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Fear and exodus on front line of jihadist fight in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - On the edge of the forbidding Sahara in the dusty northern market town of Djibo, Burkina Faso's battle against jihadism is at its most acute.This impoverished corner of West Africa has always seemed distant from the central government in Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso arrests likely key attack suspect: govt source

Ouagadougou - A suspected key figure in the deadly Burkina Faso attacks has been arrested, a government source said Sunday, adding that there were suspicions of complicity by the army.

Six attackers killed in Burkina assault

Ouagadougou - Six people were killed in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou on Friday when they attacked the French embassy and the country's military headquarters, the government said, adding that members of the security forces had also been wounded.

Dozens dead in attacks on Burkina military HQ, French embassy

Ouagadougou - Twin attacks on the French embassy in Burkina Faso and the country's military headquarters Friday left dozens dead or wounded, security sources said.

Attacks hit French embassy, military HQ in Burkina capital

Ouagadougou - The capital of Burkina Faso came under multiple attacks on Friday, targeting the French embassy, the French cultural centre and the country's military headquarters, an AFP reporter and witnesses said.

Top Burkina Faso generals on trial over failed 2015 coup

Ouagadougou - More than 80 people went on trial before a military court in Burkina Faso on Tuesday over a failed 2015 coup in a case seen as a test for justice in the West African country.

Top Burkina Faso generals on trial over failed 2015 coup

Ouagadougou - More than 80 people went on trial before a military court in Burkina Faso on Tuesday over the failed 2015 coup in a case being seen as a test for justice in the West African country.

Burkina filmmaker Ouedraogo dead at 64

Ouagadougou - Burkinabe filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, a towering figure in African cinema, died Sunday at the age of 64, the national film makers guild announced in a statement.

Hunger, contraception key concerns in Burkina: Melinda Gates

Ouagadougou - While widespread malnutrition remains the biggest child killer in Burkina Faso, mothers' tasks are made all the more arduous by a chronic lack of access to contraception, Melinda Gates, wife of billionaire philanthropist Bill, told AFP in Ouagadougou t...

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.

Migrants sold into slavery in Libya tell of 'total hell'

Abidjan - Survivors of slave auctions in Libya have described a "total hell" that they wouldn't wish on their "worst enemy" as global outrage grows over footage showing migrants being sold off in the war-torn country.

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.

Nine Malian soldiers killed in central Mali attack

Bamako - Nine Malian soldiers were killed and five wounded in an area regularly targeted by jihadist groups, as the commander of France's counter-terrorism force for the region said an operation on the Burkina Faso border was ongoing.

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.

Burkina Faso team aims to beat malaria with soap

Thrusting their arm into a box full of hungry mosquitoes, a group of brave volunteers in a Burkina Faso laboratory test an innovative weapon in the fight against malaria -- soap.

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".

Romanian held by Qaeda affiliate demands release

Nouakchott - A Romanian mineworker kidnapped by an Al-Qaeda affiliate last year has appeared in a video urging his government to secure his release as soon as possible.

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.

Web TV aims to boost youth interest in African farming

With the logo of his internet TV station on his black T-shirt, Inoussa Maiga energetically plucks corn stalks in northern Burkina Faso for a programme on farming in Africa.

Burkina Faso counts cost of child labour

Covered in dust and without protective kit, two seven-year-old boys gather stones in cups.

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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