By Emmanuel Braun BANGUI (Reuters) - French troops fought gunmen in 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 Bangui's 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 center. France said it was prepared to use force if fighters rejected calls to disarm or return to barracks. Paris boosted its military presence to 1,600 troops at the weekend as waves of religious violence swept its former colony.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Snow and bitter cold snarled traffic and prompted another 1,600 U.S. flight cancellations on Monday, and tens of thousands of people were still without power after January-like weather barged in a month early.