Burkina Faso drought triggers water and power shortages

An intense dry season across the Sahel region leads to severe heat, causing water and power cuts for millions.

Arts & Culture

In Burkina Faso: FESTIMA, a festival of African masks

The frantic music and dancing transform the mask wearer into a spirit which communicates with ancestors.

War & Conflict

Australian released by al-Qaeda says husband is alive

Jocelyn Elliot hopes Dr Ken Elliott, with whom she ran a clinic near Mali border for 40 years, will be released soon.

Burkina Faso

Australian woman freed from al-Qaeda in Burkina Faso

Release follows mediation efforts and continuing talks to secure release of second hostage, Niger government says.

Human Rights

Memories of FGM: 'I was screaming in pain and fear'

Assita Kanko, a politician in Brussels, recalls when she underwent female genital mutilation as a child in Burkina Faso.

War & Conflict

Burkina Faso arrests ex-presidential guards over raid

Ten members of unit loyal to former president Blaise Compaore held as new leader continues to face security challenges.


Burkina Faso begins mourning after hotel attack

People urged to comply with security measures following 12-hour siege by al-Qaeda fighters which left 28 people dead.

War & Conflict

Burkina Faso hotel siege declared over

At least 27 killed, including four assailants, and 126 freed as standoff ends, but operation continues at nearby hotel.


Burkina Faso attack: Operation to end siege under way

Over 20 killed and 126 hostages freed as security forces raid hotel in Ouagadougou to end the standoff with gunmen.

Blaise Compaore

Ex-president wanted over killing of Thomas Sankara

Burkina Faso police seek arrest of former leader Compaore over infamous murder of Africa's 'Che Guevara' in 1987.

Climate Change

Burkina Faso: Farmers going against the grain

Burkina Faso's farmers are turning away from industrial farming and embracing agro-ecological techniques.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso coup leader charged over Sankara murder

General accused of complicity in one of the most high-profile killings in Africa's modern history, Reuters reports.


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Burkina Faso elects new leader in historic vote

Former PM is second civilian to become president of West African nation after almost three decades of one-man rule.


Ex-PM Kabore takes early lead in Burkina Faso election

Roch Marc Kabore is winning 54 percent of the vote, while Zephirin Diabre, an ex-finance minister, is trailing with 29.