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Burundi’s Former President Pierre Buyoya, Dies at 71.

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Burundi’s Former President Pierre Buyoya, has died at age 71.

Buyoya served as President twice, from 1987-1993 and then 1996-2003.

His death comes three weeks after his resignation from the position of the high representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel region.

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Announcing his resignation, Buyoya said he needed time to focus on legal battles back home, following his trial in absentia and sentencing to life in prison.

Burundi’s top court sentenced Buyoya to life imprisonment in late October 2020, for alleged assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye who had won the 1993 elections.

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Joe Biden Sworn in as 46th U.S President

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Joe Biden Sworn in As 46th US President

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th United States president as Harris becomes the Vice President.

She is America’s first female and first black Asian-American person to hold the office.

Biden took his oath of office on Wednesday at the capitol in Washington D.C.

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Chief Justice, John Roberts junior, administered the pledge at exactly 11:48am eastern time.

In his Inaugural address, Mr. Biden said it was a day of “history and hope”.

“my whole soul is in putting America back together again”.

Outgoing President, Donald Trump, did not attend the ceremony.

Meanwhile, former presidents, Bill Clinton, George Bush junior, Barack Obama and their wives were in attendance.

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Turkish Court Sentences Kurdish Former Member of Parliament to Jail

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Turkish court sentences Kurdish former MP to 22 years in jail

A Turkish court has sentenced Kurdish former lawmaker, Leyla Guven to more than 22 years in jail on terror-related charges.

Leyla Guven, who was stripped of her parliamentary immunity in June, was convicted of membership of a “terror group” and disseminating “terror propaganda” for outlawed Kurdish armed groups.

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On Monday, Guven was given 14 years and three months in jail on a charge of membership of a “terrorist organization” and an additional eight years for two separate charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda”.

Guven was not present at the court hearing in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir, and her whereabouts were not immediately clear.

The court however, ordered Guven’s immediate arrest.

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U.S Removes Sudan from its ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ List

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The United States has formally removed Sudan’s designation as a “state sponsor of terrorism”,  after nearly 27 years of putting the country on its blacklist.

The announcement was made by the US embassy in Khartoum on Sunday and comes into effect on Monday.

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Recall that the US government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that al-Bashir’s government was allegedly supporting “terrorist” groups.

US President Donald Trump had said in October that the U.S was going to remove Sudan from the list after Khartoum paid a $335m settlement to American victims of an attack by armed groups on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

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