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Lieutenant colonel assumes power in Burkina Faso after president flees

04:26 11/1/2014

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

by Romaric Ollo HIEN

The second in command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, said on Saturday he had taken power after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital.

Zida declared a rival claim by army chief Navere Honore Traore was "obsolete" in a televised speech.

The tussle for power comes after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze.

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Ban notes resignation of President, as envoy arrives in crisis-gripped capital

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UN News Service

31 October 2014 – As his special envoy arrived in Burkina Faso this morning following the country’s deteriorating security situation, the Secretary-General noted today the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré and continues to follow events there with great concern.

Speaking to reporters during a briefing this afternoon, a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative for West Africa, arrived in the capital city of Ouagadogou.

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Burkina Faso must end excessive use of force against protesters

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Amnesty

Authorities in Burkina Faso must rein in security forces that have used excessive force to crack down on peaceful anti-government protests, Amnesty International said today.

According to Amnesty International’s information, at least three people have been killed in the protests and dozens of demonstrators have been injured by gunshot wounds since unrest erupted yesterday.

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Sahel Crisis 2014: Funding Status as of 31 October 2014

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West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (23 - 31 Oct 2014)

BURKINA FASO

3 KILLED AS LARGE-SCALE PROTESTS ESCALATE

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Burkina: chassé par la rue, Compaoré abandonne le pouvoir

vendredi 31/10/2014 - 14:01 GMT

par Romaric Ollo HIEN

Le président du Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, confronté à une contestation populaire d'une ampleur sans précédent, a annoncé vendredi qu'il quittait le pouvoir après 27 ans de règne.

"Dans le souci de préserver les acquis démocratiques, ainsi que la paix sociale (...), je déclare la vacance du pouvoir en vue de permettre la mise en place d'une transition", a déclaré M. Compaoré dans un communiqué lu à la mi-journée par une journaliste à la télévision privée BF1.

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Burkina's President Blaise Compaore ousted

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | Thursday 10/31/2014 - 15:45 GMT

by Romaric Ollo HIEN

Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule.

His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass demonstrations, with protesters storming and setting fire to parliament.

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Burkina leader refuses to quit as country braces for more violence

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | Thursday 10/30/2014 - 10:15 GMT

by Romaric Ollo HIEN

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has rejected calls to step down but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule saw parliament set ablaze.

It remained unclear Friday who was in charge of the landlocked west African nation after the army said it had taken control and opposition figures said Compaore's departure was non-negotiable.

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Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital

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30 October 2014 – Greatly concerned by the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an end to the violence and announced that he is dispatching his special envoy for West Africa to the crisis-gripped country.

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General is following with great concern the deteriorating security situation in Burkina Faso.

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AU deeply concerned by the unfolding situation in Burkina Faso

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African Union

A Joint Delegation to be urgently dispatched to Burkina Faso   

Addis Ababa, 30 October 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed deep concern about the unfolding situation in Burkina Faso and is following its evolution very closely. She has called for calm and utmost restraint from all the parties concerned.

She urges the Burkinabe political actors and people to refrain from all acts of violence and act in the supreme interest of their country.

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Le Burkina s'enflamme contre le régime Compaoré, tractations entre militaires

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | jeudi 30/10/2014 - 19:56 GMT

par Romaric Ollo HIEN

Après une journée d'émeutes contre le régime de Blaise Compaoré, au pouvoir depuis près de 30 ans, des tractations se sont engagées jeudi au Burkina Faso entre militaires pour trouver une issue à cette crise d'une ampleur exceptionnelle en Afrique subsaharienne.

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Burkina Faso Leader refuses to quit after day of violence

10/31/2014 - 02:30

by Romaric Ollo HIEN

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.

Opposition figures said around 30 people had been killed and 100 injured as tens of thousands took to the streets in protest against plans to allow Compaore to extend his long reign.

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Le chef de l'ONU appelle au calme et envoie un émissaire dans le pays

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30 octobre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a déclaré jeudi suivre avec une profonde préoccupation l'évolution de la situation au Burkina Faso et a décidé d'envoyer un émissaire dans ce pays pour tenter d'aider à ramener le calme.

Selon la presse, des milliers de manifestants, rejoints par des soldats, faisaient le siège du palais présidentiel à Ouagadougou, la capitale du Burkina Faso, jeudi 30 octobre. La foule a incendié dans la matinée l'Assemblée nationale et pris d'assaut la télévision publique, laquelle a cessé d'émettre.

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Près de 25 millions de personnes en situation d'insécurité alimentaire au Sahel

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DAKAR, 30 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - Les taux d'insécurité alimentaire et de malnutrition se détériorent au Sahel. Selon le bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies (OCHA), cela se doit en partie au conflit et à l'instabilité en République centrafricaine (RCA), dans le nord du Mali et dans le nord-est du Nigeria.

Le nombre de personnes en situation d'insécurité alimentaire a augmenté de près de cinq millions depuis le début de l'année, soit un total de 24,7 millions - plus du double par rapport à 2013, a estimé OCHA.

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Le Burkina s'enflamme contre le régime Compaoré, tractations entre militaires

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | jeudi 30/10/2014 - 03:00 GMT

par Romaric Ollo HIEN

Après une journée d'émeutes contre le régime de Blaise Compaoré, au pouvoir depuis près de 30 ans, des tractations se sont engagées jeudi au Burkina Faso entre militaires pour trouver une issue à cette crise d'une ampleur exceptionnelle en Afrique subsaharienne.

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Burkina parliament set ablaze in protests over president

10/28/2014 - 19:13 GMT

by Romaric Ollo HIEN

Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso on Thursday, setting parliament ablaze in an uprising against the regime of long-standing President Blaise Compaore.

The protesters forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow Compaore to extend his 27-year rule, with tens of thousands of people joining a mass rally in the capital Ouagadougou calling for the strongman to go.

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Vote sur la révision constitutionnelle: la journée de tous les dangers au Burkina

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | jeudi 30/10/2014 - 03:00 GMT

Le Burkina Faso se prépare jeudi à une journée à haut risque, l'examen par ses députés d'un projet de révision constitutionnelle, qui permettrait le maintien au pouvoir du président Blaise Compaoré, pouvant engendrer des violences dans sa jeune population.

"Ca fait au moins cinq ans" que dure le débat sur l'article 37 ans de la Loi fondamentale, observait samedi le chef de l'Etat burkinabè, dans une interview à la BBC.

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ECHO Factsheet Sahel: Food and Nutrition Crisis

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  • The food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel continues. People are facing a triple crisis : limited access to food , erosion of resilience due to recurrent crises and weak social services, and region- wide ramifications of conflicts in the region.

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Nearly 25 million need food aid in Sahel

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IRIN

Nearly five million more people have joined the ranks of the food-insecure since the beginning of the year, bringing the estimated total in need of food aid to 24.7 million - more than double the number in 2013.

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Una nueva plataforma en línea promueve el intercambio de información frente a las pérdidas de alimentos

Los organismos de la ONU con sede en Roma lanzan una comunidad de práctica global

24 de octubre de 2014, Roma – Los intentos de reducir las pérdidas y el desperdicio de alimentos, que representan un tercio de los alimentos producidos para el consumo humano, han recibido un nuevo impulso con una nueva plataforma en línea que reúne por vez primera un amplio abanico de recursos y permite a los interesados compartir experiencias y mejores prácticas.