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Hello Kitty celebrates 40th birthday

Hello Kitty (centre), a one-day manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district, poses with clerks during a morning meeting before the opening on November 1, 2014Hello Kitty, Japan's global icon of cute, marked her 40th anniversary on Saturday with a human-size version of the feline character regaling fans at an upscale Tokyo department store and a theme park. The moon-faced creation, who has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry, began her birthday by trying her hand as manager of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's glitzy Ginza district. Kitty, who adorns everything from pencil cases to pyjamas the world over, also celebrated her birthday with fans at her creators' theme park Sanrio Puroland in western Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel chain, meanwhile, opened Hello Kitty hotel rooms in Tokyo on Saturday, decorated floor to ceiling with pictures of the cuddly character.



Power struggle in Burkina Faso after president flees

People celebrate in Ouagadougou on October 31, 2014 after Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced he was stepping down to make way for electionsRival military factions laid claim to power in Burkina Faso on Saturday after the west African nation's president fled following days of violent unrest over plans to extend his 27-year rule. The leader of a group of young army officers, Isaac Zida, declared himself in charge, dismissing as "obsolete" an earlier such bid by the army chief and close ally of the ousted president. The tussle for power comes after days of violent demonstrations against president Blaise Compaore's longtime rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze, in protests closely watched across the continent where other veteran heads of state are also aiming to extend their rule. A rival claim made hours earlier by army chief Navere Honore Traore was "obsolete", he said.



Space tourism rocket crash stirs mixed emotions

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV)The explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket ship is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert.



A look at people killed during space missions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo accident proved what astronauts and their families know too well: Space can be deadly.
Nigeria's purported Boko Haram leader says has 'married off' girls: AFP

Rachel Daniel holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel, as her son Bukar, sits beside her at her home in MaiduguriBy Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago had been "married off" to its fighters, contradicting Nigerian government claims they would soon be freed, AFP said on Saturday. Nigeria's military says it killed Shekau a year ago. The insurgents usually give a copy of their videos to the French news agency about a day before they are posted online. ...





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