HSBC whistleblower Falciani sentenced to five years in prison
(Reuters) - Herve Falciani, an ex-employee of HSBC's Geneva private bank who leaked information on clients and their tax situation, has been sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated industrial espionage, the bank said on Friday. HSBC said it welcomed the ruling on Falciani, a 43-year old French citizen who had been on trial in Switzerland. HSBC's Swiss unit has been in the spotlight since 2008, when Falciani, a former IT employee there, fled Geneva with files that were leaked to the media and were alleged to show evidence of tax evasion by clients.
Syria 'welcomes' Fabius statement on including regime in anti-IS fight
Moscow (AFP) - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Friday welcomed the proposal by his French counterpart Laurent Fabius to include the Syrian army in efforts to battle the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.
Pope Francis arrives in Uganda on second leg of Africa tour: AFP
Pope Francis landed in Uganda Friday on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, with choirs and dancers waiting to greet him, an AFP reporter said. The 78-year-old pontiff arrived in Uganda after three days in neighbouring Kenya, where vast crowds turned out to an open air mass, and where the pontiff lashed out at corruption and wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor.
Burkina Faso to choose first new leader in three decades
By Nadoun Coulibaly and Joe Penney OUGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso votes in its first free election in three decades this weekend, choosing a replacement for long-time leader Blaise Compaore, who was ousted a year ago in a military-backed popular uprising in the landlocked West African nation. The polls were pushed back from Oct. 11 after an abortive coup in September by members of the now-disbanded elite presidential guard (RSP), but are expected to pass off peacefully. "This is definitely the most open election since the country's independence," said Cynthia Ohayon, West Africa analyst for the International Crisis Group.
Tunisia puts suspected returning jihadists under house arrestTunisian authorities arrested dozens of people raids and put scores more under house arrest on suspicion that they were militants returning from Syria and Iraq, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, three days after a bus attack which killed 12 presidential guards. The ministry said 40 people were arrested in the raids, and another 92 placed under house arrest. Islamic State has claimed the bombing, the third major militant attack in Tunisia this year following assaults on a beach resort at Sousse and the Bardo museum in the capital, both of which targeted foreign visitors.
Thousands rally for climate action ahead of UN summit
Tens of thousands rallied in Melbourne on Friday to launch a global campaign for climate action ahead of a key summit in Paris, where marches were cancelled amid security fears. Protesters young and old echoed the call for a phase-out of fossil fuel blamed for climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, waving placards reading: "There is no Planet B" and "Stop messing with my future". Protest organisers have set up a website, www.march4me.org, where people in other cities can sign up to symbolically march for those who cannot do so in Paris.
Volkswagen scandal 'marks new climate mindset': 2014 summit head
Outrage over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal has revealed that the public will no longer settle when it comes to environmental protections, the president of last year's UN climate conference told AFP. "A scandal like this one clearly shows that today global consumers are more demanding, that they do not accept an industry trying to make us believe it is more environmentally responsible than it really is," Manuel Pulgar said in an interview. As Peru's environment minister, Pulgar presided over the United Nations annual climate change conference when it was held in Lima last year.
Pope calls slum conditions in Nairobi an injustice
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ? Visiting one of Nairobi's many shantytowns on Friday, Pope Francis denounced conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in, saying access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing.
Glitch causes bank customers to see billions in chargesHONOLULU (AP) ? A technical glitch meant some First Hawaiian Bank customers logged on to their accounts to find that they appeared to be billions, or sometimes more than a trillion dollars in the red.
UNICEF: AIDS leading cause of death for African teenagersJOHANNESBURG (AP) ? While the global push to eradicate HIV may have saved over a million babies, AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe, the United Nations' agency for children said on Friday.