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Rival army factions were tussling over the future of Burkina Faso on Friday after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Army chief Navere Honore Traore announced he was assuming power after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze. Speaking before large crowds in the Place de la Nation, site of some of the week's fiercest clashes, Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida, second in command of the presidential guard, said a "transitional body" would be established to restore constitutional order. The uprising, which has drawn parallels with the Arab Spring, was sparked by plans to change the constitution to allow Compaore to stand once again for elections next year.
Virgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert -- and raising questions about space tourism's future. Television images showed the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle that flies to the edge of space, amid brush east of Mojave, a few hours' drive northeast of Los Angeles. "Space is hard and today was a tough day," Virgin Galactic chief executive George Whitesides told reporters at a media briefing a few hours after the crash. "When we have a mishap from the test community, we find the test community is very small... and we are human, and it hurts," added Stuart Witt, head of the Mojave Air and Space Port.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's factories fell to a five-month low in October, missing expectations for an expansion as manufacturers battled cooling order growth and rising costs in the slowing economy. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) eased to 50.8 in October from September's 51.1, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday, but above the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 51.2. Growth in new orders cooled in October, as the index retreated to 51.6 from 52.2. ...