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Burkina Faso security forces fire tear gas at protesters

Nov. 27, 2021 10:13 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas at protesters throwing rocks in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday, as tensions rose across the conflict-riddled nation with the population angry at the government’s inability to stem violence linked to al-Qaida and the...

Women step up, fill the gaps in Burkina Faso's virus fight

Nov. 25, 2021 03:06 AM EST

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Mariama Sawadogo sits in a small studio, translating notes from French to the local language of Moore and scribbling talking points in the margins. Transmission, prevention, vaccination — Sawadogo hits these topics in her bimonthly radio show on Zama FM,...

Attack by extremists in Burkina Faso kills at least 19

Nov. 23, 2021 13:28 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 19 people, including nine security force members, have been killed during an attack by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso, the government-press agency said Tuesday. The attack Sunday in Foube in the Center-North region also...

West Africa has highest numbers of child soldiers, says UN

Nov. 23, 2021 05:53 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Trapped in conflicts, the children of West and Central Africa are the most recruited by armed groups in the world and also have the highest number of victims of sexual violence, says a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Children’s Fund. ...

Death toll in Burkina Faso security force attack rises to 32

Nov. 15, 2021 15:28 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The death toll for the weekend attack in northern Burkina Faso has risen to at least 28 officers and four civilians, the government said Monday, marking the deadliest attack on the West African nation's security forces since jihadi violence started more than...

Extremist attack in Burkina Faso kills at least 20

Nov. 14, 2021 16:48 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An attack by jihadis on a gendarme post in northern Burkina Faso killed at least 19 officers and one civilian Sunday, the ministry of security said. The attack took place in Inata town in Soum province, near Burkina Faso's border with...

Africa's largest film festival kicks off in Burkina Faso

Oct. 16, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Africa's largest film festival kicks off Saturday in Burkina Faso amid both the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing jihadi insurgency in the West African nation that has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 1 million in recent years. ...

Africa detecting just 1 in 7 COVID-19 cases, says WHO study

Oct. 14, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Only one in seven COVID-19 infections in Africa are being detected, meaning the continent's estimated infection level may be 59 million people, according to a new study by the World Health Organization. “With limited testing, we’re...

Burkina Faso starts trial on killing of ex-leader Sankara

Oct. 11, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A military court in Burkina Faso on Monday started the trial of 14 people including former President Blaise Compaore for the killing of influential leftist leader Thomas Sankara, who was ousted as president by Compaore in a 1987 coup. ...

14 soldiers killed by jihadists in Burkina Faso

Oct. 04, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 14 soldiers were killed and seven injured by extremists at the Yirgou military barracks in Burkina Faso’s Sanmatenga province on Monday, the government said. The soldiers were targeted at 5 a.m. by a large number of heavily...