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LONDON (AP) — Hurricane-force gusts hit Britain on Thursday, disrupting air travel across Europe, halting trains and leaving tens of thousands of U.K. homes without electricity. Accidents linked to the storm killed two people.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting swept through the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the country's new government. The U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.
Internationally respected "supercop" Bill Bratton was appointed New York City police chief Thursday for a second time, tasked with keeping crime at historic lows but repairing relations with ethnic minorities. New York mayor elect Bill de Blasio, who won a landslide election in America's largest city last month on promises to reform controversial police tactics, made the announcement. "It is a great day for New York City because I'm proud to announce that I'm appointing Bill Bratton as the next police commissioner of the city of New York," de Blasio told reporters. "Bill Bratton we in New York City are honored to have you as our top cop and welcome back."