French West Africa

Three large royal statues of the Kingdom of Dahomey

Benin negotiates with France to return precious objects taken during colonial war


France announced a deadline to return 26 objects taken from Benin in the 1890s amid a growing call for the restitution of African art taken during colonial periods.

Lieutenant Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida meets with opposition leaders in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on November 2, 2014.

Burkina Faso’s new military leader is familiar to the Pentagon

The former president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara

Burkina Faso’s protests broke 27 years of fear and silence

Global Politics
Protesters chant slogans at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on October 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters after tens of thousands of people marched through the city on Tuesday morning.

People in Burkina Faso are taking to the streets to protest their ‘president for life’

Global Politics

Report: U.S. has established extensive covert surveillance operation in sub-Saharan Africa

Children treated like slaves to produce supposedly ‘fair-trade’ cotton for Victoria’s Secret

Many of the products sold at Victoria’s Secret are said to contain ‘fair-trade’ cotton. But a new report from Bloomberg News found that that cotton is often planted and picked by children 13 and younger, who are forced to work like slaves.

Mali’s Future Not Bright Despite French Military Action

Lifestyle & Belief

The al-Qaeda militants who took over northern Mali imposed their harsh brand of Sharia law. The common wisdom is that the militants’ behavior alienated most Malians. But that’s not the whole story, as the CBC’s Laura Lynch reports.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles Face Burkina Faso’s Cinderella in Cup of Nations


The final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa will feature Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Burkina Faso’s Stallions. The World’s Anders Kelto gives the rundown to host Marco Werman.

Mali’s Conflict Takes Ominous Turn

Conflict & Justice

Turmoil continues to grip Mali, weeks after French forces liberated the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Friday, the first suicide bombing took place in Gao. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Lydia Polgreen of The New York Times in Bamako.

The World

Mali: Now a Tourist No-Man’s Land

Conflict & Justice

Tourism used to be a big industry for the West African country Mali. But now that the country is in crisis, foreigners have stopped visiting. And Malians are suffering from the lack of tourist dollars. Bonnie Allen takes us on a tour.