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Burkina Faso means “and of honest and upright people." The population in 2005 was about 12 million.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.77)
This landlocked, West African nation, on the edge of the Sahara Desert was formerly called Upper Volta. The capital is Ouagadougou. In 2000 the country had the world’s lowest literacy rate at 7%.
    (WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-16)(SFC, 12/15/98, p.C3)(SFEC, 7/23/00, Z1 p.2)

1710-1895    Muslim rulers led the Kong Empire, also known as the Wattara or Outtara Empire, which spread across West Africa. It embraced a diversity of religious groups straddling what later became Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
    (Econ, 4/23/11, p.51)

1959        Mar, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) became autonomous within the French community.
    (EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)

1960        Aug 5, Upper Volta, formerly part of French West Africa, became independent under Maurice Yameogo. In 1984 it was renamed Burkina Faso.
    (WUD, 1994, p.139)(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 4th ed., p.1233)

1965        Oct 3, Maurice Yameogo was elected to a 2nd term in Upper Volta (Burkina Faso).
    (EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)

1965        Bishop Paul Zoungrana of Upper Volta was made Cardinal by Pope Paul VI.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A21)

1966        Jan 3, Upper Volta Pres. Maurice Yameogo was forced to resign by a group of officers. Col. Sangoule Lamizana became premier.
    (EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)

1968-1973    A severe famine hit the Sahel region of North Africa. Mauritania, Mali, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) and Niger were most affected.
    (Econ, 8/20/05, p.57)

1969        The 1st Fespaco, a pan-African festival of cinema and television, opened in Upper Volta (Burkina Faso).
    (Econ, 2/19/05, p.82)

1975        May 25, ECOWAS Treaty1 was signed. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was formed in Nigeria with 15 members that included: Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso).

1983        Aug 4, In Burkina Faso Blaise Compaore played a key role in a coup that brought Thomas Sankara (1949-1987) to power. Sankara came to power and adopted radical left-wing policies and sought to reduce government corruption. Sankara shed the country's colonial name of Upper Volta and renamed it Burkina Faso, which means "the land of upright men".
    (Econ, 3/21/09, p.49)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sankara)(BBC, 5/18/20)

1984        Upper Volta under Thomas Sankara was renamed Burkina Faso (the land of upright people).
    (WUD, 1994, p.1571)(AP, 11/22/14)

1987        Oct 15, In Burkina Faso Thomas Sankara (b.1949) was overthrown and assassinated with 12 comrades in a coup d'état led by the French-backed Blaise Compaoré (b.1951), who had trained in Gadhafi's guerrilla camps. Libya and Burkina Faso later denied repeated accusations of gunrunning to West Africa hot spots.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaise_Compaor%C3%A9)(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A10)(AP, 12/16/02)(AFP, 10/13/17)

1996        Apr 27, A Dutch diplomat, Arnold Eisma, his wife and two children died of dehydration after becoming stranded in the remote Pama national park.
    (SFC, 5/3/96, A-10)

1996        Dec 5, An African Summit opened in Burkina Faso. New candidates for the position of UN Secretary-general were to be considered.
    (WSJ, 12/6/96, p.A1)

1997        The film "Kini & Adams" was by Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkino Faso.
    (SFC, 9/10/97, p.E3)

1997        The Burkina Faso-French film "Buud Yam" was the Grand Prize winner at the 1997 Pan-African Film Festival.
    (SFEM, 9/28/97, p.17)

1998        Jan, In Burkina Faso David Ouedraogo, the chauffeur for Francois Compaore, brother of Pres. Compaore, died from torture injuries inflicted by 2 bodyguards of Pres. Compaore. Ouedraogo was suspected of stealing $31,000 from Francois. In 2000 the 2 bodyguards were convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/21/00, p.A10)

1998        Sep 16, The UN announced that the treaty to eliminate anti-personnel land mines will take effect in 6 months. Burkino Faso became the 40th country to ratify the pact.
    (SFC, 9/17/98, p.C4)

1998        Nov 30, Britain along with Lesotho, Burkino Faso, the Ivory Coast and Tajikistan signed a global treaty for an Int’l. Criminal Court to try war crimes. The accord was approved in July at conference in Rome and 61 countries had signed on. The court required 60 countries to pass legislation for ratification.
    (SFC, 12/1/98, p.A11)

1998        Dec 13, In Burkina Faso Norbet Zongo, a prominent journalist and presidential critic, was found dead in the wreckage of his burned car along with 2 cousins and a chauffeur in Ouagadougou. His death prompted thousands to take to the streets accusing Pres. Blaise Compaore’s government of involvement. Zongo was killed with his brother and 2 others. Zongo had inquired into the arrest and death of a driver, David Ouedraogo, to Francois Compaore, the brother of the president and "head of mission to the presidency." Ouedraogo was accused of stealing $50,000. [see Jan 1998]
    (SFC, 12/15/98, p.C3)(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A10)   

2000        Mar, Pres. Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo were reported to have helped Jonas Savimbi of UNITA obtain arms and fuel in exchange for diamonds.
    (SFC, 4/19/00, p.A12)

2000        Jun 5, Burkina Faso Cardinal Paul Zoungrana (82) died.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A21)

2000        Burkina Faso amended its constitution to allow the president to serve two terms. Pres. Compaore made it effective as of 2005.
    (Econ, 11/27/10, p.58)
2000        In Burkina Faso Salibo Some (43) created the Africa’s Sustainable Development Council (ASUDEC) to help lift villagers out of poverty.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.K8)

2000        Jul 31, US and British diplomats accused the Pres. Charles Taylor of Liberia and Pres. Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso of trading arms for diamonds and aiding the rebels in Sierra Leone.
    (SFC, 8/1/00, p.A8)

2001        Jan 19, Thousands of people fled the Ivory Coast for Burkino Faso to escape attacks on foreigners. As many as 10,000 were arriving each week and others were fleeing to Mali, Ghana and Niger.
    (SFC, 1/20/01, p.A14)

2001        Mar 31, Pres. Blaise Compaore asked for forgiveness for abuses over his 13-year rule as part of Burkina Faso’s 1st “National Pardon Day."
    (SSFC, 4/1/01, p.C10)

2001        Apr 26, It was reported that a meningitis outbreak had killed at least 3,500 people in Africa and that vaccine had been shipped to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.
    (SFC, 4/26/01, p.A14)

