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By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso voted on Sunday in an election to choose the country's first new president in decades, a year after longtime leader Blaise Compaore was toppled in a popular uprising in which demonstrators faced down the security forces. A successful election would establish the country as a beacon for democratic aspirations in Africa, where veteran rulers from Burundi to Congo Republic have changed constitutions to pave the way for fresh terms in office. "I am proud to have accomplished my duty as a citizen ... It's the first time that I can be really sure that we won't end up with Blaise Compaore," said Ousmane Ouedraogo, as he cast his ballot in the capital Ouagadougou.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The 53-nation Commonwealth has said climate change poses an "existential threat" to some of its member states, and urged participants at the Paris climate talks to produce a legally binding agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.