By Mathieu Bonkoungou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Roch Marc Kabore, a former prime minister, was on course for victory on Monday as results poured in from an election to choose Burkina Faso's first new president in decades. Provisional results from around 72 percent of the country's communes showed that Kabore had 54 percent of the vote against 29 percent for Zephirin Diabre, a former finance minister, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission. Fourteen candidates contested the election but it looked possible that Kabore could win an outright majority without the need for a run-off.
By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Burundi is on the brink of a war that could have "potentially disastrous effects in an already fragile region" but there is no immediate need to deploy United Nations peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Monday. Hundreds of people have been killed and tens of thousands have fled the African state during months of violence that began when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided in April to run for a third term. Earlier this month the 15-member Security Council asked Ban to provide options for boosting the U.N. presence in Burundi amid growing international concern that the violence could spiral into an ethnic conflict.