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31 October, 2014

13:20

Public radio complex in Paris on fire, staff evacuated

A fire broke out at France’s public radio headquarters in Paris on Friday, forcing live programs off the air, Reuters said. Staff evacuated the vast complex. France Info said that building work had been underway recently at the building, where thousands of journalists and other staff work.

12:59

Burkina Faso president ‘no longer in power’ – army

Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore has been ousted, AFP quoted an army official as saying on Friday. “Compaore is no longer in power,” Colonel Boureima Farta told tens of thousands of protesters in front of the army’s headquarters.

11:51

At least 5 killed by car bomb in NE Nigeria – reports

A car bomb exploded in the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday, killing five people and wounding 15 others, Reuters reported, citing a source in the emergency services. “It just happened, and our men and the security agencies are on the scene dealing with the fallout,” the source said. An AFP report said a triple bombing at a bus station killed at least eight people and wounded 34 others.

11:27

Protesters demand Burkina Faso leader’s resignation

Tens of thousands of protesters on Friday demanded the resignation of President Blaise Compaore, AFP reported. After a day of unrest that saw parliament set ablaze, opposition chief Zephirin Diabre urged supporters to “keep up the pressure by occupying public spaces.” Thousands of people took to the streets of the West African country on Thursday in protest at plans by the legislature to change the constitution. The move would have allowed Compaore to extend his 27-year rule.

10:02

Vnukovo airport service chief engineer charged in Falcon crash

The chief service engineer at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, Vladimir Ledenev, faces a criminal charge over the crash of a French jet Falcon, in which France's energy giant Total CEO Christophe de Margerie died, TASS reported. Ledenev was charged with violation of jet operation rules that resulted in four people’s deaths through negligence, according to spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin. Ledenev, who was earlier questioned as a defendant, is now under arrest, Markin said.

09:05

China prepares elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia

China will send an elite unit from the People’s Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The PLA squad, which has experience from a 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), will build a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia, Reuters reported. This is the first such facility in the three countries most impacted by Ebola to be constructed and run by a foreign country. Beijing made the decision responding to UN calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.

08:29

Russia to resume gas supplies ‘48 hours after Ukraine repays 1st $1.45bn of debt’

Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said on Friday that Russian natural gas deliveries to Ukraine will resume 48 hours after Kiev repays the first $1.45 billion portion of its gas debt and makes an advance payment, TASS reported. The Russian government may sign a resolution on a $100 gas price discount for Ukraine on Friday, Miller told the Rossiya-24 TV Channel. The two states earlier signed an agreement on gas supplies.

07:35

Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Donetsk in E. Ukraine

A Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy delivered humanitarian aid to Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region on Friday, TASS reported. About 50 trucks brought 500 tons of food and construction materials. The convoy earlier in the day crossed the border with Ukraine at the Donetsk-Izvarino checkpoint, and one part of it headed for Donetsk and the other for Luhansk. The regions will get a total of 1,000 tons of humanitarian supplies.

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