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Burkina Faso

Landlocked country in western Africa

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Burkina Faso: Landlocked country in western Africa
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. The July 2019 population estimate by the United Nations was 20,321,378. The country’s official language of government and business is French. Roughly 40% of the population speaks the Mossi language. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé. Its capital is Ouagadougou.


Son of Burkina Faso gold miner owner released after year-long captivity

The son of an Indian gold mine owner in Burkina Faso, who was kidnapped by unidentified assailants in 2018, has been released, his father said on Monday.
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Fourteen killed in bomb attack on bus convoy in Burkina Faso

Fourteen people were killed and 19 wounded when a bus carrying students ran over an improvised explosive device on Saturday in northern Burkina Faso, the government said.
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Videos for Burkina Faso

France's Macron, G5 Sahel presidents set to meet in Pau [Video]France's Macron, G5 Sahel presidents set to meet in Pau

French role, security set to dominate Macron's talks with leaders from Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:19Published

Burkina Faso mourns dozens of victims after double attack [Video]Burkina Faso mourns dozens of victims after double attack

Two days of national mourning was declared after a raid in the same region killed 35 civilians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:11Published

'State of mourning' in Burkina Faso after attack kills dozens [Video]'State of mourning' in Burkina Faso after attack kills dozens

At least 35 civilians, mostly women, killed alongside seven soldiers and at least 80 armed fighters in Soum province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:18Published

West Africa renames colonialism-linked CFA franc [Video]West Africa renames colonialism-linked CFA franc

West Africa's monetary union has agreed with France to rename the CFA franc and cut some links with Paris in a move likely welcomed by those who see the currency as a colonial relic. David Doyle..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:45Published

G5 Sahel leaders seek concrete measures to counter jihadist attacks [Video]G5 Sahel leaders seek concrete measures to counter jihadist attacks

The Leaders of the G5 Sahel countries on Sunday visited the graves of 71 Niger soldiers killed in the western town of Inates days earlier in the worst jihadist attack on security forces in Niger in..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

Helicopter collision takes the lives of 13 French soldiers [Video]Helicopter collision takes the lives of 13 French soldiers

A helicopter collision in Mali has taken the lives of 13 French soldiers in France's worst military loss in four decades.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:46Published


Thirty-five civilians killed in Burkina Faso after army repels militant attack

Burkina Faso insurgents killed 35 mostly female civilians on Tuesday after attacking a military outpost in northern Soum Province, and about 87 militants and local security forces were killed in the..
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Thirty-five civilians killed in militant attack in Burkina Faso

A militant attack in Burkina Faso on Tuesday killed 35 civilians and seven members of local security forces, who eventually repelled the assailants, killing 80 of them, the Burkinabe authorities said.
Reuters - Published

At least 14 killed in attack on Burkina Faso church

At least 14 people were killed in an attack on a church in eastern Burkina Faso during mass on Sunday morning, a security source and a local official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Reuters - Published

Burkina Faso accuses Mali of unauthorized military operation on its soil

Burkina Faso's government said the Malian army had no authorization to cross into its territory to kill three people during a spate of ethnic violence last week.
Reuters - Published

Jihadist violence putting 'generation at risk' in Africa's Sahel: WFP

Jihadist violence in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes, destroyed fragile agricultural economies and hobbled humanitarian aid efforts, the World Food..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Mine workers demanded more protection before deadly Burkina Faso attack

Five months before an ambush killed 39 colleagues, local workers at a Canadian-owned gold mine in Burkina Faso pleaded with managers to fly them to the site rather than go by a road that was prone to..
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How a preacher sent gunmen into Burkina Faso's schools

When an Islamist preacher took up the fight in Burkina Faso's northern borderlands almost a decade ago, his only weapon was a radio station. The words he spoke kindled the anger of a frustrated..
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Reopening of Boungou mine in Burkina will depend on security: Semafo

Canadian gold miner Semafo will not resume operations at its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso until security in the area is assured following last week's deadly ambush on a road to the site, the company..
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One Semafo worker still missing after deadly Burkina convoy attack: CEO

One worker is still missing in Burkina Faso after last week's attack on a convoy carrying employees of Canadian gold miner Semafo, its chief executive, Benoit Desormeaux, said at a briefing in the..
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Anger grows as families bury the dead after Burkina Faso attack

