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West African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The fund would help reinforce the military operations of the West African countries in their fight against jihadist attacks in the region

ECOWAS. (From L-R) Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, Idriss Deby of Chad, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Faure Gnassigbe of Togo, Macky Sall of Senegal, and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria pose after the opening ceremony of ECOWAS G5 security summit in Ouagadougou on September 14, 2019. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Gunmen kill 6 in Burkina Faso Catholic Church

May 12, 2019 - 11:31 PM

The attackers set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the local health center

Jihadists kill pastor, 4 others in Burkina church attack

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:38 PM

It is the first attack on a church since jihadist violence erupted in Burkina Faso in 2015

13 dead in Burkina Faso after suspected jihadist attack

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:45 PM

7 Fulani herders are lynched and their homes burned down by attackers on motorbikes

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Mali says foiled New Year's Eve terror attacks

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Authorities say the suspects earlier 'took part in the double attack on March 2 in Ouagadougou' as well as the abduction of a Colombian nun in February 2017 in southern Mali

At least 6 police die in Burkina Faso blast – security sources

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) A police convoy runs into an ambush in Solle town in Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali

Sacred snappers: The village where crocodiles are welcome

Jun 24, 2018 - 2:00 PM

People in Bazoule share their pond with more than 100 of the razor-toothed creatures.

SACRED. A boy sits on the back of a crocodile at a pond in Bazoule in Burkina Faso, a village which happily shares its local pond with 'sacred' crocodiles. Photo by Olympia de Maismont/AFP

China, Burkina Faso establish ties following Taiwan snub

May 26, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Taiwan can now claim only one ally in Africa, Swaziland

Investigators probe deadly twin attacks in Ouagadougou

Mar 03, 2018 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) The government says the attack on the military HQ was a suicide car bombing and that the G5 Sahel regional anti-terrorism force may have been the target

UNREST. People watch as black smoke rises, as the capital of Burkina Faso came under multiple attacks on March 2, 2018, targeting the French embassy, the French cultural centre and the country's military headquarters. Photo by Ahmed Ouoba/AFP

Dozens dead or wounded in attacks on Burkina military HQ, French embassy

Mar 03, 2018 - 9:57 AM

The government says the attack on the military was a suicide car bombing, adding that a regional anti-terrorism meeting may have been the target

UNREST. People watch as black smoke rises as the capital of Burkina Faso came under multiple attacks on March 2, 2018, targeting the French embassy, the French cultural centre and the country's military headquarters. Photo by Ahmed Ouoba/AFP

16 assailants, troops killed in Burkina attack – government source

Mar 02, 2018 - 10:29 PM

(UPDATED) The army's medical chief, Colonel Amado Kafando, says 75 people were being treated for wounds, giving a still-incomplete toll

ATTACK. Security personnel take cover as smoke billows from The Institute Francais in Ouagadougou on March 2, 2018, as the capital of Burkina Faso came under multiple attacks targeting the French embassy, the French cultural center and the country's military headquarters. Photo by Ahmed Ouoba/AFP

18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

Aug 14, 2017 - 9:17 AM

4th UPDATE The attack that began Sunday night in a Turkish restaurant popular with foreigners also left a dozen people injured while two assailants were later killed

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:47 PM

At a time when terrorism is striking everywhere in the world we cannot let the Sahel region become a new haven for terrorist organizations from the entire world French ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre tells the council

FRANCOIS DELATTRE. France's Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre arrives for a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York on May 16, 2017. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Report blames deadly Air Algerie crash on pilot errors

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:06 PM

The final report on a 2014 Air Algerie airliner crash that killed 116 people says the accident was largely due to the pilots failing to activate the plane s anti icing system

AFTERMATH. A French soldier and a journalist look at debris of the Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. Photo by Sia Kambou / AFP

Security forces hunt possible surviving Burkina hotel attackers

Jan 17, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Burkina Faso s Interior Minister Simon Compaore says search security forces are carrying out careful searches for any possible surviving gunmen

National mourning in Burkina after hotel attack leaves 29 dead

Jan 17, 2016 - 8:17 AM

UPDATED President Roch Marc Christian Kabore: For the first time in its history our country has fallen victim to a series of barbaric terrorist attacks

