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Burkina Faso looks to wage 'insurrection against poverty'

Ouagadougou - Desperately poor Burkina Faso has known much turmoil over a half-century of independence, and is once again poised for battle, but this time its ambitious prime minister pledges it will be an "insurrection against poverty".

Burkina Faso govt says it has thwarted coup plot

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso said Friday it thwarted a "vast conspiracy" earlier this month by forces loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore, which aimed to seize power in the impoverished Sahel state.

Burkina Faso bans big butt contest, brands it as sexist

Women parading around a stage in a competition in which the one with the largest derriere wins is not something the government of Burkina Faso wants to see. So they banned an annual contest of big female bums, an action few are calling a bummer.

Burkina police arrest six 'foreigners' over jihadist attacks

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso police have arrested six "foreigners" suspected of being behind jihadist attacks in January that left 30 people dead, the government and police said.

Burkina Faso holds first local elections in transition

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso held local elections Sunday seen as a key step in the country's transition to democracy from the authoritarian rule of ousted strongman Blaise Compaore.

Rough justice in Burkina as vigilantes dole out lashes

Ouagadougou - Francois Kabore, a village militia chief in central Burkina Faso, grins as he watches five men ride up on a motorbike and tricycle and throw two criminal suspects in their clutches to the ground.

Freed Australian hostage vows to carry on Burkina work

Ouagadougou - An elderly Australian humanitarian worker kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso said Monday after her release that she hoped to be reunited with her husband and "continue" their medical work in the country.

Freed Australian hostage returns to Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - An elderly Australian woman kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso arrived in Ouagadougou Monday after being freed following mediation by neighbouring Niger, which is now trying to secure her husband's release.

Burkina arrests 11 failed coup soldiers after arms depot raid

Ouagadougou - Eleven former members of the elite Burkinabe presidential guard which staged a brief but failed coup last year were arrested after a raid Friday on an arms depot near the capital, the army said Sunday.

Arrests in Burkina Faso attack probe, Italy lays wreath for boy

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso police were questioning several people on Wednesday, including four seen talking to the jihadist gunmen who killed 30 people after storming a top hotel and a cafe in the capital, a security source said.

W. Africa to 'fight back' as Burkina hotel gunmen named

Ouagadougou - Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Monday named three gunmen behind a deadly attack on a top Burkina Faso hotel that has highlighted the growing reach of jihadist groups in west Africa, as French police joined in the probe.

Burkina Faso attack survivors recall night of horror

Ouagadougou - "We didn’t know if we would get out.

Australian couple kidnapped by jihadists in Burkina Faso: Islamist group

Ouagadougou - Two Australians have been kidnapped in Burkina Faso, officials said Saturday, as a Malian Islamist group said the couple were in the hands of Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.

Siege over at Burkina Faso hotel, separate assault ongoing

Ouagadougou - Security forces in Burkina Faso ended a siege at hotel and a restaurant that were stormed by Al Qaeda linked gunmen, killing three jihadists and freeing 126 people, but another assault was ongoing at second hotel nearby.

Al-Qaeda attack on Burkina Faso hotel kills 20

Ouagadougou - At least 20 people have been killed and others were being held hostage in an ongoing Al-Qaeda attack on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso popular with United Nations staff and westerners.

Gunfire, explosions in 'terror attack' at Burkina Faso hotel

Ouagadougou - Gunshots and explosions were heard coming from one of Ouagadougou's main hotels and a nearby restaurant on Friday night, with a witness saying several people had been killed in what the French embassy called a terrorist attack.

Former Compaore ally elected head of Burkina Faso national assembly

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso's Salif Diallo, a former right-hand man of ousted president Blaise Compaore, was elected head of the national assembly, the country's second most powerful position.

Ousted Burkina leader Compaore charged in Sankara killing

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso has issued an international warrant for ousted leader Blaise Compaore for his suspected role in the mysterious 1987 killing of his former comrade, ex-president Thomas Sankara, a judicial source said Monday.

Burkina's Kabore seeks mandate from legislative poll results

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso awaited the results of parliamentary elections on Wednesday, with president elect Roch Marc Kabore hoping for strong support for his pledge to bring a "better tomorrow" to the west African country.Kabore won 53.

Burkina's Kabore: Consensus figure in time of transition

Ouagadougou - Roch Marc Christian Kabore, an affable and strongly built banker, late on Monday was named the president of Burkina Faso, the first new leader of the west African country in almost three decades.
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