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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Along a street lined with walled mansions shaded by graceful jacaranda trees, mourners, black and white, by the thousands rubbed shoulders Monday outside the villa where Nelson Mandela died, placing flower bouquets and condolence notes on top of piles already knee-high. Others danced while singing praise for the anti-apartheid leader — a vivid example of the "Rainbow Nation" unity of race-blind multiculturalism championed by Mandela for South Africa.
By Emmanuel Braun BANGUI (Reuters) - French troops fought gunmen in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, on Monday as they searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week. France said it was prepared to use force if fighters rejected calls to disarm or return to barracks. A U.S. official said the Pentagon had received requests for logistical support to bolster operations by France and African Union peacekeepers, and was likely to provide some assistance. The official told Reuters this could resemble the help the Pentagon gave France during its campaign against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in Mali this year.