Burkina Faso exhumes remains of former president in murder probe

The grave of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara is seen in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Authorities in Burkina Faso began exhuming the remains of former president Thomas Sankara on Monday in a bid to establish responsibility for a murder that has dogged the West African country since 1987. Sankara's relatives have for years pressed for the remains to be tested, saying they suspect it may not be that of the former president, who died in a coup that brought his former ally Blaise Compaore to power. Witnesses at the Daghnoen cemetery on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou said the exhumation of Sankara's body and those of 12 colleagues had begun with the families of the victims and lawyers present.

Opposition breaks off Burundi peace talks over killing of opposition leader

A soldier fires an AK-47 rifle during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term, in BujumburaBy Clement Manirabarusha and Goran Tomasevic BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's opposition boycotted peace talks with the government on Monday in protest at the killing of an opposition leader, despite U.N.-led calls for dialogue to end a month of protests and violence in the east African country. Rights groups say at least 20 people have died since protests broke out on April 26, a day after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third five-year term. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others have condemned the killing by unidentified gunmen on Saturday of Zedi Feruzi, whose small UPD party is part of a wider opposition that says the president is breaking the two-term limit set down in the constitution.

Varoufakis says Greece committed to reforms, rules out more austerity

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives to attend a central committee of leftist Syriza party in AthensGreece is committed to liberalizing its economy, reforming its pension system and running a reasonable primary budget surplus, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis wrote on Tuesday. It must repay four loans totaling 1.6 billion euros ($1.75 billion) to the International Monetary Fund next month. Varoufakis said Athens was prepared to implement a series of reforms.

Washington Post reporter spy trial opens in Iran

The trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on espionage charges has started behind closed doors in Tehran, Iran's ISNA news agency reportsThe trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on charges of spying on Iran opened behind closed doors in Tehran on Tuesday, state media reported. Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist, appeared in court alongside her husband and a press photographer, the official IRNA news agency reported. In a statement Monday condemning the legal proceedings against its journalist, the Washington Post had said it expected Salehi to be tried separately.

Libyan tribes meet in Cairo as Egypt seeks allies against militants

Hundreds of Libyan tribal leaders met in Cairo on Monday with Egyptian authorities hoping to enlist their help in preventing Islamist violence from spilling over their shared border. Islamist militants have thrived in the chaos of Libya, a North African oil producer that now has two competing governments backed by armed factions that four years earlier joined in an uprising that toppled autocrat Muammar Gaddafi. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sees ascendant Islamists in Libya as a major security threat and is trying to secure the cooperation of tribal leaders to tackle it.

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