Burkina Faso guards, supporting ousted President Blaise Compaore, have detained the interim president and prime minister, in the capital, Ouagadougou.
At least seven people, including a French patient, are missing, after a Senegalair medical evacuation plane, from Burkina Faso to Dakar, disappeared west of Senegal.
At least six UN peacekeepers have been killed, and five others severely wounded, in an attack on their convoy, by suspected Islamist militants, in northern Mali.
At least 48 child slaves have been rescued by police in Ivory Coast, in a series of raids on plantations in the country’s western region, arresting 22 people on suspicion of trafficking or exploiting children.
A Romanian security officer has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a manganese mine in northern Burkina Faso, near the country’s border with Mali.
One person has been killed, and another two injured, in an explosion in Bamako, the capital of Mali, the cause of which is currently unknown.
Groups of protesters, angry over recent presidential plans in the country, have set fire to the parliament building, the city hall and the ruling party headquarters.
The wreckage of a missing Air Algerie plane has been discovered in Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso. Rescue crews have been dispatched to the area but the initial reports describe the plane as being in a “state of disintegration”.
An Air Algerie flight, carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew members, from Burkina Faso reportedly disappeared from radar 50 minutes into its flight early Thursday morning.