MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government's rainy-day fund has shrunk by almost 10 percent in dollar terms in February after the state sought to fill a hole in its budget, where revenues have suffered due to low oil prices.
A prominent political rival of Burundi's president has escaped from prison where he was serving 13 years on charges of endangering state security, the justice ministry said on Tuesday. Hussein Radjabu fled with six others including three police officers who were guarding the jail, justice ministry spokesman Eliason Bigirimana said. The reported escape comes as political tensions mount before elections in June -- supporters have called on President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term, while opponents say he can only serve two. Former rebel leader Radjabu was a founder of Nkurunziza's ruling Hutu CNDD-FDD party, but was later ousted from its leadership, arrested in 2007 and sentenced a year later.