2001        Nov 2, It was reported that Ibrahim Bah, a Libyan-trained former Senegalese rebel, lived in Burkina Faso and selected diamond dealers to handle deals in Liberia between rebels from Sierra Leone and the al Qaeda network.
    (SFC, 11/2/01, p.A8)

2002        Feb, The W135 strain of meningitis from the Middle East was identified for the 1st time in Africa in Burkina Faso and by Sep some 12,000 people were infected with 1,500 deaths.
    (SFC, 9/20/02, p.A12)

2002        Jun 11, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore tightened his grip on power, throwing out all nine opposition ministers from his Cabinet and cutting the number of posts from 36 to 31.
    (AP, 6/12/02)

2002        French president Jacques Chirac received three million euros ($4 million) from Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo to finance his electoral campaign. This was made public in 2011 by Robert Bourgi, a lawyer with a network of African contacts who advised Chirac before changing camps in 2005 to aid French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Bourgi also named Senegal's Abdoulaye Wade, Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaore, and Congo-Brazzaville's Denis Sassou Nguesso and Gabon's Omar Bongo as contributors. Bourgi later said he was mistaken concerning (Senegal's president) Abdoulaye Wade and his son" Karim Wade.
    (AFP, 9/12/11)(AP, 9/26/11)

2003        Sep 26, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore demanded the elimination of U.S. export subsidies on cotton.
    (AP, 9/27/03)

2003        Oct 1, Burkina Faso arrested 12 people in connection with an alleged coup plot.
    (AP, 10/7/03)

2004        Sep 15, Eight French speaking African countries began retiring over 1 billion in decaying currency with new CFA francs. Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo had until Dec 31 to turn in old bills for new ones.
    (SFC, 9/15/04, p.C8)

2004        Nov 24, Canada’s PM Paul Martin visited Burkina Faso. Canada is investing about $20 million in a Basic Education Plan to pump $140 million into building schools across the country.
    (AP, 11/24/04)

2005        Feb 26, Fespaco, the biennial pan-African festival of cinema and television, opened in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
    (Econ, 2/19/05, p.82)

2005        Jun 1, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore opened the 7th summit of Sahel and Sahara countries, spurring the 21-member body to take a decisive role in shaping globalization.
    (AFP, 6/2/05)

2005        In Burkina Faso the TV sitcom “Le Nouveau Roymaume d’Abou" captivated Saturday night audiences. It focused on a good Muslim with 2 wives and numerous children fighting for his and each other’s attention. The literacy rate in the country was 12.7%.
    (Econ, 11/19/05, p.90)
2005        The population of Burkina Faso was about 12 million.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.77)

2006        Mar 22, A ferry carrying 150 passengers sank off the coast of Cameroon, and 23 people were rescued. The rest were feared dead. The was bound for Gabon from Nigeria with passengers from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
    (AP, 3/23/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)

2006        Burkina Faso sent almost a third of its exports, mostly cotton, to China.
    (Econ, 10/28/06, p.54)

2007        Feb 24, In Burkina Faso the Fespaco film festival began. Hundreds of films made by Africans and people of African descent competed for the Yennenga stallion, a golden statue of a prancing horse.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, p.54)

2007        Mar 4, Ivory Coast's Pres. Laurent Gbagbo signed a peace accord with Guillaume Soro, the country's main rebel leader, calling for a new government to hold elections by the year's end, and for the dismantling of a vast buffer zone separating the two sides. The latest deal is the result of meetings between the two camps that started in early February under the oversight of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore.
    (AP, 3/4/07)

2007        Mar 23, The United Nations said nearly 800 people have died after a meningitis epidemic spread from Burkina Faso to eight other western African countries since the start of the year. Benin, Chad, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo have also been affected to differing degrees.
    (AFP, 3/23/07)

2007        Jul 12, Burkina Faso and Taiwan renewed a commitment to boost their diplomatic ties during a visit to the west African nation by Taiwan's Foreign Minister James Huang.
    (AP, 7/13/07)

2007        Nov 27, International experts convened in Burkina Faso for a  three day session to discuss the prospects for biofuel production in Africa. The conference was organized by the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering and CIRAD, the French agricultural research centre international development. Co-organizers included the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the government of Burkina Faso.
    (AFP, 11/26/07)

2008        Jan 17, In Burkina Faso leaders of half a dozen African countries agreed on Ivory Coast's Philippe-Henri Tacoury-Tabley as the new head of the central bank of the eight-nation West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).
    (AFP, 1/17/08)

2008        Jan 30, The United Nation's disaster relief agency announced that a meningitis outbreak that has claimed some 52 lives in Burkina Faso by mid-month has spread to three other west African countries. A spike in the number of meningitis cases has also been reported in Mali, Niger and Nigeria since the end of 2007.
    (AFP, 1/31/08)

2008        Feb 21, In Burkina Faso some 200 people were arrested following a 2-day protest against rising living costs which ended in violent clashes.
    (AFP, 2/26/08)

2008        Aug 9, In Burkina Faso heavy rains caused a mudslide at an illegal gold mine that killed at least 31 people.
    (SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A4)

2008        Oct 13, First ladies from seven west African countries gather in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for a conference on ways to end female circumcision, a widespread practice in the region despite efforts to end it.
    (AFP, 10/13/08)

2008        Nov 15, In the West African nation Burkina Faso a collision between a passenger bus and a truck killed more than 60 people.
    (AP, 11/15/08)

2009        Feb 27, The UN Children's Fund said 53 million children are being targeted by a mass immunization drive against polio in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo. Some 844 polio cases were reported in the 8 countries in 2008, 95% of them in Nigeria.
    (AFP, 2/27/09)

2009        Mar 14, In Burkina Faso an overloaded canoe capsized on a reservoir, killing at least 15 women and children.
    (AP, 3/15/09)

2009        Apr 17, In Burkina Faso a meeting of economy and finance ministers of 14 African nations, all using a common currency that was pegged to the French franc, started with a French call to African nations to boost public spending.
    (AFP, 4/17/09)

2009        Sep 2, In Burkina Faso 5 people were killed and 150,000 left homeless as heavy rainfall triggered flooding across West Africa.
    (Reuters, 9/2/09)

2009        Sep 22, The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced that flash floods and lighting have claimed 187 lives and affected 635,273 people in west Africa since the rainy season started in June. This included 103 dead in Sierra Leone, followed by Ghana (24), Mali (20), Ivory Coast (19), Burkina Faso (8), Niger (7) and Senegal (6).
    (AFP, 9/22/09)

