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November 30, 2015 - 8:38pm
40 min 37 sec ago

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....

November 30, 2015 - 6:04pm
40 min 37 sec ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials have arrested three men in connection with the assassination of an opposition leader.

Luis Diaz was killed last week while campaigning against the government ahead of hotly contested Dec. 6 congressional elections.

On Monday, the public prosecutor's office announced that three men in their twenties had been arrested in connection with the murder in the central state of Guarico.


November 30, 2015 - 5:42pm
40 min 37 sec ago

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."

The letter outlined...

November 30, 2015 - 3:30pm
40 min 37 sec ago

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...

November 30, 2015 - 3:06pm
5 hours 50 min ago

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.

Some students told local...

November 30, 2015 - 2:59pm
5 hours 50 min ago

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.

Amnesty International said that...

November 30, 2015 - 2:55pm
5 hours 50 min ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Debt-burdened Puerto Rico is struggling to make a looming $355 million bond payment.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says he can't yet say for certain whether the Government Development Bank will make payments due Tuesday.

He told reporters Monday that the answer will depend on what comes out of negotiations with island creditors.

The GDB has warning for weeks that it was in danger of running out of...

November 30, 2015 - 2:44pm
5 hours 50 min ago

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...

November 30, 2015 - 2:41pm
6 hours 10 min ago

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...

November 30, 2015 - 2:18pm
6 hours 20 min ago

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis says he hopes to add the key Mexico-U.S. border city of Juarez to his Mexico itinerary next year, confirming the trip will have a strong immigration theme.

Speaking to reporters en route home from Africa on Monday, Francis said he would begin his trip in the capital, Mexico City, to pray before the Virgin of Guadalupe "the mother of the Americas."

He said he planned to visit Chiapas on Mexico's southern...

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