TERROR ATTACK. Paramedics evacuate a body outside the Splendid hotel and the Cappuccino restaurant following a jihadist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse

Australian couple kidnapped by jihadists in Burkina Faso – Islamist group

Jan 17, 2016 - 1:26 AM

UPDATED The Burkina government says the pair were kidnapped in Baraboule near the west African country s borders with Niger and Mali

At least 26 killed in jihadist attack on Burkina Faso hotel

Jan 16, 2016 - 9:32 AM

5th UPDATE Security forces retake the four star Splendid hotel popular with Westerners and UN personnel A total of 126 people were freed including 33 wounded

AL-QAEDA ATTACK. Burkina Faso's soldier stands near Hotel Splendid where the attackers remain with sporadic gunfire continuing in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on January 15, 2016. Photo by Ahmed Ouoba / AFP

Clinging to power: the African leaders who won't stand down

Dec 20, 2015 - 1:24 PM

In 2015 two African presidents amended their constitutions to allow them to seek another term – or more

Former PM Kabore elected president of Burkina Faso

Dec 01, 2015 - 11:59 AM

Kabore wins in the first round with 53 49 of ballots the electoral commission says

Burkina coup leaders want guarantees before disarming

Sep 25, 2015 - 11:25 PM

The interim cabinet met in the prime minister s office Friday September 25

African leaders pursue mediation talks in Burkina after coup

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:57 PM

It had been preparing to hold presidential and legislative elections on October 11 before Wednesday s coup took place

MORE PROTESTS. 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

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

Elite troops linked to ex-leader declare Burkina Faso coup

Sep 17, 2015 - 9:40 PM

Presidential guard members linked to Compaore burst into a cabinet meeting Wednesday and seized acting president Michel Kafando

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

Air Algerie crash victims' families mark one year since tragedy

Jul 25, 2015 - 11:21 AM

Families are asking that unidentified victims remains be flown from Mali for burial

ONE YEAR. A picture made available July 28, 2014 shows debris at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017, near the town of Goss, north of Bamako, Mali, July 27, 2014. File photo by STR/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's new PM: a career soldier out of the shadows

Nov 20, 2014 - 12:14 AM

The last 3 weeks tend to point to Lt Col Isaac Zida as a man determined to shape the future of the poor landlocked nation of 17 million

NEW LEADER. Burkina Faso's army-appointed leader Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida speaks during a signature of a transition charter at the Maison du Peuple in Ouagadougou on November 16, 2014. Burkina Faso scrambled to pick an interim president ahead of an African Union sanctions deadline after the army seized power following the ouster of longtime ruler Blaise Compaore. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Burkina Faso chooses Michel Kafando as interim president

Nov 17, 2014 - 1:44 PM

UPDATED Former diplomat and foreign affairs minister Michel Kafando is selected as interim president after several hours of negotiation which began the previous day

Michel Kafando during his time as Burkina Faso's representative to the United Nations, 02 December 2009. Paulo Filgueiras/UN Photo

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

Cause of fatal Mali air crash still a mystery – probe

Sep 20, 2014 - 10:44 PM

UPDATED An official says the plane s auto pilot had been disconnected shortly before the crash but it was unclear if this had been deliberate or the result of an accident

NO OBVIOUS LEAD. A picture made available July 28, 2014 shows debris at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017, near the town of Goss, north of Bamako, Mali, July 27, 2014. File photo by STR/EPA

Experts to begin probe into Air Algerie crash

Jul 27, 2014 - 8:51 AM

Officials had reached Mali s remote barren Gossi area described a scene of devastation littered with twisted and burnt fragments of the plane

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

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Jul 25, 2014 - 7:46 PM

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Wreckage of Air Algerie plane found in Mali

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The jet carrying 116 passengers is clearly identified even though it had disintegrated

Air Algerie plane with 116 passengers crashes

Jul 24, 2014 - 5:01 PM

7th UPDATE Air Algerie confirms the plane crashed in Tilemsi Mali Reports indicate the wreckage has been found