2009        Oct 9, Burkina Faso's environment minister, at the opening of a special forum on climate change, said Africa needs 65 billion dollars (44 billion euros) to deal with the effects of global warming.
    (AFP, 10/9/09)

2009        Dec 13, In Burkina Faso diplomats from the US, the African Union and the EU, met to discuss a plan to return Guinea to civilian rule. West Africa's regional economic body called for troops to be sent to Guinea to prevent violence in the wake of an assassination attempt against the military leader earlier this month and a bloody massacre in September.
    (AP, 12/13/09)

2010        Jan 12, Guinea's wounded junta leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, arrived in Burkina Faso from Morocco to recuperate after last month's assassination attempt. One of his top opponents said the surprise move could help him avoid prosecution.
    (AP, 1/13/10)

2010        Jan 17, In Burkina Faso Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, Guinea's exiled leader, appealed for tolerance and reconciliation after he agreed to resign and remain in exile following a tumultuous one-year rule that culminated in a December assassination attempt.
    (AP, 1/17/10)

2010        Apr 22, In Burkina Faso Health Minister Seydou Bouda said a strain of meningitis, called X, has killed 718 people out of 5,118 cases in the West African country since January.
    (AP, 4/23/10)

2010        Jul 9, Aid agency Oxfam warned that the food crisis gripping the Sahel region of Africa was reaching disastrous levels and called on governments and the international community to act now. The crisis stretched across the region taking in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and northern Nigeria.
    (AFP, 7/9/10)

2010        Sep 10, Ghana officials said 17 people have died after neighboring Burkina Faso opened the Bagre Dam's spillways that was filling amid heavy rains. Officials in Burkina Faso announced in August they would open the spillways and warned people.
    (AP, 9/10/10)

2010        Oct 19, The UN said that 377 people had died in flooding in central and west Africa, with nearly 1.5 million people affected since the start of the rainy season in June. The highest toll was in Nigeria with 118, followed by Ghana (52), Sudan (50), Benin (43), Chad (24), Mauritania (21), Burkina Faso (16), Cameroon (13), Gambia (12), with other countries reporting less than 10 dead.
    (AFP, 10/19/10)

2010        Nov 21, Burkina Faso held presidential elections. President Blaise Compaore (59), a former army captain, was expected to win as he faced an opposition so divided it could not mount a unified campaign to fight him effectively at the polls. State media suggested Compaore won at least 80% of the peaceful vote.
    (AP, 11/21/10)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.58)

2010        Nov 23, In Burkina Faso 4 of the 7 candidates in recent presidential election say they won't recognize the poll's results, claiming the vote was rigged.
    (AP, 11/23/10)

2011        Jan 18, A Luxembourg official said the country will invest a large sum in Burkina Faso to help alleviate poverty in the landlocked West African nation.
    (AP, 1/18/11)

2011        Feb 20, In Burkina Faso Justin Zongo died while in police custody. The student's death sparked months of protests that left at least six dead. In August three policemen faced charges of aggravated assault related to his death.
    (http://brittanyinburkina.blogspot.com/2011/03/7h30.html)(AP, 8/23/11)

2011        Apr 15, Burkina Faso soldiers shot into the air, stole cars and looted shops in the western and central parts of the capital, Ouagadougou, as protests by military guards against unpaid housing allowances spread.
    (AP, 4/15/11)

2011        Apr 16, Burkina Faso police in the capital fired tear gas on thousands of angry merchants protesting a second night of looting by soldiers, the latest of several recent episodes of unrest in the small West African nation.
    (AP, 4/16/11)

2011        Apr 18, In Burkina Faso students burned down the ruling party headquarters and the prime minister’s house in Koudougou as a soldier’s mutiny spread.
    (SFC, 4/19/11, p.A2)

2011        Apr 19, In Burkina Faso Gen. Nabere Honore Traore, the recently appointed army chief, said that the new government will work to resolve the issues behind the military unrest that has plagued the country since last week.
    (AP, 4/19/11)

2011        Apr 21, Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore announced he will remain president and named himself as defense minister, becoming a member of his 29-member cabinet.
    (AP, 4/22/11)

2011        Apr 30, Police in Burkina Faso said they will end their demonstrations. Some 1,000 demonstrators rallied in the capital to demand the departure of Pres. Blaise Compaore.
    (AP, 4/30/11)(SSFC, 5/1/11, p.A6)

2011        May 6, In Togo 26 people died after their bus crashed. The victims were mainly merchants from Burkina Faso who were traveling to the Togolese capital for business.
    (AP, 5/6/11)

2011        May 16, Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara told citizens of Burkina Faso that they are welcome to return to his country, and vowed to put an end to the xenophobia and racial targeting that characterized his predecessor's regime.
    (AP, 5/16/11)

2011        May 23, In Burkina Faso thousands of students took to the streets of the capital burning tires and chanting in support of teachers who are demanding better conditions.
    (AP, 5/23/11)

2011        Jun 2, Burkina Faso soldiers were looting and shooting for a 2nd at a major military barracks in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s second-largest city, provoking demonstrations.
    (AP, 6/2/11)

2011        Jun 3, In Burkina Faso at least seven people, including a 14-year-old girl, were killed during a mutiny by soldiers in Bobo-Dioulasso, the country’s second-largest city.
    (AP, 6/4/11)

2011        Jul 14, Burkina Faso's army chief of staff, Nabere Honore Traore, said the military has discharged 566 soldiers following a wave of mutinies that swept across the country earlier this year.
    (AFP, 7/15/11)

2011        Sep 10, Leaders of Ivory Coast and Liberia were joined by counterparts from West Africa for talks on security along the border between their two countries after a bloody post-poll crisis. Presidents Alassane Ouattara and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf were joined by Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, John Atta Mills of Ghana and Nigerian summit host Goodluck Jonathan, under the aegis of regional bloc ECOWAS.
    (AFP, 9/10/11)

2011        Nov 18, The European Commission said an extra 10 million euros ($13.5 million) in humanitarian funding will go on addressing "major shortfalls" in food in the Sahel region. The crisis is affecting 7 million people in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.
    (AFP, 11/19/11)

2012        Jan 2, Burkina Faso's president fired the country's customs chief after his detention over the seizure of nearly three million euros ($3.8 million) in trunks carried by a relative.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)

