Editor's note: Reuters is reporting, based off information from diplomatic sources and local media, that a heavily armed convoy believed to be carrying Burkina Faso's now-former president Blaise Compaore was seen travelling towards the southern town of Po, near the Ghana border. - Aaron
Editor's note: @AFP is reporting that an army official in Burkina Faso says President Blaise Compaore is no longer in power. We are monitoring reports of that declaration and will update when more is clear. - Aaron
Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a telephone call, welcome agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine - @Reuters
Politics (from Greek: πολιτικός politikos, meaning "of, for, or relating to citizens") is the practice and theory of influencing other people on a global, civic or individual level. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (a hierarchically organized population) as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities. A variety of methods are employed in politics, which include promoting one's own political views among people, negotiation with other political subjects, making laws, and exercising force, including warfare against adversaries. Politics is exercised on a wide range of social levels, from clans and tribes of traditional societies, through modern local governments, companies and institutions up to sovereign states, to the international level.
A political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a given society. History of political thought can be traced back to early antiquity, with seminal works such as Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics and the works of Confucius.