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U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

10 killed in fresh violence in Central Africa

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:10 AM

The attack is the worst unrest since presidential and parliamentary elections in February and March viewed as a key step to reconciliation after the sectarian trouble

Central African leader brands clashes 'attempted coup'

Oct 01, 2015 - 9:18 PM

That wave of unrest lasted for several months was triggered by the ouster of president Francois Bozize a Christian by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels

Central Africa's fragile peace a year after mass killings

Dec 08, 2014 - 3:03 PM

Twelve months after the deployment of the Operation Sangaris force the massacres have ceased but the Central African Republic is still reeling from the unrest

SECURITY. A file photo taken on April 16, 2014 shows people watching a convoy of French troops of the Sangaris forces driving between Grimari and Bambari, in the center of the Central African Republic. Miguel Medina/AFP

UN peacekeeping chief for Central Africa urges political talks

Aug 20, 2014 - 9:36 AM

My main asset is not only to have troops but to have a comprehensive approach for the protection of civilians and the stabilization of the country

Babacar Gaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), briefs the Security Council, 19 August 2014, United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Ex-Seleka fighters massacre 'at least 34' in C. Africa villages

Aug 16, 2014 - 8:11 PM

Fleeing residents spoke of the attackers arriving by foot and on motorbikes and firing on their victims at point blank range

Central African armed groups sign ceasefire agreement

Jul 24, 2014 - 8:11 AM

The agreement was signed by representatives of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and Christian anti balaka vigilante forces

Central Africa peace talks suspended after rebel no-show

Jul 23, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The two main negotiating sessions of the talks being held in Brazzaville – one on securing an end to hostilities the other on disarming fighters in CAR – were subsequently suspended

Ex-C.Africa president renamed as head of Seleka militia

Jul 13, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Former president Michel Djotodia who fled power in January under strong international pressure for his failure to rein in rogue ex rebels is subject to United States and United Nations sanctions

PRESIDENT TURNED REBEL. In this file photo, Central Africa's interim leader Michel Djotodia gives a statement to the press at his Bangui residence on December 21, 2013. AFP/Miguel Medina

Ugandan army kills ex-rebels in C.Africa mix-up

Jul 05, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Ugandan troops have been deployed in CAR since 2008 to take part in the search for Lord s Resistance Army rebel chief Joseph Kony

Nearly 50 killed in new wave of violence in Central Africa

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:09 PM

The deeply impoverished Central African Republic has seen more than a year of unrest with violence between mostly Muslim ex Seleka rebels and largely Christian militias

UN inquiry finds war crimes on both sides in C. Africa

Jun 06, 2014 - 1:25 PM

The preliminary United Nations report describes the conflict as political

13 people burned alive in C. Africa at the weekend –police

May 13, 2014 - 10:19 PM

They were rounded up by armed men and barricaded inside a home that was set alight

Central Africa fighting kills 30: police

Apr 09, 2014 - 10:17 PM

The victims the majority of them civilians died during clashes Tuesday in the central town of Dekoa

Residents of C. African capital flee after killings

Apr 01, 2014 - 11:18 PM

A few people decided to stay at home to protect their property against looters

UN proposes 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

Mar 04, 2014 - 8:43 AM

UN Secretary General Ban specifies that the peacekeeping mission should focus in the initial stage on the protection of civilians as part of a military surge

DISCUSSING C.A.R. In this file photo, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Central African Republic, 20 February 2014 at the United Nations, New York. Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

Chad leader calls for more UN troops in Central Africa

Feb 19, 2014 - 7:49 AM

Chad s Deby warns that France and the African Union cannot carry out their mission properly whatever their determination as they did not have enough troops

'Catastrophe of unspeakable proportions' in Central Africa

Feb 13, 2014 - 2:12 PM

UN commissioner for refugees: Massive ethno religious cleansing is continuing Shocking barbarity brutality and inhumanity have characterized this violence

UNFETTERED VIOLENCE. Members of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) lynch a man suspected of being a former Seleka rebel on February 5, 2014, in Bangui. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

'Ethnic cleansing' taking place in Central Africa – Amnesty

Feb 12, 2014 - 9:51 AM

The rights group said it had documented at least 200 killings of Muslim civilians by Christian militia groups known as the anti balaka

CHAOS IN BANGUI. Looters run for cover as they hear rifle shots near the 'Reconciliation crossroad' in Bangui, on January 11, 2014. Eric Feferberg/AFP

Clashes in Central African town kill at least 75: priest

Feb 03, 2014 - 10:11 PM

The colony descended into chaos last March when Seleka rebels overthrew the government and installed Michel Djotodia as president

STRIFE AND CLASHES. A local priest said at least 75 people have died in clashes in the town of Boda.

