By Dave Graham, Adriana Barrera and Simon Gardner MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican lawmakers unveiled a draft energy bill on Saturday that includes contracts ranging from profit-sharing and risk-sharing to licenses to lure private investment, in what would be the biggest oil-sector opening in decades for the world's 10th biggest oil producer. Approval of the bill would mark the end of the decades-long oil and gas monopoly held by state-run Pemex, which is struggling to reverse a sharp slide in oil output due to years of chronic under-investment. The bill, which would keep ownership of crude in state hands, is at the center of an economic reform drive that President Enrique Pena Nieto hopes will boost long-lagging growth in Latin America's No. 2 economy. But it is a big step from the service contracts currently on offer, under which companies are paid a fee, and also goes well beyond the proposal made by Pena Nieto in August, which was limited to profit-sharing contracts.
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - French troops received a triumphant welcome as they deployed in strife-torn Central African Republic on Saturday, while the African Union said it would nearly double its force in a bid to stamp out deadly sectarian violence. Cheering residents honked horns, danced and banged on saucepans as some 200 French troops rolled into the mainly Christian town of Bouar in the west of the country. The communal violence, which has terrorised rural towns for months, flared in the capital Bangui on Thursday, leaving at least 300 dead in a wave of attacks, the Red Cross said.