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African Union suspends Burkina Faso and slaps sanctions on coup junta

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:03 AM

UPDATED The 54 member bloc imposes a travel ban and asset freeze on the junta s leaders

SANCTIONED. A sign reads, 'Collective against the confiscation of democracy in Burkina Faso' gather to protest against the military coup in Burkina Faso, which halted preparations for the west African nation's first democratic election, on September 18, 2015, outside the nation's embassy in Paris. Photo by Francois Guillot/AFP

Burkina Faso coup leaders release interim president

Sep 18, 2015 - 9:36 PM

Michel Kafando and some ministers are released as a sign of easing tensions and in the general interest the coup leaders announce in a statement

RELEASED. Burkina Faso transitional president Michel Kafando. File photo by Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina coup leader pledges elections 'soon' as 3 killed in protests

Sep 18, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Our wish is to reorganize ourselves and to move towards elections soon says coup leader General Gilbert Diendere

UNREST. Commuters flee from burning baricades during protests against a coup in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 17, 2015. Photo by Ahmed Yempabou/EPA

UN Security Council demands release of Burkina Faso president, PM

Sep 17, 2015 - 9:54 AM

Presidential guard members with links to ex leader Blaise Compaore burst into a cabinet meeting and seize President Michel Kafando Prime Minister Isaac Zida and two ministers

MICHEL KAFANDO. Burkina Faso transitional president Michel Kafando speaks at the presidential palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, July 31, 2015. Legnan Koula/EPA

Interim government meets in Burkina Faso

Nov 24, 2014 - 9:59 PM

Military strongman Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida serves as interim prime minister while Michel Kafando as interim president and foreign minister

INTERIM LEADER. Colonel Isaac Zida speaks during a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 01 November 2014. The second-in-command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard was 01 November chosen to rule the West African country during a transitional period after president Blaise Compaore stepped down, the radio station Omega FM reported. File photo by Etienne Kafando/EPA

Burkina army strongman hands power to civilian leader

Nov 22, 2014 - 8:57 AM

Interim civilian President Michel Kafando vows to punish those responsible for excesses during the 27 year long rule of ousted veteran leader Blaise Compaore

TURNOVER. Michel Kafando (R) shakes hands with Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida (L) after being sworn in as the country's transitional president in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, November 18, 2014. File photo by Herve Taoko/EPA

Burkina scrambles to pick interim head before sanctions deadline

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:50 AM

Four candidates emerge after tangled negotiations between the army political parties and civil society groups in the west African nation

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina reinstates constitution, transition deal to be signed Sunday

Nov 16, 2014 - 7:33 AM

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida says the suspension of the constitution has been lifted to allow for the civilian transition process now under way

INTERIM LEADER. Colonel Isaac Zida speaks during a press conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 01 November 2014. The second-in-command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard was 01 November chosen to rule the West African country during a transitional period after president Blaise Compaore stepped down, the radio station Omega FM reported. Photo by Etienne Kafando/EPA

Time running out for deal on Burkina transition gov't – AU chief

Nov 11, 2014 - 3:13 PM

Delicate negotiations loom to hammer out a transition plan

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina Faso transition talks off to rocky start

Nov 09, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Meanwhile ousted leader Blaise Compaore accuses his military and political opponents of jointly plotting his overthrow

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina talks agree one-year transition, polls in Nov 2015

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:02 AM

There is mounting international pressure on the military to return the country to civilian rule

President of Ghana John Mahama Dramani (C) President of Senegal Macky Sall (R) and President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan (L) attend a meeting of ECOWAS leaders and the transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (not pictured) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

African leaders in Burkina to urge army to hand over power

Nov 05, 2014 - 9:12 PM

The presidents of Nigeria Ghana and Senegal flies to Ouagadougou to press the issue after Canada suspended its aid to the impoverished West African nation

Transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (L) meets with African Union (AU) representative Edem Kodjo (C) and Kadre Desire Ouedraogo President of the commission of ECOWAS (R) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 04 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina Faso army wants power transfer 'in two weeks'

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:39 AM

French President Francois Hollande reveals Paris helped evacuate ousted president Blaise Compaore as his exit was necessary to avoid worsening the situation and provoking a possible bloodbath

Transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (L) meets with African Union (AU) representative Edem Kodjo (C) and Kadre Desire Ouedraogo President of the commission of ECOWAS (R) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 04 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina army vows unity gov't, protesters denounce power grab

Nov 03, 2014 - 9:59 AM

Threatened with economic sanctions the military pledges to put in place a transition government formed by broad consensus

AFTERMATH. A man looks at damage caused by violent protests in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 02 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina Faso braces for new protest as military names interim leader

Nov 02, 2014 - 8:25 AM

The military names Isaac Zida to lead the country s transition a day after president Blaise Compaore was forced to resign

Burkina army backs Zida as interim leader

Nov 01, 2014 - 10:05 PM

Zida says he took over the responsibilities of head of the transition and of head of state to ensure a smooth democratic transition

Burkina's President Blaise Compaore ousted

Nov 01, 2014 - 8:29 AM

Army chief Navere Honore Traore says he would take power in line with constitutional measures a move which will prove hugely unpopular with the protesters who see him as a close ally of Compaore

OUSTED. Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, speaks during the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 25 September 2013. File photo by Stan Honda/EPA/Pool

Burkina Faso parliament set ablaze in protests over president

Oct 30, 2014 - 9:24 PM

Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso setting parliament ablaze in a surge of violence that forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27 year rule

PARLIAMENT ABLAZE. Prostesters enter the parliament in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on October 30, 2014. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Air Algerie crash wipes out entire families

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:29 AM

The scale of the tragedy for some communities is becoming clear as it emerged that 10 members of one French family died in the crash