Burkina Faso

Ousted Burkina leader loyalists challenge treason indictment

2015-07-29 10:32

Loyalists of Burkina Faso’s ousted president Blaise Compaore have petitioned the country’s constitutional council to cancel the former leader’s indictment for treason, sources say.

Burkina president dismisses security minister

2015-07-20 10:19

Burkina Faso’s president Michel Kafando has removed Security Minister Colonel Auguste-Denise Barry from his post, in a move widely seen as appeasing the country’s powerful army, a report says.

Burkina Faso candidates urged to tackle forced marriage

2015-07-15 18:30

Burkina Faso's presidential candidates must commit to tackling forced and early marriage and improving access to contraception, sex education and health services for women and girls ahead of elections in October, a rights group says.

Dried chameleons seized in Burkina

2015-07-06 22:12

More than 1 800 dried chameleons on their way to Asia have been seized in Burkina Faso.

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

2015-07-02 13:56

Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso have returned and have been taken into custody, a legal source says.

2 French soldiers suspended over Burkina child sex claims

2015-07-01 08:58

France has suspended two of its soldiers over allegations they sexually abused children, including a five-year-old girl, in the west African country of Burkina Faso, the defence ministry says.

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 reshuffles govt 3 months before polls

2015-07-20 12:45

Burkina Faso’s interim president Michel Kafando has reshuffled government to strengthen his power three months before the West African country holds general elections.

Burkina MPs seek treason trial against ousted leader

2015-07-17 14:36

Lawmakers from Burkina Faso’s interim parliament have adopted a resolution asking the High Court to put deposed leader Blaise Compaore on trial for “high treason” and violating the constitution.

West Africa body denounces Burkina Faso electoral code

2015-07-14 05:38

The West African regional body has denounced the Burkina Faso electoral code that excludes candidates.

Father wants justice in sex abuse case

2015-07-05 19:29

The father of a 5-year-old girl who a French prosecutor says was sexually abused by a French soldier has hired a lawyer and plans to follow legal proceedings closely to ensure justice is done.

Burkina's leader mediates spat between presidential guard, PM

2015-07-02 09:33

Burkina Faso’s president is scrambling to solve the rumbling conflict between Prime Minister Isaac Zida and the presidential guard, which is pushing for the premier to be sacked.

Burkina parties challenge electoral law change

2015-06-30 23:22

Seven political parties from Burkina Faso have gone to a regional court to challenge a recent change to the country's electoral law barring those linked to deposed leader Blaise Compaore from running for office.

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.

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