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Burkina Faso's army on Saturday backed a military officer's claim to lead the country's transition to democratic elections, as the ousted president Blaise Compoare took refuge in neighbouring Ivory Coast. Compaore resigned Friday after unrest over plans to extend his 27-year rule exploded into violence that saw parliament set ablaze, in protests closely watched across a continent where other veteran heads of state are also trying to cling to power. The leader of a group of young army officers, Isaac Zida, had declared himself in interim charge of the landlocked west African nation -- dismissing a rival claim by the army chief -- and on Saturday the military threw its weight behind him. "Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida was chosen unanimously to lead the transition period opened after the departure of president Compaore," said a statement published after a meeting of army chiefs.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was struggling to restore power hours after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed on Saturday, causing a nationwide blackout, and officials said it would take at least 12 more hours to repair the system.