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U.N. chief vows help for Central African Republic

U.N. chief vows help for Central African Republic

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon vowed Saturday that the world would not forget Central African Republic, as he visited the country wracked by sectarian violence that has left thousands dead and forced most of the nation's Muslims to flee. Ban's visit — his first since the bloodshed erupted in December — comes just before he goes on to Rwanda to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide there. The U.N. chief has been among the most vocal of world leaders in calling on countries to prevent a similar tragedy in Central African Republic. International aid groups have criticized the U.N. response to the crisis, though Ban has spoken forcefully about the need to protect civilians in Central African Republic, where at one point this year Muslims were being killed by Christian mobs in the streets on a near-daily basis. Ban has urged the U.N. Security Council to quickly act on his call for a 12,000-member peacekeeping mission.

Topeka, Kan.

Lawmakers agree to void gun rules

Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn't said whether he'll sign it, but he's a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA.

New York

Media giant to sell French mobile unit

The French media conglomerate Vivendi said Saturday it will sell SFR, the No. 2 mobile phone operator in France, to media company Altice in a deal that could eventually be worth more than $23 billion. Altice is a cable and mobile service provider based in Luxembourg. Vivendi wants to focus on its other businesses, Universal Music Group and Canal+ pay TV.

Italy

2 priests and nun held in Cameroon

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were abducted Saturday from their mission in northern Cameroon, the Italian government and Vatican officials said. The Italian Foreign Ministry identified the priests as Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri. Bishop Phillippe Stevens of the parish of Maroua, Cameroon, identified the nun as Gilberte Bissiere. He said the three had been taken by "unknown people" who broke open the doors of their residences.

Elsewhere

France: The first female mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, took office on Saturday. Hidalgo, 54, won last month's election.

Detroit: Two Detroit teenagers were arrested Saturday in an attack on a suburban man who was brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck Wednesday.

Times wires

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