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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Uneasy Quiet in Bangui

BANGUI, Central African Republic () -- Bangui was quiet Tuesday for the first time since mutinous soldiers began looting the capital, but efforts to resume truce talks were faltering.

Negotiations launched Monday collapsed after a few hours when a cease-fire was broken. A second round was planned Tuesday, but by late morning no meeting had taken place. At least five civilians and two mutineers had died by Monday afternoon, according to hospital officials.

A U.S. transport plane landed U.S. Marines in Bangui on Tuesday to help protect their embassy, an embassy spokeswoman said.