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Mali declares 3 days of mourning after attacks kill dozens

Aug. 10, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities declared three days of national mourning to begin Thursday after a pair of weekend attacks by Islamic extremist groups killed dozens of soldiers and police officers across the volatile West African country. In the deadliest violence, the...

15 soldiers killed by roadside bombs in north Burkina Faso

Aug. 10, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 15 soldiers were killed in northern Burkina Faso when their vehicles hit land mines, including a rescue team that hit a second explosive device when they were rushing to help, the army said. The explosions took place in the Bam area of the...

France pledges more security, education support to Benin

Jul. 27, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged security cooperation and support to Benin as it fights rising threats of extremism, as well as investments in education and a cultural center for the West African nation. Macron made the pledges after...

UN to monitor Ukraine war for violations against children

Jul. 11, 2022 20:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Monday it will start monitoring the war in Ukraine and conflicts in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Africa’s central Sahel region for violations against children, including killings, injuries, recruitment, rape and other forms of sexual violence. ...

Burkina Faso junta faced with protests over exiled ex-leader

Jul. 08, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Protesters in Burkina Faso demonstrated Friday against the return of former President Blaise Compaore, as the ruling junta faltered in its efforts to hold a summit on the crisis of jihadi violence. Compaore, the longtime military strongman ousted by...

Burkina Faso's ex-leader Compaore returns for crisis meeting

Jul. 07, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's former President Blaise Compaore returned to the West African country Thursday, the first time since being ousted in a popular uprising eight years ago. The former leader arrived at the Ouagadougou airport, according to Western...

Burkina Faso's ex-President Blaise Compaore returns from exile for a meeting of former leaders on the country's future

Jul. 07, 2022 13:41 PM EDT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's ex-President Blaise Compaore returns from exile for a meeting of former leaders on the country's future.

Jihadi attacks kill 22 people in Burkina Faso, officials say

Jul. 04, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Attacks by jihadis killed at least 22 people in northwestern Burkina Faso and also injured others, the government said Monday. The “cowardly and barbaric” attack occurred late Sunday in the commune of Bourasso in Kossi province, Babo Pierre...

West Africa leaders lift sanctions on 2 junta-led neighbors

Jul. 03, 2022 17:55 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders attending a regional summit agreed Sunday to lift sanctions on two neighbors led by military governments that are now promising a return to democratic rule. The summit of the Economic Community of West African States resolved to lift all...

Burkina Faso to create military zones to fight jihadi rebels

Jun. 22, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s ruling junta says it will create two military zones where civilians must vacate their homes to allow the army to battle jihadi rebels without any hindrances. The two zones will be established in the country's hard-hit East and Sahel...