2012        Feb 6, A Burkina Faso security official said more than 1,500 Malians, fleeing a Tuareg rebellion in the north and reprisal attacks in Bamako, have found refuge in Burkina Faso.
    (AFP, 2/6/12)

2012        Feb 15, United Nations and EU aid chiefs called for "urgent" assistance for West Africa's drought-hit Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger), saying it needed $725 million (552 million euros) this year.
    (AFP, 2/15/12)

2012        Feb 16, The mediation and security council of the West African regional group ECOWAS approved humanitarian aid of three million dollars for victims of the food crisis and rebel attacks in the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger).
    (AFP, 2/16/12)

2012        Apr 10, UN children's aid organization UNICEF led a cross-agency appeal for funds for the Sahel region (parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) where 15 million are suffering from malnutrition.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)

2012        Apr 14, Burkina Faso Pres. Blaise Compaore opened talks as mediator with the military junta that briefly seized power in Mali last month and Malian politicians trying to navigate a way out of the crisis.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)

2012        Apr 24, In northern Mali special forces from Burkina Faso swept into rebel-held territory aboard a helicopter and whisked Swiss hostage Beatrice Stockly to safety in a pre-arranged handover by Islamist Ansar Dine rebels.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)

2012        Apr 27, The UN food agency appealed to oil- and mineral-rich nations to set up a fund to combat the food crisis gripping the Sahel desert region (Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger) and other parts of Africa. The group said it needed $110 million (83 million euros) to combat the crisis in the short term.
    (AFP, 4/27/12)

2012        May 12, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso envoys of ECOWAS quit Mali after failing to reach agreement with coup leaders on naming the head of a transitional government. The ex-junta now hoped that coup leader Amadou Haya Sanago take over as interim leader.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)

2012        May 22, On the border between Burkina Faso and Mali clashes broke out between the Peul herders and Dogon farmers. At least 30 people were killed in the clashes over land rights.
    (SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)

2012        May 26, In Burkina Faso several thousand people protested across the poor west African country to denounce a steep spike in the prices of basic food items and petrol.
    (AFP, 5/26/12)

2012        May 31, The Geneva-based office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says it now needs $153.7 million for its operations this year, quadrupling its aid appeal for Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
    (AP, 5/31/12)

2012        Jul 7, In Burkina Faso West African presidents (ECOWAS) met with civil leaders from Mali in a bid to secure a national unity government to tackle a crisis in the north where Islamists have enforced Sharia law.
    (AFP, 7/7/12)

2012        Sep 3, In Burundi Aloys Nzabampema, ex-leader of the former rebel National Liberation Forces, claimed responsibility for a weekend attack near the capital and announced the creation of a new FNL faction.
    (AFP, 9/3/12)

2012        Nov 3, In Burkina Faso representatives of an al-Qaida-linked group that controls northern Mali arrived for talks with President Blaise Compaore, who is trying to mediate a solution to the conflict in the west African nation. A second delegation traveled to Algeria for talks with regional leaders there.
    (AP, 11/3/12)

2012        Dec 2, Burkina Faso voters lined up for parliamentary and municipal elections.
    (AP, 12/2/12)

2012        Dec 4, Tuareg rebels of northern Mali agreed to stop pursuing a separate state during talks with Mali’s government in Burkina Faso.
    (SFC, 12/5/12, p.A2)

2013        May 7, Soldiers from Mali and Burkina Faso pushed into the village of Ber, 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Timbuktu. It had previously been occupied by fighters from a Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (NMLA).
    (AP, 5/7/13)

2013        Jun 18, Mali, which lost half its territory last year to rebels, signed an accord with Tuareg separatists who still control the country's northernmost province. The agreement was signed in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, where the two sides have been holding talks.
    (AP, 6/18/13)

2013        Jul 28, In Burkina Faso thousands of protesters marched through the capital decrying a perceived attempt by President Blaise Compaore to extend his hold on power through the creation of a new Senate.
    (AP, 7/28/13)

2013        Aug 2, Burkina Faso police said that two officers were seriously wounded in the unrest on campuses in Ouagadougou this week. The violence began after university officials told students to vacate their dormitories at the end of July and they refused.
    (AP, 8/2/13)

2013        Sep 12, Burkina Faso's government said it's lowering taxes for civil servants and increasing student loans amid growing unrest over the high cost of education and living.
    (AP, 9/12/13)

2014        Jan 5, In Burkina Faso 75 officials announced their resignation from the ruling party, ratcheting up political tension before elections scheduled for next year. They said democracy had "disappeared" from President Blaise Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress party.
    (AP, 1/6/14)

2014        Jan 18, Burkina Faso's opposition staged the country's biggest demonstration in decades to protest against an attempt by President Blaise Compaore's party to abolish constitutional term limits.
    (Reuters, 1/18/14)

2014        Jan 21, France said it will create new outposts and broaden its military presence in Africa's turbulent Sahel region to better fight the terror threat from extremist groups like al-Qaida. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is moving toward a regional counterterrorism approach in former colonies like Chad, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.
    (AP, 1/21/14)

2014        Jul 24, Air Algerie Flight 5017 carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early today over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported. Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou. Half the dead were from France. Others included at least 19 Lebanese citizens. On June 29, 2017, Spanish plane leasing company Swiftair was charged in a French probe into the crash.
    (AP, 7/24/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A4)(AFP, 6/29/17)

2014        Oct 28, Burkina Faso police used tear gas to disperse an opposition protest in the capital, as tensions increase ahead of a vote this week on whether the country's longtime president can seek another term.
    (AP, 10/28/14)

2014        Oct 30, In Burkina Faso thousands of protesters marched on the presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule. At least 3 protesters were shot dead and several others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the home of Compaore's brother.
    (Reuters, 10/30/14)

2014        Oct 31, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation in a statement and called for a 90-day transition to "free and transparent" elections in the West African country. General Honore Traore said that he had taken charge. Compaore fled with his family in a heavily armed convoy to Ivory Coast amid violent protests seeking his ouster.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)(AP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.52)

2014        Nov 1, In Burkina Faso two different military officials had declared themselves in charge before the army confirmed that Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida was the transitional leader.
    (AP, 11/2/14)

2014        Nov 2, In Burkina Faso gunfire erupted outside the headquarters of state television as an opposition politician tried to announce she was in control of the West African country that was plunged into chaos days earlier after the president was forced out. The army took over the national television headquarters. At least one protester was shot dead.
    (AP, 11/2/14)(AFP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.52)

