Latest Burkina Faso News

Burkina Faso coup-leader defends his military takeover to UN

Sep. 23, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

Burkina Faso's coup leader-turned-president defended his military takeover on Friday, though he acknowledged it was “perhaps reprehensible" and inconsistent with the United Nations' values. Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba said the overthrow of the democratically elected...

Suspected jihadi bomb hits convoy in Burkina Faso; 35 dead

Sep. 06, 2022 08:19 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A suspected jihadi roadside bomb has hit a convoy in northern Burkina Faso, killing at least 35 people and injuring dozens more. The supply convoy escorted by the army was hit Monday while driving between Bourzanga and Djibo towns with one of the...

Burkina Faso bishop says American nun freed by captors

Aug. 31, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An 83-year-old American nun kidnapped from her bed in Burkina Faso earlier this year has been released by her captors unharmed, Catholic church officials in the West African nation said Wednesday. Sister Suellen Tennyson had been abducted by 10...

83-year-old nun released 5 months after kidnapping in Africa

Aug. 31, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An 83-year-old missionary nun from Louisiana has been released nearly five months after she was kidnapped from her bed in the west African country of Burkina Faso, news agencies report. A letter sent to Marianites of Holy Cross said Sister Suellen Tennyson was...

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...