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Burkina Faso: Landlocked country in western Africa
Burkina Faso, officially the Republic of Burkina Faso, is a landlocked country in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo to the southeast; Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. The July 2019 population estimate by the United Nations was 20,321,378. The country's official language of government and business is French. Roughly 50% of the population speaks the Mossi language natively. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by erstwhile President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé. Its capital is Ouagadougou.

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In Burkina Faso, bloodshed without doctors [Video]

In Burkina Faso, bloodshed without doctors

In northern Burkina Faso, where jihadist and communal violence is spiraling, the healthcare system is "virtually on its knees" and the medical NGO that remains could be forced further away by the..

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Niger confirms first case of coronavirus, health minister says

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Attacks, ethnic massacres leave ghost villages in central Mali

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MOPTI: After years of ethnic massacres and unrelenting jihadist attacks, central Mali has been left a harrowed area of deserted villages and displaced people. An insurgency erupted in the north of the..
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Canadian and Italian tourists kidnapped in Burkina Faso turn up in Mali

Édith Blais and Luca Tacchetto, seized in 2018, apparently escaped and were picked up by UN forces.
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Two Western hostages freed after 15-month captivity in Africa's Sahel

A Canadian woman and an Italian man kidnapped while traveling through Burkina Faso 15 months ago have been freed and are in good health, the president of neighboring Mali said on Saturday after meeting..
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Canadian woman and Italian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso have been released - U.N.

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At least 43 killed in attack on Burkina Faso villages

Unidentified assailants killed at least 43 people in raids on villages in northern Burkina Faso on Sunday, in one of the deadliest such attacks of the past year, the government said.
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Driving trucks, blasting rocks - Women break the mold at Burkina Faso gold mines

Tene Konate takes pride in telling incredulous relatives about her job driving a 72-tonne dump truck around the vast open pit at the Hounde gold mine in western Burkina Faso.
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French soldier has died while on duty in Burkina Faso

A French soldier has died while on operations in Burkina Faso, the French Armed Forces Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
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Thirty-nine people were killed in northern Burkina Faso on Saturday, in what the government called a terrorist attack on a village in Soum province.
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Fourteen civilians, including many schoolchildren, died Saturday when a roadside bomb blew up their bus in northwestern Burkina Faso, a security source told AFP.
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