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By Emmanuel Braun and Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - France rushed troops to Central African Republic on Friday but violence between Muslim and Christian militias continued unabated, spiraling into widespread killings of civilians. Hundreds of soldiers started arriving in CAR from neighboring countries, hours after Paris was given a U.N. green light for the mission to restore order. French troops patrolled the main roads and warplanes flew low over town. The Red Cross said it had collected 281 bodies from two days of violence in Bangui, but many more had been killed.
(Reuters) - Reaction following Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Group A Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari "It's always good to start off against a European team because they have to go through an adaptation period in Brazil and there are a series of things they'll need to implement," he said of the tournament opener against Croatia on June 12. "It will be a balanced first match but we live here, we work here and we know this country better than anybody." - Croatia coach Niko Kovac "Having been drawn in such a tough group we will be delighted to open the World Cup against the host nation. Little Croatia against the big and mighty Brazil will be quite a match-up. But we want to achieve certain aims." - Cameroon coach Volke Finke "Any team in the preliminary round with Brazil knows that it is more than just a normal group game.