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Two members of missing Burundi robotics team found, US police say

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Two members of missing Burundi robotics team found, US police say

- WASHINGTON: Two members of a teenage robotics team from Burundi who went missing after a competition in Washington last week have been located and are safe, the city's Metropolitan Police Department said on Tuesday. The teens, Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were spotted last week crossing the border into Canada. The Metropolitan Police Department would not say on Tuesday where or when they were found, citing department procedures for missing persons
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He brought Burundi's first robotics team to US. Then, teens disappeared

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He brought Burundi's first robotics team to US. Then, teens disappeared

- Outside of the Bujumbura International Airport in the capital city of Burundi, six teenagers bound for Washington, D.C., to compete in an international robotics competitions locked hands with parents and relatives to pray one last time before boarding their flight. In Kirundi, their native language, Coach Canesius Bindaba asked God to bless their journey to the United States. When Bindaba uttered those words, he said he had no idea that the teens - likely with the help of their families - had orchestrated a secret bid to stay behind and possibly seek asylum in the U
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U.S. officers seek fleeing Burundi robotics competitors near Canada border

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U.S. officers seek fleeing Burundi robotics competitors near Canada border

- U.S. law enforcement authorities on Friday were seeking six teenagers from Burundi who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, two of whom had been spotted crossing the border into Canada. "We have been in touch with the Metropolitan Police Department; they told us that they are doing what they can to find those teens," Benjamin Manirakiza, first counselor in the Burundi Embassy in Washington, said in a phone interview on Friday
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Visa issues take spotlight after Burundi teens exit event

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Visa issues take spotlight after Burundi teens exit event

- WASHINGTON — The big controversy leading up to the FIRST Global international robotics competition in Washington was whether a team of girls from Afghanistan would be able to participate, after their initial visa applications were denied. As it turned out, the Afghan girls got into the country and competed without incident, though it took direct intervention from President Donald Trump. Instead, it was a team from Burundi that created an immigration-related uproar after it disappeared in what appears to be an effort to avoid returning to their home country
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Burundi robotics teens may have 'self-initiated' vanishing, organizers say

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Burundi robotics teens may have 'self-initiated' vanishing, organizers say

- Friday, July 21, 2017 10:53AM Organizers of an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital believe the disappearance of six teens from Burundi may have been "self-initiated." As the competition was wrapping up Tuesday, their chaperone discovered his kids were missing. He looked in the college dorms where the six teens - ages 16 to 18 - had been staying. Their bags were packed and gone
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Burundi robotics teens may have 'self-initiated' vanishing

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Burundi robotics teens may have 'self-initiated' vanishing

- By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Organizers of an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital believe the disappearance of six teens from Burundi may have been "self-initiated." As the competition was wrapping up Tuesday, their chaperone discovered his kids were missing. He looked in the college dorms where the six teens - ages 16 to 18 - had been staying
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Burundi relying on US police to find missing robotics teenagers -official

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Burundi relying on US police to find missing robotics teenagers -official

- REUTERS: Burundi is counting on U.S. law enforcement officials to find six teenagers who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, an official with the East African country's embassy said on Friday. The teens, aged 16 to 18, were last seen on Tuesday after the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge, and two have since been spotted crossing the border into Canada, according to Washington, D
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Magufuli: No citizenship for Burundi refugees

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Magufuli: No citizenship for Burundi refugees

- Ngara. President John Magufuli yesterday ordered the suspension of naturalisation of Burundian refugees, and said those still in Tanzania should voluntarily return home. Dr Magufuli issued the directive in Ngara District, which borders Burundi, after holding talks with his Burundian counterpart, Mr Pierre Nkurunziza. Addressing a public rally that was also attended by President Nkurunziza, Dr Magufuli said granting Burundian refugees Tanzanian citizenship was to blame for many of them refusing to go back to Burundi, which, he added, was now peaceful
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Burundi high school robotics team goes missing in US

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Burundi high school robotics team goes missing in US

- Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday. The four males and two females were last seen late on Tuesday afternoon when the robotics contest ended at the FIRST Global Challenge, police said. Authorities issued missing persons photographs of the six on Wednesday
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Tanzanian leader urges Burundian exiles to go home

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Tanzanian leader urges Burundian exiles to go home

- Nairobi - Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Thursday called on Burundians who have fled their country to return home, after talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza who was making his first foreign trip in more than two years. The visit - kept secret up to the last moment - was aimed at reviving dialogue on Burundi's enduring political crisis, diplomatic sources said
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Tanzanian leader Magufuli urges Burundian exiles to go home

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Tanzanian leader Magufuli urges Burundian exiles to go home

- Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Thursday called on Burundians who have fled their country to return home, after talks with President Pierre Nkurunziza who was making his first foreign trip in more than two years. The visit — kept secret up to the last moment — was aimed at reviving dialogue on Burundi’s enduring political crisis, diplomatic sources said
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No foul play in case of Burundi’s missing robotics team

