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Macron, on African tour, vows to release files on Burkina hero

Ouagadougou - President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday kicked off his maiden African tour by vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara, hailed as a revolutionary hero in many parts of the continent.

Macron kicks off Africa tour in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - French President Emmanuel Macron landed in Burkina Faso on Monday evening for the opening leg of a three-day Africa tour aimed at boosting France's regional influence and stemming the continent's migrant exodus.

Fledgling 'G5' force ventures into Sahel hotspots

Dori - In a cloud of ochre dust, a column of army pickup trucks slowly advances on a dirt road near Mali's border with Burkina Faso -- one of the world's hotspots for jihadism.

Burkina restaurant attackers 'came from Mali': security source

Ouagadougou - Militants who shot and killed 18 people at a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital most likely came from Mali, a security source in Ouagadougou told AFP on Wednesday.

18 dead in Burkina Faso restaurant attack

Ouagadougou - Eighteen people, including at least eight foreigners were shot dead in a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso, according to a provisional toll Monday, in the latest attack in West Africa to target a spot popular with expatriates.

Army clashes with suspected jihadists at Burkina Faso cafe

Ouagadougou - Soldiers launched an operation against suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso on Sunday after gunmen attacked a cafe in the capital Ouagadougou, an AFP journalist said.

Macron visits Mali's restive north

Dori - New French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged faster progress in a Mali peace accord signed in 2015 on his first official visit outside Europe, while reaffirming strong military cooperation with the United States in Africa.

Ancient green building technique taking hold in West Africa

In semi-arid regions of West Africa, circumstance has created a housing crisis, and for many rural families, money is in short supply. The Nubian Vault Association is now helping people to build homes using an ancient green technique - mud bricks.

Burkina links Ivory Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capital

Ouagadougou - A jihadist accused of masterminding a deadly attack in Ivory Coast is also suspected of having planned a major assault in Burkina Faso's capital last year, a senior official said Friday.

Burkina parties for top film festival a year after attacks

Ouagadougou - A year after jihadist attacks killed 33 people, Burkina Faso's capital is kicking up its heels on the back of Africa's top film festival, which it has hosted since 1969.

Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace efforts

Dori - A suicide bombing targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in Mali left around 50 people dead and struck a fresh blow at long-running efforts to stabilise the troubled north.

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.
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