President Francois Hollande says France helped secure the exile of former Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaore to "avoid a bloodbath." Compaore was forced from power Oct. 31 by opposition protesters angry that he was seeking another term after 27 years in power in Burkina Faso, a former French colony.
Opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said Thursday she will continue working toward peaceful regime change in Venezuela even as she complies with an order to face charges of plotting to kill the president.
Israel's former president has come out against a bill floated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would define Israel as "the Jewish state." At a ceremony alongside Netanyahu on Thursday, Shimon Peres said the legislation was driven by political interests, would hurt the country's image and erode Israel's "democratic principles." Israel's declaration of independence defined Israel as both Jewish and democratic.