By Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON/DOHA (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Monday that it will fly African forces into Central Africa Republic, responding to a request by France to bolster international efforts to halt the spread of violence between Christians and Muslims. Two U.S. military C-17 aircraft will fly about 850 troops from Burundi into Central African Republic within the next 24 hours, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Firman, a Pentagon spokesman, said. Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog said the military was working to identify additional resources that could help address further requests for assistance.
By Alastair Macdonald LONDON (Reuters) - As world leaders bury hatchets for the day and unite in paying respects to Nelson Mandela, the late South African leader may have a chance to promote peace, in death as he did in life. "It does cut through their scheduling so they can do things off the cuff," said David Owen, who as British foreign secretary in the 1970s saw several historic figures interred. U.S. President Barack Obama may top many wish lists for a brief chat in Johannesburg, though it is unclear whom he will meet. Cuba's Raul Castro, at daggers drawn with Washington for over half a century, will be there.