2014        Nov 15, Burkina Faso’s military reinstated the constitution, suspended when the army filled the vacuum created by Pres. Compaore's departure.
    (AP, 11/16/14)

2014        Nov 17, In Burkina Faso career diplomat Michel Kafando was named interim president to steer the west African nation during a one-year transition back to civilian rule following the toppling of its veteran leader.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)

2014        Nov 19, Burkina Faso's transitional government named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister, four days after he restored the country's constitution under pressure from the African Union and the West.
    (Reuters, 11/19/14)

2014        The population of Burkina Faso was about 17 million.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, p.77)

2015        Mar 4, The government of Burkina Faso ordered former president Thomas Sankara's corpse to be exhumed, potentially rekindling controversy over the 1987 assassination of one of Africa's most idolized leaders.
    (AFP, 3/5/15)

2015        Mar 7, In Burkina Faso the 24th pan-African FESPACO wrapped up in Ouagadougou. It featured the screening of "Captaine Thomas Sankara", a flattering 90-minute portrait of the iconoclastic Marxist soldier by Swiss director Christophe Cupelin.
    (AFP, 3/8/15)

2015        Apr 4, In Burkina Faso a Romanian security officer was kidnapped in Tambao at a manganese mine where he worked.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)

2015        May 8, In Burkina Faso Pierre Zerbo, the head of one of the country’s largest banks, was arrested on suspicion of having embezzled billions CFA francs.
    (AFP, 5/9/15)

2015        Jul 16, Burkina Faso state media said Blaise Compaore, the former president who ruled this West African country for nearly three decades, has been charged with "high treason" over his bid to change the constitution and run for a third term. Compaore lived in neighboring Ivory Coast, though he reportedly flew to Morocco this week for medical treatment.
    (AP, 7/17/15)

2015        Jul 20, The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said markets and farms in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast and Ghana have been hit with the deadly H5N1 virus over the past six months.
    (Reuters, 7/20/15)

2015        Sep 5, A small Senegalair-operated plane from Burkina Faso carrying seven people including a sick French woman was believed to have crashed into the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Senegal.
    (AP, 9/6/15)

2015        Sep 16, In Burkina Faso junta leader Gilbert Diendere led a coup and arrested acting president Michel Kafando, PM Isaac Zida, and two ministers. Diendere said he did not want to keep power and would hand it back to civilian rule when conditions were in place to do so.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)(AFP, 9/17/15)

2015        Sep 17, In Burkina Faso at least one person died and scores more were injured in protests after a coup led by a close ally of toppled strongman Blaise Compaore.
    (AFP, 9/17/15)

2015        Sep 18, Burkina Faso's military released interim President Michel Kafando and PM Isaac Zida as soldiers blocked demonstrators from gathering in the capital. Both men were detained Sep 16 during a coup that dissolved his government.
    (AP, 9/18/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A9)

2015        Sep 18, The African Union suspended Burkina Faso and slapped sanctions on the leaders of its military coup as troops tried to stop protesters from marching on the capital's Revolution Square.
    (AFP, 9/18/15)

2015        Sep 19, In Burkina Faso hundreds of protesters burned tires and erected barricades in the streets of Ouagadougou in a third day of unrest since a military coup ousted the country's interim government.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)

2015        Sep 20, In Burkina Faso pro-coup demonstrators stormed a hotel due to host talks aimed at restoring a civilian interim government and attacked participants arriving for the meeting.
    (Reuters, 9/20/15)

2015        Sep 21, Burkina Faso Gen. Gilbert Diendere, who seized power in a coup last week, apologized to the nation and said he would hand over control to a civilian transitional government after the military warned that its forces would converge on the capital and forcibly disarm the soldiers behind the power grab.
    (AP, 9/21/15)

2015        Sep 23, Burkina Faso's interim leader Michel Kafando was officially restored to power at a ceremony attended by regional heads of state.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)

2015        Sep 25, The leaders of Burkina Faso's week-long coup demanded guarantees for their safety before they disarm.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)

2015        Sep 29, Burkina Faso’s army took over the baracks of the presidential guard after they refused to disarm following a short-lived coup. The army arrested Djibril Bassole, a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers.
    (SFC, 9/30/15, p.A5)

2015        Sep 30, In Burkina Faso coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere was said to be sheltering at the Vatican nunciature.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.A2)

2015        Oct 8, Burkina Faso authorities arrested Achille Tapsoba, the deputy of deposed leader Blaise Compaore's party, as part of a probe into a failed bid to overthrow the interim government.
    (AFP, 10/8/15)

2015        Oct 9, In Burkina Faso 3 police officers were killed after some 50 armed men attacked a police station in Samoroguan, near the border with Mali.
    (AP, 10/9/15)

2015        Nov 26, In southwest Burkina Faso 22 people drowned after the minibus they were travelling in veered off a road.
    (AFP, 11/27/15)

2015        Nov 29, Burkina Faso held presidential and legislative elections. Preliminary results released on Dec 1 gave Roch March Christian Kabore (58) an outright win.
    (AP, 11/29/15)(AP, 12/1/15)

2015        Dec 6, Authorities in Burkina Faso said they have charged General Gilbert Diendere, who led a failed coup in September, with complicity in the 1987 assassination of President Thomas Sankara.
    (Reuters, 12/6/15)

2015        Dec 21, Burkina Faso said it has issued an international warrant for ousted leader Blaise Compaore, who is living in exile in the Ivory Coast, for his suspected role in the 1987 killing of his former comrade, ex-president Thomas Sankara.
    (AFP, 12/21/15)

2015        Dec 27, Burkina Faso said authorities have arrested around 20 soldiers for plotting to free from prison a prominent general who has been charged with staging a coup.
    (Reuters, 12/28/15)

2015        Dec 29, In Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore (58) was sworn in as president, completing a transition from the 2014 overthrow of longtime ruler Blaise Compaore.
    (AFP, 12/29/15)

2016        Jan 7, Burkina Faso's Pres. Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore named economist Paul Kaba Thieba (56) as prime minister.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)

2016        Jan 13, Burkina Faso's new President Roch Marc Christian Kabore took the helm of the defense ministry and veterans’ affairs as a new government lineup was unveiled.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)

