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West Africa presidents meet on Burkina crisis

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The presidents of Senegal, Togo, Benin and Nigeria were due to travel to Burkina Faso's capital on Tuesday on a mission to...

Burkina Faso coup leader warns of civil war risk

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Burkina Faso General Gilbert Diendere, who overthrew the West African nation's interim government last week, said this week the security situation in...

AU suspends Burkina Faso

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The African Union has suspended Burkina Faso and will impose sanctions on coup leaders if they do not restore the interim government...

Burkina Faso military junta frees interim president

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The head of a military junta in Burkina Faso which took power on Thursday has freed interim President Michel Kafando and two...

Soldiers crush protests as military seizes power in Burkina Faso

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Heavily armed troops crushed protests in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou after a former spy chief seized power in a military coup on...

Burkina Faso’s Diendere, the spy-master running a coup

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Gilbert Diendere, the shadowy general behind this week's coup in Burkina Faso, is West Africa's pre-eminent spy-master, hostage negotiator and the former...

Burkina Faso military says takes power, dissolves govt

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Burkina Faso's military said on Thursday it had stripped interim President Michel Kafando of his functions and dissolved the government, seizing power...

Burkina Faso presidential guard seize president and PM

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Soldiers fired warning shots to disperse hundreds of protesters outside Burkina Faso's presidential palace on Wednesday after the presidential guard burst into...

Burkina Faso says unidentified gunmen attack police post

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Unidentified gunmen attacked a police post in northern Burkina Faso, a police statement said on Monday, underscoring the dangers of growing violence...

Burkina transitional council indicts former president for high treason

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Burkina Faso's transitional council has indicted former president Blaise Compaore and some senior members of his government for high treason, the governing...

Burkina Faso exhumes remains of former president in murder probe

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Authorities in Burkina Faso began exhuming the remains of former president Thomas Sankara on Monday in a bid to establish responsibility for...

Islamist group says holding Romanian hostage seized in Burkina

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An Islamist militant group says it is holding a Romanian man kidnapped from a mine in Burkina Faso last month, Mauritania's Alakhbar...

Burkina security forces search for kidnapped Romanian

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Security forces in Burkina Faso searched the desert close to the borders with northern Mali and Niger on Sunday for a Romanian...

Protesters demand scrapping of Burkina Faso presidential guard

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Hundreds of people protested on Saturday in Burkina Faso calling for the dissolution of the presidential guard, a powerful unit within the...

Burkina to review presidential guard’s role amid row with premier

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Burkina Faso has said it will review the presidential guard's role in a bid to defuse a row between Prime Minister Isaac...

ISS: Africa in 2014 – the good, the bad and the...

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Africa is not a country. What might have been an excellent year for some was a disaster for others. For protesters in...

ISS: West Africa after Compaore

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Burkina Faso's political transition is now underway. Michel Kafando, retired diplomat and former foreign minister, has been appointed interim President and Lieutenant-Colonel...

While diplomats fret, Burkina backs military to drive reform agenda

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When Colonel Isaac Zida swapped his military fatigues for a blue suit to chair his first cabinet meeting as prime minister of...

France’s Hollande praises peaceful Burkina transition as model for Africa

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French President Francois Hollande warned African leaders on Saturday against trying to hang on to power, praising peaceful political transitions in Burkina...

French soldier dies in EC725 helicopter crash in Burkina Faso

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A special forces soldier died on Saturday when the French Army Air Corps EC725AP Caracal helicopter he was flying in crashed in...

New Burkina PM vows investigations into Compaore-era deaths

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Burkina Faso's interim prime minister has pledged to open enquiries into the deaths of a revered former president and an investigative journalist...

Street protests in Burkina Faso prompt minister’s resignation

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A minister in Burkina Faso's transitional government seen as close to former President Blaise Compaore's administration resigned on Tuesday following two days...

Transitional government appointed in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso authorities issued a decree on Sunday announcing a new interim government, with President Michel Kafando and prime minister Lieutenant Colonel...

