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By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's rich donor nations must increase their overseas aid budgets and reverse the trend of declining funding for the poorest countries in order to meet a global goal of ending poverty by 2030, an advocacy group said on Tuesday. As world leaders prepare to meet at a development finance summit in Addis Ababa in July, ahead of agreeing a new set of development goals later this year, ONE said 2015 could be a pivotal year for the world's most vulnerable people. The United Nations is expected to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September, which will replace the eight existing Millennium Development Goals and address issues such as healthcare, education, water, energy and climate change.
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial on espionage charges behind closed doors in Iran on Tuesday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. The Post's Tehran bureau chief, an Iranian-American, was detained in his home in July and taken to Tehran's Evin prison. The Iranian authorities have not elaborated on the charges and pressed on with the case in the face of calls for his release from U.S. President Barack Obama, family members and rights groups.
The U.S. government on Monday condemned the recent killings of an opposition party leader in Burundi and at least 20 others, urging all the parties to renounce violence and continue to work toward a peaceful resolution of the crisis. Marie Harf, deputy spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, urged the Burundian government to investigate the recent attacks, and to take concrete steps to ensure the safety of political leaders during the electoral process. "We call on all parties to immediately renounce the use of violence," Harf said in a statement.