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By Emmanuel Braun and Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - Relative calm returned to the Central African Republic on Sunday after three days of heavy fighting between Christians and Muslims, with France saying many thousands rather than hundreds would have died had its troops not intervened. Nevertheless, residents of the capital Bangui reported sporadic gunfire from some neighbourhoods and a human rights campaigner said members of Seleka - a mainly Muslim rebel group that seized power in March and has been fighting Christian militias - were still operating in the city. The morgue at Bangui's Hopital Communautaire was full, a Reuters correspondent saw, with bodies piled up there and in the hospital corridors. France is deploying 1,600 troops to its former colony after the U.N. Security Council authorised it on Thursday to use force to help African peacekeepers struggling to restore order.
Pungesti (Romania) (AFP) - Chevron on Sunday said it has resumed activities to build its first shale gas exploration well in Romania, a day after protests forced the US energy giant to suspend work. "Chevron can confirm that it has resumed activities in Pungesti commune," in northeastern Romania, the company said in a statement. On Saturday, hundreds of protesters, mainly villagers from Pungesti, broke through wire mesh fences around Chevron's site to protest against its plans to drill for shale gas.