OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's electoral commission says preliminary results show Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won the presidency in the first election since the West African nation's longtime leader was toppled in a popular uprising last year.
The commission said Tuesday that Kabore, a former prime minister and speaker of parliament, pulled more than 53.5 percent of the vote. A candidate needs more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff....
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is recommending that the Security Council authorize a stepped-up U.N. presence in violence-wracked Burundi but has stopped short of calling for a full-fledged U.N. peacekeeping operation.
In a letter to the council Monday, the U.N. chief said "Burundi stands on the brink of another armed conflict that could ... have potentially disastrous effects in an already fragile region."
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says Parliament will hold a debate Wednesday on whether Britain should launch airstrikes against militants in Syria.
Cameron's statement Monday comes only hours after opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn decided that Labour Party lawmakers would be allowed to vote their conscience on the matter — rather than to keep party discipline and have a unified stance.
The decision came after members of Corbyn's inner...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A leading Kenyan university says one person has died and 20 others have been injured following a stampede caused by a drill to test terrorism preparedness.
Strathmore University said in a statement Monday that one staff member had died as a result of injuries received during the drill aimed at testing the preparedness of the university community and emergency response team in the event of an attack.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Gambia's government to release 33 activists who were detained more than a week ago after demonstrating against sand mining in their village.
Omar Bah, chair of Gambia Youth for Unity, said Monday that unethical mining is taking place in the coastal Kartong village. He said the government must release activists who took to the streets on Nov. 22 to protect their land.
PARIS (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and President Barack Obama have a shared understanding on how to move toward a political settlement in Syria, but added that incidents like the recent downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet stymie broader cooperation against extremism.
Putin and Obama had a half-hour meeting Monday on the sidelines of a climate summit near Paris, and the Russian leader told reporters they discussed efforts to compile a...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has denied any links to two detained Kenyans accused of spying and plotting attacks on Western targets in Nairobi.
A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the official IRNA news service says the two Kenyan nationals have no links to Iran's intelligence or security apparatus. It says publicizing the case was "hasty and non-constructive."
The statement says Iran values relations with Kenya and wants to cooperate in clarifying...