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  • In this Monday, March 25, 2013 photo, rebel soldiers stand guard outside the presidential palace in Bangui, Central African Republic. Michel Djotodia, one of the leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition whose fighters seized the capital of Central African Republic over the weekend, announced late Monday that he has dissolved the country's constitution and will stay in power for three years, according to excerpts from the broadcast carried on French radio. Djotodia justified his coup d'etat, saying ousted Presi

    The government faced tough questions about its military mission in the Central African Republic after 13 of its soldiers were killed by rebels there last week.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 27, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT
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  • Rev Russell Pollitt preaches during a Mass at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Sunday March 3, 2013. Catholics around the world attended the first Sunday masses since Benedict XVI stepped down as pope. Many prayed for a energetic, new leader to reinvigorate what many said was an ailing institution

    Some hope that new pope will reform church to allow them to help prevent the spread of AIDS and deal with pregnancies resulting from rape.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 12, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT
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  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, Investigating officer Hilton Botha, sits inside the court witness box during the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa. Botha misjudged distances and misidentified a substance found in Pistorius' bedroom. He also conceded to a string of police blunders during the investigation and, himself, walked into the scene without the standard protective shoes. Then, it became clear that Botha faced seven charges of attempted

    The decision by detective Hilton Botha to quit followed criticism for his bungling of the investigation into Pistorius' shooting of his girlfriend.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 07, 2013, 12:31 PM EST
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  • Dirk Coetzee, a former commander of a covert police unit who confessed to involvement in the extra-judicial killings of black activists, has died of kidney failure.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 07, 2013, 10:57 AM EST
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  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb 26, 2012, participants take part in target practice at a shooting range in Krugersdorp, South Africa. In the light of the bail hearing for athlete Oscar Pistorius last week it came to light how police stumbled and fumbled through investigations. Police investigator Hilton Botha possibly contaminated the crime scene and faced attempted murder charges himself, placing even more strain on the credibility of the police. In recruiting personal the police have in a large way negle

    The job of the South African police is to fight one of the highest crime rates in the world. Instead, the force stands accused of contributing to it.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 28, 2013, 2:54 PM EST
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