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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

Central Africa peace deal calls for truth commission, joint patrols

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The accord is the eighth attempt in nearly 6 years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country, where human rights groups have documented a long list of murders, extra-judicial killings, torture and rape

PEACE DEAL. A participant signs the so-called 'Khartoum Agreement' peace agreement during a ceremony in Bangui on February, 6, 2019. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Central African peace deal still not fully signed – minister

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'There are still 3 signatures' needed, government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui says, without identifying the individuals or their affiliation

PEACE DEAL. Central African president Faustin-Archange Touadera (L) and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attend the inking of a peace deal between the government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups in Khartoum on February 05, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Central African Republic peace deal signed in Bangui

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:51 AM

The accord is the eighth attempt in nearly 6 years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country – one of the poorest in the world

PEACE DEAL. Members of armed groups, governments, UN and AU Agencies leave the Renaissance Palace after the signing ceremony of the so-called "Khartoum Agreement" peace agreement in Bangui on February, 6, 2019. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Central Africa government inks peace deal with militias

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:12 PM

The accord is initialled by President Faustin Archange Touadera for the CAR government and representatives of militias which control most of the chronically-troubled country

NEW PEACE ACCORD. In this file photo, the President of Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Central Africa seals peace deal with armed groups

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:41 PM

On his own Twitter account, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui confirms an accord has been reached between the government and 14 armed groups, even if certain details still have to be ironed out

PEACE DEAL. A protester raises her arm in front of Minusca base (peacekeeping mission) during a demonstration against the dismissal of the speaker of the National Assembly, Abdou Karim Meckassoua, on October 23, 2018 in Bangui. File photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

13 killed in run-up to latest Central Africa peace bid

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The violence occurs just days before a new round of peace talks which begin on Thursday, January 24, in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum

Central Africa ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Central African Republic lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom is the first to be extradited from the country to the International Criminal Court

EX-MILITIA. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2018 members of the armed forces arrest Central African MP Alfred Yekatom aka "Rambo" (C), who represents the southern M'baiki district former militia leader, after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui. Photo by Gael Grilhot/AFP

Peacekeeper, priest killed in restive Central Africa

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The charred body of a priest has been recovered in the central town of Alindao, where sectarian clashes have claimed at least 37 lives this week, says Catholic Church

UN receives 138 allegations of sexual misconduct

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:36 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has vowed to toughen the UN response to allegations of misbehavior by peacekeepers and UN personnel whose mission is to protect vulnerable civilians in conflict zones

MINUSCA. A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic escorts a UN delegation in Bambari, 400 km northeast of Bangui, June 20 2014. File photo by Catianne Tijerina/UN UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Hundreds flee clashes in Central African Republic

Dec 31, 2017 - 11:31 PM

'There are clashes at almost every point all around Paoua. We have seen hundreds of people flee their villages to take refuge in Paoua,' says Doctors Without Borders' Jean Hospital

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'obviously disappointed and saddened that these actions continue,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

16 dead, thousands displaced in Central Africa clashes – UN

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:09 AM

Clashes between rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have left at least 16 people dead and displaced several thousand civilians the UN says

NEW LEADER. After months of conflict, the Central African Republic searches for a peacemaker president

25 dead, including 6 police, in Central African clashes – UN

Oct 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The clashes occur in the run up to the formal end of a French military mission Operation Sangaris sent to help the UN stabilize the country

NEW LEADER. After months of conflict, the Central African Republic searches for a peacemaker president

C. Africa on a razor's edge as fresh violence flares

Oct 15, 2016 - 12:07 AM

Despite 12 000 UN peacekeepers and a few hundred remaining French troops tensions are high and tens of thousands of people are still displaced and in need of aid in the Central African Republic

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. This file photo taken on November 26, 2015 shows a French military vehicle from Operation Sangaris driving up the road leading to Mpoko Airport in Bangui. File photo by Gianluigi Guercia/ AFP

Central Africa's first Catholic cardinal marches for peace

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:36 AM

Dieudonne Nzapalainga the Bangui archbishop who was appointed cardinal by Pope Francis at the weekend leads a march for peace in a Muslim area of the capital

This file photo taken on March 31, 2014 shows Bangui's Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga during a press conference on March 31, 2014 in Berlin. Johannes Eisele/AFP

UN, France vow zero impunity in C. Africa sex abuse scandal

Apr 02, 2016 - 12:20 PM

We cannot – and I cannot – accept the slightest stain on the reputation of our armed forces or of France says French President Francois Hollande

FRENCH FORCES. In this file photo, French President Francois Hollande (2-R), French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) inspect arms confiscated from ex-Seleka rebels and Anti-balaka militia by the French military of operation Sangaris at a French military base in Bangui in Bangui, Central African Republic, February 28, 2014 File photo by Sia Kambou/EPA

