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Canadian Kidnapped in Burkina Faso Found Dead

[VOA] A Canadian geologist kidnapped earlier this week in Burkina Faso has been found dead, the country's security ministry said Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Kidnapped Canadian Geologist Found Dead

[Deutsche Welle] Officials in Burkina Faso have said a kidnapped Canadian geologist was found dead in the country's remote northeast, a border region infiltrated by jihadis. Kirk Woodman had worked for 20 years across West Africa. (AllAfrica)

In Eastern Burkina Faso, Local Grievances Help Militancy Take Root

[IRIN] "The country has never experienced what it is going through now" (AllAfrica)

More Attacks, 'Persisting Security Challenges' Threaten Progress in West Africa, Sahel

[UN News] A rising number of attacks by extremist groups, using more sophisticated tactics, risk undermining progress in West Africa and the Sahel, the region's UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

China-Burkina Faso Cooperation Enjoys Good Start - Chinese FM

[Focac] Ouagadougou -Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday met here with his Burkina Faso counterpart, Alpha Barry. Both sides agreed that the China-Burkina Faso cooperation is off to a good start. (AllAfrica)

Islamist Attacks Prompt State of Emergency

[Deutsche Welle] A deadly ambush in a northern province on the border to Mali has prompted Burkina Faso's president to declare a state of emergency. Burkina Faso is battling increased attacks by Islamist militants in the Sahel region. (AllAfrica)

Partial State of Emergency Declared

[RFI] Burkina Faso has declared a state of emergency in several provinces, after ten gendarmes were killed and three wounded in an ambush in the northwest of the country, near the border with Mali. (AllAfrica)

Looking for Unity in the Sahel

[Atlantic Council] When a Tuareg rebellion started in northern Mali in early 2012, the fate of the entire Sahel region hung in the balance. In March of that year, army mutineers, unhappy with the Malian government's response to the uprising, ousted President Amadou Toumani Touré in a coup. Then Islamist groups slowly coopted the tribal rebellion, imposing Sharia in rebel-held cities in the northern half of the country. (AllAfrica)

EU, France Step Up Security, Development Aid for G5 Sahel

[Deutsche Welle] The EU and France have increased their financial support for projects in the five Sahel states which sit on the southern rim of Africa's Sahara desert. Terrorism and lawlessness have blighted the region for years. (AllAfrica)

Three subsidiaries of Pan-African banking group Oragroup win The Banker "Bank of the year award"

[35°N] The three subsidiaries of the Oragroup Banking Group, in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo won the award for best bank in their respective countries. This award is presented by The Banker magazine, a publication of the Financial Times group. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria Plans Selling Electricity to Burkina Faso

[Guardian] Nigeria is planning to supply electricity to Burkina Faso, a West African country, amid cries of acute power deficit by Nigerians. (AllAfrica)

Nigerian Power Firm to Sell Electricity to Burkina Faso

[Premium Times] Indications emerged on Thursday that Nigeria is preparing to sell its "stranded electricity" to Burkina Faso, as the nation's power industry continues to battle challenges. (AllAfrica)

In Burkina Faso, a Local Drive to Educate Children Fleeing Extremist Violence

[IRIN] When nine-year-old twins Jan and Jannick started their new school term at the beginning of October, they admitted that for the first time in years they weren't scared to attend class. (AllAfrica)

IFAD Support to Burkina Faso Has Increased Agricultural Productivity and Incomes of Households

[IFAD] Ouagadougou -Development projects financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have contributed to increased agricultural productivity and food security levels in Burkina Faso, according to results from an independent evaluation presented today. (AllAfrica)

Angola Beat Burkina Faso in AFCON Qualifier

[ANGOP] Luanda -Angola's senior males National Football Team last Sunday, in Luanda's 11 de Novembro Stadium, beat Burkina Faso by 2-1, in a Group I fifth round encounter qualifier for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN2019). (AllAfrica)

Sahel States Need Global Support 'More Than Ever' - UN Peacekeeping Chief

[Africa Renewal] Africa's crisis-torn Sahel region needs support from the international community "now more than ever," the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Thomas Sankara Gets His First Monument in Burkina Faso

