CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Foreign forces increase aid
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. French armored personnel carriers and troops from an AU-backed peacekeeping mission roared at high speed down Bangui’s major roads, as families carrying palm fronds pushed coffins in carts on the road’s shoulder. In a sign of the mounting tensions, others walking briskly on the streets carried bow-and-arrows and machetes.
At least 15 killed in attacks
A shooting targeting a row of liquor stores in the capital and other attacks killed at least 15 people across Iraq on Saturday, officials said. Police said gunmen in two speeding cars opened fire on the stores in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Waziriyah, killing nine people and wounding four others. Islamic extremists have frequently targeted liquor stores in Iraq, but alcohol remains available in most cities.
Lawmakers OK 2014 budget
Greek lawmakers early today passed the government’s 2014 budget, which forecasts a return to growth after six consecutive years of deep recession. However, its revenue and spending targets have been contested by the country’s creditors who have provided more than $329 billion in bailout aid since 2010 to keep heavily indebted Greece from going bankrupt.
Technical glitch delays flights
Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled at Britain’s busiest airports Saturday after a technical glitch left the main air traffic control center unable to operate at full capacity for much of the day. National Air Traffic Services, which controls England’s crowded airspace, said it was having a problem switching between nighttime and busier daytime operations at its control center in Swanwick, southern England.
Compiled from wire reports.