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France Starts Pulling Troops From Central African Republic

France is withdrawing troops from Central African Republic as a United Nations peacekeeping force nears its full deployment, but it will keep a presence to support the U.N. with a rapid reaction force, officials and diplomats said. France has 2,000 troops in its former colony after intervening a year ago to stem violence between Christian militias and the largely Muslim Seleka rebels who took power. The rebels’ rule was marked by abuses that prompted a backlash from the...

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