[This is Africa] 31 years after his murder, the first stone of the five meter bronze monument to the memory of Capt Thomas Sankara was laid on October 15, 2018 in Ouagadougou. How else should Africans honour and remember their icons, heroes and heroines? (AllAfrica)

The Role of Women in West Africa's Violent Extremist Groups

[ISS] Women's involvement in Boko Haram attacks in the Lake Chad Basin is well known. However their role in the activities of the Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), operating across the Sahel, appears to be less direct. What makes these groups include or exclude women from their ranks and operations? (AllAfrica)

Remembering Thomas Sankara On the 30th Anniversary of His Assassination

[Fahamu] Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (1949-1987) was assassinated 30 years ago, on 15 October 1987. He was one of the most confident and outspoken anti-imperialist leaders of the late 20th century. Sankara's life and political praxis continue to be significant in shaping and inspiring anti-imperial and Pan-African youth activism and resistance across the African continent and beyond. (AllAfrica)

Urgent need to protect girls from FGM and forced marriage

[AI London] ·          48 girls suffered medical complications following female genital mutilation last month (AllAfrica)

Electricity - Power Line Connects Burkina Faso to Ghana

[Cameroon Tribune] Bilateral cooperation was in the limelight over the weekend in West Africa when Presidents Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso and Nana Ado Akufo-Addo of Ghana commissioned a power line connecting their two countries. (AllAfrica)

Farmer Wins 'Alternative Nobel' for Drought-Fighting Technique

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -A farmer from Burkina Faso who popularized an ancient farming technique to reverse desertification is among the winners of Sweden's "alternative Nobel prize", announced on Monday. (AllAfrica)

The 'Natural Resource Curse' and Artisanal Mines - the Case of Burkina Faso

[The Conversation Africa] Is there a "natural resources curse" as economists call it? This burning question arises in all resource-rich countries where the majority of the population is living in poverty. Political instability, conflicts, or poorly run institutions are all country-level explanations. But is it enough? Another important aspect of the question is that resources can be extracted in an artisanal or industrial way. The effects on local populations then differ widely. (AllAfrica)

Continuing the Fight to Shrink the Malaria Map in the Sahel

[Malaria Consortium] Another rainy season brings malaria preventive treatment to children (AllAfrica)

'Africa Has Chosen China,' Says Burkina Faso President

[Focac] Burkina Faso will strengthen cooperation with China in all areas as Africa-China relations develop for mutual benefit, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said. (AllAfrica)

Traore Inspires Berkane Into Quarters, Masry Too

[CAF] Burkina Faso midfielder Alain Traore inspired his RS Berkane to a 2-0 away win over El Hilal of Sudan on Sunday in Omdurman to book their place at the quarter finals alongside El Masry of Egypt. (AllAfrica)

Sira Labs' Django Bathily On Building a Network of Incubators Across Francophone Africa

[Innovation in Africa] There's no easy way to break out of a small country market but it's essential for a start-up to find growth. Francophone Africa is almost completely a mosaic of small country markets. Russell Southwood talks to Django Bathily, Founder, Sira Labs about how he's creating an incubator network to chase just this type of growth. (AllAfrica)

Former Burkina Faso Prime Minister Ouedraogo to Head Observation Mission to Mali's July 29 Presidential Vote

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and ECOWAS Commission President, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, will lead the organisation's 171-member Observation Mission to Mali's July 29 crucial presidential vote. (AllAfrica)

As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President

[IFRC] About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during a visit to Guinea, from 18 to 20 June 2018. (AllAfrica)

Pierre-Christophe Gam - Paying Homage to Thomas Sankara Through Art

[This is Africa] Thomas Sankara might be dead but his spirit is alive, a source of inspiration to many Africans, including artists like Pierre-Christophe Gam, a Cameroonian-Chadian artist. Gam titled his work The Upright Man "a mixed media installation offering an apocryphal look at the life and legacy of Thomas Sankara". (AllAfrica)

Wanted - Honorary Consuls For 'Cash-Strapped' African Nations

[International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] Honorary consuls occupy a little-known niche in the global elite. Many work to rigorous standards, but for others their avowed love for their adopted country is not always reflected in their tax filings. (AllAfrica)