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Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

OUAGADOUGOU, (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices today, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule .

Zambia’s President Sata dies in London hospital

Zambia’s President Sata dies in London hospital

LUSAKA, (Reuters) - Zambia’s Guy Scott became Africa’s first white head of state in 20 years yesterday after the president, “King Cobra” Michael Sata, died in a London hospital aged 77 .

Toronto schools reject tie-up with China’s Confucius Institute

TORONTO, (Reuters) - Canada’s largest school district ended a planned partnership with China’s government-funded Confucius Institute yesterday, a move likely to irritate Beijing just days before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to visit .

Brazil shocks with interest rate hike in wake of election

BRASILIA, (Reuters) - Brazil’s central bank raised interest rates yesterday, surprising investors with a move that signals President Dilma Rousseff could make more market-friendly policy changes after her narrow re-election victory on Sunday .

U.S. attends Ebola meeting in Cuba called by leftist bloc

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No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead

HALDUMMULLA, Sri Lanka, (Reuters) - All hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light today, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night .

Zambia's president, 'King Cobra' Sata, dies in London

Zambia’s president, ‘King Cobra’ Sata, dies in London

LUSAKA, (Reuters) - Zambian President Michael Sata, an abrasive figure nicknamed 'King Cobra' because of his venomous tongue, has died in London where he had been receiving medical treatment, the government in Africa's second-largest copper producer said today .

Unmanned supply rocket for space station explodes on liftoff in U.S.

(Reuters) - An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia yesterday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station .

Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network used by the White House and measures have been taken to address it, a White House official disclosed yesterday .

China unveils legal reform plans, but says party to remain in control

BEIJING, (Reuters) - China’s Communist Party pledged yesterday to speed up legislation to fight corruption and make it tougher for officials to exert control over the judiciary, even as it stressed full control over the courts .

Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God

VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) - Scientific theories including the “Big Bang” believed to have brought the universe into being 13 .

Thousands mourn at funeral of Canadian soldier slain in Ottawa

Thousands mourn at funeral of Canadian soldier slain in Ottawa

HAMILTON, Ontario, (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners packed a church and lined adjacent streets in industrial Hamilton, Ontario, on Tuesday for the funeral of the soldier shot dead in last week’s attack on the nation’s seat of government .

Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

ATLANTA/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - As the second of two nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient left an Atlanta hospital, President Barack Obama yesterday said policies adopted in the United States should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa’s outbreak .

Myanmar journalist killed by army was former bodyguard of Suu Kyi

YANGON, (Reuters) - A Myanmar journalist who was killed in army custody this month was once a democracy activist and a bodyguard for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, his wife said yesterday, adding she fears she won’t be able to find out how he died because of the military’s sweeping powers .

Ebola “warriors” step forward for training in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, (Reuters) - In a stifling room in a sports stadium in Freetown, a dozen young people watch intently as three British soldiers show them how to put on several layers of protective clothing needed to enter an Ebola treatment centre “red zone” .

Toronto replaces disgraced mayor, rejects brother’s bid for top job

TORONTO, (Reuters) - Toronto voters replaced their notorious mayor, Rob Ford, on Monday and rejected an attempt by his brother to take the city’s top job, electing instead a conservative politician and broadcaster who promised to unite a city divided by four years of scandal and vitriol .

Canada must do more to thwart radical threat, security officials say

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The head of Canada’s national police told a parliamentary committee yesterday the government must do more to stop homegrown radicals, such as those who killed two soldiers on home soil last week, from going overseas for militant training .

Suicide bomber kills 27 militiamen south of Iraqi capital

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi’ite militiamen outside the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar yesterday after security forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the area over the weekend, army and police sources said .

Netanyahu to expedite plans for 1,000 new settler homes

Netanyahu to expedite plans for 1,000 new settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will expedite planning for some 1,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem, a government official said yesterday, in a bid to placate a restive coalition ally without further aggravating a dispute with Washington .

US CDC says returning Ebola medical workers should not be quarantined

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal health officials yesterday revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines being imposed by some US states .

U.S. envoy in West Africa to see how world failing in Ebola fight

CONAKRY, (Reuters) - Guinea plans to fight its deadly Ebola outbreak by drafting graduating medical students for national service and enlisting retired doctors and nurses, said Samantha Power, U .

Uruguay’s presidential election headed for runoff – exit polls

MONTEVIDEO, (Reuters) - Ruling coalition candidate Tabare Vazquez had a strong lead in Uruguay’s presidential election yesterday, exit polls showed, but he appeared to fall short of taking victory in the first round and will likely face a runoff vote next month .

UN climate change draft sees risks of irreversible damage

OSLO, (Reuters) - Climate change may have “serious, pervasive and irreversible” impacts on human society and nature, according to a draft U .

Last U.S. Marines, British combat forces end Afghan operations, prepare withdrawal

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Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces and Shi’ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State yesterday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants .

Anti-Occupy mob roughs up Hong Kong journalists

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three journalists were roughed up yesterday evening in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters holding a rally to oppose a four-week long “Occupy” movement of the financial hub’s streets by pro-democracy demonstrators .

US FDA issues emergency authorization for two new Ebola tests

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal health regulators granted emergency authorisation yesterday for two new tests made by BioFire Defense that detect Ebola in humans, highlighting new steps by the government to prevent a severe outbreak in the United States .

US nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, strongly criticized her treatment .

Easter Island’s ancient inhabitants weren’t  so lonely after all

Easter Island’s ancient inhabitants weren’t so lonely after all

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides .

Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U .

Attacks in Egypt’s Sinai kill 33 security personnel

ISMAILIA, (Reuters) - Two attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killed 33 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year .

Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

OTTAWA, (Reuters) - Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown radicals .

Tanzania, China sign East Africa investment deals worth $1.7 billion

DAR ES SALAAM, (Reuters) - Tanzania and China have signed investment deals worth more than $1 .

At least four dead in escape bid at Dominican Republic jail

SANTO DOMINGO, (Reuters) - At least four prisoners were killed and nine others wounded, including two guards, after an attempted mass escape at a prison in the southern Dominican Republic, officials said on Friday .

Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea

Doctor with Ebola in New York hospital after return from Guinea

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York City today after testing positive for the virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city .

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