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Seleka soldiers raise their fists while riding in a pick-up truck amid fighting today in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Fighting swept through the capital of Central African Republic today, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the country(...)

French soldiers in Mali on patrol at Gao's port, near the Niger river, on Thursday. The UN expressed concern over reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in Mali, where a French-led intervention recently routed Islamist rebels. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Behind the ornate door of what was once a chi-chi French-owned hotel lies a series of rooms which, for most of last year, comprised the Islamic(...)

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