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Oct 31, 2014

Burkina president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests.

The head of the armed forces, General Honore Traore, had earlier dissolved parliament and announced talks with all political parties to create an interim government to take the West African country to democratic elections within a year.

Oct 30, 2014

Burkina army imposes interim govt after crowd burns parliament

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s military dissolved parliament and announced a transitional government on Thursday after violent protests against President Blaise Compaore, but it was not immediately clear who was in charge.

Army chief General Honore Traore said the new government would be installed after consultation with all political parties and would lead the country to an election within 12 months. He also announced a curfew from 1900 to 0600 GMT.

Oct 30, 2014

Protesters demand Burkina Faso president quit, burn parliament

OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of
protesters demanding the ousting of Burkina Faso’s veteran
President Blaise Compaore faced off with security forces outside
the presidential palace after burning parliament and ransacking
state television on Thursday.

At least three protesters were shot dead and scores were
wounded by security forces, emergency services said, as the vast
crowd tried to storm the home of the president’s brother and
overran other state buildings.

Oct 30, 2014

Burkina protesters burn parliament, ransack state TV

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament and ransacked state television on Thursday, forcing it off the air ahead of a planned vote on a motion to allow the veteran president to extend his 27-year rule.

Black smoke swirled in the air around parliament after demonstrators lit fires inside the building before looting computers and televisions screens and wheeling away police motobikes, a Reuters reporter said.

Oct 29, 2014

Thousands protest in Burkina for second day, U.S. joins outcry

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters marched through Burkina Faso’s capital for a second day on Wednesday to denounce President Blaise Compaore’s plan to seek re-election, with Washington joining the outcry against his political maneuvering.

Mainly organized by the labor unions, Wednesday’s marchers again took aim at Compaore’s bid to amend the constitution so he can stay in power and were also demonstrating against the high cost of living and privatization of schools.

Oct 28, 2014

Clashes at Burkina Faso protest against leader’s plan to extend rule

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Police fired teargas at rock-throwing protesters after tens of thousands marched through Burkina Faso’s capital on Tuesday calling for President Blaise Compaore to scrap plans to change term limits to stay in power.

An early morning march through the heart of Ouagadougou was peaceful but clashes erupted later as protesters tried to advance towards the National Assembly.

Oct 28, 2014

Clashes erupt at Burkina Faso protest against president’s plan to extend rule

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters after tens of thousands of people marched through Burkina Faso’s capital on Tuesday, calling for President Blaise Compaore to abandon plans to change term limits to stay in power.

An early morning march through the heart of Ouagadougou, where many businesses closed their shutters in anticipation of the protest, was peaceful. But clashes erupted later as protesters tried to advance towards the National Assembly.

Oct 4, 2014

Mali struggles to filter passengers from Ebola-hit Guinea

KOUREMALE, Mali, Oct 4 (Reuters) – At a Mali border post in
Kouremale about 130 km (80 miles) south of the capital Bamako,
five health workers stand under a thatched roof, directing
passengers arriving from Guinea to wash their hands.

Their temperatures are then taken with digital guns to check
for fever, one of the early symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus
that originated in Guinea and has spread to its southern
neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Aug 15, 2014
via Photographers' Blog

From central banker to Islamic king

Photo

Kano, Nigeria

By Joe Penney

Last year Lamido Sanusi wore pin stripe suits and a colorful array of bow ties to work, and his job consisted mostly of managing interest rates and keeping inflation under control.

Today, he sports long flowing gowns and a white veil over his face, while his daily activities include reciting the Quran and blessing visitors who bow before his feathered slippers.

Jun 21, 2014

Mauritanians vote in presidential poll amid opposition boycott

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) – Mauritanians voted on Saturday in an election certain to return President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to office for another five years, but he struggled to secure a turnout high enough to give him a convincing mandate amid a poll boycott.

The bulk of the opposition boycotted last year’s parliamentary elections – saying the organisers were biased and the process flawed – and talks to try to persuade them to take part in Saturday’s vote broke down in April.