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UN to cut back DR Congo peacekeeping force: draft resolution

The United Nations Security Council will vote Friday to cut the number of troops and police in its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo by around seven percent. The lawless central African giant is under pressure to hold key elections this year, despite fighting between armed factions, political chaos and widespread corruption. Show More Summary

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The armed group took over the school little by little. One day when a fighter came to collect and burn the students' desks, teacher Thiernd Ouronfei decided he'd had enough.

At least 50 killed by armed men in CAfrica: locals

At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured since Tuesday after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes told AFP. Prosper Tchoulekrayo, who escaped from Yasseneme village, said the attackers had "fired indiscriminately on the inhabitants". Show More Summary

French prosecutors want Central Africa child-rape case dropped

Prosecutors in Paris have called for the case to be dropped against French soldiers facing allegations they raped children in the Central African Republic while on a peacekeeping mission, judicial sources told AFP Tuesday. What happens next is up to investigating judges in France, but as no one has been charged a trial appears unlikely. Show More Summary

Disarming and reintegrating CAR rebels

In the Central African Republic (CAR), a dialogue over disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) has been initiated by the new government. With rebels still in control of much of CAR’s resource-rich interior, however, few are optimistic the programme will bring about an end to the conflict.  From Bangui, Philip Kleinfeld has this report.

Neema Food London

In the UK:Neema is the Swahili word for Grace. It is my African name and means unmerited favour. Neema encapsulates the delicious central African cuisine of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where for centuries the food has remained traditional. Show More Summary

Security forces in Congo Republic kill rebel fighters

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Security forces in Congo Republic have killed around 15 rebel fighters during a military operation in the central African oil producer's restive Pool region, authorities said.

UN says half the people in Central African Republic need aid

The United Nations says half of the population in Central African Republic is in need of humanitarian assistance after an increase in violence since September has displaced more than 400,000 … Click to Continue »

AMERICAN OFFICIAL ABDUCTED IN CONGO: An American UN official has been kidnapped by militia while …

AMERICAN OFFICIAL ABDUCTED IN CONGO: An American UN official has been kidnapped by militia while travelling through the Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael Sharp, 34, was among a team riding through the central African country by motorcycle on Sunday when they were abducted by the Kamwina Nsapu militia group, according to officials. Fellow UN official […]

EU to approve new military training headquarters

The European Union is set to approve the creation of a headquarters for its military training missions in Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic. EU foreign policy chief Federica … Click to Continue »

U.N. air operation disperses Central African Republic militia

DAKAR (Reuters) - A U.N. operation with an attack helicopter dispersed heavily armed militiamen in the remote Central African Republic town of Bambari town on Sunday, the peacekeeping mission said in a statement.

CAR one year on

Tuesday 14 February marked a year since elections were held in the Central African Republic. Since then thousands have been driven from their homes by fighting between the Seleka rebels who deposed president François Bozizié and anti-Balaka militias. Show More Summary

French priest gets five years in jail for abusing two boys

A French court sentenced a priest on Thursday to up to five years in jail after finding him guilty of sexually abusing two young boys in the Central African Republic.

Central African Republic Christians, Muslims unite to heal trauma

BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Blindfolds secured tightly, more than a dozen men and women are led by their partners around leafy plants and trees in the compound of an international charity in the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui.

No charges over CAR sex abuse allegations against French soldiers

No French soldiers have been charged as judges wrap up an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse relating to France's Sangaris operation in the wartorn Central African Republic (CAR). But, after talking to alleged victims and servicemen, an investigative website claims the authorities failed to provide the necessary resources to uncover the whole truth.

Newly formed 3R rebel group inflicts horrors in CAR: UN

UN says new rebel group known as 3R is responsible for rapes and mass displacements in Central African Republic.

New armed group emerges as threat in Central African Republic

DAKAR (Reuters) - A new armed group in Central African Republic has killed at least 50 civilians and displaced around 17,000 in a growing campaign to control parts of the country's northwest, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday.

Rebels targeted ethnic Fulanis in Central African Republic town

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The United Nations' top genocide official said on Friday he had reports that militia fighters in Central African Republic hunted down and massacred members of the Fulani ethnic group during violence that killed 85 civilians this week.

Factional Fighting Kills 16 People in the Central African Republic

Fighting between two ex-factions of a mainly Muslim rebel coalition in the Central African Republic (CAR) has left 16 people dead and displaced thousands, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country. The fighting...Show More Summary

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