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The struggle for democracy in Burkina Faso remains uncertain as long-time president Blaise Compaore relinquishes post to army chief General Honore Traore amid violent protests.

Virgin spaceship crashes, fate of pilots unknown

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo craft crashed Friday after getting into difficulties during a test flight over California and the fate of two pilots is unknown, the company said"During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the lo...

Ukraine's Poroshenko taps Yatsenyuk for PM after Russian gas deal

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko backed rival Arseniy Yatsenyuk as future premier Friday, to "unite" the country after it secured a deal with Moscow on future gas supplies.

Judge rejects Maine's bid to restrict movement of nurse

A Maine Judge has denied a bid by state health officials to restrict the movement of Kaci Hickox, a nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.

Burkina's President Blaise Compaore ousted

Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule.

Ukraine soldiers to government: We're coming for you next

Vitaliy Feshchenko, one of thousands of Ukrainian volunteers fighting pro-Russian rebels, has this message for government leaders back in the capital Kiev: his battle-hardened men might come for them next.

Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, NATO intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters -- the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days.

Ukraine, France, Germany urge Putin not to recognise rebel polls: Kiev

The leaders of Ukraine, Germany and France on Friday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to not recognise leadership polls that pro-Russian separatists are planning to hold at the weekend in eastern Ukraine.

Rainbow beneath your feet: Wild mushrooms a heritage of colour Special

England and Wales is currently a haven for wild mushrooms at present and if you know where to look, you can find several fungi gems hidden away in forests, glades and natural reserves.

Ukraine rebel vote drives further wedge between Russia and West

Pro-Russian separatists controlling swathes of east Ukraine are set to hold leadership polls on Sunday that Moscow has backed despite condemnation from Kiev and the West.

Op-Ed: Pope Francis's remarks on evolution go against the Bible

This week Pope Francis said 'God is not a magician with a wand' saying the theories of evolution are true. But does what the Pope said go against the word of the Bible?

Controversial French dam halted after protester death

Local French authorities Friday decided to suspend work on a controversial dam after the death last week of an activist protesting against the project that sparked uproar in the country.

Op-Ed: How did Syria get this way? Special

The conflict in Syria is now in its fourth year. A once beautiful country has been torn apart, yet despite all this the people remain some of the warmest and most reslient I have ever met. This is a photo essay of my time in the country last year.

There were warning signs ahead of Sri Lanka mudslide: survivors

Sniffer dogs were deployed Friday to search for mudslide victims in Sri Lanka as survivors said they had seen warning signs of the disaster, such as cracks in the ground and livestock fleeing.

Nigeria bombing 'kills at least eight, injures 34'

A triple bombing at a bus station during Friday morning rush hour in north Nigeria killed at least eight people and wounded 34 others, rescue workers told AFP.

India pays low-key Indira Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination

India's president Pranab Mukherjee, members of Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress leaders paid a low-key tribute Friday to Indira Gandhi on the 30th anniversary of the ex-premier's assassination.

Foreign jihadists flock to IS despite air strikes

The Islamic State group is recruiting foreign jihadists on an "unprecedented scale" despite international efforts to stem the tide, according to experts and extracts of a UN report published by Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Man dressed as Teletubby breaks into house, steals Chinese food

Perhaps those Teletubbies aren't as innocent as they look. After all, a six-foot, 310 pound bright yellow Teletubby, or at least a man dressed like one, allegedly broke into a friend's house while apparently having a craving for Chinese food.

Mummified corpse of missing patient turns up three years later

Three years ago, a 65-year-old patient simply up and disappeared from the ward of a hospital in Modena, northern Italy. Relatives never gave up on him, and finally a mummified body, believed to be his, has been found.

EU will 'play its role' to support Ukraine-Russia gas deal

The European Union will "fully play its role" to implement the gas deal signed by Ukraine and Russia on Thursday, the French and German leaders said in a joint statement.