2016        Jan 15, In Burkina Faso al Qaeda fighters seized the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. 30 people, including six Canadians and five Europeans, were killed in the 146-room hotel and a nearby Cappuccino restaurant. French and US military personnel backed up Burkina Faso security forces launched an operation to reclaim the hotel early the next day. Progress through the building was slowed by explosives planted by the militants. 4 jihadists were killed.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)(AP, 1/16/16)(AFP, 1/17/16)(SSFC, 1/17/16, p.A6)(AFP, 3/3/18)
2016        Jan 15, In Burkina Faso Australians Jocelyn Elliott and her husband — surgeon Ken Elliott — were kidnapped by Islamic extremists near the of Djibo, where they have run a medical clinic for four decades. Al-Qaida's North Africa wing claimed responsibility. On Feb 6 Jocelyn Elliott was freed in neighboring Niger.
    (AP, 2/7/16)

2016        Jan 22, In Burkina Faso former members of the presidential guard raided an armory outside the capital. Eleven soldiers from the disbanded elite unit were soon arrested.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)

2016        Mar 4, At a meeting in Chad's capital N'Djamena, defense chiefs from Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania -- the so-called G5 Sahel countries -- pledged to form special units to respond quickly to threats and attacks from Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 3/5/16)

2016        May 23, It was reported that temperatures in Burkina Faso have hit as high as 111 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius) in recent weeks, putting a strain on a water system also challenged by a growing population. The short water supply in Ouagadougou has increased the price of a barrel of water more than 10 fold from just a few months ago.
    (AP, 5/23/16)

2016        May 31, In Burkina Faso unidentified gunmen killed 3 policemen at their station in Intagom near the border with Mali.
    (AP, 6/1/16)

2016        Nov 24, In Burkina Faso doctors and nurses continued a 3-day strike at public health centers throughout the West African country, leaving only medical students to help the sick amid outbreaks of dengue fever and meningitis.
    (AP, 11/24/16)

2016        Dec 16, In northern Burkina Faso at least 12 soldiers were killed after dozens of Islamic extremists attacked an army barracks in Nassoumbou.
    (AP, 12/16/16)

2017        Jun 3, Mali's military chief said the countries of West Africa's Sahel region are requesting 50 million euros ($56 million) from the European Union to help set up a multinational force to take on Islamist militant groups. the so-called G5 Sahel countries included Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)

2017        Jun 21, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that paves the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger had agreed in March to set up the special joint counterterrorism operation.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)

2017        Jul 2, In Mali French Pres. Emmanuel Macron met with leaders from five regional countries known as the G5 (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger). He said France will provide military support for operations as well as 70 tactical vehicles and communications, operations and protective equipment to support a new multinational military force against extremists in the vast Sahel region.
    (AP, 7/2/17)

2017        Aug 13, In Burkina Faso suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou late today, killing at least 18 people in the second such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two years. Security forces neutralized two terrorists.
    (AP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 17, In northern Burkina Faso a roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded two.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)

2017        Aug 31, In western Burkina Faso a customs officer was killed by armed men in Djibasso.
    (AP, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 3, The United States embassy in Burkina Faso said the Peace Corps has evacuated 124 volunteers due to security concerns.
    (AP, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 27, Avocet Mining Plc said unknown attackers in northern Burkina Faso killed two paramilitary police officers and wounded two others in an assault on a convoy carrying fuel to the Inata gold mine.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)

2017        Oct 28, The G5 Sahel force (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Mauritania), backed by France and the United States, launched its campaign to counter escalating Islamist insurgencies amid growing unrest.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)

2017        Oct 29, French police detained Francois Compaore, the younger brother of former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore, at Charles de Gaulle airport on an int’l arrest warrant related to the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo, who published Burkina Faso's Independent newspaper. Francois Compaore was released the next day.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)

2017        Oct 30, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States has promised $60 million to support the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger) Joint Force’s counterterrorism efforts.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)

2017        Nov 17, Burkina Faso government and security officials said suspected jihadists have staged an attack in the northern Soum province, killing at least six people.
    (AP, 11/18/17)

2017        Nov 28, In Burkina Faso French Pres. Emmanuel Macron kicked off his maiden African tour by vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara, hailed as a revolutionary hero in many parts of the continent.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)

2017        Dec 13, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a summit for the leaders of the G5 Sahel (composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad) plus Germany and Italy as well as the Saudi and Emirati ministers. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates committed 130 million euros ($152.75 million) to tackle Islamist militants in the region.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)

2018        Jan 8, The defence and foreign ministers of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, the G5 Sahel, pledged to pool military efforts to fight terrorism have set up a fiduciary fund to oversee donations for their campaign.
    (AP, 1/9/18)

2018        Jan 25, In central Mali a landmine explosion blew up a civilian passenger vehicle from Burkina Faso, killing 13 people and wounding several others. The death toll was soon raised to 26 and included six women and four children.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)(SFC, 1/27/18, p.A2)

2018        Feb 6, In Niger five Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) made a pitch for further funds for a joint force to fight jihadism in their fragile region.
    (AFP, 2/7/18)

2018        Feb 18, The National Union of Burkina Faso Filmmakers announced the death of prolific filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo (64) from an undisclosed illness. He produced more than 40 films including "Tilai," which won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
    (AP, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb, In Burkina Faso a police station was attacked by about 10 people in the eastern town of Natiaboani, killing one officer and wounding at least two others.
    (AP, 2/18/18)

2018        Feb 23, EU leaders and int’l. donors in Brussels pledged 414 million euros ($510 million) to help five countries in West Africa's vast Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) set up a new counterterror force as a deadly jihadist threat grows.
    (AP, 2/23/18)(AFP, 2/23/18)

2018        Mar 2, In Burkina Faso attackers in Ouagadougou killed eight armed forces personnel and wounded some fifty others in a coordinated assault on the army headquarters and French embassy. A French security source said 12 more were seriously injured. Two people were arrested near the military headquarters. Nine assailants were killed and had seemingly benefited from infiltrating the army.
    (Reuters, 3/2/18)(AP, 3/3/18)(AFP, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 4, In Burkina Faso one man was shot dead after three people attempted to storm a roadblock in the early hours near the presidential compound.
    (AFP, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 21, In northern Burkina Faso a former municipal councilor was abducted late today in Lassa village, bordering Mali.
    (AFP, 3/22/18)

