KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Western diplomats urged Ukrainian authorities on Thursday to respect the massive protests gripping the country against the government's decision to freeze ties with the EU and turn to Moscow instead.
The French army deployed 250 troops to the capital of the Central African Republic, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday after clashes broke out between former rebels and militias. "At this stage 250 French soldiers have been deployed in Bangui to secure and patrol," ministry spokesman Gilles Jarron told a news briefing, adding that the clashes were continuing. Earlier, a Reuters witness said at least 23 people were killed and 64 others wounded in armed clashes in Bangui. France now has around 650 troops in the capital and a further 350 on stand-by in neighbouring Cameroon as part of a total force expected to rise to 1,200.