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Reuters: Almost 40,000 flee Burundi amid political crisis

(Reuters) - Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighboring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

A total of 16 people were injured in protests held in different parts of the capital on Wednesday, the Burundi Red Cross said.

More than a week of demonstrations have plunged the African nation into its worst crisis since an ethnically charged civil war ended in 2005. Civil society groups say a dozen people have been killed. Police say the death toll is half that number.

The opposition says Burundi's constitution and a peace deal that ended the civil war limits Nkurunziza to two terms.

More News On Burundi's Growing Unrest

Burundian Opposition Leader Arrested as Protests Continue -- AP
Burundi crisis talks in bid to end political violence -- AFP
Pro- and Anti-Government Demonstrators Clash in Burundi -- VOA
Violence grips Burundi as President Nkurunziza cleared to run for third term -- The Guardian
Burundi court clears president to run again, angers protesters -- Reutesr
Burundi president says a third term would be his last -- Reuters
Burundi violence: Deadly protest explained as country on brink of second civil war -- IBTimes
Burundi unrest marks democratic backsliding in Africa -- Al Jazeera
Burundi Standoff Threatens Central African Stability -- WSJ

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