2018        Apr 28, Burkina Faso authorities said they have arrested around 100 people and seized explosives in operations from April 19 to 27 in eastern and northern regions near the Malian border where jihadists are active.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)

2018        May 18, The Burkina Faso military said 52 individuals were arrested in Burkina Faso, 42 in Benin, 95 in Togo and 13 in Ghana last week in a joint anti-terror and security operation in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Togo.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)

2018        May 22, In Burkina Faso three suspected jihadists were killed and one was captured in a pre-dawn raid by security forces on a house in Ouagadougou.
    (AP, 5/22/18)

2018        May 24, Taiwan lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month when Burkina Faso said it had cut ties with the self-ruled island, following intense Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards as a wayward province.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)

2018        May 26, The West African Nation of Burkina Faso formally resumed diplomatic ties with China after breaking off relations with Taiwan, which now has just 18 diplomatic allies.
    (AP, 5/26/18)

2018        Aug 11, In Burkina Faso five gendarmes and one civilian were killed between the rural communes of Boungou and Ougarou in the nation's far east when their vehicle hit an explosive device late today while gendarmes were escorting mining workers to their extraction site.
    (AP, 8/12/18)

2018        Aug 28, In Burkina Faso seven soldiers were killed by a blast after they were sent to the town of Pama as reinforcements when a police station there came under attack.
    (AP, 9/1/18)

2018        Sep 18, It was reported that Burkina Faso authorities have jailed more than 30 adults after they carried out botched female genital mutilation on nearly 60 infants and girls who have been hospitalized. Burkina Faso had outlawed the procedure in the early 1990s.
    (SFC, 9/19/18, p.A2)

2018        Sep 19, Burkina Faso banned night-time use of motorcycles in an eastern region plagued by hit-and-run raids by jihadist rebels.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)

2018        Sep 23, In Burkina Faso three miners -- a Burkinabe national, an Indian and a South African -- were seized by armed men between Djibo and a local gold mine. Hours later, three police officers deployed to help search for the trio were killed in a clash with armed men at Tongomael, about 30 km (20 miles) away.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)

2018        Sep 26, In northern Burkina Faso eight soldiers were killed by a blast in Soum province.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)

2018        Oct 3, In northern Burkina Faso a gendarme was killed and another injured, where three people, including an Indian and a South African national, had been kidnapped at the end of last month.
    (AFP, 10/4/18)

2018        Oct 4, In eastern Burkina Faso six soldiers were killed and several others seriously injured when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED).
    (AFP, 10/4/18)

2018        Nov 5, In Senegal a two-day African security forum opened in Dakar amid concerns about funding for a much-trumpeted initiative to bind the G5 Sahel force (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) into an anti-terror force.
    (AFP, 11/5/18)

2018        Nov 29, In Burkina Faso several thousand people took the streets of Ouagadougou as workers downed tools in a nationwide strike over higher fuel prices.
    (AFP, 11/29/18)

2018        Dec 5, A Paris court of appeal approved an extradition request by Burkina Faso's government for the brother of ex-Burkinabe president Blaise Compaore.
    (Reuters, 12/5/18)

2018        Dec 6, The European Union and France said their total investment in development funding aimed at preventing terrorism in the G5 African Sahel countries (Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger) would rise to 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion), as the region struggles with jihadism and lawlessness.
    (AFP, 12/6/18)

2018        Dec 26, In Burkina Faso gunmen late today killed 10 gendarmes in Loroni village near the Malian border.
    (Reuters, 12/28/18)

2018        Dec 31, Burkina Faso said it is declaring a state of emergency in provinces grappling with jihadist violence. Gunmen on motorbikes attacked the village of Yirgou in Barsalogo district, killing seven people, including the village chief.
    (AP, 12/31/18)(Reuters, 1/4/19)

2019        Jan 1, In Burkina Faso local villagers of the Mossi ethnic group attacked a nearby camp of herders from the nomadic Fulani group. Seven Fulani herders were lynched and their homes were burned down. Yirgou residents killed 39 people in Fulani herding communities across the region in retaliation for attacks a day earlier.
    (AFP, 1/2/19)(Reuters, 1/4/19)

2019        Jan 10, In northern Burkina Faso 12 civilians were killed during a jihadist attack in the village of Gasseliki. The area has been battling a wave of Islamist violence.
    (AFP, 1/11/19)

2019        Jan 15, In northern Burkina Faso Canadian geologist Kirk Woodman was kidnapped late today  by a dozen gunmen on a mining site owned by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals. His body was found the following afternoon in Oudalan province. A Canadian man and an Italian woman went missing in the same area earlier this month.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)(Reuters, 1/17/19)

2019        Jan 16, In Burkina Faso Canadian geologist Kirk Woodman's body was found, following his abduction by a dozen gunmen at a mining site operated by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals. He had been shot, and his body was dumped in an area that is under growing threat from Islamist militants.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yb466o59)(Reuters, 4/3/19)

2019        Jan 27, In Burkina Faso nearly a dozen gunmen opened fire on civilians at a market in the Soum province, killing at least 10 people.
    (AP, 1/28/19)

2019        Feb 4, In Burkina Faso armed men attacked Kain village in Yatenga province early today, killing 14 people. In response Burkina Faso's armed forces killed 146 jihadists in three counterterror operations in the northwest. Human Rights Watch later said some of the so-called terrorists were executed in front of the families.
    (AP, 2/5/19)(AP, 2/6/19)

2019        Feb 19, A UN report said more than 100,000 people have been displaced by factional fighting and lawlessness in Burkina Faso, most within the past two months.
    (Reuters, 2/19/19)

2019        Apr 26, In eastern Burkina Faso five teachers were shot to death.
    (AP, 4/29/19)

2019        Apr 28, In Burkina Faso six people, including a pastor, were killed in an attack on a Christian church in the country's north.
    (AP, 4/29/19)

2019        May 1, In Burkina Faso German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on a three-nation tour in West Africa, pledged 46 million euros ($51 million) to help Burkina Faso fight Islamic extremism.
    (AP, 5/2/19)

2019        May 10, In northern Burkina Faso French special forces freed two French hostages, an American and a South Korean in an overnight military raid in which two French soldiers died. French tourists, identified as Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas, had disappeared while on holiday in the remote Pendjari National Park in Benin on May 1.
    (AFP, 5/10/19)

2019        May 12, In northern Burkina Faso gunmen killed a priest and five parishioners during mass Sunday in an attack on a Catholic church in Dablo.
    (AFP, 5/12/19)

