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U.S. Calls for Peaceful Transfer of Power in Burkina Faso

The United States on Friday urged Burkina Faso to ensure any political transition would take place in accordance with the constitution, after embattled leader Blaise Compaore resigned.

Compaore said he was making way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw protesters storm and set fire to parliament.

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Report: U.S., France Pressured Qatar over Arsal Mediation, Receives 'List of Demands'

The Qatari envoy who is in the outskirts of Arsal to negotiate in the case of kidnapped soldiers by extremist groups since last August, received on Friday the list of demands of the abductees.

According to LBCI: “The Qatari envoy, who is in the outskirts of Arsal, received the list of demands of the soldiers' kidnappers.”

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Egypt Troops Targeted in Sinai a Week after Deadly Blast

Seven Egyptian soldiers were wounded Friday in an explosion near El-Arish, a week after a deadly attack in the same area of the Sinai peninsula killed 30 soldiers, a security official said.

"Two officers and five soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion against their vehicle south of El-Arish," the capital of North Sinai province, the source said.

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Iraqi Trio Held by Swiss Over Suspected IS Attack Plot

Swiss authorities confirmed on Friday that three Iraqis arrested in March are suspected of having planned a terrorist attack in Europe on behalf of the Islamic State group.

At the end of March, authorities "arrested three Iraqi citizens suspected of providing support to the criminal organisation known as the Islamic State (IS)," Switzerland's attorney general said in a statement.

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Italy Swears in New Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni

Italy's former communications minister Paolo Gentiloni has been sworn in as foreign minister, the President's office said Friday.

Gentiloni, a member of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's center-left Democratic Party (PD), replaces Federica Mogherini, who was set to take on her new role as foreign policy chief in Brussels on Saturday.

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Catalonia Says Spain 'Abusing Power' over Independence Vote

Catalonia's leader Artur Mas on Friday accused the Spanish government of "abusing its power" by mounting a legal challenge to a planned symbolic vote on independence for his region.

"The central government is abusing its power and the law," by appealing to the Constitutional court to block the vote, Mas said in a speech. He vowed the ballots would go ahead as planned on November 9 and that his administration would launch its own legal moves to defend the plan.

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EU Hauls up Spain Over Morocco Migrant Treatment

The European Union on Friday expressed concern about Madrid's treatment of migrants crossing to Spain's north African territory of Melilla and demanded an explanation after a video showed abuse by border guards.

Footage filmed by a rights group on October 15 showed Spanish Civil Guards beating a migrant and carrying him, apparently unconscious, back to the Moroccan side, despite the fact that migrants reaching Spanish soil are meant to get asylum.

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U.N. Sets up Panel to Rethink Peacekeeping

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed a blue-ribbon panel to recommend changes to international peacekeeping in the face of increasingly complex and dangerous conflicts.

The independent panel, chaired by former East Timor president Jose Ramos-Horta, includes 13 experts from a range of countries who will undertake the first major review of peace operations in 15 years.

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Syria Rebels, Qaida Fight in Restive Northwest

Moderate rebels from the Syrian Revolutionary Front and Al-Qaida affiliate Al-Nusra Front fought in the northwestern province of Idlib Friday, a monitor said, as the groups exchanged bitter insults online.

The clashes, near a Front bastion in the village of Deir Sinbel, came days after Al-Nusra took over Front checkpoints, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Kerry, Zarif to Hold Nuclear Talks in Oman Nov 9-10

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Iranian counterpart in Oman early next month to discuss the next steps toward a complex nuclear deal.

Kerry will travel to Muscat for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on November 9-10, his spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday.

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