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Dec 12, 2013
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Religious leaders seek calm in tense Central African Republic

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(People are seen looting in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun)

Religious leaders sought reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in Central African Republic on Wednesday during a lull in violence that has killed hundreds of people and drawn in French troops seeking to stop the bloodshed.

Dec 10, 2013

Violence persists in Central African Republic, where Hollande due

BANGUI (Reuters) – Crowds attacked a mosque, looted houses and torched cars in Central African Republic’s capital on Tuesday, hours before French President Francois Hollande was due to visit.

Two French soldiers were killed overnight in an attack by gunmen in the capital, France’s first casualties in an operation to restore stability in its former colony, which is racked by fighting between Muslims and Christians.

Dec 10, 2013

Two French soldiers killed in Central African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI (Reuters) – Two French soldiers were killed in overnight fighting in Central African Republic, France’s first casualties in an operation to restore stability in its former colony, the French government said on Tuesday.

The country has descended into chaos since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in March and embarked on months of looting, raping and killing. Seleka’s leader, Michel Djotodia, installed as the interim president, has lost control of his loose band of fighters.

Dec 10, 2013

Two French soldiers killed in C. African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI (Reuters) – Two French soldiers were killed in overnight fighting in Central African Republic, France’s first casualties in an operation to restore stability in its former colony, the French government said on Tuesday.

The country has descended into chaos since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in March and embarked on months of looting, raping and killing. Seleka’s leader, Michel Djotodia, installed as the interim president, has lost control of his loose band of fighters.

Dec 10, 2013

French army battles militias in Central African Republic’s capital

BANGUI (Reuters) – The French army said it has restored some stability in the capital of Central African Republic after battling gunmen on Monday in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for killing hundreds since last week.

Shooting erupted near Bangui’s airport in the morning when gunmen refused to hand over weapons and French forces later came under attack by former rebels in the city center, but by evening there were no armed groups on the streets, the army said.

Dec 9, 2013

French troops fight Central African Republic gunmen in capital

BANGUI (Reuters) – French troops fought gunmen in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, on Monday as they searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week.

Shooting erupted near the airport in the morning after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons, and French forces later came under attack by former rebels in the city centre.

Dec 9, 2013

French troops clash with C.African Republic gunmen in capital

BANGUI (Reuters) – French troops in Central African Republic clashed with gunmen in the capital Bangui on Monday as they searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week.

Shooting erupted near the airport in the morning after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons, and French forces later came under attack by former rebels in the city centre.

Dec 9, 2013

French troops disarm fighters in Central African Republic

BANGUI (Reuters) – French troops in Central African Republic manned checkpoints in the capital Bangui on Monday and searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week.

Shooting erupted near the airport after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons, as France said it was prepared to use force if fighters rejected calls to disarm or return to barracks.

Dec 9, 2013

France to start disarming Central African Republic fighters on Monday

BANGUI (Reuters) – France said it will start disarming fighters in the Central African Republic by force if necessary on Monday, as relative calm returned to the capital Bangui following three days of heavy fighting between Christians and Muslims.

Residents reported sporadic gunfire from some Bangui neighbourhoods on Sunday after the violence in which the Red Cross said at least 394 people had died.

Dec 8, 2013

Relative calm returns to Central African Republic after French troops deploy

BANGUI (Reuters) – Relative calm returned to the Central African Republic on Sunday after three days of heavy fighting between Christians and Muslims, with France saying many thousands rather than hundreds would have died had its troops not intervened.

Nevertheless, residents of the capital Bangui reported sporadic gunfire from some neighbourhoods and a human rights campaigner said members of Seleka – a mainly Muslim rebel group that seized power in March and has been fighting Christian militias – were still operating in the city.