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Seleka soldiers race through Bangui, Central African Republic, Thursday Dec. 5 as gunfire and mortar rounds erupt in the town. Heavy gunfire erupted in the capital of the Central African Republic on Thursday and over a dozen people were killed and many civilians wounded. The United Nations planned to authorize within hours an intervention force into the near anarchic and impoverished nation. Photo/Jerome Delay

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Fighting breaks out in Bangui

Conflict kills 16 and wounds 45

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Fighting came to the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the new government just as the U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.

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