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Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Friday 31 October 2014
* In statement, Compaore calls for election in 90 days. * Protesters frustrated after military chief claims power. * General vows "process of return to constitutional order" * Lieutenant Colonel appears to challenge military chief (Adds analyst comment, details, quotes) By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney. OUAGADOUGOU, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday amid mass street protests at his attempts to extend his 27-year rule, plunging the West African nation into uncertainty as junior officers vied with top military brass for power.

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Friday 31 October 2014
(Adds Maine hearing, Oregon woman hospitalized, Canada visa ban) By Joel Page. FORT KENT, Maine, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational," a judge rejected Maine's bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of Maine's 21-day quarantine became a key battleground for the dispute between officials in some U.S. states who have imposed strict quarantines on health workers returning from three Ebola-ravaged West....

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Friday 31 October 2014
TORONTO. Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away. The Canadian government said Friday it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with “widespread and persistent-intense transmission” of Ebola virus disease. Canada has not yet had a case of Ebola. Canadians, including health-care workers, in West Africa will be permitted to travel back to Canada, the government said. The countries most severely hit by the worst Ebola outbreak ever are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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Friday 31 October 2014
Man shot dead in Greater Manchester. A man has died after being shot in Openshaw. At about 6.20pm on Friday 31 October 2014, police were called to Manchester Food Traders on Wood Street, Openshaw, following reports of a man with a gun. Armed officers and response patrols attended and on arrival discovered a man, believed to be 35, with two gunshot wounds to his abdomen and chest. He was taken to hospital but sadly died as a result of his injuries. A murder investigation has been launched and detectives are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

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Friday 31 October 2014
CHINHOYI— Some Zanu PF members in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland West province are urging Vice President Joice Mujuru to fight for her political life at the forthcoming party’s elective congress in December. Following calls by First Lady Grace Mugabe that she should either resign or apologize to President Robert Mugabe for allegedly being corrupt and wanting to succeed him, some Zanu PF members are saying she should hang on and fight for her position as they claim she has more support than her closest rival, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mrs. Mugabe, during her 'meet the people' rallies....

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Friday 31 October 2014
WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Civilian U.S. defense employees returning from Ebola relief work in West Africa must undergo monitoring to ensure they are free of disease but can choose between following civil health guidelines or the stricter military regimen, the Pentagon said on Friday. The decision followed an impassioned political and scientific debate in the United States about the most appropriate and safe precautions for returning medical and other workers who have been helping to contain the Ebola outbreak at its source. The worst outbreak of the disease on record has killed nearly....

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Friday 31 October 2014
The Department of Foreign Affairs says it has identified a recent post on a jihadist forum that encourages attacks against teachers, including Australian teachers, at international schools around the world. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has revealed that a recent post on a jihadist web forum encouraged attacks against teachers at international schools around the world. The post includes reference to Australian teachers, but DFAT says there is no specific information to suggest an attack is being planned. DFAT said the post noted international schools in parts of the Middle East,....

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Friday 31 October 2014
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) extracted 30 civilians from the Rubkona airstrip yesterday and brought them to the Protection of Civilians site in the UN compound, the Secretary-General said today. This site is still in beta testing. Dates of press releases might not be accurate for press releases published before May 6, 2012. If you would like to give us feedback, or for us to include your organisation, please send an email to: [email protected] and provide the URL to the RSS feed of your press releases.

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Friday 31 October 2014
Response is country's most sustained to ease a global humanitarian crisis. China will continue to assist West Africa in fighting Ebola until the epidemic is eradicated in the region, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. China has pledged four aid packages to Africa since April to help contain the deadly disease. The response has been China's longest lasting, most intense campaign in response to a global humanitarian crisis, Lin Songtian, director-general of the ministry's department of African affairs, said at a media briefing. As of Friday, more than 5,000 people had died of the Ebola virus, most of them in West African countries.

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Friday 31 October 2014
Liberia's president opened one of the country's largest Ebola treatment centres in the capital, Monrovia, amid hopes that the disease is finally on the decline in the West African country. American and UN officials as well as Cuban doctors were in the crowd on Friday as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf opened the treatment centre, which is set up to hold 200 patients and can eventually treat as many as 300. The opening of the centre, built out of white plastic sheeting with USAID written across it, comes as fewer people are showing up for treatment. Some believe it's a sign that the Ebola outbreak is finally on the wane in Liberia.

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Friday 31 October 2014
Supporters of the Islamist Ennahda movement wave party flags during a campaign event in Tunis. Reuters Tunisians vote for new parliament today TUNIS, 5 days ago Tunisians elect a new parliament on Sunday as the prospect of a full democracy finally comes within their reach, four years after they cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Tunisia has fared better than neighbours who also ousted their own long-ruling leaders during the Arab Spring uprisings, largely avoiding their polarisation and chaos even though it faced similar tensions over Islamist versus more secular rule.

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Friday 31 October 2014
Twenty-five year old Zenokuhle Mbatha — the first suspect to be arrested in the killing of the soccer star — was charged with “murder and armed robbery”, National Prosecution Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube told AFP. Mbatha was arrested after he was positively identified by some witnesses during an identity parade after police released identikits. “It was decided that this person should be arrested and charged,” police spokesman Solomon Makgale said in a statement. He appeared in court Friday afternoon and was remanded in custody until November 11 to allow him time to apply for legal aid.

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