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New PM vows to make Madagascar an emerging market

Madagascar's new Prime Minister Roger Kolo took office on Wednesday, vowing to turn the country from down-at-heel international outcast to true emerging market. "We will cease to be a trading post and become an emerging market," he said at the handover of power from his predecessor. "Madagascar should move from being an exporter of raw materials to an exporter of finished products with high value added."

Madagascar names prime minister after deadlock

After months of post-election deadlock Madagascar's president named a new prime minister Friday, tapping the relatively unknown doctor Roger Kolo for the post. The announcement came in a statement from president Hery Rajaonarimampianina's office. It had been suggested that Andry Rajoelina -- the coup leader who ruled the country since 2009 -- may have sought the post. He earlier succumbed to international demands not to run for president, but some feared he would try to wield power from the prime minister's office.

Suspended Canadian senator arrested for alleged assault

A suspended Canadian senator was arrested for alleged assault Thursday, a day before he was to appear in court on unrelated accusations of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend. Patrick Brazeau, 39, was taken into custody in the early morning at an Ottawa area residence, and charged with assault, cocaine possession and uttering threats. A police spokesman said officers responding to a disturbance complaint witnessed "an altercation between a man and a woman just in front of the house."

Suspended senator Brazeau charged with assault, threats, drug possession

GATINEAU, Que. - Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau is facing new legal challenges following what police are describing as a violent domestic disturbance early Thursday. Just a day before a court date was to be set in another assault case against him, Brazeau arrived at the Gatineau courthouse in handcuffs hours after police responded to a 911 call. Wearing a dark green shirt, black jacket and pants and dress shoes, Brazeau was escorted into the courthouse from a van with dark tinted windows.

Impoverished Haiti manufacturing its own Android tablet

By Amelie Baron PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Better known for producing third-world poverty and political mayhem - as well as a world-class rum - the Western Hemisphere's least developed country has made a surprising entry into the high-tech world with its own Android tablet.

Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau lands new gig at Ottawa strip joint

OTTAWA - Patrick Brazeau has gone from sitting in the Senate to helping run a strip club. The suspended senator, who faces criminal charges in connection with the expense scandal that roiled the august upper chamber last year, is now working as a manager at an Ottawa strip joint. Brazeau has been spotted inside the Barefax Gentlemen's Club in recent days, but he declined Wednesday to speak to reporters camped outside the establishment who trailed him inside to the door of his office.

Today on the Hill: lawyers for troubled senator Patrick Brazeau appear in court

OTTAWA - Lawyers for suspended senator Patrick Brazeau will be in a Gatineau, Que. courtroom today. Brazeau, a former member of the Conservative caucus, is facing assault and sexual assault charges in connection with an incident more than a year ago at a home where he was living at the time. The charges are unrelated to Brazeau's other legal troubles in connection with his expense claims, which led to his expulsion from the upper chamber, along with fellow former Conservatives Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin. Brazeau is not expected to be in the courtroom.

Today on the Hill: lawyers for troubled senator Patrick Brazeau appear in court

OTTAWA - Lawyers for suspended senator Patrick Brazeau will be in a Gatineau, Que. courtroom today. Brazeau, a former member of the Conservative caucus, is facing assault and sexual assault charges in connection with an incident more than a year ago at a home where he was living at the time. The charges are unrelated to Brazeau's other legal troubles in connection with his expense claims, which led to his expulsion from the upper chamber, along with fellow former Conservatives Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin. Brazeau is not expected to be in the courtroom.

German defence minister signals greater role in Africa

Germany's new defence minister said Sunday her country should engage more strongly in Africa by sending additional military trainers to Mali and supporting the French intervention in Central African Republic. Ursula von der Leyen said she foresaw boosting the training mission in Mali from its current mandate of 180 personnel, with 99 now on the ground, to up to 250, and deploying a medical services airbus to back up the French mission in CAR.

Chad peacekeepers killed in C. Africa capital clashes

Five Chadian peacekeepers have died in clashes in the Central African Republic capital, where French troops on Thursday were out in force a day after heavy gunfire sowed panic in the city. The circumstances of the Chadian deaths in Bangui, which occurred on Wednesday as chaos and fighting gripped the city, were unclear, a spokesman of the African Union force of which they were part told AFP. "Yesterday the city was in total chaos and this chaos lasted until the end of the night. Today we are trying to understand what happened," said Eloi Yao.
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