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BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting swept through the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the country's new government. The U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.
England's Premiership clubs confirmed Thursday they would not take part in next season's European Cup. Representatives of all 12 Premiership clubs met in London following last week's dramatic decision by France's Top 14 sides to pull out of the proposed Anglo-French breakaway Rugby Champions Cup following pressure from the French Rugby Federation (FFR). Premiership Rugby, the umbrella group for England's leading clubs, has long insisted it will no longer have anything to do with tournaments run by current organisers European Rugby Cup (ERC), who also oversees the second-tier European Challenge Cup, and after Thursday's meeting it said it was "pursuing other options". "ERC does not structurally recognise the role of the leagues and clubs in driving the success of club competitions, under the overall governance of (national) Unions," a statement released by Premiership Rugby said.