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The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday that 72,618 people have fled Burundi in recent weeks, cutting its estimate of how many had sought asylum in neighbouring countries by more than 30,000. The UNHCR had previously said 110,000 Burundians had fled to Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, where a cholera epidemic hit thousands taking refuge in the Kagunga peninsula. "A head count of Burundian refugees in Kagunga and the reconciliation of numbers of people who relocated by boat and on foot has resulted in a substantial reduction of previously reported numbers of Burundian refugees in Tanzania which were based on guestimates provided by refugees in Kagunga," the UNHCR said.
Afghan police Wednesday ended an all-night Taliban siege of a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family, the latest attack on a venue frequented by foreigners in the heart of Kabul. The standoff finished at daybreak with all four attackers killed, a government minister said, reporting no civilian or military casualties. "Four attackers who had one RPG launcher, three AK-47s and one grenade launcher were killed in Wazir Akbar Khan," deputy interior minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said on Twitter.