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Child miners pay the price in Burkina Faso's gold rush

Perched on the edge of a mine shaft, Joel Sawadogo, 13, readies the fragile plastic lamp strapped to his forehead with an elastic band as he prepares to lower himself into the darkness. He is one of hundreds of children and young people working at the Nobsin mines, about an hour's drive from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, who every day risk their lives in the search for gold in the impoverished west African nation.

Thousands protest against extending Burkina president's mandate

At least 10,000 people marched in Burkina Faso's capital Saturday to protest against plans by President Blaise Compaore that could allow him to extend his mandate by another five years, police said. The rally in Ouagadougou was called by the opposition over a planned change to the constitution which currently limits the president to two five-year terms. Compaore is set to reach that limit next year. "We are tired of Compaore's rule," shouted some in the crowd in the capital's main square, as others carried signs saying "2015 - the terminus for Blaise Compaore".

Football: African Nations Championship results

Results from the 2014 African Nations Championship on Thursday: Group B At Cape Town Zimbabwe 0 Uganda 0 Burkina Faso 1 Morocco 1 afp

Football: Second goalless draw for Zimbabwe at CHAN

Zimbabwe suffered more frustration at the African Nations Championship on Thursday as they were held to a goalless draw by Uganda in Cape Town. Zimbabwe were the better side in the Group B clash but they were forced to settle for their second goalless draw in as many games and the result jeopardised their chances in the tournament. Tawanda Muparati and Simbarashe Sithole came close in the first half, while Kudakwashe Malachi shone in the second half from the left wing. However, his team-mates failed to make the most of his inviting crosses into the box.

Football: World Cup African zone fixtures

World Cup African zone play-offs, second leg fixtures on Tuesday (first leg scores in brackets; Times in GMT): At Cairo (1600 GMT) Egypt v Ghana (1-6) At Blida (1815 GMT) Algeria v Burkina Faso (2-3) afp

AFP Africa News Agenda

What's happening in Africa on Thursday: + DR Congo prepares refugee return after rebel defeat + UN chief in Burkina Faso, Chad as part of Sahel tour GOMA, DR Congo: Congolese authorities prepare for the return of tens of thousands of refugees after driving out M23 rebels from the east of the country. (DRCONGO-UNREST)

Chelsea sign Burkina Faso teenager Traore

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea have agreed to sign 18-year-old Burkina Faso midfielder Bertrand Traore on a four and a half year contract, the club said on their website ( on Thursday. He joins from Burkinabe club Association Jeunes Espoirs De Bobo-Dioulasso, having had a trial spell with Chelsea on their pre-season tour of Asia. Traore made his international debut in 2011 at the age of 15 and now has 10 caps. (Reporting by Josh Reich; editing by Tony Jimenez)

Football: Chelsea sign Burkinabe teenager Traore

Premier League giants Chelsea announced on Thursday that they have signed 18-year-old Burkinabe midfielder Bertrand Traore on a four-year contract. The Burkina Faso international, who arrives from Association Jeunes Espoirs De Bobo-Dioulasso, spent time on trial with Chelsea during their close-season tour of Asia this year, notably scoring against Malaysia and Indonesia. "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce an agreement to sign Bertrand Traore," said a statement on the Chelsea website. "The 18-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract."

Ivory Coast draw rivals Senegal in World Cup playoffs

By Mark Gleeson (Reuters) - Ivory Coast and Senegal were paired together in Africa's World Cup qualifying playoffs draw on Monday, reviving a rivalry that featured a stadium riot last year. They were the first two countries to emerge from the draw in Cairo, soliciting gasps from the small audience at the Confederation of African Football's headquarters. The other four ties will see Ethiopia play Nigeria, Tunisia meet Cameroon, Ghana take on Egypt and Burkina Faso against Algeria.

Football: Ghana, Nigeria among World Cup draw seeds

Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Tunisia were seeded Thursday for the World Cup Africa zone play-offs draw. Egypt, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal and Ethiopia are the unseeded countries for the September 16 Cairo ceremony (1000GMT). The seedings were decided by the FIFA Africa rankings released Thursday, with the five best-placed nations getting 'seeded' status. Seeded and unseeded sides will be paired, creating five two-leg ties with a separate draw determining which country plays at home first.
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