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Rwanda Expels 1,500 Burundians

Rwanda has expelled over 1,500 Burundians in recent days, government officials said Monday, amid worsening relations between the neighbors.

However, Seraphine Mukantabana, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, said the expulsions were part of a regular crackdowns on those living illegally in the country and were not targeting Burundians specifically.

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Rwanda Genocide Perpetrator Gets Life in Prison in Sweden

A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a Swede of Rwandan origin to life in prison for genocide and war crimes for his involvement in the 1994 massacres.

Claver Berinkidi, 61, moved to Sweden in 2002 and was naturalized in 2012.

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Rwandan Mayors Go on Trial in France over 1994 Genocide

Two former Rwandan mayors go on trial in France Tuesday facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide over the 1994 massacres in the central African country.

The second trial in Paris by a special court created to go after suspected Rwandan killers who fled to France is expected to lay bare the strained relations between the two countries.

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Key Rwandan Genocide Suspect Handed over to U.N.

Top level Rwandan genocide suspect Ladislas Ntaganzwa was flown from Kinshasa to Kigali on Sunday to face trial three months after his arrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 53-year old former mayor is to be tried on nine counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and violating the Geneva Conventions during the 1994 genocide in which around 800,000 people were killed, mostly ethnic Tutsis.

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French General Testifies in Rwanda Massacre Probe

A French general has testified for the first time in a probe into the role of French forces during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, sources close to the case said Sunday.

General Jean-Claude Lafourcade was questioned in particular over claims that France's U.N.-mandated Operation Turquoise, which he led, left ethnic Tutsis to be slaughtered by Hutu killers in the western Bisesero hills in June 1994, the sources said.

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Rwanda Police Shoot Dead 'IS Recruiter'

An imam accused of seeking to recruit young men to join the Islamic State group was shot dead in the Rwandan capital Saturday night while trying to escape from a police escort, police said in a statement Monday.

Muhammad Mugemangango, deputy imam of the Kimiromko mosque in the capital Kigali, was shot dead as he sought to escape police custody during an escorted visit to his home, they said.

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Rwanda's Kagame Says Will Run for a Third Term in 2017

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Friday he would run for a third term in line with a constitution amendment which won overwhelming backing in a referendum last month.

"You have asked me to lead the country after 2017. Given the importance you ascribe to this matter, I can only accept," he said in a televised New Year address.

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East Africa Pushes Burundi Peacekeeping Force

Burundi faces mounting regional pressure to accept African Union peacekeepers it calls an "invasion force", diplomats said Wednesday, with the issue a key point of talks due in Uganda next week.

The 54-member African Union said last week it would send a 5,000-strong force to halt violence that has sparked fears Burundi is sliding back towards civil war, and has pledged to send troops despite Burundi's fierce opposition.

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Rwanda's Kagame Praises Vote Allowing him Extra Terms

Rwanda President Paul Kagame praised Monday a constitutional referendum allowing him to rule until 2034, but did not declare whether he intends to run in the next election.

Kagame had previously said he would make a decision on standing in the 2017 polls only after results were in from Friday's referendum in which 98 percent of the population approved constitutional changes making his candidacy legal.

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Rwanda Votes Yes to Allow Extra Terms for Kagame

Rwanda has overwhelmingly voted to change the constitution to allow President Paul Kagame to potentially rule until 2034, election officials said on Saturday citing partial referendum results.

"We have seen the will of the people. It's clear that what the people want, they can achieve," said National Electoral Commission chief Kalisa Mbanda, announcing 98.1 percent had voted "yes" with preliminary results in from some 70 percent of the country.

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