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Rebels secure presidential palace in Central African Republic

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Rebel fighters from the Seleka coalition aimed to cement their seizure of power in Central African Republic by securing the presidential palace in the capital Bangui on Monday, a day after it was looted. Around 200 Seleka fighters arrived at the palace in a convoy, some shot in the air in celebration before going inside the palace and the residence of ousted president Francois Bozize. A rebel leader pledged to name a power-sharing government in a bid to defuse international criticism of Sunday's coup that killed 13 South African soldiers and plunged the mineral-rich nation into chaos. The Seleka rebel coalition's seizure of power was swiftly condemned by the United Nations and the African Union. But in a sign of pragmatism, the United States, France and regional powerbroker Chad called on the insurgents to respect the terms of a recent peace deal. The Seleka fighters seized power on Sunday after a lightening offensi

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