Top news: Rebel troops are patrolling the streets of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, after a group of rebels overthrew the government earlier this week. Late Monday, the rebel leader, Michel Djotodia, announced via radio that he has dissolved the country's constitution and that he plans to stay in power until at least 2016.
Reports indicate fierce fighting preceeded the fall of Bangui, and the clashes claimed the lives of 13 South African soldiers part of a mission sent to the country to help train the CAR national army. Their deaths have sparked outrage in South Africa and pointed questions toward the South African government over why they weren't better prepared and got caught in the crossfire of a rebel attack.
The country's ousted president, François Bozizé, fled the capital via a helicopter that spirited him away from the presidential mansion to neighboring Senegal, where is he said to be holed up in a hotel plotting his next move. Bozizé, who also gained power by marching into the capital with a rebel force in 2003, is accused of cronyism and doling out positions in the government to members of his family and his mistress.
International Criminal Court: Bosco Ntaganda, the brutal Congolese warlord, made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court at the Hague, where he denied the charges brought against him that include rape, murder, sexual slavery, and the use of child soldiers. Ntaganda, whose alleged campaign of terror earned him the nickname "the Terminator," had evaded authorities for many years until he unexpectedly showed up at the U.S. embassy in Rwanda last week, leading many observers to speculate that a split within the M23 rebel movement had left him fearing for his life.
- North Korea cut off the last remaining military hotline with its southern neighbor, the latest escalation in a series of bellicose moves by the North.
- Chinese courts sentenced 20 members of the Uighur minority group to stiff prison terms on charges related alleged separatist activities in Xinjiang province.
- The head of the Burmese military said his force would remain heavily involved in his country's politics as it transitions to democracy.
- The head of the U.S. military command in Africa warned that al Qaida is attempting to gain influence and strength in Tunisia, a country led by a moderate Islamist government.
- An Egyptian appeals court overturned President Mohammed Morsy's decision in November to fire the country's top prosecutor, a move that sparked outrage among the country's judiciary.
- Two bombings in separate parts of Iraq killed five and wounded at least 25.
- The countries of the BRICS group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa -- said during a summit in South Africa that they plan to form a development bank to rival Western institutions.
- Nigerian police announced that a British businessman was kidnapped Saturday in Lagos but declined to give details as to who was behind the abduction.
- Women who have fled to refugee camps in and around the Somali capital Mogadishu face rampant sexual violence, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch.
- The head of Cyprus' biggest bank abruptly resigned Tuesday amid reports that he had been forced out by the chief of the Cypriot central bank.
- Senior EU officials are voicing concern over recent raids carried out by Russian authorities targeting prominent NGOs in the country, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, and Memorial.
- Declines in exports and industrial production resulted in a .3 percent contraction in the British economy during the last quarter of 2012, raising fears of a "triple-dip" recession.
- Rio de Janeiro's Olympic stadium -- set to feature in the 2016 games -- has been closed indefinitely due to a problem with its roof.
- According to Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega, hours before being elected as pope then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio delivered a speech before the church's cardinals that included a ringing critique of the church.
- Brazil and China signed a $30 billion currency swap deal to guard against a future financial crisis.
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