Burkina Faso’s ex-leader Compaore returns for crisis meetingJuly 7, 2022 GMT
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.
Burkina Faso’s ex-president moved to arrest at personal homeApril 7, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s former president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who has been under strict house arrest since being ousted in a coup in January, has been allowed to return to his personal home, according to the ruling military junta.
Suspected militants kill 13 soldiers in eastern Burkina FasoMarch 21, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in Burkina Faso’s eastern Gourma province in an ambush by suspected Islamic extremists, the army announced Monday.
Burkina Faso’s junta leader is declared president by councilFebruary 11, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The leader of Burkina Faso’s junta Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba has been declared president this week, the West African country's Constitutional Council said in a statement.
UN council refuses to condemn Burkina Faso military coupFebruary 10, 2022 GMT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has refused to condemn the military takeover in Burkina Faso last month or call it a coup, instead adopting a weak statement expressing “serious concern about the unconstitutional change of government” in the West African nation.
Insecurity a top issue as African leaders meet in EthiopiaFebruary 5, 2022 GMT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders are meeting Saturday at a summit that is expected to discuss the continent's most pressing challenges, including a new wave of coups in West Africa and a slow response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECOWAS asks Burkina Faso junta for election date proposalFebruary 3, 2022 GMT
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — West African regional leaders refrained Thursday from imposing sanctions against the new military junta in Burkina Faso, instead calling on the new rulers propose a firm date for returning the country to democratic rule.
US pauses $450M aid for Burkina Faso over president’s ousterFebruary 1, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A U.S. government agency said Monday that it is pausing $450 million in assistance to the West African nation of Burkina Faso, where mutinous soldiers overthrew the democratically elected president last week.
African Union suspends Burkina Faso after coup last weekJanuary 31, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The African Union has suspended Burkina Faso until constitutional order is restored in the West African country, the organization announced Monday in a tweet.
Burkina Faso suspends trial on killing of ex-leader SankaraJanuary 31, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The long-awaited trial on the killing of Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso’s influential leftist leader killed more than three decades ago, has been suspended as a result of the West African country's recent coup.
AP EXPLAINS: Burkina Faso at risk for more unrest after coupJanuary 28, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Mutinous soldiers in Burkina Faso forced democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to resign this week, announcing they are now in charge of the West African country that's under siege by Islamic extremists.
Burkina Faso’s junta leader promises security, orderJanuary 27, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s new military leader said he was going to bring security and order back to the conflict-ridden nation and unite the country, but warned that betrayal wouldn’t be tolerated by the new regime.
Hundreds march in Burkina Faso to show support for new juntaJanuary 25, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Burkina Faso's capital Tuesday in a show of support for the new military-led junta that ousted democratically elected President Roch Marc Christian Kabore and seized control of the country.
Soldiers declare military junta in control in Burkina FasoJanuary 25, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — More than a dozen mutinous soldiers declared Monday on state television that a military junta had seized control of Burkina Faso after detaining the democratically elected president following a day of gunbattles in the capital of the West African country.
Gunfire near home of Burkina Faso’s leader after army mutinyJanuary 24, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunfire rang out late Sunday near the home of Burkina Faso's embattled President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, raising the specter that a military coup might still be under way after mutinous soldiers seized a military base earlier in the day.
Burkina Faso forces fire tear gas at anti-govt protestsJanuary 22, 2022 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas at protesters barricading the streets and throwing rocks in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday, as anger grows at the government’s inability to stop jihadist attacks spreading across the country.
41 killed in Burkina Faso ambush including volunteer leaderDecember 26, 2021 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 41 people last week in an attack in northern Burkina Faso, including the prominent leader of a volunteer group helping the country's military, the government said.
Burkina Faso, Niger force says it has killed 100 extremistsDecember 10, 2021 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's military says that its joint operation with Niger's army has killed at least 100 extremist rebels.
The Burkina Faso armed forces said on Friday that its joint force with neighboring Niger also arrested 20 suspects and seized significant equipment from the rebels in the past two weeks.
Burkina Faso’s prime minister is fired amid growing violenceDecember 9, 2021 GMT
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Burkina Faso’s prime minister has been fired amid escalating jihadi violence that’s killed thousands and displaced more than 1 million people.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore sacked his prime minister amid weeks of anti-government protests in which demonstrators have criticized his government’s inability to stem extremist attacks by al-Qaida and the Islamic State across the West African nation.
UN rights chief: Burkina Faso is facing a security crisisDecember 1, 2021 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — If insecurity in Burkina Faso keeps up, the West African nation could spiral into a humanitarian and human rights “catastrophe,” the U.N. human rights chief said Wednesday.
Burkina Faso security forces fire tear gas at protestersNovember 27, 2021 GMT
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 Islamic State group.
Burkina Faso says at least 100 civilians killed in attackJune 5, 2021 GMT
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 100 people in a northern Burkina Faso village, the government said Saturday, in what was the country’s deadliest attack in years.
The attack took place Friday evening in Solhan village, in the Sahel’s Yagha province, government spokesman Ousseni Tamboura said in a statement blaming jihadists.
Burkina Faso to vote amid escalating violenceNovember 20, 2020 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso will vote in presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, amid escalating extremist violence that’s killed more than 2,000 people this year and displaced some one million people from their homes...
35 civilians, 80 jihadists killed in attack in Burkina FasoDecember 24, 2019 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Jihadists attacked a town in northern Burkina Faso and killed 35 civilians, most of them women, and ensuing clashes with security forces left 80 jihadists dead, the West African nation's president announced late Tuesday.
Correction: Burkina Faso-Church Attacked storyDecember 2, 2019 GMT
In a story Dec. 2 about an attack in Burkina Faso, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an attack on a convoy carrying employees of a mining company occurred in October. The attack occurred in November.
Burkina Faso leader vows to defeat ‘terrorists’ after ambushNovember 7, 2019 GMT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's president vowed Thursday that security forces will hunt down "terrorists and all their accomplices," a day after at least 37 people were killed in the West African nation when gunmen attacked a convoy carrying employees of a Canadian mining company.