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BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Thousands of people crowded into a field outside Central African Republic's main airport on Friday, hoping that French soldiers would protect them after a spasm of bloodshed in the lawless capital left more than 100 people dead.
The world on Friday mourned South Africa's beloved Nelson Mandela, whose universal appeal was evident once again in a global outpouring of grief for the anti-apartheid hero hailed as an "incredible gift" to humanity. Mandela's Rainbow Nation awoke to a future without its 95-year-old founding father after the country's first black president died late on Thursday at his Johannesburg home, surrounded by friends and family. President Jacob Zuma said an official mourning ceremony would be held on December 10 in Soweto followed by a burial in Mandela's Eastern Cape hometown of Qunu on December 15. South Africa's archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu -- and fellow Nobel prize winner -- praised Mandela as an "incredible gift that God gave us".