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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EU, Russia, Ukraine seal breakthrough gas accord

Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine through the winter in an EU-brokered, multi-billion dollar deal signed by the three parties in Brussels on Thursday.

Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal' Spain deportations

Amnesty International and 12 other human rights groups urged the United Nations and Europe on Thursday to press Spain to stop the "illegal" deportations of migrants who reach its territories in north Africa.

Burkina army seizes power after uprising against veteran ruler

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore was toppled on Thursday as the army took power after protesters set parliament ablaze in a popular uprising against the veteran leader's 27-year-rule.

French village bans clowns for Halloween after terror wave

A French village has banned teenagers from dressing up as clowns for Halloween after people kitted out as the colourful pranksters have sown terror and violence in several parts of the country.

Experts urge caution over Ebola hopes

Health authorities called Thursday for renewed vigilance over the Ebola epidemic and urged caution over claims it is retreating as the World Bank announced a $100-million fund for more health workers.

French magazine fined for comparing minister to monkey

The head of a French far-right satirical magazine was fined 10,000 euros ($12,500)on Thursday after his publication compared the country's black justice minister to a monkey.

'Hope waning' for trapped Turkish miners

Hopes are fading of saving 18 miners trapped by a flood in a mine in southern Turkey, the energy minister acknowledged Thursday, blaming negligence for the country's latest mining tragedy."Time is ticking by.

Burkina president declares state of emergency after uprising

President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency in Burkina Faso Thursday after angry demonstrators set parliament ablaze in an uprising against his long-standing regime.

German court jails serial 'Autobahn shooter' for 10 years

A German court jailed a truck driver for 10 and a half years Thursday for attempted murder for shooting more than 700 times at other motorists from behind the wheel.The 58-year-old identified as Michael Harry K.

Scary clown phenomenon hits Gijón in northern Spain

The scary clown phenomenon, doing the rounds in France, has now hit the streets of northern Spain. Whether it’s the copycat effect, upcoming Halloween, or maybe even the terrifying clown on “American Horror Story Freakshow,” the trend has spread.

U.S. nurse bikes away, despite Ebola quarantine

A U.S. nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa took a bike ride early Thursday despite a state order to stay at home in quarantine.

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