European and African representatives meet on the Mediterranean island of Malta this week to try to stem the flow of migrants northwards, as thousands head north to flee war and poverty.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Ouagadougou’s municipal stadium on Thursday for a mass prayer for Eid or Tabaski, as the Muslim holy day is called in Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso is bracing for more violence after civil society movements denounced a political accord reached on Sunday.
The opposition in Togo says the presidential election at the weekend was marred by ballot-stuffing as partial results indicate President Faure Gnassingbé is set to win by a wide margin.
France has asked the UN to take rover the command of forces in Mali as Paris prepares to start pulling its troops out next month.