President Kaboré wins five more years in Burkina Faso
BBC West Africa reporter
Roch Christian Marc Kaboré has been re-elected for a second five-year term as the president of Burkina Faso.
He took 58% of the vote, according to results released by the electoral commission.
His nearest rival, Eddie Komboïgo of the former ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress, got 16% of the vote.
The marks a comeback of sorts for the party of Blaise Compaore, who was ousted in 2014 after 27 years on power.
Official turnout figures show that just over half of those registered to vote took part in the poll, which was marred by threats of violence from Islamist militant groups, meaning many polling stations were unable to open.
These provisional results now need to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
Early results started being announced on Monday, but announcements were briefly suspended after criticism by the opposition about the method of counting.
Thirteen candidates have been cleared to run for the presidency in Burkina Faso's elections scheduled for 22 November.
President Roch Kaboré, who is seeking a second term, and opposition leader Zephirin Diabre were among those allowed to contest.
Others include the former ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) party's candidate Eddie Komboigo.
The constitutional court did not clear one candidate, Kindo Harouna, because he did not pay the required nomination fee.
Eight presidential candidates and 22 opposition parties signed an agreement in August to rally behind any candidate who will reach the second round of the elections to boost chances of unseating President Kaboré.
Sahel worries top UN humanitarian 'most'
The UN's humanitarian chief has told BBC Focus on Africa that the "place that worries [him] most" is the central Sahel.
Mark Lowcock of Ocha pointed to conflicts arising from people having to compete for already strained resources - and the combination of "low development", high poverty, accelerating climate change and rapid population growth.
"You're seeing clashes, for example, between farming families and families who make a living through nomadic pastoralism," Mr Lowcock said.
"All of those things, together with the fact that this is not the region where the empowerment of women and girls is advanced as much as in some other places, are causing grievances."
His comments come as the UN hopes to raise $1bn (£770m) with a virtual donor conference hosted with Denmark, Germany and the EU.
Armed militia operate in the Sahel, which has become a frontline in the war against Islamist militancy for almost a decade.
"The extremist groups are one manifestation of that, there's also an uptick in organised crime," Mr Lowcock told the BBC.
He said that people being forced from their homes is "a symptom of these underlying problems".
"Not much short of two million people are now displaced across the region - a massive increase over the last couple of years."
Burkina Faso opposition to unite behind one candidate
The opposition in Burkina Faso has agreed to rally behind any challenger to President Roch Kaboré who reaches the second round in November's elections.
Eight presidential candidates and 22 opposition parties signed the agreement on Tuesday.
Should two opposition candidates reach the second round, then their respective parties would support them, the agreement states.
The first round of the presidential election will be held on 22 November.
Opposition leader Zéphirin Diabré said the agreement was "historic" and would enable "the writing of a new chapter", according to AFP news agency.
Jihadists 'target sleeping villagers' in Cameroon
Africa editor, BBC World Service
Suspected Islamist Boko Haram militants
have killed 15 sleeping people and wounded six others in a grenade attack in
northern Cameroon, reports say.
A security source and a local official
told the Reuters news agency that the attackers targeted a camp for displaced
people in the village of Nguetchewe, close to the border with Nigeria.
The victims - including women and
children - were asleep when the assailants arrived.
Boko Haram has been fighting in
north-east Nigeria for over a decade but has also been active in Cameroon, Chad
and Niger. A regional military operation
has failed to stop the attacks.
Donkey cart attack
Meanwhile, in northern Burkina Faso at least six people,
most of them children, have been killed after a donkey cart ran over an
improvised explosive device (IED) in a region which has seen many jihadist
A security source told a French news
agency that four other people were injured and had been taken to a hospital in
the nearby Ouahigouya town.
The victims were returning from
grazing with their animals.
Since 2015 Burkina Faso has seen an
upsurge in Islamist violence – spreading from Mali - and more than 1,000 people
have been killed and a million have fled their homes.