Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkina Faso, has been forced to leave power after days of protests by tens of thousands of people calling for his ousting. It appeared that the chief of the country’s armed forces took power after the president’s resignation. Compaore announced his resignation in a statement on Friday and called for a [...]

Iraqi peshmerga fighters have begun entering the Syrian border town of Kobane where they were expected to join the battle against Islamic State and the Levante (ISIL) besieging the town, activists said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kobane-based activist Mustafa Bani said on Friday 10 vehicles carrying peshmerga fighters and their weapons [...]

Requiring quarantines for doctors and nurses returning to the United States from West Africa is having a “chilling effect” on the fight against Ebola, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Thursday. In an email exchange with Reuters, MSF executive director Sophie Delaunay said the forced isolation in health workers’ home countries has led [...]

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket lost

October 31, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, a witness said Friday. At least one was dead and another was injured, California Highway Patrol said. The SpaceShipTwo rocket is typically flown by a crew of two pilots and has been [...]

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Iraqi army inches towards Beiji oil refinery

October 31, 2014

Iraqi security forces have advanced further into towns north of Baghdad in a new offensive to retake the country’s biggest oil refinery from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters. Battles have been raging for the past two weeks between government troops and ISIL near both the city of Beiji, the command centre for the [...]

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Burkina Faso president resigns after protests

October 31, 2014

Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkina Faso, has been forced to leave power after days of protests by tens of thousands of people calling for his ousting. It appeared that the chief of the country’s armed forces took power after the president’s resignation. Compaore announced his resignation in a statement on Friday and called for a [...]

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UN envoy proposes Syria ‘fighting freeze’

October 31, 2014

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura has presented an “action plan” for Syria, proposing to “freeze” fighting in local areas to allow for aid deliveries and to lay the groundwork for talks. De Mistura told reporters after meeting with the UN Security Council on Thursday that he did not have a peace plan but rather [...]

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