C. African Republic capital still a 'battlefield'

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The premier of Central African Republic says the nation's capital "remains a battlefield" as he urged the international community to contribute generously toward humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts.

Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke told a fundraising event Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that his country needs a "real Marshall Plan" following sectarian violence that has displaced nearly 1 million people.

In the capital, Bangui, some 1,600 French and 5,000 African peacekeepers are struggling to combat murderous mobs roaming the streets. More than 100,000 refugees live in makeshift tents at the airport.

Countries including Nigeria and Japan made cash pledges at the Ethiopian fundraiser held at the end of an African Union summit.

The 54-nation organization says it needs $409 million a year to sustain its peacekeeping operations in Central African Republic.

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