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The global community needs to move fast to stop the violence in Central African Republic spiralling out of control and must send in international peacekeeping troops to restore security, a leading US aid organization said Monday. While the weekend deployment of French troops has calmed tensions in the capital Bangui, "there's a lot more that can be done and it needs to be done immediately," said Su'ad Jarbawi, interim director in Central African Republic for the non-governmental group Mercy Corps. "The situation in Central African Republic is declining rapidly in terms of security, which is leading to a humanitarian crisis that will continue to augment and become larger in scale unless the international community intervenes now," she told AFP in Washington.
The speaker of Nigeria's lower house of parliament on Monday accused the government of failing to tackle graft, urging President Goodluck Jonathan to do more to stamp out endemic corruption. Aminu Tambuwal said Jonathan's administration had repeatedly failed to act upon the recommendations of anti-corruption investigations by parliament and instead ordered further probes on the same cases with an identical remit. "After the House of Representatives did a diligent job by probing and exposing the cases, you now see something else when it comes to prosecution," he told a gathering of the Nigerian Bar Association in the capital, Abuja. Tambuwal is a member of Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but is said to be close to one of five rebel state governors who joined the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) last month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The comparisons are perhaps inevitable. President Barack Obama and former South African leader Nelson Mandela each served as their nation's first black president, living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions. Each was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — My mother was furious. The operators of the gas station in rural, racist South Africa had taken her money to fill the car, but would not give her the key to the toilets. They were for whites only.