New Central African Republic president takes on a country in ruins

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:16 PM

The Central African Republic s new president takes office Wednesday March 30 faced with the challenge of reconciling a divided population and rebuilding a shattered country

UN mission in Central Africa hit by new sex allegations

Mar 25, 2016 - 10:13 PM

The conjunction of soldiers war and poverty in Central African Republic has led to a horrendous number of sexual assaults

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. Photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

Former DRCongo leader Bemba guilty of war crimes in Central African Republic: ICC

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:35 PM

International judges find former Congolese vice president Jean Pierre Bemba guilty on all five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by his private army in Central African Republic a decade ago

GUILTY. Supporters of former rebel and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba show his pictures in Kinshasa 26 October 2006. Photo by Lionel Healing / AFP

Hopes for peace as Central Africans vote in presidential run-off

Feb 14, 2016 - 9:48 PM

The nation dogged by coups violence and misrule since winning independence from France could take a step towards rebirth if the polls go smoothly

A vote officer stands next to ballot boxes at the polling station in muslim district of PK 5 in Bangui during Central African Republic second round of the presidential and legislative elections in February 14, 2016. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

UN alarm at new child abuse claims by foreign troops in C. Africa

Jan 29, 2016 - 7:00 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon fired the head of the 10 000 strong MINUSCA force last year over the mounting number of cases but the allegations have continued to surface

DISPLACED. Children play and dance near a tent of the UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, in a refugee camp for internally displaced persons at the Airport of Mpoko in Bangui, Central African Republic, February 11, 2014. File photo by EPA/Legnan Koula/EPA

Central Africans dream of bread and peace after election

Dec 24, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Sunday s much delayed election is seen as a potential fresh start for one of the poorest countries on Earth

People shop for their last minute Christmas decorations and gifts at a market in Bangui, on December 23, 2015. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Pope says Christians, Muslims are 'brothers' in war-torn C.Africa

Nov 30, 2015 - 2:32 PM

UPDATED The pontiff has hammered home the message of peace during his visit to the Central African Republic which has been wracked by tit for tat violence between Muslim rebels and Christian vigilante groups

FRANCIS IN BANGUI. Pope Francis (R) greets waiting crowds during a visit to a refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 29, 2015. Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Pope heads to conflict-wracked Central African Republic

Nov 29, 2015 - 4:52 PM

Thousands of believers many from neighboring countries are expected to pour into Central African Republic s capital Bangui to see Pope Francis

POPE. 'The world looks to Africa as the continent of hope,' says Pope Francis. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope warns poverty fuels conflict on landmark Africa trip

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:43 PM

UPDATED Francis says he has come with joy to make his first visit to Africa and plays down safety fears joking he is more worried about the mosquitoes

VIVA EL PAPA. Pope Francis, flanked by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, is entertained by Maasai traditional dancers after arriving in Nairobi on November 25. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Security concerns as Pope Francis makes first Africa tour

Nov 24, 2015 - 12:04 PM

The pontiff is visiting Kenya Uganda and Central African Republic which have been troubled by violence

WELCOME, POPE FRANCIS! A man reads a Catholic newspaper Catholic Mirror after a Sunday mass at the Holy Family Minor Basilica church in Nairobi, Kenya, November 22, 2015. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Pope readies for Africa, riskiest trip of his papacy

Nov 22, 2015 - 10:37 AM

With Pope Francis set to visit the Central African Republic his bodyguards will be working overtime in a region riddled with jihadist violence

Pope Francis departs Malacañan Palace aboard a Pope Mobile. Photo by Rolando Mailo/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Pope's Central Africa trip still on cards despite violence

Nov 03, 2015 - 8:26 AM

Vatican: The pope s visit to CAR remains on the program Francis greatly desires to go there

In this file photo, Pope Francis waves goodbye during a departure ceremony at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, near Colombo, Sri Lanka, on January 15, 2015. Lakruwan Wanniarachch/AFP

Pope 'greatly concerned' over new CAfrica violence

Nov 01, 2015 - 10:32 PM

Pope Francis plans a six day African tour his first to the continent that will also take him to Kenya and Uganda

MESSAGE. Pope Francis waves to the faithfuls gathered in St.Peter's Square at the vatican as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer on January 12, 2014. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

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

UN probes deadly shooting of peacekeepers in C. Africa

Aug 09, 2015 - 9:59 PM

The Rwandan defense ministry points to terrorism as the possible motive for the rampage

A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) escorts a UN delegation in Bambari, 400 km northeast of Bangui, 20 June 2014. Catianne Tijerina/UN Photo

C. Africa armed groups vow to free thousands of child soldiers

May 05, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Unicef says leaders of armed groups in strife ravaged Central African Republic agreed to release thousands of child soldiers and to end underage recruitment

CHILDREN AT WAR. Photograph made available 27 June 2007 shows a teenager from Central African Republic at the rebel military base, in Gordil, northeastern Central African Republic, 15 June 2007. Photo by Pierre Holtz / EPA

