No soldiers died and 46 hostages were freed, including 18 women and 28 children, according to the statement
The jihadist militants have been "diminished and forced to retreat", but not defeated yet
If "Egypt falls, you do not know what will happen to the region and the whole European world," Sisi warned
There’s a strong chance the attacks are related to France’s participation in the fight against extremists in Syria and north Africa.
Boni Yayi's decision sets him apart from African leaders, such as Congo's Sassou Nguesso, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni.
Ties between France and its former colony have grown closer in recent years on under the Socialist government of president Francois Hollande.
UPDATE: AU suspends Burkina Faso over military coup, threatens sanctions if 'kidnapped' leaders not freed
The releases came after members of the junta met African, European, United Nations and US diplomats in the capital, Ouagadougou.
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European navies who rescue migrants are “accomplices” of the traffickers who organise the transit, she says.
Francois Hollande seeks military operation against migrant smugglers after horror migrant shipwreck.
Western countries secretly delighted at Chad president's proactive role, despite having for long criticised him on human rights.
Egypt feels it wasn't heard in 2011 when it warned of the dangers of a Western intervention in Libya, but feels there is need to re-intervene today.
A year ago Cote d'Ivoire Ouattara's shirt was on fire. Now he is sitting pretty, and the region breathing easier
The country goes into an election year that will define its future--and have a major influence on neighbours.
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Regional bloc ECOWAS to hold meeting Thursday as Paris shadow looms large.
From aborted presidential meetings and shocking airport battles, to spoilsport militants and railway thieves: the continent's best of the worst.