Africa

'Important moment' as Burkina Faso tries ex-leader

Ex-president, who is in Ivory Coast, accused of authorising the killings of unarmed protesters in October 2014 uprising.

Africa

Burkina Faso soldiers on trial claim forced confessions

Twenty Burkinabe soldiers claim torture after being held for a failed raid on an arms depot last year.

Suspects in arms depot raid claim torture, humiliation

Africa

Burkina Faso-Nigeria friendly cancelled over UK visas

Seven Burkina Faso players failed to secure UK entry visas, forcing Monday's football match in London to be cancelled.

Burkina Faso-Nigeria friendly cancelled over UK visas

Africa

The African Storm opens to applause at Pan-American film festival

A new movie called The African Storm is captivating audiences at the 25th Pan-American film and television festival in Burkina Faso. The film tackles corruption, civil war, and the country’s ties with former colonial powers.

Security

Deadly attack targets army base in Burkina Faso

About 40 gunmen in pick-up trucks and motorbikes storm military position near Mali border, killing a dozen troops.

Deadly attack targets army base in Burkina Faso

Witness

Rachel's HIV Revolution

In Burkina Faso, one women challenges stigma and educates mothers on how to prevent transmitting HIV to their children.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso thwarts another coup attempt

Interior minister said coup was attempted on October 8 and blamed it on the dismantled presidential guards.

Burkina Faso: Coup attempt thwarted, says government

Weather

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.

Burkina Faso drought triggers water and power shortages

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.

In Burkina Faso: FESTIMA, a festival of African masks

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.

Australian released by al-Qaeda says husband is alive

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.

Australian woman freed from al-Qaeda in Burkina Faso

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.

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

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 arrests ex-presidential guards over raid

Africa

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.