The leader of last month's attempted military coup in Burkina Faso, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, was charged with crimes against humanity for the slaying of anti-coup protesters.
The interim government of Burkina Faso apprehended the leader of last month's week-long military coup, announcing that he will face military justice.
Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando was formally reinstated after coup leaders capitulated in the face of popular pressure and mediation by regional leaders.
The democratic transition begun by last year's popular revolution was aborted by a military coup d'etat in Burkina Faso, sparking street protests in which three have been killed.
In a bid to win popular support, the interim regime in Burkina Faso has pledged a new investigation to verify the burial place of slain revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara.
France expands military operations across the Sahel to chase down jihadist insurgents, as Mali opens peace talks with Tuareg separatists that have seized much of the country.
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson warned that Burkina Faso is at risk of being destabilized by the conflict in neighboring Mali.
The US military is preparing to establish a drone base in Niger along the eastern border of Mali, where French forces are currently waging a campaign against jihadist rebels.
In a mission slated to last two weeks, US Air Force C-17 transport planes are ferrying troops and material from France to Mali for the offensive against jihadist rebels.