French troops in Central African Republic manned checkpoints in the capital Bangui and searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings. At least 459 people have been killed in Bangui alone since December 5th, according to Red Cross officials. 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.
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Christian and Muslim mobs went on lynching sprees on Monday as French forces began disarming fighters in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. At least 459 people have been killed in the city since Thursday, according to figures from the local Red Cross cited by Reuters. Krista Larson, a reporter with the Associated Press, described how one man who was walking with his son was singled out because of his white robe, traditionally worn by Muslims: The man was saved by French troops, Larson reported:
Members of Britain's parliament, including Prime Minister David Cameron and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, paid tribute to Nelson Mandela on Monday, the first time the honor has been afforded to a leader of another country. Photo: AP.
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An animated video from NASA shows the area on Mars where the Curiosity rover recently discovered evidence of an ancient lake. Narration by John Grotzinger, a Caltech planetary geologist who is the chief scientist of the Curiosity rover mission.
Members of the U.S. Air Force Band perform "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" at the National Air and Space Museum during the band's first-ever flash mob on December 3.
A top Ukrainian opposition party says heavily armed riot police have stormed its office in downtown Kiev. The move comes as the Ukrainian capital has been crippled by massive anti-government protests. Ostap Semerak told The Associated Press that troops broke into the Fatherland Party's offices on Monday evening. The action came after Kiev was flooded with hundreds of riot police in full gear. President Viktor Yanukovych has faced three weeks of protests after his decision to freeze ties with the European Union and align himself with Russia.
The head of BBC News has defended his network's decision to disrupt regular-scheduled programming last Thursday to announce the death of Nelson Mandela, after 850 viewers complained the BBC devoted too much airtime to the event. Many of the complaints said the BBC spent too much time reflecting of the life of the man who became South Africa's first black president and not enough on news of the storms that battered Britain's eastern coast last week. The sitcom Mrs.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had a frank exchange on Monday about U.S. drone strikes against militants in remote areas of Pakistan, in the first visit by a Pentagon chief to the South Asian ally in almost four years. The United States has a complicated relationship with Pakistan and ties have been further soured by a dispute over unmanned military aircraft the United States uses to target militants in Pakistan's tribal areas on the Afghan border.
Someday, muscle-car enthusiasts might brag about kilowatts, not horsepower. Improving fuel economy is a priority and Ford is looking at all available options to accomplish that goal. The 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost engine is the first four-cylinder Mustang engine since a 105-horsepower 2.3-liter four that was dropped after the 1993 model year. Thanks to modern technology and a turbocharger, the EcoBoost makes much more power from the same displacement: Preliminary figures are 305 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque. CEO Bob Mulally thinks the company is on to something big
A shipwreck hunter found a 300-foot long wooden steamship.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved the country's parliament and called for new elections.
A Texas college student was shot and killed by a campus police officer early Friday morning. The student was initially pulled over for speeding.
Workers busily constructed a stage at the Soweto soccer stadium where world leaders will eulogize Nelson Mandela before tens of thousands of mourners, as police promised tight security. Nearly 100 heads of state are expected to assemble at the 95,000-capacity FNB Stadium for the memorial to the anti-apartheid icon.