2019        Jun 9, In northern Burkina Faso unidentified assailants killed 19 people and wounded 13 in an attack on and around the town of Arbinda.
    (Reuters, 6/11/19)

2019        Jun 21, Lawmakers in jihadist-hit Burkina Faso adopted a controversial new law providing for jail terms of up to 10 years for divulging details of military operations.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)

2019        Aug 19, In Burkina Faso 24 soldiers were killed in an attack by unidentified militants on an army unit.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)

2019        Sep 2, A Burkina Faso military court sentenced two generals to 20 and 10 years in jail for masterminding a 2015 coup attempt against the interim government. Gen. Gilbert Diendere was sentenced to 20 years in prison for charges of murder and harming state security and Gen. Djibril Bassole was given a 10-year jail sentence for treason.
    (AP, 9/2/19)

2019        Sep 8, In Burkina Faso an attack on the Dablo-Delbo road killed at least 14 civilians. Another 15 people were killed when a truck hit an explosive device on the road between Barsalogho and Guendbila in Sanmatenga province.
    (AP, 9/9/19)

2019        Sep 14, In Burkina Faso the heads of state from 15 countries in the West African economic bloc known as ECOWAS met to discuss the fight against Islamic extremism and the impact of the G5 Sahel Joint Force set up to combat its spread.
    (AP, 9/14/19)

2019        Oct 4, In northern Burkina Faso twenty people were killed in an attack by suspected jihadists on a gold-mining site in Soum province.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)

2019        Oct 11, In northern Burkina Faso armed men stormed the grand mosque in the vilage of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others.
    (SFC, 10/14/19, p.A2)

2019        Oct 22, Burkina Faso officials said attackes in the past few days have killed at least 19 civilians in its northern region.
    (SFC, 10/23/19, p.A2)

2019        Oct 28, In northern Burkina Faso suspected jihadists killed 16 villagers in an incident highlighting the increased presence of Sahel-based Islamists in the area.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)

2019        Nov 3, In Burkina Faso Parliament member Oumarou Dicko, who was also one of the last authorities in a region ravaged by militants, was killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern Djibo region.
    (Bloomberg, 11/3/19)

2019        Nov 6, In Burkina Faso unidentified assailants attacked a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold producer Semafo Inc., killing at least 38 people.
    (Bloomberg, 11/7/19)

2019        Nov 19, The World Food Program (WFP) said jihadist violence in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes, destroyed fragile agricultural economies and hobbled humanitarian aid efforts.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)

2019        Dec 1, In Burkina Faso a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “unidentified armed men" who, according to witnesses, got away on motorcycles.
    (AP, 12/13/19)

2019        Dec 4, President Emmanuel Macron demanded West African leaders of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania to dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across the region if they wanted France's military to continue its operations against Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)

2019        Dec 24, An attack by militants in northern Burkina Faso killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women. Seven soldiers and 80 jihadists were also killed in the double attack on a military base and the town of Arbinda, Soum province.
    (AP, 12/25/19)(SFC, 12/25/19, p.A2)

2020        Jan 4, In northwestern Burkina Faso at least 14 civilians, mostly students, died after their bus hit an explosive device on the way back from a school break.
    (AP, 1/4/20)

2020        Jan 25, Suspected Islamic extremists attacked a busy market in Burkina Faso and killed as many as 50 people in Soum province.
    (http://tinyurl.com/vx8vv9x)(SFC, 1/29/20, p.A2)

2020        Feb 1, In Burkina Faso gunmen killed at leat 18 civilians in an attack on the northern village of Lamdamol.
    (SFC, 2/4/20, p.A2)

2020        Feb 7, French air strikes killed 20 militants in the Sahel region where Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso meet. Earlier in the week commando operations killed about ten others in the border area.
    (SSFC, 2/9/20, p.A3)

2020        Feb 16, In Burkina Faso gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation.
    (AP, 2/17/20)

2020        Feb 27, An African Union official said African leaders have decided to work on deploying 3,000 troops to West Africa’s troubled Sahel region as extremist attacks surged. Over the last year more than 2,600 people have been killed and more than half a million displaced in Burkina Faso alone.
    (AP, 2/27/20)(SFC, 2/28/20, p.A3)

2020        Mar 14, In Mali Canadian Edith Blais and Italian Luca Tacchetto were freed in good health. They had been kidnapped on December 15, 2018, in Burkina Faso.
    (AP, 3/14/20)

2020        Mar 15, Several African countries closed borders, canceled flights and imposed strict entry and quarantine requirements to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, which has a foothold in 26 nations including Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville and Equatorial Guinea.
    (Reuters, 3/15/20)

2020        Mar 18, Burkina Faso reported its second death from COVID-19.
    (AP, 3/18/20)

2020        Mar 21, A Burkina Faso spokesman said 4 government ministers have tested positive for the coronavirus, as the number of reported cases rose to 64 from 40, the highest in West Africa. Two new deaths were reported.
    (Reuters, 3/21/20)(AP, 3/21/20)

2020        Apr 9, In Burkina Faso the bullet-riddled bodies of the men from the Fulani ethnic group were discovered in the northern town of Djibo, shortly after they had been arrested by security forces and taken away in a convoy.
    (Reuters, 4/20/20)

2020        Apr 10, In Burkina Faso the coronavirus epidemic has so far infected over 440 people, including six government ministers. 24 deaths have been reported.
    (Reuters, 4/10/20)

2020        Apr 25, Burkina Faso, one of Africa's nations hardest hit by the coronavirus, has reported 41 deaths. The country's 629 cases included the US and Italian ambassadors as well as at least six government ministers. Last month Rose Marie Compaore (62), Burkina Faso's second Vice President of the parliament, became the first person in the country to die from COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 4/25/20)

2020        May 7, The Islamic State group (IS) revealed that it is engaged in fierce clashes with al-Qaeda militants Burkina Faso and Mali.
    (BBC, 5/11/20)

2020        May 9, It was reported that Jihadists in eastern Burkina Faso have seized control of at least 20 illicit gold mining sites. The government has estimated that this market is producing more than $400 million worth of gold a year.
    (AP, 5/9/20)

2020        May 12, In Burkina Faso 12 people arrested on suspicion of terror offences were found dead in their police cells. Most of the 12 dead men were ethnic Fulas, a group often accused of jihadist links.
    (BBC, 5/14/20)

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