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Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general

OUAGADOUGOU - An officer in Burkina Faso's presidential guard seized power on Saturday promising to lead the West African country to elections after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff.

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Power off in Bangladesh as grid link with India breaks

DHAKA - Bangladesh was hit on Saturday by a major power outage, bringing much of normal life to a standstill.

Top News, South Asia, 5:17pm IST

Suicide car bomber kills 11 police, soldiers in Afghanistan

PUL-I-ALAM Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber killed at least 11 members of the security forces and wounded more than 20 civilians near a police checkpoint in eastern Logar province in Afghanistan on Saturday, local officials said.

South Asia, 5:00pm IST

China's Xi calls on army to remember past in graft fight

BEIJING - China's military must not let down those who gave their lives for the Communist Party in the revolutionary struggle and must resolutely fight corruption, state media on Saturday quoted President Xi Jinping as saying after a high-level scandal.

5:20pm IST

China passes counter-espionage law

BEIJING - China passed a counter-espionage law on Saturday aimed at tightening state security and helping build a "comprehensive" national security system, state media reported.

Top News 1:12pm IST

Al Qaeda group seizes bastion of Western-backed rebels in Syria's Idlib region

BEIRUT - Islamist militants affiliated to al Qaeda seized the last remaining stronghold of Western-backed rebels in Syria's northwest province of Idlib on Saturday after days of fighting, rebels and a monitoring group said.

Syria 4:15pm IST

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