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Bossangoa (Central African Republic) (AFP) - The Christian camp is on one side, the Muslim camp on another, separated by a red dirt road littered with abandoned homes, a no man's land swirling with bitterness, rumours and accusations. Wrenched apart by sectarian violence, the Central African Republic town of Bossangoa has become little more than a ghost town. Religious tensions in the country have exploded in the past two weeks, following months of crisis sparked by a March coup, and has sent residents in Bossangoa, 300 km (180 miles) north of the capital Bangui fleeing for their lives. "Spontaneously and in waves, in the past two months, 40,000 Christians in Bossangoa and surrounding villages have gathered around the archbishopric, crammed onto only four hectares," said an official from the aid group Action Against Hunger.
A South African court granted bail Wednesday to one of two men arrested while trying to sell a kilogramme of uranium, a prosecutor said. "Sibusiso Mkhize was given bail of 2,000 rand ($200/145 euros)," prosecution spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson told AFP. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) tested the substance and confirmed that it was unenriched uranium, adding it likely came from somewhere outside Africa where enrichment is taking place. That level is well below the average 0.7 percent U-235 found in natural uranium and the 90 percent level needed to be considered weapons grade.
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan lost his majority in parliament on Wednesday after 37 lawmakers bolted his party for a new opposition coalition, the latest political blow to hit the embattled leader. In a letter presented to the speaker of the lower house, the lawmakers elected under Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared that they had joined the All Progressives Congress, stripping the PDP of its majority in 360-seat chamber.
By Gulsen Solaker and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Wednesday an anti-corruption crackdown months before elections was part of a plan to tarnish the government, highlighting an apparent power struggle shaking the ruling elite. Scores of people, including three ministers' sons, prominent businessmen close to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and local government officials, were detained on Tuesday in the biggest corruption investigation since Erdogan swept to power in 2002. "Our opinion at the moment is that this is a planned operation, which has transformed into a psychological war, to tarnish our government," Arinc told a news conference, saying that a total of 52 people had been detained. He did not say who might be behind such an effort, but said his comments were not aimed at the movement of powerful U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers are influential in the police and judiciary.