International  October 31, 2014
Ukraine rebel vote drives further wedge between Russia and West
Prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk PeoplePro-Russian separatists controlling swathes of east Ukraine are set to hold leadership polls on Sunday that Moscow has backed despite condemnation from Kiev and the West. While insurgent leaders hope the first elections in their "republics" will show they have popular support, Ukraine and the West fear the ballot is being staged to drag the Russian...  Full Story
Burkina Faso president steps down, calls for elections
Opposition supporters carry an opposition parliament member as smoke rises from the parliament building in Ouagadougou on October 30, 2014Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down following violent protests demanding an end to his 27-year rule.In a statement issued by the presidency and read on local television, Compaore declared a "power vacuum" in the west African country and called for "free and transparent" elections within 9...  Full Story
Fire ravages iconic French radio building
Firefighters trucks are parked in a street near the Maison de la Radio building as smoke billows from the building in Paris which hosts the Radio France stations during a fire on October 31, 2014A fire broke out on Friday on the seventh floor of the "Maison de la radio" ("Radio house"), a vast circular building in Paris housing several media operations.Firefighters said the blaze started on the seventh floor, which is currently under reconstruction, and employees were quickly evacuated from the building.Two radio stations, France Info and ...  Full Story
Controversial French dam halted after protester death
Members of the Confederation Paysanne stand on October 28, 2014 at the courthouse in Amiens, northern France beneath a banner in memory of Remi Fraisse who died during violent clashes between security forces and protesters against a damLocal French authorities Friday decided to suspend work on a controversial dam after the death last week of an activist protesting against the project that sparked uproar in the country.The executive council in charge of the project in the southwestern Tarn region decided to freeze work on the dam but did not definitively scrap it.It was "impossibl...  Full Story
Triple bombing at north Nigeria bus station kills eight
Three bombs hidden in bags explode at a bus station in north NigeriaA triple bombing at a bus station in north Nigeria during Friday morning rush hour killed at least eight people and injured 34 others, as hopes of a ceasefire with Boko Haram appeared to suffer another blow. It is not clear if the Islamist militants were behind the attack in Gombe city, the capital of Gombe state, but the extremists have a track re...  Full Story
There were warning signs ahead of Sri Lanka mudslide: survivors
A member of Sri Lankan military personnel uses a sniffer dog during a search operation at the site of a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in Koslanda village in central Sri Lanka on October 31, 2014Sniffer dogs were deployed Friday to search for mudslide victims in Sri Lanka as survivors said they had seen warning signs of the disaster, such as cracks in the ground and livestock fleeing.An estimated 100 people are still listed as missing, according to the national Disaster Management Centre (DMC), two days after dozens of tin-roofed homes wer...  Full Story
First lawsuit filed in Malaysia over flight MH370
A Malaysian family is suing the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disasterA Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.The suit was filed by lawyers on behalf of the two underage sons of Jee Jing Hang, who was on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flig...  Full Story
India pays low-key Indira Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination
Congress President Sonia Gandhi (R) talks to her son and Congress PartyIndia's president Pranab Mukherjee, members of Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress leaders paid a low-key tribute Friday to Indira Gandhi on the 30th anniversary of the ex-premier's assassination.No ministers of India's new government attended the event honouring Gandhi, gunned down by Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984, in retaliation for ordering a...  Full Story