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African Union

UN condemns Burundi killings, threatens possible sanctions

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday condemning killings in Burundi and threatening sanctions, while international leaders urgently called for the government and opposition to meet amid fears that the African nation is at risk of genocide.

Witnesses say the killings, torture and human rights violations are the result of a government crackdown on opposition members. Statements by Burundian officials last week echoed language used in the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda, where more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were slaughtered in a campaign orchestrated by Rwanda's Hutu-majority extremist government.

Like Rwanda, Burundi...