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UN urges countries to ban female genital mutilation

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday urging countries to ban female genital mutilation, calling it an "irreparable, irreversible abuse" that threatens about three million girls annually. Full story

Ruling party wins majority in Burkina Faso vote

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's ruling party secured a strong majority in this month's parliamentary election, final results showed, but the main opposition called for some results to be annulled, claiming fraud and irregularities. Full story

Mali government, Islamists and separatists agree on peace talks

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Mali's government and the two rebel groups that took control of the northern half of the country in April, have met for the first time and agreed to negotiate an end to the crisis, a minister from mediator Burkina Faso said on Tuesday. Full story

Burkina Faso calls upon Mali to open talks with northern rebels

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Burkina Faso, which is attempting to mediate an end to the crisis in its West African neighbour Mali, on Saturday called upon Malian President Dioncounda Traore to open direct talks with Islamist fighters in control of the country's north. Full story

France gives Burkina Faso planes to tackle Mali Islamist threat

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - France has provided Burkina Faso with three light aircraft to help it monitor its northern border with Islamist-occupied northern Mali, the head of the West African nation's army said on Wednesday. Full story

Burkina sees big boost from new mines, code: minister

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Seven new mines are expected to open in Burkina Faso and together with an improved mining code should double the sector's contribution to the country's economy in the coming years, the west African nation's mines minister said. Full story

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