Relatives of people killed and survivors from an attack this week on a bus convoy of mine workers in Burkina Faso were increasingly angry on Saturday at what they said was a lack of support from..
Reuters - Published

'So many dead': Survivors describe terrifying Burkina Faso ambush

A mine worker shot during an ambush on a mining convoy in Burkina Faso said on Friday he was one of only three survivors from a bus with up to 80 people aboard, suggesting the death toll may be much..
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Anxious families look for missing relatives after deadly Burkina Faso mine ambush

Distraught families urged authorities to let them view the bodies of victims of an attack near a gold mine in Burkina Faso as dozens of workers who could have been caught in the ambush remained..
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Australia's Perenti says 19 of its employees killed in Burkina Faso attack

Australian mining services provider Perenti Global Ltd said on Friday that 19 of its employees were among the more than three dozen people killed in the ambush of a convoy ferrying hundreds of workers..
Reuters - Published

Dozens feared missing day after deadly ambush near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso

Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday after an ambush on workers near a Canadian-owned mine in Burkina Faso killed at least 37, the worst such attack for years in a country plagued by..
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Attack on Canadian mining firm in Burkina Faso threatens gold’s final frontier

As jihadists wreaked ever more havoc in the last two years, mining firms in Burkina Faso rolled out extra security measures, from barracks for government troops protecting them to safe rooms for..
Reuters - Published

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso

Thirty-seven civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said on..
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Sixteen killed in Burkina Faso in suspected jihadist attack

Suspected jihadists killed 16 villagers in northern Burkina Faso on Monday in an incident highlighting the increased presence of Sahel-based Islamists in the area, local and security sources said.
Reuters - Published

Militants kill five in twin attacks on Burkina army outposts: army

Four soldiers and one police officer have been killed in two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, the Burkinabe army said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Gunmen kill about 15 people in attack on Burkina Faso mosque

Gunmen killed about 15 people in an attack on a mosque in northern Burkina Faso during prayers on Friday evening, a security source and a local official told Reuters.
Reuters - Published

Burkinabes flee their homes en masse as violence spirals: U.N.

The number of people forced to flee their homes in two regions of Burkina Faso besieged by ethnic and jihadist violence has increased more than six-fold since January to around 500,000, the United..
Reuters - Published

Around 20 killed in latest wave of Burkina Faso violence

Twenty people were killed in an attack by suspected jihadists on a gold-mining site in northern Burkina Faso on Friday, two sources said.
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims attack in Burkina that killed 24 soldiers

Islamic State claimed responsibility for one of the deadliest attacks against the Burkina Faso military in recent months, the SITE website that tracks militant attacks reported on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Burkina Faso coup leaders given lengthy jail sentences

Two senior allies of Burkina Faso's deposed former president Blaise Compaore were sentenced to 10 and 20 years in prison respectively on Monday for organizing a 2015 coup attempt against a transitional..
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Burkina Faso leader laments 'dark stain' after attack kills 24 soldiers

Gunmen killed 24 soldiers in an attack on an army unit in Burkina Faso, the deadliest yet in the West African nation's fight against Islamist militants, which the president on Tuesday called a "dark..
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Death toll from Burkina Faso militant attack rises to 24

The Burkina Faso military said 24 soldiers were killed in an attack by unidentified militants on an army unit on Monday, the heaviest loss for the army in its fight to contain Islamist violence.
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At least 10 Burkina Faso soldiers killed in militant attack

Unidentified militants killed at least 10 soldiers and wounded many others in an attack on a military unit in northern Burkina Faso on Monday, the army said.
Reuters - Published

Burkina forces move to secure attacked Avesoro mine after one killed

Security forces in Burkina Faso have sealed off an Avesoro gold mine after a security guard killed an intruder and local people attacked the site in retaliation, security sources said on Friday.
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Burkina Faso urged to avoid curbs on security reporting

A U.S.-based journalists' rights group urged Burkina Faso's government on Wednesday to nix a bill that would impose stiff prison sentences on media that "demoralize" security services battling a..
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Nineteen killed in attack in Burkina Faso: government

Unidentified assailants killed 19 people and wounded 13 in an attack on and around the town of Arbinda in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government said.
Reuters - Published

France moves closer to extraditing brother of ex-Burkina Faso president

France's highest court paved the way for the extradition to Burkina Faso of the brother of ex-Burkinabe president Blaise Compaore on Tuesday by rejecting Francois Compaore's appeal.
Reuters - Published

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