Trouble in Burundi

Many are worried that this may signal the start of a mass atrocity event. “Gunmen killed at least nine people in Burundi’s capital hours before police launched house-to-house searches for weapons, amid international fears of fresh bloodletting in the central African nation. The mayor said seven people were killed in an “execution” attack on a bar in Bujumbura on Saturday night, adding that a probe had been launched to track the “assassins.” Two others later died of their wounds. Witnesses said attackers stormed into the bar, forcing those drinking outside to enter and lie on the ground before opening fire. Meanwhile, hundreds of police and soldiers ringed the opposition flashpoint Mutakura district of Bujumbura early on Sunday to start a widely feared crackdown on “enemies of the nation.”” (Al Jazeera

Burma Votes…The big election went smoothly by most accounts. they key question is whether Aung San Suu Kyi’s party will prevail. ”By nightfall, hundreds of supporters of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party had gathered on the street in front of the party headquarters, waving red balloons, dancing, chanting and watching local election results on big-screen TVs. They cheered every time a yellow ballot was unfurled with a stamp next to a golden peacock, the symbol for the NLD. Some preliminary results might be known Monday, but the final official results could take days.” (WaPO )

Stat of the Day: A new Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, according to a new report from the World Bank (NYT


Residents of Sierra Leone’s capital held a candlelit vigil and celebrations to mark the end of an Ebola epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 people including more than 220 health workers since it began last year. (Reuters

Niger’s ruling party announced Saturday that President Mahamadou Issoufou will run for re-election next year. (AFP

A perfect storm of drought, poverty and armed conflict in Africa’s Lake Chad basin could fuel Europe’s migrant crisis if world leaders fall short at two crucial summits on migration and climate change this year, a UN official warned. (AFP

Fourteen presidential candidates in Burkina Faso’s upcoming elections launched their campaigns Sunday and the transitional government urged them to be courteous and fair. (AP

Catholic church officials and Kenyan authorities say they expect 1.4 million people to attend a mass officiated by Pope Francis when he visits this country on his first trip Africa. (AP


At least 23 Syrian civilians were killed Saturday in suspected Russian air strikes on a rebel-held town outside Damascus, a monitor said. (AFP

Car-ramming and stabbing attacks wounded six Israelis in the West Bank on Sunday while two alleged Palestinian assailants were shot, authorities said, the latest in a weeks-long wave of violence. (AFP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to Washington for talks Monday at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama, in their first meeting since world powers and Iran reached a nuclear agreement strongly opposed by Israel. (VOA

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has vowed that revenues from the mineral-rich Western Sahara will continue to be invested locally, on a rare visit to the disputed territory. (AFP

The head of Britain’s armed forces on Sunday said the country was “letting down” allies by not participating in airstrikes against Islamic State group jihadists in Syria. (AFP


Police in the Maldives have charged a Sri Lankan man with planning a sniper attack on President Abdulla Yameen just weeks after a blast ripped through his boat in an alleged assassination attempt, officials said. (Reuters

A Bangladesh court Sunday handed four men the death sentence over the brutal killing of a 13-year-old boy that provoked national outrage after video footage of the attack went viral, a lawyer said. (AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party conceded defeat Sunday in a crucial election in one of India’s most populous states. (AP

The Americas

Brazilian authorities early on Sunday confirmed a second death caused by a massive mudflow and flooding that swamped towns near an iron ore mine in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. (Reuters

The government of Chile, which is probing the 1973 death of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, says it is “highly probable” the revered poet, diplomat and avowed communist died as a result of “third-party intervention” days after a coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power. (VOA

The frayed relations between Chile and Peru appeared to unwind further Saturday, after Peruvian President Ollanta Humala officially recognized an administrative district in a disputed border area. (AFP

Haitian authorities found a 4-year-old boy who was kidnapped during the killing of a missionary last month and took at least two suspects into custody, a U.S.-based church group said. (AP

…and the rest

More than 60 environment and energy ministers tasked with inking a global pact in December to rein in climate change, meet in Paris from Sunday seeking to narrow political rifts. (AFP

Tens of thousands of people from all over Spain marched in the capital to denounce violence against women, which has caused 41 deaths this year. (AFP

Hundreds of demonstrators clashed briefly Sunday with riot police ahead of a meeting between Silvio Berlusconi and a hotly contested right-wing political leader in the northern city of Bologna. (AP

Refugee Crisis

Authorities rescued several hundred migrants from the Aegean Sea off eastern Greek islands in relatively calm waters on Saturday, also reporting the death of a toddler. (AP

The heads of state and government from most of the EU member countries and more than 30 African nations are due in the Maltese capital Valletta on Wednesday for talks on tackling Europe’s migration crisis. (AFP

Germany’s vice chancellor said he considers a proposal the interior minister made, then shelved, to give many Syrians a restricted asylum status finished — signaling that he doesn’t want to set off a new round of political infighting over it. (AP

Angered by their country’s foot-dragging on Europe’s refugee crisis, 30 young Poles are lending a helping hand to refugees in the Balkans, breathing new life into a “Solidarity” ethic made famous in Poland in the 1980s. (AFP


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