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Ivory Coast army joins Burkina Faso in anti-jihadist operation

Soldiers from Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso conducted their first joint operation against jihadists active near their shared border, killing eight suspected militants and arresting 14 others, Ivory Coast’s army said on Sunday.Burkina Faso and its neighbours Mali and...

12 suspected terrorists found dead in holding cell after arrests in Burkina Faso

Twelve people who had been arrested in Burkina Faso as suspected extremists were found dead in the cells where they were held overnight, a local prosecutor said Wednesday.Judicael Kadeba, the prosecutor of Faso in the Eastern region, said 25...

HRW says Burkina Faso security forces killed dozens of civilians

Burkina Faso’s security forces allegedly executed 31 unarmed detainees in the northern town of Djibo, Human Rights Watch said Monday, calling for an immediate investigation.The men, all from the Fulani ethnic group, were allegedly killed just hours after being...

IMF approves $230M in coronavirus aid for Niger, Burkina Faso

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved emergency aid totalling nearly $230 million to help two Sahel countries fight coronavirus.The IMF's executive board gave the green light to disbursements of $115.3 million to Burkina Faso and $114.5 million to...

Coronavirus curfew creates water shortage for Burkina Faso’s poor

Nowadays Rahinatou Diasso scolds her children when they wash with too much water. It has become a precious resource since Burkina Faso’s coronavirus curfew stopped those in poor areas from accessing communal fountains that only flow at night in...

With 16 deaths, Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Thursday pardoned more than 1 200 prisoners in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the West African country."This remission of jail sentences will affect 1 207 people...

Four ministers among 64 cases of coronavirus in Burkina Faso

Four government ministers in Burkina Faso have tested positive for the coronavirus, a government spokesman said on Saturday, as the number of reported cases rose to 64 from 40, the highest in West Africa.The ministers of foreign affairs, mines,...

Western couple kidnapped in Burkina Faso 15 months ago found in Mali

A Canadian woman and her Italian partner kidnapped in Burkina Faso in 2018 have been found in good health in the northwest of Mali after fleeing their captors and were set to be repatriated, diplomatic and UN sources said...

Scores killed in attack on Burkina Faso villages

Unidentified assailants killed at least 43 people in raids on villages in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, in one of the deadliest such attacks of the past year, the government said.The attackers targeted at least two villages in the...

U.S. creates new envoy for Africa’s Sahel to counter rising terrorism

The United States has created a special envoy for Africa’s Sahel region, a State Department spokesman said on Friday, to counter rising violence from groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State which are expanding their foothold.Envoy Peter Pham,...
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