International  November 30, 2015
Burkina's ex-PM Kabore looks set to win presidental vote
Former Burkina Faso premier Roch Marc Christian Kabore, pictured at a polling station in Ouagadougou on November 29, 2015, is set to win a presidential poll that would make him the nationBurkina Faso's former premier Roch Marc Christian Kabore took the lead in a crucial presidential poll, initial partial results showed Monday, after a year of turmoil that saw people power oust former strongman Blaise Compaore and repel a military coup.Partial results in the landmark poll showed Kabore, who governed under Compaore but later turned h...  Full Story
Sex, lies and spies: Vatileaks plot thickens
The Vatican has been widely criticised for pursuing the prosecution of two Italian journalists over leaks which they used as the basis for books depicting irregularities and extravagance in the Holy SeeThe Vatican's controversial trial of journalists and whistleblowers was put on hold Monday as new claims about sex, lies and spies gave the scandal an intriguing twist.The trial, in which three Vatican insiders and two Italian reporters face potential prison terms of up to eight years, was adjourned until next week after one of the accused asked fo...  Full Story
Putin accuses Turkey over IS oil as pilot is returned to Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured on November 30, 2015, said, "We have every reason to think that the decision to shoot down our plane was dictated by the desire to protect the oil supply lines to Turkish territory"Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to protect supplies of oil from the Islamic State group to Turkey, after snubbing his Turkish counterpart at a climate conference in France.Putin fired the latest salvo in the furious war of words over the downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border la...  Full Story
Less to Turkey-EU deal than meets the eye: analysts
A man arrives on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on November 26, 2015 An EU-Turkey deal struck at a summit in Brussels is unlikely to significantly slow the flow of migrants to Europe or bring Ankara much closer to joining the bloc, analysts said Monday.European Union leaders pledged Sunday to give Turkey three billion euros ($3.2 billion) in aid for Syrian refugees and kickstart its stalled membership bid in return ...  Full Story
Britain set to back Syria air strikes in vote Wednesday
BritainBritain looks poised to join air strikes on Islamic State (IS) group targets in Syria this week after Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday that a vote would be held in parliament Wednesday.The announcement came after the main opposition Labour party decided to let its MPs vote with their individual consciences rather than trying to force t...  Full Story
Turkey detains 1,300 migrants in swoop after EU deal
Migrants and refugees disembark from a boat as they arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on November 26, 2015Turkey on Monday detained 1,300 migrants seeking to head to Europe from its Aegean coast, in a major swoop just hours after agreeing a deal with the European Union to stop the migration flow, the Dogan news agency reported.In a operation staring before dawn, a 250-strong police team raided eight different locations on the coast around the resort to...  Full Story
Venezuela seeks to downplay security fears around vote
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro prepares to speak during a rally in front of the National Electoral Council in Caracas on October 26, 2015The Venezuelan government sought Monday to downplay security fears around the country's upcoming legislative elections, rejecting the possibility of violence or a coup.With polls showing President Nicolas Maduro's leftist movement on track for a landmark defeat by the opposition in Sunday's vote, speculation and rumors have swirled about possible v...  Full Story
UK parliament to vote Wednesday on joining Syria air strikes: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron (C), pictured at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in London on November 26, 2015, says parliament will hold a vote on joining air strikes on SyriaBritain's parliament is to hold a vote Wednesday on joining air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday."I can announce that I will be recommending to Cabinet tomorrow that we hold a debate and a vote in the House of Commons to extend the air strikes," Cameron said. "We will make sure that...  Full Story