- French troops begin disarming CAR fighters December 9, 2013Fresh clashes break out in the capital as foreign forces search for weapons used by groups blamed for atrocities.
- Syrian troops seize strategic town December 9, 2013Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad secure key Damascus-Homs highway after two-week siege.
- Ukraine's president agrees to offer of talks December 9, 2013Yanukovich says he will negotiate as riot police move into centre of Kiev and protesters dig in.
- Somali woman who reported rape sentenced December 9, 2013Nineteen-year-old will be confined to home for six months and journalists who reported the story are to go to jail.
- French troops begin disarming CAR fighters December 9, 2013
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