Burkina Faso

Senegalese film scoops top award at Africa film fest

2017-03-06 16:02

"Felicite," a tale about a nightclub singer who has to scrape together funds to pay for her son's treatment after a road accident, scooped the top prize at Africa's top cinema festival.

Burkina parties for top film festival a year after attacks

2017-02-28 17:58

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.

Tight security for Africa's top film festival in Burkina Faso

2017-02-23 21:19

Burkina Faso is laying on tight security for Africa's top film festival which kicks off Saturday in a nation hit a year ago by a major terror attack.

Burkina Faso's ex-leader Compaore expected to be tried in March

2017-02-16 08:45

Ousted Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore will likely go on trial in March for his part in the violent crackdown on the 2014 popular uprising that overthrew him, the supreme court prosecutor says.

Gunmen kidnap Colombian nun in southern Mali

2017-02-08 18:33

A Colombian nun has been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Mali, a Malian security source and a local official have said.

Top Africa stories: Jammeh, Zim, Nigeria

2017-01-23 19:44

Yahya Jammeh stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, and Zimbabwe's education minister says "sport and mass display" will now be a compulsory school subject up to age 16.

Burkina leader names new army chief after jihadist raid

2016-12-29 19:00

Burkina Faso's president Roch Marc Christian Kabore has named a new military commander, two weeks after jihadists killed 12 soldiers in a major raid, a government statement says.

12 soldiers killed in jihadist attack on Burkina Faso army

2016-12-16 14:50

Authorities say at least 12 soldiers are dead after dozens of Islamic extremists attacked an army barracks in northern Burkina Faso.

I Coast extradites 3 soldiers suspected in Burkina coup

2016-11-26 09:12

Ivory Coast has extradited three soldiers arrested on suspicion of being at the centre of the 2015 coup attempt in Burkina Faso back to their homeland, the Burkinabe interior minister says.

Patients languish in Burkina Faso amid doctors strike

2016-11-24 19:00

Doctors and nurses are on strike at Burkina Faso's public health centres throughout the west African country, leaving only medical students to help the sick.


Extremists kill 2 in Burkina Faso as schools targeted

2017-03-03 20:27

A local official says two people, including a school headmaster, have been killed by jihadists on motorbikes in Burkina Faso's far north near the border with Mali.

Jihadists attack two police posts in Burkina Faso: officials

2017-02-28 10:20

Two police posts in Burkina Faso have been attacked by jihadists, officials say, just months after 12 soldiers were killed by militants in a raid near the Mali border.

Burkina leader fine-tunes govt to face jihadist threat

2017-02-21 19:00

Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has given government ministers specific responsibility for security and defence in a reshuffle officially announced on state television.

Searches across Mali and Burkina Faso for kidnapped nun

2017-02-09 20:22

Security forces were searching territory in Mali and Burkina Faso for a Colombian nun kidnapped by self-declared jihadists, a Malian security ministry source has said.

Sahel leaders say terror threat requires immediate action

2017-02-06 22:06

Africa's Sahel region risks becoming a "space for terrorists" unless immediate, co-ordinated action is taken, Chad's President Idriss Deby warned, as the area's leaders gathered for security talks in the Malian capital.

African leaders driven from power

2017-01-23 08:48

The Gambia's Yahya Jammeh, who has pledged to step down, is one of a long list of African leaders forced out by coups, rebels or popular uprisings.

Mali may let Burkina troops chase jihadists into its territory

2016-12-19 12:19

Mali's president says he could let Burkina Faso forces pursue jihadist fighters when they flee across the border into his country, days after militants massacred 12 Burkinabe soldiers.

Burkina Faso looks to wage 'insurrection against poverty'

2016-12-01 17:02

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".

Kidnapped Australian doctor becomes Burkina Faso citizen

2016-11-25 06:11

An Australian surgeon kidnapped by jihadists nearly two years ago whose whereabouts remain unknown has been declared a citizen of the west African nation, an official decree has announced.

Burkina president calls on army to remain 'neutral'

2016-11-02 14:06

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has implored the country's army to respect the "rule of law".

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