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A court in Burkina Faso on Tuesday charged a general and a former foreign minister with crimes including threatening state security and murder in the wake of a short-lived coup last month, judicial sources said. General Gilbert Diendere led a putsch by elite presidential guard soldiers that saw them take the country's president, prime minister and members of the transitional government hostage less than a month before elections. Djibril Bassole, once foreign minister, was also arrested in connection with the coup.
Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz rejected on Tuesday a cabinet proposed by his new prime minister, dealing a blow to efforts aimed at turning the page on a crisis that has threatened to destabilise the coup-plagued West African nation. Carlos Correia was appointed premier on Sept. 8 following weeks of political turmoil triggered by Vaz's dismissal of Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira and his government over a row between the two rivals within the ruling PAIGC party. After more than a month of political haggling, Correia submitted a list of ministers to the president on Oct. 2.