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Burkina Faso army chiefs
have backed a military officer
as interim leader.
In a statement, the army said
Lt-Col Isaac Zida was "chosen
unanimously to lead the tran-
This appears to end confusion
over who has succeeded Pres-
ident Blaise Compaore, who
stood down amid unrest.
But opposition groups have
called for a mass meeting today
in the capital Ouagadougou,
warning the military not to
hijack the public revolt against
"The victory born from this
popular uprising belongs to the
people, and the task of managing
the transition falls by right to
the people. In no case can it be
confiscated by the army," they
said in a statement.
The BBC s Thomas Fessy says
that in a country where the out-
going president has dominated
the political scene for nearly
three decades, the opposition is
The turnout at the rally will
be a measure of its credibility,
the correspondent adds.
The army statement was
signed by army chief General
Honore Traore, who had earlier
declared himself head of state.
Mr Compaore, who quit after
27 years as president, fled the
country and is now in Yamous-
soukro, the capital of neighbour-
ing Ivory Coast.
Reports say a statement from
the office of President Alassane
Ouattara said Ivory Coast took
in Mr Compaore, his family and
those close to him and was pay-
ing "particular attention" to
events in Burkina Faso.
Fessy, who is monitoring
events from Senegal, says cel-
ebrations at Mr Compaore s
departure are being replaced by
concerns that this popular upris-
ing may have been jeopardised
by yet another military coup.
Lt-Col Zida, previously sec-
ond in command of the pres-
idential guard, was, like Gen
Traore, very close to the former
president, and his rise raises
questions over the army s inten-
Under the country s consti-
tution, the president of the Sen-
ate should take over after the
national president resigns, with
elections taking place between
60 and 90 days afterwards.
The African Union called for
a "civilian-led transition" cul-
minating as soon as possible in
"the holding of free, fair and
In a statement, AU chief
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma urged
the military to "refrain from any
acts or statements that may lead
to further instability".
Protests began earlier this
week after Mr Compaore sought
to amend the constitution and
extend his long hold on the pres-
Canada is to suspend visa applications
from residents and passport-holders
from West African countries in the grip
of the Ebola outbreak.
The decision follows a similar decision
by Australia, which drew criticism from
the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The ban would apply to countries
with "widespread and persistent-intense
transmission", Canada said.
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are
battling to contain Ebola, which has
killed almost 5,000 people.
The WHO said on Friday that 4,951
people had died during the current out-
break, with 13,567 reported cases up to
Although Canada currently has no
cases of Ebola, the country s federal cit-
izenship ministry said "the introduction
or spread of the disease would pose an
imminent and severe risk to public
Canada visa ban hits West Africa states
A man in the role of a spirit known as a "Gede" carries a goat on his back during a Voodoo ritual that pays tribute to Baron Samdi and
the Gede family of spirits during Day of the Dead celebrations at the National Cemetery in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday. Day of the
Dead traditions coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day on November 1 and 2. AP PHOTO
DAY OF THE DEAD
Army backs new
Burkina Faso leader
US officials have started to investigate why a
Virgin Galactic space rocket crashed over
California's Mojave desert on a test flight.
One pilot died and the other was badly injured
when SpaceShipTwo exploded shortly after
take-off on Friday.
A National Transportation Safety Board team
arrived in Mojave yesterday and was heading to
the crash site.
Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson said he was
"determined to find out what went wrong" and
learn from the tragedy.
Speaking at the at the Mojave Air and Space
Port, where the craft was being developed,
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard said "nobody
underestimates the risks involved in space
Virgin had hoped to launch commercially in
2015. It has already taken more than 700 flight
bookings at $250,000 (£156,000) each, with Sir
Richard pledging to travel on the first flight.
into Virgin crash
A speeding vehicle struck and killed three girls
Friday night, including twins, who were trick-or-
treating in Southern California, authorities said.
The girls, all 13, were in costume and carrying
bags of candy in a residential area in Santa Ana.
They had the right of way at a crosswalk near
an elementary school when a car hit them Friday
night and sped off, according to the Santa Ana
All the girls were declared dead at the scene.
Witnesses said the driver was speeding, and
police are searching for two male suspects who
fled on foot. The vehicle, a Honda CRV, was
found nearby. (CNN)
killed by speeding
car in California
Many people in the United States are getting
an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to
the annual shift back to standard time.
Officially, the change comes at 2 am
(0600GMT) today, but most Americans usually
set their clocks before they go to bed.
Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and
some US territories don't have to change;
Daylight Saving Time is not observed there.
The change means New York and states in the
eastern time zone will be five hours behind
Greenwich Mean Time. Many Europeans put
their clocks back last weekend.
Daylight Saving Time in the US returns at 2
am the second Sunday in March. (AP)
Most of US to
put clocks back
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