BANGUI, Dec 06: At least 300 people have been killed in violence in the Central African Republic since Thursday, a Red Cross official told AFP.
The Red Cross has a provisional toll of 281 from counting bodies in morgues and in the streets, the official said, adding that medics had been unable to reach all areas hit by violence where witness say there are several other uncollected bodies.
MANAMA, Dec 07: The US military is committed to maintaining its 35,000-strong force in the Gulf region regardless of a nuclear deal with Iran, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Saturday in Bahrain.
The United States has "more than 35,000 military personnel" in and around the Gulf and "will not make any adjustments to its forces in the region" as a result of the interim accord with Iran, said Hagel, according to a prepared text of a speech.
WASHINGTON, Dec 07: US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will travel to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the late Nelson Mandela together with former first couple George W. and Laura Bush.
Ex-president Bill Clinton, who was in office when Mandela took power to become South Africa´s first black president, also said that he would be making the trip with his family.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the Obamas would "participate in memorial events" for the iconic leader who died Thursday at age 95.
Carney declined to provide more details on the trip, saying more information would be provided once it becomes available.
SEOUL, Dec 07: North Korea said Saturday it has deported an American veteran of the Korean War who had been detained in the country since October.
Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old from California, was deported "from a humanitarian viewpoint", the North´s official news agency KCNA said, citing his "sincere repentance" as well as his age and health condition.
NEW DELHI, Dec 6: India on Friday declared five days of national mourning for South Africa´s anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela who was hailed as a "true Gandhian" and a "great friend" by the country´s leaders.
The Indian flag will be flown at half mast across the country for five days and "there will be no official entertainment", a government statement said after a special meeting of the cabinet in New Delhi.