Thursday 17 August 2017
(RFI(EN) 08/17/17)
French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the swift launch of a five-nation African anti-terror force following Sunday's murderous attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. Macron spoke by phone to Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Monday after 18 people were killed and about 10 injured in the attack on a Turkish restaurant frequented by foreigners. He expressed France's solidarity "in this new ordeal faced by Burkina Faso" and repeated his intention to deepen contacts between the two countries, a statement by the French presidency said. The pair discussed efforts to identify the victims and the authors. French prosecutors have opened an terrorism investigation after one of the victims was...
(RFI(EN) 08/17/17)
Jihadi attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso overshadowed Tuesday's UN Security Council meeting, which discussed efforts to establish peace in Africa. Delegates were mulling plans to roll out an all-African force in the Sahel to tackle the armed Islamist threat, but the plan has been beset by challenges. The Security Council condemned Monday's attacks on two UN camps in Mali, which resulted in the deaths of one UN peacekeeper, a Malian soldier and a member of the Malian gendarmerie, along with six Malian contractors. “The Secretary-General stresses that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law,” a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. The day before, gunmen killed 18 people in an...
(APA 08/17/17)
Aziz Istanbul Restaurant in Ouagodougou is still struggling to resume brisk business two days after it was targeted in a terrorist attack which killed 18 people. A reporter of the African Press Agency on Wednesday witnessed far from brisk business in the restaurant along the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in the he Burkinabe capital where people are slowly beginning to go about their normal business. However, on the other side of the avenue opposite the restaurant, business activity is picking up with banks and shops open ...
(The Associated Press 08/16/17)
The scene was all too familiar: Islamic extremists striking a popular dining spot while dozens of patrons, many of them foreigners, took a break from daily life in Burkina Faso. Victims were gunned down at random. Gunfire rang out for hours as special forces worked to secure the scene. After Sunday night’s deadly attack on Kwame N’krumah Avenue, some in this West African nation are wondering: How could this happen again only 200 meters (yards) away from the first massacre...
(The Associated Press 08/16/17)
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Hours after suspected Islamic extremists opened fire as patrons dined at the popular restaurant where she worked as a waitress, Amy Sawadogo was still wandering around barefoot at a crisis center asking about her colleagues. “I just want to go to the hospital and see who is still alive,” the distraught young woman, who was still dressed in her uniform, said early Monday. “I am calling them in vain, no response.” The death toll rose...
(The Associated Press 08/16/17)
Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso late Sunday, killing at least 18 people in the second such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday. Gunfire could be heard almost seven hours after the attack began. Communication Minister Remi Dandjinou told journalists that at least 18 people were dead and...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
The "terrorist" attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso killed at least 18 people including eight foreigners and seven locals, the country's foreign minister Alpha Barry said Monday. The foreigners killed in Sunday's attack included one Frenchman; one Canadian woman; male victims from Senegal, Niger, Lebanon and Turkey; and two Kuwaiti women, while three victims remain unidentified, he said.
(APA 08/14/17)
A terrorist attack on Sunday night in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, left 18 dead and eight others wounded, according to an official source. According to the source close to the national gendarmerie, the attack occurred Sunday at around 9 pm against the Aziz Istanbul Café-Restaurant on Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in the heart of Ouagadougou. The Burkinabe Defense Forces (FDS), the source added, immediately intervened and neutralized (in the early morning) the terrorists who are believed to be two. The Director...
(Reuters 08/14/17)
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 18 people and wounded several during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital overnight, but security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building. "This is a terrorist attack," Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou told a news conference on Monday. Burkina Faso, like other countries in West Africa, has been targeted sporadically by jihadist groups. Most attacks have been along its remote northern border with Mali,...
(APA 08/14/17)
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, on Monday, on his Tweeter page, praised his country’s Security Forces for their “bravery” in “neutralizing the perpetrators” of Sunday night’s terrorist attack that hit the “Istanbul Restaurant” in Ouagadougou, killing 18 people and wounding eight others. “I hail the bravery of our defense and security forces, whose commitment has made it possible to “neutralize the terrorists,” Roch Marc Christian Kabore tweeted. The President added that “the valiant people of Burkina Faso will...
(BBC News Africa 08/14/17)
Gunmen have shot dead 18 people and injured others at a cafe in the centre of of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. At least eight foreigners and seven locals were among those killed in Sunday's evening attack on the Aziz Istanbul cafe, the government added. The gunmen, thought to be jihadists, fired on customers on the terrace before making their way inside. Two attackers were killed in a siege which lasted into the morning. President Roch...
(APA 08/14/17)
France’s ambassador to Burkina Faso Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes has expressed on social networks his country’s solidarity with Burkina Faso, after the attack on the “Istanbul” Restaurant in Ouagadougou, in which 18 people were killed and eight wounded. “I extend my condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Burkina Faso after the horrific attack on the ‘Istanbul’ Restaurant. Compassionate France,” Lapeyre de Cabanes tweeted. On its website, the French embassy wrote: “Our embassy is kept...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the situation in Burkina Faso later on Monday with Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore, after an attack on a restaurant in Ouagadougo which killed at least 18 people. "The president of the republic will hold talks during the day with his counterpart, President Roch Marc Kabore, in order to evaluate the situation," said a statement issued by Macron's office on Monday. The statement said France remained committed to working alongside countries in the...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
Burkina Faso’s prime minister urged truck drivers to end a strike that’s halted all goods transports between the country’s two main cities and threatens to cause a fuel shortage. Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba met with truck drivers’ unions and apologized on behalf of his government for remarks made by Security Minister Simon Compaore that triggered the strike, his office said Thursday in an emailed statement. Trucks are barred from entering or leaving the capital, Ouagadougou, and the second-biggest city,...
(APA 08/10/17)
Bank of Africa (BOA) Burkina Faso, a subsidiary of the banking group of the same name, realized a net banking income of 17.258 billion CFA francs (about US$27.612 million) in the first quarter of 2017, the Ouagadougou-based bank told APA on Wednesday. Compared to the first half of 2016 when it stood at 16.132 billion CFA francs, this time income grew by 6.98 percent. As for the bank’s total balance, it stood at 752.9 billion CFA francs, up by 12...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Bloomberg 08/08/17)
Burkina Faso announced an infrastructure development plan that aims to create jobs and boost economic growth in the country’s impoverished northern region, where jobless youths have become prime recruitment targets for Islamist militants. The 455 billion CFA francs ($819 million) project will prioritize the building of schools, roads, medical facilities and water infrastructure, Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba told reporters Thursday in the northern city of Tongomayel. The funds will be disbursed to small and medium-sized businesses to boost employment and prevent the radicalization of young people, Thieba said. Burkina Faso is fighting an insurgency in its northern Sahel region where most of 33 militant attacks since 2015 took place
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...

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