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G5 Sahel summit took place in Mauritania

The G5 Sahel countries and France meet on Tuesday June 30 in Nouakchott to take stock of their fight against the jihadists, six months after they decided to intensify the joint effort to regain lost ground in the region. Emmanuel Macron and the Heads of State of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad met […]

Schools reopen in several African countries

Several African countries, including Niger, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Tanzania, have started gradual reopening of schools. Primary school pupils were back to school on Monday June 1 in Niger, while Kindergartens remain closed. The schools had been closed since March 20 with the first coronavirus cases in the country. To ensure social distancing, the classes […]

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France adopted the bill rectifying the end of CFA franc

The bill ratifying the end of the CFA franc was adopted on Wednesday 20 May in the Council of Ministers by the French government. This text formally validates the transformation of the West African currency which will change its name to eco. It is a new step after the announcement made on December 21 by […]

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Burkina Faso: Suspect terrorists died in cell

Twelve people arrested for “suspicion of terrorist acts” were found dead in their detention cells at the gendarmerie station of Tanwalbougou, in eastern Burkina Faso, the prosecutor of Fada N’Gourma (east) announced on May 13. “Twenty-five people were arrested during the night of 11-12 May by the defense and security forces in Tanwalbougou on suspicion […]

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Thirty-one detainees executed in Burkina Faso – HRW

Thirty-one detainees executed in Burkina Faso – HRW

Human Rights Watch said Monday April 20 that Burkina Faso’s security forces executed 31 unarmed detainees in the northern town of Djibo, and called for an immediate investigation. The men, all from the Fulani ethnic group, were killed just hours after being arrested on April 9 during a government counterterrorism operation. The incident took place […]

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UN Secretary-General “strongly” condemns violent attack in Burkina Faso

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has “strongly” condemned the violent attack carried out by unidentified gunmen in northern Burkina Faso that left dozens dead, including 31 women. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery […]

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Burkina Faso seeks 10 billion FCFA on WAEMU Capital Market

Burkina Faso is planning to mobilize 10 billion FCFA in the public securities market of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). The operation should be launched this Wednesday, November 6, says UMOA-Securities in an information note. WAEMU is an organization whose mission is to bring about the economic integration of the member states […]

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Islamic State killed 24 soldiers in Burknina Faso

In Burkina Faso, Islamic State claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks against the military of the West African nation in recent months. According to SITE, a website that tracks militant activities in the region, the attack took place on Aug. 20 in Koutougou, in the country’s northern Soum province. Militants killed 24 Burkinabe […]

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Burkina Faso: Former military commander, former foreign minister get combined 30-years in prison

A military court in Burkina Faso handed 20 years in jail to a former general and 10 years to a former foreign minister, both of them indicted for involvement in a military coup against a transitional government after former president Blaise Campaore was deposed from power. General Gilbert Diendere, former commander of the elite Presidential […]

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China Yunhong Group to invest over $300 million in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, Chinese industrial giant, China Yunhong Group plans to invest about 200 billion FCFA (about $336.6 million) over the next five years in the West African nation. The information was disclosed during a meeting between the company’s CEO, Li Yubao, and President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. Li Yubao said his group’s planned investments […]

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