22 killed in CAR

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

BAN­GUI: At least 22 peo­ple were killed in a string of raids on vil­lages in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic this week, as an es­ca­la­tion in violence threat­ened to de­rail a visit by the pope later this month, as well as cru­cial elec­tions.

Pope Fran­cis has al­ready hinted his trip could be can­celled if the at­tacks worsen, al­though gov­ern­ment and church au­thor­i­ties in Ban­gui have said the visit will be peace­ful.

The for­mer French colony de­scended into inter-re­li­gious violence two and a half years ago af­ter mainly Mus­lim Seleka rebels seized power, spark­ing reprisal killings by Chris­tian anti-bal­aka mili­tias.

‘Pray for Trump’

WASH­ING­TON: US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ben Car­son rec­om­mended pray­ing for ri­val Don­ald Trump af­ter the realestate mogul and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity, in a 95-minute rant in Iowa, likened him to a child molester, Car­son’s busi­ness man­ager said yes­ter­day.

“When I spoke with Dr Car­son about this yes­ter­day how we should re­spond, you know he was so sad about it. He said: ‘Pray for him.’ He feels sorry for him be­cause he really likes Mr Trump,” Arm­strong Wil­liams, who of­ten acts as Car­son’s sur­ro­gate in the me­dia, told CNN.

“To see him just im­plod­ing be­fore our very eyes – it’s just sad to watch,” Wil­liams said.

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