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By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney
The head of Burkina Faso’s armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country.
Compaore, who seized power in a 1987 coup, had attempted to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent protests on Thursday in which demonstrators stormed parliament and state television.
However, with hundreds of thousands of protesters...
By Isaac Abrak
A car bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe, killing at least 10 people and wounding several others near the end of the morning rush hour on Friday, a source in the emergency services said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for a string of bomb attacks in the region this year. Gombe is close to Nigeria’s northeast Borno state,...
Revenue from tourism fell 7.2 per cent in August compared with 2013 to €324.3 million even as arrivals rose 5.9 per cent in the same month, the statistical service said.
Between January and August, revenue from tourism rose 2.8 per cent to €1.4 billion compared with the respective period last year, Cystat said in a statement on Friday.
The London-based World Travel and Tourism Council estimates the contribution of tourism to Cyprus’ economy at 25 per cent this year.
Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas and three others will be charged in writing in connection with threatening text messages sent to witnesses in a suspicious land zoning case involving a prominent developer.
The decision was taken on Friday during a meeting at the state legal service.
The four face charges relating to conspiracy to commit felony, issuing threats, and interference in judicial proceedings. The case will be submitted at the district court.
The mayor was arrested earlier in October in connection...
The number of workers employed directly or indirectly by the government fell by 2,520 to 65,811 in the second quarter of 2014 compared to a year before, the statistical service said on Friday.
The drop was mainly on a reduction of the central government workforce which fell by 1,502 to 54,010, Cystat said in a statement.
The number of workers employed by the local administration fell by 286 to 4,361, while that at state owned companies fell by 732 to...
By Sam Holden
Manchester United are likely to welcome back captain Wayne Rooney from suspension for their visit to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, hoping the striker can add to his record scoring tally in the derby.
Rooney, who missed three matches because of a red card last month, tops the all-time goalscoring list for Manchester derbies having netted 11 in 22 games for United.
The return of the England striker will add a further spring to manager...
The co-operation between Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt aims to bring stability in a volatile area and to allow everyone to reap the benefits of the natural wealth, President Nicos Anastasiades said.
The effort “is to create conditions of co-operation between neighbouring countries in an area characterised by instability,” Anastasiades said in an interview with state broadcaster CyBC.
The three countries are working to forge closer ties in various areas, including energy, economy, and tourism.
A summit is scheduled to take...
By Aung Hla Tun and Paul Mooney
Myanmar’s political and ethnic leaders agreed on Friday to work together on reforms and peace talks ahead of a 2015 election after US President Barack Obama urged the government to make every effort to end ethnic conflict.
The president and the military chief met opposition parties and ethnic minority groups at a roundtable meeting in the capital Naypyitaw, the first meeting of its kind in the Southeast Asian nation. The gathering also marked...
By Matt Siegel
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday took a major step towards resetting frayed relations with Fiji, lifting the final sanctions against the country during the most senior visit by an Australian diplomat since a military coup eight years ago.
Fiji, a tropical archipelago about 3,200 km east of Australia, has suffered four coups since 1987, the latest in 2006 led by former army chief Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama, whose Fiji First Party holds a wide majority in...
The island’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled as unconstitutional four bills passed by opposition parties to limit the scope of a law on foreclosures.
The bills, which threatened to derail Cyprus’ bailout adjustment programme, had been referred to the court by President Nicos Anastasiades.
The court’s decision was unanimous
Approval of the bills by parliament prompted the so-called Troika (IMF, EU, ECB) of international lenders to withhold the next tranche of bailout assistance because the bills violated the terms of...
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