By Kate Holton and Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's troubled Co-operative Group named ex-Treasury minister Paul Myners to its board on Thursday on a token salary of just one pound to help review the running of the customer-owned retail-to-funerals operator. The Co-op has been rocked in recent months after the former chairman of its bank arm Paul Flowers was arrested as part of an investigation into the supply of illegal drugs. Chancellor George Osborne has ordered an inquiry into Co-op Bank and Prime Minister David Cameron has questioned why Flowers, a one-time local Labour politician and Methodist preacher with no banking qualifications, was judged suitable for the chairmanship during a period when the bank nearly collapsed. Myners, 65, was previously Financial Services Minister in the Treasury and has been chairman of retailer Marks & Spencer, Guardian Media Group and Land Securities.
The United States began air lifting Burundian troops to Central African Republic on Thursday, part of efforts to help African and French forces prevent a descent into civil war, Burundi's army said. "Burundi is deploying a battalion of troops to the Central African Republic," Colonel Gaspard Baratuza, Burundi army spokesman, told Reuters. "A U.S. plane today airlifted the first team and the operation with U.S logistics will continue." The Burundian troops are due to join an African peacekeeping force which has struggled to contain the violence in Central African Republic that has killed more than 500 people in the past week. Previously a Central African force, the mission is being broadened to fall under African Union command.