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No foul play in case of Burundi’s missing robotics team

- WASHINGTON — Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Aquita Brown says they have received reports that two of the Burundi teenagers gone missing after an international robotics competition in Washington have been seen crossing the border into Canada. She said the whereabouts of their team members is unknown, and that the search for all the teens remains ongoing, but she stresses that police have no indication of foul play in their disappearance
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Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after US contest -police

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Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after US contest -police

- WASHINGTON: Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday. The four males and two females were last seen late on Tuesday afternoon when the robotics contest ended at the FIRST Global Challenge, police said. Authorities issued missing persons photographs of the six on Wednesday
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Burundi leader Nkurunziza in Tanzania for first foreign trip in two years

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Burundi leader Nkurunziza in Tanzania for first foreign trip in two years

- Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza arrived in Tanzania on Thursday for his first foreign trip in more than two years, seeking to revive political dialogue on the crisis in his country. Nkurunziza arrived with a heavily armed escort in the northwest Tanzanian town of Ngara, about 15 kilometres (eight miles) from the Rwandan border. The visit had been kept secret up to the last moment
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Burundi robotics team missing after competition in DC

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Burundi robotics team missing after competition in DC

- Thursday, July 20, 2017 09:05AM Six teenage members of the Burundi robotics team were reported missing after competing in an international competition this week in Washington. Police tweeted missing person fliers Wednesday asking for help finding the teens last seen in the area of the FIRST Global Challenge around the time of Tuesday's final matches. The missing team members include two 17-year-old girls and four males ranging in age from 16 to 18
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Report: 6 teens from Burundi who competed in D.C. international robotics challenge missing

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Report: 6 teens from Burundi who competed in D.C. international robotics challenge missing

- WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Police are searching Thursday for six teens from Burundi who competed in the International Robotics Challenge in Washington, D.C. who were reported missing on July 19, according to a Washington Post story. Metropolitan Police released the names and photos of the teens on their Twitter page on Wednesday. Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, Don Charu Ingabire, 16, Aristide Irambona, 18, Nice Munezero, 17, Kevin Sabumkiza, 17, and Richard Irakoze, 18, are all missing
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Nkurunziza calls Burundian refugees in TZ back home

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Nkurunziza calls Burundian refugees in TZ back home

- Ngara. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has called for Burundi refugees living in Tanzania to go back home and rebuild the country. Addressing the people of Tanzania in Kiswahili this afternoon, President Nkurunziza thanked the people of Tanzania for being a friend to Burundians. He called for more economic integration between the two countries. “Tunawaomba watanzania mkuje kufanya biashara Tanzania kama mnakuja nyumbani kwenu,” he said in Kiswahili, welcoming Tanzanians to do business in Burundi
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  • U.S. officers seek fleeing Burundi robotics competitors near Canada border
    U.S. officers seek fleeing Burundi robotics competitors near Canada border

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    U.S. law enforcement authorities on Friday were seeking six teenagers from Burundi who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, two of whom had been spotted crossing the border into Canada. "We have been in touch with the Metropolitan Police Department; they told us that they are doing what they can to find those teens," Benjamin Manirakiza, first counselor in the Burundi Embassy in Washington, said in a phone interview on Friday
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Politics & Government

  • Burundi becoming a 'violent dictatorship': report
    Burundi becoming a 'violent dictatorship': report

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    Nairobi - Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza and his ruling party have moved the country toward violent dictatorship, rights groups said Tuesday in a report that slams the international community for inaction. A "purge" of ethnic Tutsis from the army, a crackdown on opposition and media and a bid to change the constitution to allow unlimited presidential terms are signs of an "increasingly violent dictatorial regime", it said
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Sports

  • Mayanga azitumie Botswana na Burundi kama Somo
    Mayanga azitumie Botswana na Burundi kama Somo

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    Mayanga atumie mechi ya Botswana na Burundi kwa ajili kujenga Taifa Stars ya kufuzu CHAN mwakani nchini Kenya. Kwa mara ya kwanza Salumu Mayanga atakiongoza kikosi cha Taifa Stars kama kocha mkuu kwa ajili ya michezo ya kirafiki dhidi ya Botswana na Burundi. Mayanga amerithi mikoba hiyo kutoka kwa mtangulizi wake Boniface Mkwasa ambaye aliachia ngazi kutokana na matokeo mabovu aliyokuwa akiyapata
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Business

  • Accountant - Financial Manager EAC Arusha
    Accountant - Financial Manager EAC Arusha

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    JOBS: EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY Accountant/ Financial Manager. The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Uganda with its Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. Job Purpose: The overall responsibility of the accountant is to perform efficient and effective financial administration and management of all
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Health

