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U.N. says Chadian soldiers killed 30 in Central African Republic attack

GENEVA (Reuters) - Chadian soldiers killed 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a market on March 29 in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. Rupert Colville, reporting on a preliminary investigation that had interviewed survivors, said a convoy of pick-up trucks from Chad's regular army, not part of an African Union peacekeeping force, entered the market and started firing in all directions.

Residents of C. African capital flee after killings

Hundreds of residents of the Central African Republic capital Bangui were still fleeing on Tuesday after an attack in which Chadian soldiers fired into a crowd, killing at least 24. Most of the mainly Christian people leaving northern Bangui headed for displaced persons' camps scattered throughout the city, where flags flew at half-mast as part of three days of national mourning for the latest casualties.

Putin tells Merkel Ukraine needs constitutional reform

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in talks by phone Monday that Ukraine needs constitutional reform. "Discussing various aspects of the situation in Ukraine... Putin stressed the importance of holding constitutional reforms" in Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. Russia has called for Western powers to urge Ukraine to change its constitution to allow greater autonomy for regions in the south and east where ethnic Russians and Russian-speakers are concentrated.

Putin tells Merkel Ukraine needs constitutional reform

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in phone talks on Monday that Ukraine needs constitutional reform and also said that Moldova's breakaway Transdniestr region requires measures to end a de facto blockade. "Discussing various aspects of the situation in Ukraine... Putin stressed the importance of holding constitutional reforms" in Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin tells Merkel Ukraine needs constitutional reform

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in phone talks on Monday that Ukraine needs constitutional reform and also said that Moldova's breakaway Transdniestr region requires measures to end a de facto blockade. "Discussing various aspects of the situation in Ukraine... Putin stressed the importance of holding constitutional reforms" in Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Toll in Chad troop killings in C.Africa rises to 24

At least 24 people have been killed and another 100 seriously injured by Chadian soldiers sent to repatriate their compatriots from the Central African Republic, according to figures released on Sunday evening. "There are already 24 bodies identified and collected and more than 100 people seriously injured," Odette Dombolo, the mayor of Begoua, a suburb of the capital Bangui, told reporters. Earlier reports had suggested that eight people were killed after the troops opened fire on crowds in Bangui.

Chadian troops kill at least 8 people in CAR capital: African force

Chadian soldiers sent to repatriate their compatriots from the Central African Republic opened fire on residents in Bangui, killing at least eight people, the African peacekeeping force MISCA said Sunday. The incident happened on Saturday when some Chadian soldiers "opened fired on residents of the northern neighbourhoods (in Bangui), leaving at least eight people dead and several wounded," an officer with the MISCA force who requested anonymity told AFP. acp-cl/boc/lc

Exclusive: Russia threatened countries ahead of U.N. vote on Ukraine: envoys

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said.

Peacekeeping force declares war on C.Africa vigilantes

The African peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante groups known as "anti-balaka" on Wednesday after a fresh outbreak of deadly violence in the capital Bangui. The head of the MISCA force blamed the groups for recent attacks on peacekeepers in the former French colony, and said they would be treated as "enemies". "From now on, we consider the anti-balaka as enemies of MISCA," Congolese General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said in remarks carried by a private radio station. "And we will treat them as such."

Peacekeeping force declares war on C.Africa vigilantes

The African peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante groups known as "anti-balaka" on Wednesday after a fresh outbreak of deadly violence in the capital Bangui. The head of the MISCA force blamed the groups for recent attacks on peacekeepers in the former French colony, and said they would be treated as "enemies". "From now on, we consider the anti-balaka as enemies of MISCA," Congolese General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko said in remarks carried by a private radio station. "And we will treat them as such."
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