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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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One Dead, One Injured in Virgin Spaceship Crash

One pilot was killed and another seriously injured when a Virgin Galactic spaceship crashed in the desert Friday, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.

The injured pilot was taken to hospital, the spokesman told AFP after the accident that left debris from the commercial edge-of-space craft scattered across the desert near Mojave.

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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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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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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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Dutch Team back at Ukraine MH17 Site

Dutch forensics experts have returned to the site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Friday, where they gathered body parts despite continued clashes in the area, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

"Today the circumstances allowed for a small Dutch team... to travel to the crash site and we grabbed the opportunity with both hands," Rutte told journalists at his weekly press briefing in The Hague.

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Fresh Offensive in Pakistan's Tribal Areas Displaces Thousands

More than 150,000 people have fled from northwest Pakistan's lawless tribal areas as the military launched a fresh offensive against Taliban militants, officials said Friday.

Pakistan launched an operation in Khyber agency in October against militants who had taken a sanctuary there after fleeing Taliban strongholds in North Waziristan where military started a large-scale operation against them in mid-June.

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Burkina Faso a Warning to other African Leaders

Violent clashes in Burkina Faso that led to the overthrow of the president are a stark warning to other African leaders pushing constitutional change to hang on to power, analysts say.

Chaos in Burkina Faso erupted this week as lawmakers prepared to vote to allow 63-year-old Blaise Compaore -- who took power in a 1987 coup -- to contest elections in November 2015.

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Ukraine Soldiers to Government: We're Coming for You Next

Vitaliy Feshchenko, one of thousands of Ukrainian volunteers fighting pro-Russian rebels, has this message for government leaders back in the capital Kiev: his battle-hardened men might come for them next.

The bearded fighter's warning illustrates the lack of trust Ukraine's young revolutionaries have in President Petro Poroshenko and other politicians promising to drag their country from a corrupt, post-Soviet past into a European future.

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