Syria 'welcomes' Fabius statement on including regime in anti-IS fight
Moscow (AFP) - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Friday welcomed the proposal by his French counterpart Laurent Fabius to include the Syrian army in efforts to battle the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.
Pope Francis arrives in Uganda on second leg of Africa tour: AFP
Pope Francis landed in Uganda Friday on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, with choirs and dancers waiting to greet him, an AFP reporter said. The 78-year-old pontiff arrived in Uganda after three days in neighbouring Kenya, where vast crowds turned out to an open air mass, and where the pontiff lashed out at corruption and wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor.
Burkina Faso to choose first new leader in three decades
By Nadoun Coulibaly and Joe Penney OUGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso votes in its first free election in three decades this weekend, choosing a replacement for long-time leader Blaise Compaore, who was ousted a year ago in a military-backed popular uprising in the landlocked West African nation. The polls were pushed back from Oct. 11 after an abortive coup in September by members of the now-disbanded elite presidential guard (RSP), but are expected to pass off peacefully. "This is definitely the most open election since the country's independence," said Cynthia Ohayon, West Africa analyst for the International Crisis Group.
Tunisia puts suspected returning jihadists under house arrest
Tunisian authorities arrested dozens of people raids and put scores more under house arrest on suspicion that they were militants returning from Syria and Iraq, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, three days after a bus attack which killed 12 presidential guards. The ministry said 40 people were arrested in the raids, and another 92 placed under house arrest. Islamic State has claimed the bombing, the third major militant attack in Tunisia this year following assaults on a beach resort at Sousse and the Bardo museum in the capital, both of which targeted foreign visitors.
Thousands rally for climate action ahead of UN summit
Tens of thousands rallied in Melbourne on Friday to launch a global campaign for climate action ahead of a key summit in Paris, where marches were cancelled amid security fears. Protesters young and old echoed the call for a phase-out of fossil fuel blamed for climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, waving placards reading: "There is no Planet B" and "Stop messing with my future". Protest organisers have set up a website, www.march4me.org, where people in other cities can sign up to symbolically march for those who cannot do so in Paris.