UN sounds alarm over 'forgotten' Central Africa crisis

Apr 27, 2015 - 9:29 PM

CAR is struggling to recover from the coup that ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 and triggered a wave of deadly sectarian violence between the country s Christian and Muslim populations

WHO seeks $1B more for 4 conflict-hit countries

Feb 25, 2015 - 7:48 AM

The World Health Organization appeals for 1 0 billion in additional funds to help provide life saving health services to millions in need in conflict ravaged Syria Iraq Central African Republic and South Sudan

In this file photo, Syrian refugees wait behind barbed wire near the Turkish-Syrian border after fleeing Syria, near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 23 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Top militia chief arrested in Central African Republic

Jan 19, 2015 - 12:07 AM

General Andjilo is accused of masterminding a massacre of some 300 minority Muslims in December 2013

100 feared missing after boat sinks in C. Africa: officials

Jan 15, 2015 - 4:47 PM

The boat s motor exploded some 100 kilometers downstream starting a fire that forced passengers to jump overboard

War crimes, but no genocide in C. Africa – UN report

Jan 09, 2015 - 11:24 AM

The 127 page report by a UN commission of inquiry says all sides committed human rights violations over the past two years including rape murder recruitment of child soldiers torture and burning of homes

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. French soldiers of the military Operation Sangaris secure the St. Joseph Cathedral, the site of an attack by Seleka rebel fighters earlier in the month, during Sunday Mass in Bambari, Central African Republic, 27 July 2014. Tanya Bindra/EPA

Pope Francis: 'So many tears this Christmas'

Dec 25, 2014 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED In his annual Christmas urbi et orbi message Pope Francis calls for an end to brutal religious persecution killings and hostage takings as well as violence against children

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2014 at the Vatican. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

UN funding shortage 'leaves C. Africa children in need'

Dec 20, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Two out of 5 children in urgent need of UNICEF s support are without access to health water education or protection due to a critical funding shortfall and insecurity

MORE FUNDS NEEDED. Children play and dance near a tent of the UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, in a refugee camp for internally displaced persons at the Airport of Mpoko in Bangui, Central African Republic, February 11, 2014. File photo by EPA/Legnan Koula/EPA

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

Is Ebola's invisible threat scarier than war?

Oct 19, 2014 - 10:29 PM

You can t see shells falling guns pointed or identify the bad guys: for many journalists the invisible threat of Ebola is more unnerving than covering a war

TO ISOLATION. Nurses wearing a protective suit escorts a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Liberia. File photo by AFP/Zoom

80 missing in Central Africa riverboat sinking

Sep 17, 2014 - 6:15 PM

The ferry that makes the crossing is regularly out of order forcing locals to use small overloaded boats Sinkings are frequent

UN officially takes over peacekeeping ops in Central Africa

Sep 16, 2014 - 7:12 AM

The 7 600 strong UN force known by its French acronym MINUSCA takes over from a smaller UN Security Council mandated African deployment MISCA

A view of the official hand-over ceremony transitioning peacekeeping responsibilities in the Central African Republic from MISCA to MINUSCA, 15 September 2014, Bangui, Central African Republic. Catianne Tijerina/UN Photo

UN chief urges Central African ceasefire, political transition

Sep 15, 2014 - 9:37 AM

Ban urges all Central African stakeholders to sustain their commitment to an inclusive political process to ensure the successful completion of the country s transition

A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) escorts a UN delegation in Bambari, 400 km northeast of Bangui, 20 June 2014. Catianne Tijerina/UN Photo

UN peacekeepers arrive in strife-torn Central African Republic

Sep 11, 2014 - 4:02 PM

About 1 500 troops from Bangladesh Pakistan Indonesia and Morocco among other nations will join 4 800 African troops already on the ground who will be re hatted to serve in the MINUSCA mission

A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) escorts a UN delegation in Bambari, 400 km northeast of Bangui, 20 June 2014. Catianne Tijerina/UN Photo

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

First Muslim prime minister appointed in Central African Republic

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:42 AM

Mahamat Kamoun formerly a special advisor to interim President Catherine Samba Panza will lead a transitional government that is seeking to implement a precarious ceasefire signed in July

STRIFE-TORN COUNTRY. Soldiers of the French Sangaris force patrol in the muslim neighborhood of Boda, a mainly Christian town in the south of the country, on July 24, 2014, where nearly ten people, most of them civilians, died when rival militias clashed earlier this month in the strife-torn Central African Republic. Photo by AFP/Andoni Lubaki

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict – US

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:54 AM

International Religious Freedom Report: In almost every corner of the globe millions of Christians Muslims Hindus and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs

DISPLACED. Refugees await distribution of food aid at a refugee camp for internally displaced persons at the Airport of Mpoko in Bangui, Central African Republic, 12 February 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA