Burkina Faso

World Bank clears $100m for Africa trade corridor

2015-06-25 19:00

The World Bank in a first-time move is clearing $100m to help Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast reduce mutual trade and transport costs on a key corridor.

Widow of Thomas Sankara still seeks truth of his death

2015-06-19 09:33

Nearly three decades after the assassination of Burkina Faso’s iconic ex-president Thomas Sankara, his widow Miriam is still campaigning to shed light on his 1987 death.

Burkina Faso to exhume grave of Thomas Sankara

2015-05-25 18:02

Burkina Faso is exhuming the graves of thirteen people including revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, whose death nearly 30 years ago in a coup has remained a mystery.

Jihadist group hold mineworker

2015-05-19 06:30

North African jihadist group Al-Murabitoun says it is holding a Romanian mineworker who was kidnapped in Burkina Faso last month.

Burkina Faso and Niger to swap towns

2015-05-08 20:36

Burkina Faso and Niger have announced they will exchange 18 towns in order to settle a long-running border dispute and end years of litigation.

Burkina law bars ex-president's allies from running for office

2015-04-08 10:35

Lawmakers in Burkina Faso have modified the electoral code to prevent people from standing for office if they had supported a failed move last year to allow then-president Blaise Compaore to seek new term.

Burkina PM accuses strikers of causing anarchy

2015-04-02 21:12

Burkina Faso's prime minister has accused groups involved in labour strikes rocking the landlocked west African country of creating a climate of anarchy.

Burkina Faso: Food aid shortage threatens HIV patients

2015-02-21 17:40

The World Food Programme warns it will soon need to cut assistance to thousands of people living with HIV/Aids in Burkina Faso because of a funding shortage.

Africa's biggest news stories in 2014

2014-12-30 11:42

In 2014 Africa saw the Ebola outbreak, a number of presidential elections, and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe sacked his vice president. See our review of the continent's biggest news events.

Illegal strike forces Avocet to halt operations

2014-12-08 10:50

Gold miner Avocet Mining says it has halted operations at its Inata gold mine in Burkina Faso due to an illegal strike.


Suspended sentence for Burkina customs chief who hid millions

2015-06-21 13:40

A former Burkina Faso customs chief under ousted president Blaise Compaore has been given a two-year suspended sentence after a relative was found with a suitcase stuffed with nearly €3m in cash.

Conflicts displace 3.5m in Africa's Sahel region - UN

2015-05-29 10:42

The number of people displaced by conflicts in Africa’s Sahel has more than doubled in just over a year to a staggering 3.5 million, the UN says.

Burkina judge hears complaint of slain ex-leader's widow after 27 years

2015-05-19 07:43

Mariam Sankara, the widow of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara, has for the first time given testimony in an inquiry looking into the assassination of her husband more than 27 years ago.

Burkina Faso bank chief arrested for embezzlement

2015-05-09 08:53

The head of one of Burkina Faso's largest banks has been arrested on suspicion of having embezzled billions CFA francs, a source close to the investigation says.

US, French forces help search for hostage taken in Burkina Faso

2015-04-08 12:11

The US and French military are assisting in the search for a Romanian mineworker kidnapped in Burkina Faso and believed to have been taken into Mali, Burkina Faso's security minister says.

Burkina arrests three ex-ministers

2015-04-07 21:41

Authorities in Burkina Faso have arrested three former ministers from the government of deposed dictator Blaise Compaore.

Burkina Faso passes corruption law

2015-03-04 15:54

Burkina Faso’s interim parliament has approved an anti-corruption law, one of two pieces of legislation required by the World Bank before it will release $100m in budget support.

Burkina Faso polls set for October

2015-01-23 06:30

Burkina Faso will hold presidential and legislative elections on October 11, interim president Michel Kafando has announced.

Burkina Faso's former ruling party suspended

2014-12-16 08:04

Transitional authorities in Burkina Faso have suspended the political party of the president who was forced from power earlier this year.

Burkina wants to extradite former president

2014-11-28 07:40

Burkina Faso will ask Morocco to extradite ousted leader Blaise Compaore, interim Prime Minister Isaac Zida told reporters after the new government's first meeting.

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