Regional leaders to meet on future of Central Africa president

Jan 09, 2014 - 8:41 AM

The aim is to ensure the deplorable situation in the country does not spiral out of the control of the international community

ESCAPING THE VIOLENCE. A displaced woman holds her child near Mpoko airport where 100,000 people have taken shelter in Bangui on January 8, 2014. Eric Feferberg/AFP

Central African president makes fresh appeal for peace

Dec 24, 2013 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED He also banned all illegal demonstrations in Bangui

Central Africa's 'survival' depends on disarmament – leader

Dec 22, 2013 - 9:16 AM

The mainly Christian country s first Muslim president – who holds the post on an interim basis after seizing power in a March coup – also renewed an offer of talks with the Christian anti balaka vigilantes

CALL FOR DISARMAMENT. Central Africa's interim leader Michel Djotodia gives a statement to the press at his Bangui residence on December 21, 2013. AFP/Miguel Medina

Ex-rebels killed 'nearly 1,000' in Bangui rampage

Dec 19, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Communal violence exploded in Bangui after silently terrorizing more remote parts of the country since a March coup made enemies out of Muslims and Christians who had long lived together in harmony

SECURING BANGUI. French troops patrol in a street of the Muslim PK-5 district in Bangui, Central African Republic on December 16, 2013. AFP/Fred Dufour

France: Other European nations to deploy troops to Central Africa

Dec 18, 2013 - 8:20 AM

The United Nations says some 210 000 people have been displaced in the capital Bangui alone in two weeks of unrest largely pitting Christians against Muslims

SECURING BANGUI. French troops patrol in a street of the Muslim PK-5 district in Bangui, Central African Republic on December 16, 2013. AFP/Fred Dufour

French intervention in CAR dangerous but vital – Hollande

Dec 11, 2013 - 11:57 AM

France has deployed 1 600 troops to halt the sectarian tinged violence in the country

TALKS. A photograph dated December 6 and made available by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on December 9 shows a French soldier speaking with locals during operation Sangaris, in Central African Republic. Photo by Denniel Melanie/EPA

Obama releases $60 million additional military aid for C. Africa

Dec 11, 2013 - 6:16 AM

The White House said the aid would be funneled to France the African Union and other countries contributing forces to an international coalition in the country where sectarian bloodletting has left hundreds dead

France suffers first losses as CAR mission gets dirty

Dec 10, 2013 - 11:34 PM

France vowes to finish its job in the Central African Republic CAR after the death of two elite soldiers highlighted the risks of a mission to disarm rogue rebels who have plunged the country into chaos

PATROLLING BANGUI. Soldiers of the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) patrol in the streets of Bangui on December 7, 2013. AFP / Sia Kambou

French troops pour into Central Africa after deadly clashes

Dec 08, 2013 - 8:46 AM

The country continues to descend into chaos since a motley coalition of mostly Muslim rebel fighters known as Seleka overthrew former president Francois Bozize in March

PATROLLING BANGUI. Soldiers of the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) patrol in the streets of Bangui on December 7, 2013. AFP / Sia Kambou

France to send troops as UN warns of chaos in C. Africa

Nov 26, 2013 - 9:57 PM

France has proposed a UN Security Council resolution that would authorize international troops to use force in its former colony

Ban says up to 9,000 troops needed for Central Africa

Nov 19, 2013 - 8:05 AM

Ban expressed alarm about increasing retaliatory attacks between Muslim and Christian groups in a report which calls on the UN Security Council to act urgently on the crisis

CALL FOR CENTRAL AFRICA. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in New York, in this file photo dated 22 September 2013. UN photo/Rick Bajornas