C. African president heads to Congo for talks

President Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic flew Monday to the Republic of Congo for talks with President Denis Sassou Nguesso who will mediate peace talks between Bangui and a rebel force, an AFP journalist said.

Bozize "should return in the afternoon" after consulting his Congolese counterpart, a government source said.

Sassou Nguesso will mediate in Gabon's capital Libreville between the Central African government and a rebel coalition, Seleka, which began fighting on December 10 and took a string of towns.