FROM Christian Mukosa
UN to Send 12,000 Peacekeepers to the Central African Republic The UN Security Council was unanimous today in agreeing to send 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic, where sectarian killings, torture and sexual violence have divided the country between Christians and Muslims. We get an update from Edith Lederer, the chief UN correspondent for the Associated Press , and Christian Mukosa, an authority on Central Africa with Amnesty International .
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