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UN says 8,000 people flee Burundi as poll tensions mount GENEVA: More than 8,000 Burundians have fled in the past two weeks to Rwanda and DR Congo following mounting tensions in the central African country ahead of a key vote, the UN said Friday.The UN refugee agency said the main reasons according to reports from the ground were the disappearance of people associated with the opposition and alleged forced recruitment by the pro-government militia Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling CNDD-FDD party."In all, more than 8,000 Burundians have sought refuge in these two countries in the past two weeks, 7,099 in Rwanda and a smaller number in the Democratic Republic of Congo," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.Edwards said more than 60 percent of the arrivals in Rwanda were children. The refugees came from the northern Burundian province of Kirundo.Burundi, which emerged in 2006 from a brutal 13-year civil war, holds general elections in May to elect ...

Spanish authorities search ex-IMF chief Rato's offices for second day MADRID: Spanish tax authorities carried out new searches Friday of the Madrid offices of former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato in a money-laundering probe as the country asked if he had been made a scapegoat in the ruling Popular Party's anti-corruption drive.Rato is already being investigated for alleged fraud during his time as chief executive at Bankia, a Spanish bank which needed to be bailed out by the government.The 66-year-old told El Pais newspaper that he ...
300 US troops in Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces: Army KIEV: About 300 US paratroopers arrived this week in Ukraine to train the Ukrainian National Guard which is fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east, the US Army said in a statement.The troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday in Yavoriv, western Ukraine, to spend six months training three battalions of Ukrainian troops, said the statement dated Thursday.The move is likely to anger Russia, which accuses the United States of backing the ...
Putin dismisses France's non-delivery of warships MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that France's refusal to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Moscow over the Ukraine crisis would not affect its defence capabilities."Of course not delivering the ships according to a valid contract is a bad sign, but from the point of view of supporting our defence capabilities, to tell you frankly, this has no importance." Putin said the main reason Moscow signed the 1.2 billion euro deal for ...
Italy PM Renzi faces party revolt over electoral law ROME: A senior parliamentary figure in Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's ruling centre-left Democratic Party (PD) resigned on Wednesday in protest over his proposed new electoral law, underlining unrest among government backbenchers. Roberto Speranza, the PD's lower house parliamentary floor leader, told a meeting of the party late on Wednesday that he was stepping down because he disagreed with government policy. "I will be loyal to my group and to my party but I want ...
The deadly route to the EU ROME: Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain are the main gateways to the European Union for illegal immigrants who sometimes pay with their lives in their search for a better life:- Italy - Since the beginning of 2015, more than 20,000 illegal immigrants, mainly from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria have arrived in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea.That is more or less the same number as the previous year, at the end of which a record number ...
Turkish PM puts new constitution at heart of election manifesto ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday a new constitution should be the next parliament's priority, moving the country towards a presidential system, a key goal of President Tayyip Erdogan.Announcing his AK Party's manifesto for a June 7 general election, Davutoglu said: "We see the restructuring of the administrative system towards a presidential system as necessary to clear up the mess over lines of responsibility and to genuinely restore accountability."A new constitution has ...


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