The provisional vote count from around 40 percent of constituencies showed a strong lead for ex-prime minister Roch Marc Kabore. It's hoped the democratic process can put Burkina Faso on a new path after a year of turmoil.
Not for the first time, a terror attack in Ouagadougou has left many people dead. But terror is not only a problem in the capital of Burkina Faso. The threat is present throughout the country, says Thomas Mösch.
The result of this constitutional assembly election could be decisive for the country's political future. The violence could intensify still further; there is even talk of a looming civil war.
In Togo, protesters are calling for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe. The opposition is confident that it will be successful in forcing a change in government. But will the president go voluntarily?
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders have been sentenced for their role in the Umbrella Movement's 2014 demos. The Beijing-backed government has been seeking tougher sentences for protesters.
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