Thursday, October 30, 2014

World News Briefs -- October 30, 2014

Burkina Faso Declares State Of Emergency -- Al Jazeera

President scraps plans for vote to extend term in office as tens of thousands take to streets and parliament set ablaze.

Burkina Faso's president has declared a state of emergency and dissolved the government according to local media reports, after tens of thousands of people took the streets, setting parliament ablaze and leaving at least one person dead.

Some of the protesters, who are opposed to constitutional amendments that would allow President Blaise Compaore to stay in power for another term, ransacked state television and tried to storm other state buildings on Thursday.

"A state of emergency is declared across the national territory. The chief of the armed forces is in charge of implementing this decision which enters into effect today," said a statement read by a presenter on Radio Omega FM.

The president also said he would open talks with the opposition.

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North Korea to quarantine all foreigners because of Ebola fears.

U.S. watchdog says 'no unified strategy' for Afghan counternarcotics.

Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights.

Sri Lanka says no hope of finding mudslide survivors.

China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles.

China expresses concern about Indian plan to build border posts.


Protesters demand Burkina Faso president quit, burn parliament. Burkina president declares emergency, calls for end to protests. Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency.

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East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy.

Ukraine, Russia and EU have agreed gas deal, to sign shortly: sources.

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Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process.

Poll shows more Swedes in favour of NATO for first time.

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Ex-Libyan rebel leader allowed to sue Britain over torture claim.


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Brazil troops end rapid deployment maneuvers.

Trade, defense spending buoy U.S. third-quarter growth.

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Pentagon security agency: Watch out for Islamic State attacks in the U.S..

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Samsung, Apple lose ground to China smartphone makers.

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