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BREAKING: Michel Kafando of BurkinaFaso has been sworn in as the country’s interim president.

BREAKING: Michel Kafando, a former foreign minister of , has been sworn in as the country’s interim president.

Burkina Faso swears in interim President Michel Kafando


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Burkina Faso on the signing of the Charter of the Transition and on the appointment of former foreign minister Michel Kafando as Transitional President.

The Charter of the Transition will provide the legal framework for a civilian-led transition culminating in elections in November 2015.

In a statement attributed to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he looks forward to the early appointment of the Transitional Prime Minister, as well as other members of the Transitional organs.

“The Secretary-General commends all Burkinabé stakeholders for their continuing commitment to peacefully engage in dialogue to address all outstanding issues,” the spokesperson said.

Thousands of Burkinabé protesters took to the streets earlier this month in the capital of Ouagadougou, facing off with security forces outside the presidential palace amid deadly violence that included the ransacking of Government buildings and the state television headquarters.

Following the violence, former President Blaise Compaoré announced his resignation, ending his 27-year stay in office, and handed power over to the military.

Today, Mr. Ban said that the UN, in cooperation with the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international partners, will continue to support Burkina Faso in order to complete arrangements for the transition and to accompany its efforts during the transitional period leading to the holding of elections.

U.N.’s Ban ki Moon praises Conchita Wurst’s LGBT rights fight

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted bearded Eurovision drag queen Conchita Wurst (Tom Neuwirth ) on Monday and praised the gay singer’s fight against discrimination and intolerance. VIENNA (Reuters)  – Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, won the 2014 song contest … read more

US strikes IS oil refineries in Syria

The United States bombed Islamic State-controlled oil refineries in Syria as President Barack Obama recruited more allies to fight the jihadist “network of death.”   United Nations (United States) (AFP) – US, Saudi and Emirati warplanes broadened their bombardment to … read more

Al-Qaeda’s Syria wing al-Nusra Front seizes Syria crossing near Israel

Al-Qaeda’s Syria wing al-Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday. The fighters, who have vowed … read more

UN staff killed in attack on UN-run school in Gaza

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – An attack on a UN-run school in Gaza on Thursday has claimed lives among the UN staff, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. “Many have been killed — including women and children, as well as … read more

Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people in Iraq

Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq’s instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president. U.N. chief … read more