The Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed the suicide bombing of a busload of presidential guards in Tunisia's capital, the latest attack in a country plagued by Islamist violence. President Beji Caid Essebsi and other members of the National Security Council met to discuss more crisis measures, after imposing a nationwide state of emergency following Tuesday's blast. IS said a Tunisian, named as Abou Abdallah al-Tounissi, had boarded the bus wearing an explosives belt only a few hundred metres (yards) from the interior ministry as it picked up guards on their way to work.
Pope Francis landed in Kenya's capital Nairobi Wednesday on the first leg of a landmark three-nation trip to Africa, greeted with cheering crowds and traditional dancers. Dancers, some in traditional feather headdresses, colourful dresses and beads, leapt high into the air, as Francis was met by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a red carpet welcome. The pontiff, who will also visit Uganda and troubled Central African Republic (CAR) before flying back to Rome on Monday, is expected to call for the need to address inequality to ensure peace and end conflict.
By William Schomberg and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne took advantage of stronger forecasts for tax revenues to drop an unpopular plan to scrap some benefits for low-earners and ease other deep cuts, but he stuck to a target for budget surplus in 2020. In one of several surprise budget moves, Osborne spared Britain's police from the spending reductions that will hit other government departments, a nod to concern about security after the attacks in Paris earlier this month. "This Spending Review not only ensures the economic and national security of our country, it builds on it," he said in parliament.