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BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — France and the African Union on Saturday announced plans to deploy several thousand more troops into embattled Central African Republic, as thousands of Christians fearing reprisal attacks sought refuge from the Muslim former rebels who now control the country after days of violence left nearly 400 people dead — and possibly more.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — He was with Nelson Mandela during all those years the anti-apartheid icon was imprisoned on Robben Island. And, like millions around the world, he has been hit hard by Mandela's death.
An 85-year-old American war veteran freed by North Korea after more than a month in detention arrived home in the United States Saturday where he was reunited with his family. A visibly relieved Merrill Newman made a brief statement after landing at San Francisco airport from Beijing, saying he was delighted to be back following his release on humanitarian grounds by the communist state, which said the American had cited his "sincere repentance." The official Korean Central News Agency said earlier that Newman's age and health -- he has a heart condition -- were factors that led to his release. Newman was plucked off a plane in October as he was leaving Pyongyang following a tourist visit.