The United States began air lifting Burundian troops to Central African Republic on Thursday, part of efforts to help African and French forces prevent a descent into civil war, Burundi's army said. "Burundi is deploying a battalion of troops to the Central African Republic," Colonel Gaspard Baratuza, Burundi army spokesman, told Reuters. "A U.S. plane today airlifted the first team and the operation with U.S logistics will continue." The Burundian troops are due to join an African peacekeeping force which has struggled to contain the violence in Central African Republic that has killed more than 500 people in the past week. Previously a Central African force, the mission is being broadened to fall under African Union command.
BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters announced they cut off electricity to the prime minister's office compound on Thursday and demanded that police abandon the premises, piling fresh pressure on the government amid a political crisis that has dragged on for weeks.
Australia's top court Thursday struck down gay marriage in the nation's capital, ruling that parliament must decide on same-sex unions -- to the anguish of dozens who have wed under a landmark law. In a unanimous judgment scotching the Australian Capital Territory's new same-sex marriage law, the High Court ruled that only parliament -- not state and territory authorities -- had the power to decide who could wed. The ruling dashed the hopes of same-sex couples and campaigners who had banked on the ACT legislation paving the way to a national law permitting gay marriage, a decade after the federal government defined wedlock as strictly between a man and a woman. Polling commissioned by marriage equality campaigners puts support for same-sex marriage in Australia at 64 percent, but the nation continues to lag behind a growing number of countries on the reform including neighbouring New Zealand, Britain and 16 US states.