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General Honoré Traoré, left, and Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, right.
01/11/2014 - BURKINA FASO

Power struggle over leadership in Burkina Faso's "Black Spring"

Rival factions are claiming power in Burkina Faso after long-term president Blaise Compaoré stepped down on Friday under popular pressure.

An MP flees the parliament in Ouagadougou as demonstrators occupy it on Thursday
31/10/2014 - Burkina Faso - Mali

France calls for calm in Burkina Faso as army says Compaoré no longer in power

French Foreign Affairs Secretary Laurent Fabius on Friday called for calm in Burkina Faso as protesters took to the streets after President Blaise Compaoré refused to leave power and the army ...

African press review 31 October 2014

The political situation in Burkina Faso sparked by President Blaise Compaoré’s plans to amend the constitution and stay in power after 27 years in office is everyone’s top story ...

African press review 30 October 2014

Burkina Faso’s MPs face a historic vote. Zambia buries its former president. Egypt and Sudan fall out over a dam. Press freedom takes a hit in Egypt but it’s even worse in Eritrea.
French special forces in Gao, northern Mali
30/10/2014 - France - Mali

10th French soldier killed in Mali in clash with jihadists

A French soldier has been killed and two others wounded in a clash with jihadist insurgents in northern Mali.

African press review 29 October 2014

Burkina Faso is shaken by protests. The US warns of jihadist threats In Egypt. There's dissatisfaction with South Africa's medium-term budget.
A digitally colourised scanning electron micrograph depiction shows filamentous Ebola virus particles in green, budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell in orange at 25,000X magnification
29/10/2014 - France - west Africa

France pledges 20 million euros to Ebola fight

France on Tuesday said it was pledging 20 million euros to the fight against Ebola in west Africa. Some of the cash will enable the opening of several care centres in Guinea.

Military Hospital of Bégin de Saint-Mandé where the French nurse infected with Ebola received treatment
28/10/2014 - FRANCE

Healthworkers in contact with French Ebola nurse given all-clear

The monitoring of healthcare workers who had been in contact with a French nurse infected with Ebola has ended, France's Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Tuesday.

African press review 28 October 2014

Egypt gets a handout from the US and continues its clampdown on protesters. SA police rush to find Senzo Meyiwa’s killers. Malema is in trouble with the police.
The funeral of nine Minusma troops killed in northern Mali earlier this month in Bamako
27/10/2014 - France - Libya - Mali

France to send troops back to north Mali as insurgent activity revives

France is to send troops redeployed to neighbouring countries back to theMali because UN forces have failed to turn up in the troubled north of the country as planned, French Defence Minister ...