Burkina Faso says 170 dead in village ‘executions’

Some 170 people including women and children have been “executed” in attacks on three villages in Burkina Faso, a public prosecutor has said. Aly Benjamin Coulibaly appealed for witnesses to help find those who attacked Komsilga, Nordin and Soro. Separately, the army warned of the increased risk of attacks by Islamists, “including attacks on urban…

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ISS launch: New US-Russian crew heads to space station

A SpaceX rocket carrying three US astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut has blasted off from Florida bound for the International Space Station (ISS). They have a six-month mission, and space is one of the few areas where the US and Russia continue to co-operate closely despite the war in Ukraine. The three men and one…

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Michelle O’Neill attending first Northern Ireland game at Windsor Park

First Minister Michelle O’Neill is attending her first Northern Ireland game at Windsor Park. She is joined by Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly at the game between the Northern Ireland women’s team and Montenegro. The Uefa Women’s Nations League play-off match kicks off at 19:00 GMT. Ms O’Neill committed to attending a Northern Ireland match…

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Senegal President proposes general amnesty amidst political tensions

Senegal’s President Macky Sall announced plans for a general amnesty for political demonstrators from 2021 to 2024, seeking to ease tensions ahead of upcoming elections. Speaking at a national dialogue on Monday, Sall reiterated his commitment to holding elections before the rainy season begins in July and assured that he will honor his mandate’s end…

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SWEDD Project: Regional steering committee launches 7th session in Burkina Faso

The 7th ordinary session of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) for the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend (SWEDD) project commenced on February 26, 2024, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Ahead of the scheduled meeting of the regional steering committee on Thursday, February 29, 2024, the project’s country coordinators are setting the stage. The 12 SWEDD…

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