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By Emmanuel Braun 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. ...
By Tom Perry and Shadia Nasralla CAIRO (Reuters) - The Muslim Brotherhood's leader turned on his accusers on Monday when he appeared in court for the first time since he was arrested following the army's overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. "Why aren't you investigating the killing of my son, and the burning of my house and the group's offices?" Mohamed Badie asked of the judge, referring to his 38-year-old son killed in August, when the crackdown on the group was at its bloodiest. Violence erupted again on Monday when police fired teargas at Mursi supporters protesting at Al-Azhar University, scene of frequent demonstrations against the army-backed government. Badie, the Brotherhood's general guide, said the Islamist movement had perpetrated no violence, as his trial began at a police academy where Mursi went on trial last month.
By Ed Cropley and Pascal Fletcher JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nearly 90 leaders from across the world, some of them locked in enmity, are flying to South Africa for memorials to Nelson Mandela that will hail one of humanity's great peacemakers. Officials said on Monday that U.S. President Barack Obama and Raul Castro from Cuba, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Britain's David Cameron will be among those attending Tuesday's main ceremony in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium - a turnout that reflects the global appeal of South Africa's first black leader, who died on Thursday aged 95. "The whole world is coming to South Africa," foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said, playing down concerns about logistics and security of such a large event organised at such short notice.