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Read our pick Thursday of African news from Reuters and AP
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
French troops moved into Central African Republic on Friday to try to quell violence in the capital a day after clashes left nearly 100 people dead. More deaths were reported in clashes overnight on Friday. France began sending reinforcements within hours of a U.N. vote Thursday authorizing its troops to try to stabilize the country. French officials have insisted the aim of the mission is to bring a minimum of security to Bangui and to support an African-led force. Around 1,200 French troops are to help an African force secure Central African Republic.
France sent in 5,000 troops to Mali at the beginning of this year to quash al-Qaida and other radicals in the north who were seen as a terrorist threat to countries around the region.
Meanwhile, the British government says it is flying military equipment to the Central African Republic on a C-17 aircraft to help with France's intervention there. Previously, Britain provided two C-17 transport aircraft to carry foreign troops and military equipment to Mali.
Kenya has sent troops to its northern region to stop a week of fighting between rival ethnic groups that has killed at least 10 people and sent thousands fleeing across the border into Ethiopia.
The cabinet minister for internal security, Joseph ole Lenku said in a statement that parliament had approved the deployment of the Kenya Defence Forces. He did not say how many troops had been sent or how long they would remain. Rural communities in northern Kenya have long clashed over the control of valuable grazing land, but the fighting in the
town of Moyale has marked an escalation in tension.
A Somali lawmaker was killed in the capital Mogadishu on Friday when a bomb planted under his car exploded at the entrance to the heavily fortified compound of the presidential palace. A senior police officer manning a roadblock at the entrance to the hilltop palace compound said Warsame Faysal had just returned to his vehicle after prayers. It was not immediately clear who had carried out the attack but the Islamist rebel group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for many of the strikes in the heart of the city. Although security has markedly improved in Mogadishu since Islamist militants were driven out of the city by African troops two years ago, suicide attacks and assassinations remain relatively common.
Egypt's Interior Ministry says it will no longer allow visits to the country's ousted president, now held in a remote desert prison. Ministry spokesman Col. Gamal Mokhtar said Friday that Mohammed Morsi had delivered four messages ``inciting violence'' against the interim government during a first meeting with his lawyers on 13 Nov. Morsi made a statement through his lawyers saying Egypt will see no stability unless he returns to power. He was overthrown by the military on 3 July after millions demonstrated calling on him to leave office. One of Morsi's sons, Osama, posted on his official Facebook page on Thursday that his most recent request to visit his father was turned down. He says Morsi was moved from his place of detention to another undisclosed location.