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Coming up: A new Burkina Faso

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon listens as Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, right, speaks during a press briefing at the presidency in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, March. 3, 2016. Photo©Theo Renaut/AP/SIPABurkina Faso is trying to pick up its pieces and chart a new path, with a new agenda of democratic and economic changes, following over a quarter century authoritarian rules.

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Burkina Faso's jostled priorities

outside the capital’s splendid Hotel two days after a jihadist attack by gunmen on 15 January. Photo©Issouf Sanogo/AFPThe country's new president is promising radical change in the way Burkina Faso is governed, but his previous attempts at revolution did not end so well.

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ECOWAS frets over growing terrorist attacks amid dwindling funds

ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, peace and security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman says more countries are now facing threats of terrorismThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed concern over deteriorating financial contributions from member countries despite mounting insecurity confronting the regional bloc.

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Ghana: Security chiefs issue terror attack alert

Photo©Christian Thompson/AP/SIPAGhana's top security officials have warned locals and foreign residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious character to security agencies, as the country faces a "credible terrorist threat" after its neighbours suffered a sequence of deadly attacks.

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Climate change: Scientists say time is running out to protect Africa's food supply

Photo©ReutersWithout action to help farmers adjust to changing climate conditions, it will become impossible to grow some staple food crops in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with maize, beans and bananas most at risk, researchers said on Monday.

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West African clergymen demand action against terrorists

File photo©Andrew Medichini/AP/SIPACatholic Church leaders from West Africa have condemned terrorist attacks in the region and urged governments to act decisively to end the scourge.

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Antiquities: The long road home

Potential buyers come face to face with ancestral art at a pre-sale exhibition at Drouot in Paris. Photo©MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFPThe continued contentious trade of Africa's cultural heritage puts Western museums and galleries under fire as African collectors fight back.

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Burkina Faso: President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré's promise in 2016

President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. Photo©ReutersBurkina Faso's newly elected President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré's comfortable lead during the first round of the West African country's 2015 election proved one thing: his popularity.

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Burkina Faso: Pan African Minerals to seek compensation over 'illegal' suspension

Pan African Minerals, a unit of Romanian-Australian resource tycoon Frank Timis's mining conglomerate, will seek compensation from Burkina Faso for losses incurred during a suspension of its Tambao manganese mine, a company executive said on Tuesday.

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Burkina Faso Country Profile 2015: Beyond Blaise

altBurkina Faso will be preparing elections in 2015 in order to end the transitional period after the late October 2014 downfall of President Blaise Compaoré, who faced a popular uprising after attempting to change the constitution to remove the term limits that would force him to step down.

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Democracy: Vote and vote again but forget the term limits

altBack in January, 2015 was being hyped as the year of African elections – not because of any great democratic dispensation but because of the neatness of the five in 2015 coinciding with the end of one term of office or another.

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Innovation in technology changing development in Africa

Photo©ReutersAfrica's technology experts, decision makers and innovators are gathering in Cape Town this week to look at the growth areas of technology on the continent.

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French billionaire Bollore prepares listing of West African train project, Blueline

File photo©ReutersFrench billionaire Vincent Bollore has hired banks to prepare for a Paris listing of his West African train project in the first half of 2016, three sources close to the process said, helping to cover financing costs.

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Burkina Faso: Reforms commission says presidential guard should be disbanded

Photo©ReutersBurkina Faso's powerful presidential guard should be dismantled, according to a commission charged with proposing reforms after a popular uprising toppled the West African nation's longtime president.

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Investment: Bollore invests 30 million euros in Cote d'Ivoire-Burkina rail link

Bollore has invested 30 million euros ($33.6 million) to buy trains for the freight and passenger line it operates between Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, the French company said.

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Telecoms: Bharti Airtel has no plans to exit Africa

Bharti Airtel Ltd, the biggest Indian cellphone carrier, has no plans to exit Africa, it said on Tuesday, despite announcing exclusive talks with France's Orange to sell four of its units on the continent.

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Burkina Faso: Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, MPP's presidential candidate for 2015 elections

Roch Marc Christian KaboréRoch Marc Christian Kaboré has been officially confirmed as the MPP (Mouvement du Peuple pour le Progrès) candidate in Burkina Faso's presidential elections due to be held on 11 October 2015.

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Mining: dealing in the downturn

Everyone knew the gold price bonanza would not be a bottomless lake – and now it’s sink or swim. Photo©AlamyThe dramatic fall in the gold price has exposed just how many miners did not save enough during the boom years. They are now looking to sell off non-essential assets, while new tax regimes and community activism add to their pressures.

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Burkina Faso's Transitional troubles

President Kafando is unable to deliver on all of his promises of change.

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Banking: Rapid growth in West Africa's CFA zone makes debt manageable

Photo©ReutersThe Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) plans to issue 2,865 billion CFA francs ($4.9 billion) in debt this year, down 22.4 percent from 2014 when both Ivory Coast and Senegal issued Eurobonds.

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