Vehicles on fire outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during a siege by Islamist gunmen. Photograph: Reuters

Security forces in Burkina Faso retook a hotel in the capital on Saturday a day after al-Qaeda fighters seized it in an assault that killed two dozen (...)

Clockwise from top: Rwanda’s Paul Kagame; Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni; DRC president Joseph Kabila; and  Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

The recent decision by Rwanda’s electorate to allow Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office – and Kagame’s confirmation last Friday that he will do(...)

Presidential candidate Roch Marc Kabore (centre) arrives to vote in the presidential and legislative election. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Former prime minister Roch Marc Kaboré appeared to have a strong lead on Monday as results poured in from an election to choose the first new p(...)

A woman prepares to cast her vote for the presidential election at a polling station in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.  Photograph: Issouf Sanogoissouf Sanogo/AFP/ Getty Images

Burkina Faso voted yesterday in an election to choose the country’s first new president in decades, a year after longtime leader Blaise Compaor(...)

Demonstrators in  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,  during a protest against a  proposal to from Economic Community of West African States  to end the crisis. Photograph: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Top-level military personnel in Burkina Faso said on Monday that the West African nation’s armed forces were converging in the capital Ouagadougou to (...)

People gather at the Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou on September 16th, 2015, a few hours after Burkina Faso’s interim president and prime minister were detained at the presidential palace by guards loyal to ousted leader Blaise Compaore, the speaker of parliament said.  Photograph: Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers fired warning shots outside Burkina Faso’s presidential palace on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to protest the detention of gover(...)

Former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Former foreign minister Michel Kafando has been appointed transitional president of Burkina Faso. This is seen as a step towards returning the West (...)

A policeman from Burkina Faso looks over burnty cars in the ruins of the National Assembly after it was destroyed during last week’s protests in  the capital, Ouagadougou. Photograph: Legnan Koula/EPA

Opposition parties, civil society groups and religious leaders have adopted a plan for a transitional authority to guide Burkina Faso to elections, a(...)

The transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lieut-Col Isaac Zida (R) meets with Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan (L) at the airport prior to a meeting of Ecowas leaders in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso today. Photograph: Legnan Koula/ EPA.

Three West African presidents have urged Burkina Faso to appoint a transitional government to guide the country to elections next year following th(...)

The Burkina Faso military appointed Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida (left) as provisional head of state on Saturday after longtime president Blaise Compaore stepped down on Friday following two days of mass protests. The African Union and Western powers who want to see a swift return to civilian rule. Photograph: Legnan Koula/EPA.

Burkina Faso’s army will quickly cede power to a transitional government and appoint a new head of state, the country’s interim president Isaac Zida s(...)

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