana, who has gone missing since 22 July 2016. No evidence of his death so far .

2017-07-23 Burundi - 'Horrific Times' for Critical Press
[Deutsche Welle] One year ago in Burundi, journalist Jean Bigirimana disappeared without a trace. The government is playing down the case, but critics say freedom of the press is in dire straits in the crisis-torn East African country.

2017-07-22 Jean Bigirimana 'Is Not On Holidays'!
[Iwacu] On 22 July 2017, day after day, it will be a year without our colleague ... A confused feeling invades us. Commemorating a year of "disappearance"? But, apart from his absence of 365 days, we have no concrete evidence to conclude his death. It's always this atrocious doubt. Desperate, one clings to the smallest, the most doubtful hope.

2017-07-21 President Magufuli Urges Burundians to Return Home
[Daily News] Ngara -President John Magufuli yesterday suspended temporarily the registration and naturalisation of Burundian refugees, urging the immigrants to return home.

2017-07-20 Teenagers Go 'Missing' After U.S. Competition
[allAfrica] Six Burundi teenagers who travelled to Washington, DC in the United States to take part in a robotics competition were reported as having gone missing after the competition was over.

2017-07-21 University of Burundi Launches a PhD Programme
[Iwacu] On 20 July, the University of Burundi has officially launched the doctoral programme for candidates who already hold a Master's degree.

2017-07-21 Human Rights Watch Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Burundi
[HRW] In late April 2015, the announcement by the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) that Nkurunziza would stand for a third term ignited protests in the capital Bujumbura, and later in other locations. Many Burundians believed that the president's third term violated a 2000 peace agreement that sets a maximum of two five-year presidential terms. Police suppressed the protests violently, shot dead dozens of demonstrators, and injured many others. F

2017-07-21 Two Teens Spotted Crossing Canadian Border
[Deutsche Welle] Six Burundi teenagers have vanished after taking part in a robotics tournament in Washington DC. Police said they suspected no "foul play," feeding speculation that the group wanted to avoid returning home.

2017-07-21 National Football Team Overcomes Freeze Shock, Leaves for Burundi
[SudaNow] The National Football Team of Sudan has finally overcome the FIFA freeze shock and is now heading for Bujumbura, Burundi, to play against that country's national squad as part of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) contest.

2017-07-20 The Collateral Damage of the FIDH Report On Burundi
[Daily Maverick] When you work on sensitive cases such as Burundi it is important and necessary to be prudent, to be fair and to ensure that the message you send out will contribute to peace and cohesion. There is a danger in just a single story, writes PATRICK HAJAYANDI.

2017-07-21 Human Rights Watch Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Burundi
[HRW] In late April 2015, the announcement by the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) that Nkurunziza would stand for a third term ignited protests in the capital Bujumbura, and later in other locations. Many Burundians believed that the president's third term violated a 2000 peace agreement that sets a maximum of two five-year presidential terms.

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