Burkina Faso, Iraq, Mexico.
Today's three stories you should know.
Burkina Faso’s military has confirmed that it killed civilians in an air raid near the border with Togo. Locals said more than 30 people died in the strike. As mentioned in previous newsletters, the governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and - more recently - Togo are battling armed groups with links to ISIS and al-Qaeda. Facing anger from citizens that spilled over into street protests, the Burkinabe army has stepped up its campaign against the groups in recent months. Locals reports say that some towns have been cut off and that there are people eating leaves to survive.
More from Reuters here.
A sit-in at Iraq’s parliament building has entered its fifth day with protesters looking happy to hunker down for the long haul. Moqtada al-Sadr, the powerful Shia cleric on whose orders they are there, demanded today that parliament be dissolved and new elections held. Sadr’s party won the most seats in an election last year but failed to form a government that excluded his rivals. Outgoing Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has called for a national dialogue but most observers think it unlikely Sadr will participate. The deadlock has left Iraq without a government for 10 months.
More from Al Jazeera here.
Mexico continues to be the world’s most dangerous country for journalists outside of active conflict zones. Journalist Ernesto Méndez was among three people killed inside a bar owned by his family on Tuesday night, according to local officials. He becomes the 13th media worker to be murdered in the country this year.
More from AP here.