Today 09 December
BANGUI (Reuters) - French troops traded fire with former rebels in Central African Republic's capital Bangui on Monday as they sought to disarm fighters after violence that has left hundreds dead, an official from a regional peacekeeping force said. "I'm here now. The Seleka (ex-rebels) didn't want to disarm. There was a brief exchange of fire, and they ran away," said Celestin Christ Leon, a communications officer with the Multinational Force of Central Africa (FOMAC) peacekeepers based at Bangui's airport. ...
Nigeria's president said he has given his backing to the creation of an African rapid reaction force, adding that it could help tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, in comments published Monday. "We fully support this rapid reaction force," Goodluck Jonathan told French radio station RFI in an interview on the sidelines of the recent France-Africa summit in Paris. Jonathan's French counterpart Francois Hollande called for an African force to be set up, and said France was prepared to train 20,000 soldiers a year if the project goes ahead. Sustained attacks blamed on Boko Haram prompted the government in Abuja to impose a state of emergency in three northern states -- Borno, Yobe and Adamawa -- to try to stop the bloodshed.
Paris (AFP) - French troops on Monday began disarming rebel fighters in Central African Republic, the army said in Paris, after an upsurge in violence that killed nearly 400 people.
Two decades ago in Oslo, Nelson Mandela and South Africa's last apartheid president FW de Klerk stood side by side and accepted the Nobel peace prize, a moment that epitomised the reconciliation of enemies. When it became clear that Mandela would receive the prestigious award in tandem with a man who ensured he spent 27 years in prison, he came under fierce pressure to decline. When the telephone rang on October 15, 1993, with the Nobel committee's decision, "the reaction was quite strong and some of us were very hesitant about supporting the joint thing with De Klerk," Tokyo Sexwale, a African National Congress stalwart told AFP. We can't have Nelson Mandela, such an icon, receiving this thing with his oppressor," said Sexwale.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of South African police officers will be on hand at a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela in a Soweto soccer stadium, and authorities will block access to the site if crowds become too large, officials said Monday.