The UN Security Council has voted to authorise the use of force by French and African troops to protect civilians in the Central African Republic. The UN also approved a one-year arms embargo on the country, where rival Muslim and Christian militias have been behind an upsurge in violence.
Latest update: 01/03/2013
- al Qaeda - Benedict XVI - Catholic Church - Mali - Vatican
'Buona Notte' - former Pope gets some rest at last
The Algerian press reports Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid may have been killed in northern Mali and DNA testing is required to verify. Le Monde reported the commander was dead though French authorities - on Friday morning Paris time - were saying 'no comment'. We look, too, at coverage of the Pope's last day in office and how the Chinese press sees the latest Italian political turmoil.
The Algerian papers El Khabar and Echourouk report Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid may have been killed in northern Mali by French forces.
The Italian paper Il Tempo reports on Benedict the XIV's last speech as Pope. He is now in retreat in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer leads with a photo of the Pope Emeritus shaking hands with a Filipino cardinal considered a contender to replace him.
Italy's left-wing leader Pier Luigi Bersani tells La Repubblica that there will be no grand coalition with Berlusconi.