Journalist shocked to see her image as memorial hologram

Imagine walking past a funeral parlor, and seeing your image as a memorial hologram encased in plastic. The memorial had a fake name and dates of birth and death, "Brigitte Martin, 1959-2009,” while the lady in the photo is still very much alive.

West Bank clashes after Muslim prayers as Al-Aqsa mosque reopens

Clashes erupted in the West Bank Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police.

Chinese court upholds death sentences in Kunming attack

A Chinese appeals court on Friday upheld death sentences for three people convicted over a mass stabbing that killed 31 people earlier this year, state media reported.

Hong Kong activists mull taking protest to Beijing

Hong Kong's democracy protesters are considering travelling to Beijing to directly petition Communist authorities as the Chinese capital hosts US President Barack Obama and other world leaders at an upcoming summit.

Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims

Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.

First lawsuit filed in Malaysia over flight MH370

A Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.

Video: Lockheed Martin Area 51 scientist confesses UFOs, aliens

A video recently posted to YouTube shows Boyd Bushman, who claims to have worked as a scientist at Lockheed Martin, making bizarre claims of evidence that aliens have visited Earth and that he worked at Area 51 on alien spacecraft technology.

What's in your shrimp? Misleading labels, ocean group finds

If it's really true that you are what you eat, then if you love sea food, you may be eating cheap, imported, farm-raised shrimp — instead of wild-caught and much relished Gulf shrimp.

Myanmar moots changing constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of elections next year, an official said Friday.

Op-Ed: New Afghan president can halt Taliban advance with jobs

With Ashraf Ghani now sworn in as the new president of Afghanistan in a rare peaceful transition of power, an historic opportunity arises for President Ghani to attack a fundamental source of the insurgency.

Halloween has nothing on the world's real-life creatures

Halloween is a time to celebrate all that is mysterious and magical. It is the one night of the year where our imaginations are allowed to run wild and free, and vampires, zombies and bloodsuckers roam the darkened streets.

Apple chief Tim Cook puts focus on gay rights

Apple's Tim Cook has become the most prominent chief executive to acknowledge his homosexuality, putting fresh focus on gay representation in the boardroom.

British press fights 'Big Brother' after sources outed

Britain's security services are set to clash with parliament and the press over revelations that police secretly used a controversial law to identify journalists' sources, triggering a wider debate about media freedom in the digital age.

Israel pledges to reopen Jerusalem flashpoint

Israel shut the Al-Aqsa mosque compound Thursday then promised to reopen it, after clashes in east Jerusalem where police killed a Palestinian accused of trying to murder a hardline rabbi.

Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violence

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze.

Zimbabwe opposition hopes to reboot and challenge Mugabe

Enfeebled by its electoral loss to veteran leader Robert Mugabe and a post-vote split, Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change meets on Friday to elect new leaders and forge a new plan against Mugabe's 34-year rule.

Bodies of three US siblings found in Mexico: prosecutor

The bodies of three US siblings of Mexican descent believed to have been kidnapped by armed assailants more than two weeks ago were found in Mexico's troubled Tamaulipas state, a prosecutor said.

U.S. right-to-die woman holds on, in new video

A young American woman with terminal cancer who triggered shock and controversy when she said she would kill herself on November 1 now says she may wait a little longer.

Op-Ed: Atrocities continue to plague both Iraq and Syria

Iraq, having faced sectarian strife and war for years now, and its neighbour Syria, facing as it is yet more bloodletting, both have seen very heinous atrocities visited upon their respective citizenry.

Alleged cop-killer caught after massive U.S. manhunt

A man accused of shooting dead a Pennsylvania state trooper was arrested after eluding capture for six weeks during a massive manhunt through mountains and dense forests, authorities said.

Patriot Act powers used beyond terrorism mandate

The so-called "sneak and peek" powers of the Patriot Act allow investigators to do searches without informing the target of the searches.When these controversial powers were granted assurances were given that they would be used only to counter terrorism.

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