Burkina ex-president Compaore in exile in Morocco – Ivory Coast government

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Burkina Faso's longtime president Blaise Compaore, toppled by a popular uprising last month, has left his temporary refuge of Ivory Coast and...

Kafando sworn in as Burkina Faso transitional president

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Michel Kafando was sworn in as transitional president of Burkina Faso on Tuesday, faced with the task of leading the West African...

Burkina names former foreign minister as interim leader

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Authorities in Burkina Faso named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as transitional president on Monday in a key step towards restoring democratic...

Burkina military restores constitution, gives deadline for new leader

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Burkina Faso's military ruler said on Saturday he had restored the constitution that was suspended when President Blaise Compaore was toppled after...

Burkina factions, army agree on make-up of transitional authority

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Military, opposition parties, civil and religious leaders on Thursday adopted a charter creating the framework for a transitional government in Burkina Faso...

ISS: The AU on Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’

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During the 3 November meeting of the African Union's (AU's) Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Burkina Faso, the main focus was...

Burkina Faso talks agree on plan for return to civilian rule

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Opposition parties, civil society groups and religious leaders adopted a plan on Sunday for a transitional authority to guide Burkina Faso to...

Analysis – Beyond Burkina Faso, Africa’s ‘Black Spring’ hopes may be...

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Inspired by protests in Burkina Faso that ousted one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, opposition activists across much of the continent are hoping...

West African bloc presses Burkina for civilian leader

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Three West African presidents urged Burkina Faso on Wednesday to appoint a civilian transitional leader within days to guide the country to...

ISS: Burkina Faso – West Africa’s Arab Spring?

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The dramatic ousting of former president Blaise Compaore by popular uprising in Burkina Faso last week, and the speed with which it...

West African presidents open talks with Burkina’s military leader

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A delegation of West African presidents opened talks with Burkina Faso's new military leader on Wednesday to plot a path to a...

West African presidents open talks with Burkina’s military leader

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A delegation of West African presidents opened talks with Burkina Faso's new military leader on Wednesday to plot a path to a...

Burkina Faso leader says to hand power to transitional body

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Burkina Faso's army will quickly cede power to a transitional government and appoint a new head of state, the country's interim President...

Army clears protesters, fires warning shots in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso's army cleared thousands of protesters from the capital and opened fire at state TV headquarters on Sunday, killing one person,...

Thousands protest Burkina Faso army’s power grab

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Thousands gathered on Sunday in the centre of Burkina Faso's capital to denounce what they called a military coup, two days after...

Burkina Faso opposition parties, African Union reject army takeover

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Burkina Faso's opposition parties and the African Union rejected the army's seizure of power in the West African country on Saturday after...

Burkina Faso army backs presidential guard officer to lead transition

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Burkina Faso's military backed a presidential guard officer on Saturday to lead a transitional government after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore,...

Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests

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The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt...

ISS: Compaore’s bid to extend his reign backfires in Burkina Faso

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The vote on the controversial bill to change the Burkina Faso constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to run for a third...

Protesters in Burkina Faso call for Compaore to step down

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Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday demanding that President Blaise Compaore step down, a day after...

Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

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Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing...

Police fire teargas at rock-throwing protesters in Burkina capital

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Hundreds of stone-throwing protesters clashed with police who fired teargas in the centre of Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Tuesday, Reuters witnesses...

Land Cruisers for Africa

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The US Army has contracted Florida-based defence equipment manufacturer Bukkehave Inc to manufacture and supply an unspecified number of Toyota Land Cruiser...

Daunting challenges ahead for West Africa

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West African countries face daunting challenges including transnational organised crimes and growing terrorist activities, as well as the increasing threat from Boko...

Call for decriminalisation of drugs in West Africa

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Governments in West Africa should decriminalise drug use and treat the issue as a health problem, because a "war on drugs" will...

Call for decriminalisation of drugs in West Africa

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Governments in West Africa should decriminalise drug use and treat the issue as a health problem, because a "war on drugs" will...

Thousands rally in Burkina Faso against lifting presidential term limit

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Tens of thousands of people packed into a stadium in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Saturday to voice their opposition to a...