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Rwandans Abroad Vote on Kagame Third Term

Rwandans abroad were voting Thursday in a referendum to amend the constitution allowing President Paul Kagame to rule until 2034, a day ahead of the main vote inside the country.

The constitutional amendment, which was already passed by parliament last month, reduces presidential terms to five years and maintains a two-term limit, although it makes an exception for Kagame.

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Report: Burundi Refugees Recruited as Rebels in Rwanda

U.S.-based advocacy group Refugees International said that men and boys in Rwanda's Mahama camp, run by the United Nations and Rwandan authorities, were being recruited into "non-state armed groups" and faced threats if they refused.

The charity added that the Burundian recruits are trained in Rwanda and efforts are made to send them back to Burundi via neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Senior Fugitive Rwanda Genocide Suspect Arrested

One of nine top fugitive Rwandan genocide suspects, a former mayor accused of slaughtering thousands of people and organizing mass rapes in 1994, has been arrested, the United Nations said.

Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a $5 million (4.6 million euro) U.S. bounty on his head, has been indicted by a U.N.-backed court for genocide and crimes against humanity.

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U.S. Says Kagame Must Go when Term Ends in 2017

Rwandan President Paul Kagame must set an example for his region and step down at the end of his term in 2017, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.

Samantha Power spoke after Rwanda's senate last month passed a constitutional amendment that would allow Kagame to run for a third term in 2017, and potentially remain in power for the next two decades.

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Rwanda's Paul Kagame Accuses Burundi Leaders of 'Massacres'

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused Burundi's leaders of carrying out "massacres" on their people in his most critical speech yet of the crisis in the troubled neighboring state.

"People die every day, corpses litter the streets... How can the leaders allow their population to be massacred from morning to night?" Kagame said, speaking in Kinyarwanda on Friday, in a speech heard by AFP on Sunday.

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German Court Convicts Rwandan Rebel Leaders in Landmark Trial

A German court Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to long jail terms for masterminding massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from their homes in Germany, capping a trial hailed by the U.N. as a breakthrough.

Ignace Murwanashyaka, head of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), received 13 years in prison, while his deputy Straton Musoni was given eight years, judge Juergen Hettich told the court after a trial that lasted more than four years.

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German Court Jails Two Rwandan Rebel Leaders in Landmark Trial

A German court Monday sentenced two Rwandan rebel leaders to long jail terms for masterminding massacres in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from their homes in Germany, capping a trial hailed by the U.N. as a breakthrough.

Ignace Murwanashyaka, head of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), received 13 years in prison, while his deputy Straton Musoni was given eight years, judge Juergen Hettich told the court after a trial that lasted more than four years.

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Sweden Charges Rwanda Genocide Suspect

A Swede of Rwandan origin was charged Friday with genocide and war crimes after having been convicted in his absence in Rwanda for involvement in the country's 1994 genocide, the Stockholm prosecutor's office said.

The suspect, who had lived in Sweden since 2002 and was naturalized in 2012, is suspected of being a low-level official involved in the murders, attempted murders and kidnappings of Tutsis.

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U.N. Probes Deadly Shooting of Rwandan Peacekeepers in C. Africa

The United Nations said Sunday it is investigating a shooting rampage that left five Rwandan peacekeepers dead in the Central African Republic, in what Kigali said appeared to be a terrorist act.

The U.N. mission here, known by its French acronym MINUSCA, issued a statement describing the shooting Saturday at the Rwandan contingent's base in the capital Bangui as an "unprecedented incident since the start of the (CAR) mission in 2014."

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Rwanda Launches Consultations on Kagame Third Term

Rwandan lawmakers began a national tour Monday consulting people on possible constitutional changes to allow strongman Paul Kagame a third term in power, parliament speaker Donatilla Mukabalisa said.

Last week both houses in parliament voted in support of a constitutional change, backing a petition signed by millions of citizens.

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