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Dozens still missing after deadly attack near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso

Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday after an ambush on workers near a Canadian-owned mine in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 and wounded 60 in the worst such attack in the West African nation for years.» 


At least 37 dead in Canadian mining convoy attack in Burkina Faso

At least 37 civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded in an attack by an unidentified gunman on a convoy transporting workers of Canadian-based gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said on Wednesday. The Montreal-based company» 

International, Politics

Canadian missing in Burkina Faso is still alive, says Trudeau

A Quebec woman who went missing in Burkina Faso in mid-December is in all likelihood still alive, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday at the conclusion of a cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Edith Blais, 34, a native of Sherbrooke,» 

International, Politics

Canada ‘appalled’ by death of Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso

Canada is “appalled and deeply saddened” by the killing of a Canadian man reportedly abducted by jihadists in northern Burkina Faso, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday. Kirk Woodman was kidnapped by a jihadist group that raided a mining» 


Another Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso

An Canadian employee of Vancouver-based Progress Minerals has been kidnapped in the west African country of Burkina Faso. Canadian Press reports he is Kirk Woodman and that he was abducted during a raid on a mining site. Canadian officials are» 

International, Society

Canadian tourist and her Italian companion missing in Burkina Faso

The family of a 34-year-old Quebec woman travelling in West Africa fears for her safety after not hearing from her for almost three weeks. Edith Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto, 30, were travelling by car in the southwest» 


UN agencies raise alarm over food crisis in Sahel region

The United Nations are sounding the alarm over a worsening food crisis in parts of West Africa’s Sahel region where drought, failed harvests and high food prices have hastened the arrival of the “lean season.” Nearly six million people in» 


Canada condemns ‘cowardly’ attack in Burkina Faso

The Canadian government has strongly condemned an apparent terrorist attack in Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday that has killed at least seven people and wounded some fifty others in a coordinated assault on the army headquarters and French embassy. “Our» 

International, Politics

Trudeau offers condolences to families of 2 Canadian victims of Burkina Faso attack

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences Tuesday to the families of the two Canadian victims of a terror attack that killed 18 people in a popular restaurant in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, on Sunday night. Tammy Jane» 


2 Canadians among 18 people killed in Burkina Faso attack

Two Canadians are among 18 people killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed Monday. “My heartfelt condolences, the heartfelt condolences of our government»