By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bill Bratton, a veteran police chief who has led departments across the country, was named on Thursday as New York City's next police commissioner, taking over a force credited with a sharp drop in violent crime but criticized for its tactics. Bratton, 66, who was police commissioner under New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and has run police departments in Los Angeles and Boston, will return to the NYPD on January 1, taking over from Ray Kelly. Along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kelly has overseen the city's security in the years after the September 11, 2001, attacks and the historic, two-decade-long drop in murders and violent crime. "Bill Bratton is a proven crime-fighter," New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said in a statement announcing the appointment.
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Violent clashes left scores of people dead in Bangui on Thursday as the United Nations authorised French-backed military intervention in the imploding Central African Republic. The Doctors Without Borders charity reported at least ten dead in one hospital and another 65 people wounded as a result of clashes that erupted overnight. The violence forced France to deploy 250 of the 600 troops it already has in its former colony to the city centre, and transitional president Michel Djotodia declared an all-night curfew. In New York, the UN Security Council unanimously backed a French-drafted resolution authorising the deployment of up to 3,600 African and 1,200 French troops to try and contain the violence.