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US calls for Burundi dialogue, threatens sanctions

A man walks past a painted mural in the National Assembly in Bujumbura on July 27, 2015The United States on Friday threatened to impose targeted sanctions on figures in Burundi’s government and opposition unless they re-open talks on the country’s worsening political crisis. US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power warned that Burundi risks falling into an uncontrollable “cycle of violence” after the killing of a top general and the attempted murder of a leading human rights activist. The two attacks over the course of the past week are seen as a sharp escalation of the violence that has engulfed Burundi in the months since President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a bid to win a third term in office.

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