Today 05 December
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Wielding rifles and machetes, armed Christian fighters who support the Central African Republic's exiled president assaulted the capital at dawn on Thursday, leaving nearly 100 people dead. Shrouded bodies were lined up in a mosque as dozens of wounded lay on blood-stained hospital floors.
New York (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations Security Council authorized African and French troops Thursday to use force to halt deadly chaos in the Central African Republic. The 15-member council unanimously backed a French-drafted resolution that gives a UN mandate to about 4,800 African and French troops being sent to the impoverished nation as Muslim-Christian strife grows. It orders UN leader Ban Ki-moon to report in 90 days on whether a full UN peacekeeping mission should be sent. The vote was held as scores of people were were killed in Bangui in scenes that highlighted warnings by the UN, France and the United States that a Rwanda-style genocide could erupt.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Armed Christian fighters who support the country's exiled president assaulted the capital at dawn on Thursday with rifles and machetes, leaving nearly 100 people dead. Shrouded bodies were lined up in a mosque as dozens of wounded lay on blood-stained hospital floors.
Friends and relatives of ailing South African icon Nelson Mandela gathered Thursday at his Johannesburg home where the 95-year-old is said to be on his "deathbed". Two of Mandela's grand-daughters and a close family friend Bantu Holomisa were among those seen entering the house, which was flanked by more than a dozen cars ferrying visitors and military personnel. The reason for the larger-than-usual gathering was not made public, but it comes shortly after Mandela's daughter Makaziwe described her father as fighting from his "deathbed," but still being "very strong" and "very courageous". Grandson Ndaba recently told a local broadcaster that Mandela was "not doing well at home in bed".
Quinton de Kock, 12 days short of his 21st birthday, hit a thrilling century to set up a convincing 141-run win for South Africa in the first one-day international against India at the Wanderers Stadium on Thursday. The left-handed De Kock hit 135 off 121 balls in a South African total of 358 for four after the hosts were sent in to bat. India's top order were blown away by the South African fast bowlers and some sharp fielding. Despite an innings of 65 by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni they could only manage 217 in reply, giving South Africa victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.