  • Burundian artist Kidum honors ailing Big Kev's request to sing for him at his hospital bed before undergoing his seventeenth surgery
    Burundian artist Kidum honors ailing Big Kev's request to sing for him at his hospital bed before undergoing his seventeenth surgery

    , standardmedia.co.ke

    Events organizer Kevin Ombajo locally known as Big Kev was rushed to Nairobi Hospital for a life-saving operation that was to help him remove the brain tumors that have been affecting him for a while. Big Kev has in the recent past undergone sixteen surgeries but they have not been successful. As his family struggled to see to it that the ailing Kev is cured they have moved from hospital
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Society & Culture

  • Funding crisis engulfs refugee services in TZ
    Funding crisis engulfs refugee services in TZ

    , thecitizen.co.tz

    Dar es Salaam. Under-funding for social-economic projects in refugee camps, through the Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan (BRRRP), remains a challenge that UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies have to grapple with as they seek to raise living standards for refugees. At least $217.3 million (Sh450 billion) was set to be disbursed by UN state members for regional protection and humanitarian needs of an anticipated 534,000 Burundian refugees by 31 December 2017 across four major countries of asylum: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, says Ms Chansa Kapaya, the UNHCR representative in Tanzania
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Entertainment & Arts

  • Cassper wants to put 'Beyoncé of Burundi' on his next album
    Cassper wants to put 'Beyoncé of Burundi' on his next album

    , timeslive.co.za

    A video of the young woman singing Beyoncé's Halo went viral and found its way on to Cassper's Twitter page on Tuesday. The rapper was stunned by the lady's amazing voice and reached out to his 780,000 plus followers to help him try and find her. "Can someone please find me this woman! My God! I need to put her on my album!" Cassper wrote. Twitter detectives
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Education

  • With 3-month baby in tow, Burundi student receives her PG degree
    With 3-month baby in tow, Burundi student receives her PG degree

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    Mugisha N. of Burundi came with her three-month-old baby to receive her certificate as she completed her two-year postgraduate course in Electronics from Mangalore University this year. She was one among 22 foreign students who received their postgraduate degrees at the first international students’ graduation day at the university campus on Saturday. They joined the university for higher education from the scholarship offered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
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Law & Crime

  • UN investigators say Burundian forces still torturing, killing opponents
    UN investigators say Burundian forces still torturing, killing opponents

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    GENEVA: Burundian security forces and allied militia are still abducting, torturing and killing people with almost total impunity, U.N. investigators said on Thursday, an accusation fiercely denied by Burundi. Burundi, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, has failed to reply to their letters to the foreign minister and they therefore have no access to the central African country where abuses are "rarely prosecuted", they said
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Media & Information

  • Burundi warns media over tarnishing country’s image
    Burundi warns media over tarnishing country’s image

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    Bujumbura. The Burundian National Media Council (CNC) has warned journalists tarnishing the east African country’s image, the CNC vice-chairman said Monday at the celebration of the World Radio Day. “Media freedom is real in Burundi. This is a warning against journalists using internet to tarnish Burundi’s image, who claim that there’s no media freedom here (in Burundi). There are over 33 media companies including more than 24 radio stations, six
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Motoring

  • Automobiles firm Honda Kenya mulls expansion into Burundi
    Automobiles firm Honda Kenya mulls expansion into Burundi

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    Honda Motors, the Japanese automobiles giant, pans to open a motorcycle assembly plant in Bujumbura, Burundi, in the medium term. The expansion to Burundi will be spearheaded by the firm’s subsidiary in Kenya and will be Honda’s third motorcycle assembly in Africa. Another plant is in Nigeria. While receiving the Vice President, Honda Kenya Chairman Isaac Kalua said that the firm has already secured a dealership agreement with Burundi’s Old East Company which has already opened a motorcycle shop in Bujumbura
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Life & Style

  • In Burundi, unmarried couples have until December to legalise their relationships
    In Burundi, unmarried couples have until December to legalise their relationships

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    In moral ‘crusade’, Burundi forces unwed couples to marry. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Unmarried couples have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships, the Burundi government said Friday, as part of an effort to reform morals in the country. The order follows the launch of a campaign this month by President Pierre Nkurunziza “to moralise society” in the tiny nation which for two years has been in the grip of sometimes violent political upheaval
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Science & Nature

  • At least six dead in Burundi floods
    At least six dead in Burundi floods

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    Nairobi - At least six people have died in Burundi in a night of torrential rain and flooding that triggered landslides and caused widespread damage, the government said on Friday. "Torrential rains and strong winds struck several provinces last night," the country's first vice president, Gaston Sindimwo, said in reference to Thursday night. In the northwestern town of Mabayi, "a landslide smothered several houses, and rescuers found five victims", Sindimwo said, adding that search efforts were ongoing
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