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C. Africa capital tense after deadly weekend clashes

The Central African Republic's capital Bangui was tense Monday after a weekend of deadly clashes between residents and Seleka ex-rebel fighters who have seized control of the city. Nearly 20 people were killed in the violence, according to medical sources. No toll was given by officials. The clashes occurred as the Seleka fighters -- who grabbed the capital last month, ousting former president Francois Bozize -- were searching for hidden weapons, police officials.

C.Africa's post-coup regime holds first cabinet meeting

The interim government of the Central African Republic said Friday it had held its first cabinet meeting, after seizing power in a bloody coup last month. Government spokesman Crepin Mboli-Goumba said in a statement the meeting was called due to the "need to get to work without delay in order to deal with the numerous challenges faced by Central Africans." Michel Djotodia of the Seleka rebel coalition grabbed power on March 24 after a rapid-fire assault on the capital Bangui on the grounds that ousted leader Francois Bozize had failed to abide by a January peace deal.

C.Africa's post-coup regime holds first cabinet meeting

The interim government of the Central African Republic said Friday it had held its first cabinet meeting, after seizing power in a bloody coup last month. Government spokesman Crepin Mboli-Goumba said in a statement the meeting was called due to the "need to get to work without delay in order to deal with the numerous challenges faced by Central Africans." Michel Djotodia of the Seleka rebel coalition grabbed power on March 24 after a rapid-fire assault on the capital Bangui on the grounds that ousted leader Francois Bozize had failed to abide by a January peace deal.

Looters, gunmen roam Central African Republic capital after coup

By Ange Aboa BANGUI (Reuters) - Looters and gunmen roamed the streets of Central African Republic's capital Bangui on Tuesday as rebels and regional peacekeepers struggled to restore order two days after a coup plunged the mineral-rich country into chaos. The ousting of President Francois Bozize and the political turmoil around it has raised fears of a humanitarian crisis in the former French colony - and embarrassed regional power South Africa which had sent troops to defend the government.
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