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Burkina Faso’s ex-premier is named president.

  Roch Marc Christian Kabore won 53.5% of the votes in a general election, the electoral commission confirmed. His rival Zephirin Diabre congratulated Kabore after taking just 21.6% of the vote. Kabore served under former strongman president Blaise Compaore, but later challenged him.
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Brazil sues BHP Billiton and Vale for $5 billion.

  The national government is demanding 20 billion reais ($5.2 billion) for the companies’ part in what the government called its worst-ever environmental disaster. The bursting of a dam earlier this month killed 13 and caused major environmental damage.  
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Vladimir Putin reenters a war of words with Turkey.

  The Russian president said that Turkey shot down a Russian jet “to protect the oil supply lines” from ISIL. Putin spoke at the Paris climate change summit, after discussing with US president Barack Obama a military strategy for Syria.  
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India is limiting its own innovation by sitting on a huge pile of pending patent applications.

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A man dressed as Santa stole a rental helicopter in Brazil.

  He forced the hired pilot to land and left him tied up.  
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A photo of the Pope in Africa has inspired a new hashtag.

  It looks like the pontiff is spitting rhymes. #PopeBars.  

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