Details from Central African Republic rebel deal released
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — An agreement signed by Central African Republic and 14 rebel groups earlier this week will see the dissolution of armed groups, the formation of an inclusive government and the creation of a fund for victims who have suffered in years of conflict, according to the accord seen Friday.
Some uneasy as Central African Republic, rebels make peace
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic and 14 rebel groups signed a peace deal on Wednesday even as some expressed alarm about the possible suspension of prosecutions after five years of bloody conflict.
Children suffering in Central African Republic 5 years on
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Children are bearing the brunt of five years of fighting in Central African Republic as thousands are trapped in armed groups, many suffer sexual violence, tens of thousands go hungry and one in four have fled their homes, the United Nations children's agency said Friday.
The new report pleads for millions in funding for one of the world's most "neglected" crises.
Central African Republic militia leader appears at ICC
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Central African Republic militia leader and lawmaker who goes by the nickname Rambo told the International Criminal Court on Friday he was beaten and tortured after his arrest late last month in parliament.
Angry crowd kills 3 Chinese nationals in C. African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The government of Central African Republic says three Chinese nationals have been killed and three others wounded in an attack by community members angry about the disappearance of their youth leader.
Government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui said Friday the act of banditry by residents will not go unpunished. He said the Chinese nationals were killed by crowds on Thursday while waiting at the gendarmerie as part of an investigation into the disappearance.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Three Russian journalists were killed in an ambush outside the town of Sibut in Central African Republic, officials in both countries said Tuesday.
The three Russians left the town on Monday night around 7 p.m. and were attacked between two villages about 23 kilometers (14 miles) away, according to Marcelin Yoyo, a Sibut deputy official.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's foreign minister says a reported diplomatic passport for Boris Becker appears to be a fake and the prosecutor general will investigate.
The retired German tennis star claims that his role as Central African Republic's attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic said Monday that a Burundian peacekeeper was killed and several government soldiers were wounded in separate attacks over the weekend.
The mission said Monday that armed elements attacked a U.N. patrol in Bambari on Sunday, killing one peacekeeper and wounding another.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A mayor in Central African Republic says members of a rebel group known as UPC have stormed his city with assault rifles and knives, killing at least six people.
Mayor Abel Matchipata told The Associated Press the armed rebels made their way into Bambari overnight and struck on Tuesday. Matchipata says they attacked his office and police and radio stations in retaliation for the deaths of three UPC members during a robbery outside the city Monday.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has offered a prayer in St. Peter's Square for an end to violence in the deeply impoverished Central African Republic, which he visited 2½ years ago.
Francis during his traditional Sunday blessing recalled the serious violence in recent days that left many, including a priest, dead. He called for an end to vendettas "to construct peace together."
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's president on Wednesday declared three days of mourning as the death toll from renewed sectarian violence in the capital rose to 19, with nearly 100 others wounded.
New details emerged of an attack on a church that was targeted on Tuesday along with mosques and health facilities in Bangui's PK5 and Fatima neighborhoods, with a priest among the dead.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A priest was among at least 16 people killed Tuesday as new sectarian violence targeted a church, mosques and health facilities in Central African Republic's capital, an aid group, hospital and the United Nations said.
Medecins Sans Frontieres, which reported six dead, called for calm after some Bangui residents threatened the SICA hospital, where some of the more than 50 people shot and wounded were being treated.
Corpses displayed in protest in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The corpses of 17 civilians were laid out in front of the United Nations peacekeeping offices in Central African Republic's capital Wednesday in a furious protest over a new operation against armed groups that has targeted a largely Muslim neighborhood.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The United Nations mission in Central African Republic says at least three people have been killed and 30 wounded during a joint operation with the military to dismantle the bases of armed groups inside the capital.
U.N. spokesman Herve Verhoosel said Sunday that both sides used automatic weapons during the crackdown and 11 peacekeepers are among the wounded.
Christian refugees face new fears in unstable Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic | Yazinon Florence took a sip of water as she prepared to cook two bowls of rice, the only food she and her grandson could expect for the day.
Militia leader convicted in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Human rights groups in Central African Republic say a former warlord who fought in the anti-Balaka militia has been sentenced to life in prison, a first for this conflict-wracked country.
The International Federation for Human Rights said Monday that the conviction of Rodrigue Ngaibona, known as "General Andjilo," is the first of its kind since communal tensions erupted in 2013. A coalition of human rights group said Monday it was a "decisive first step."
France drops child sex abuse probe of soldiers in Africa
PARIS (AP) — French investigators have dropped an investigation of alleged child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic.
A judicial official said Monday that investigating judges made the decision last week. The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named discussing the case, would not give their reasons.
French news reports say the investigators concluded they didn't have enough evidence to bring charges.
Driver fired in Central African Republic bribery case
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A company working in Central African Republic on a U.N. contract says it has fired a driver who took bribes to transport Muslim civilians to safer parts of the country amid rising sectarian violence.
Dubai-based ECOLOG International said Tuesday that it has terminated the employee implicated in the matter.
A U.N. document obtained by The Associated Press last month said Muslim civilians had been found aboard a convoy in August.
UN seeks more peacekeepers for Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is requesting about 750 more troops to help fill a "security vacuum" worsened by the withdrawal of U.S. special forces as violence surges again, according to a confidential cable obtained by The Associated Press.
US congressional visit urges Central African Republic aid
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A U.S. congressman on Thursday called for urgent aid to Central African Republic during a visit to the impoverished country where deadly sectarian violence is surging again.
Hundreds of people have been killed this year and more than 600,000 have been displaced.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Clashes between a militia and a self-defense group in southeastern Central African Republic have left at least 30 civilians dead including six Red Cross volunteers who were attending a crisis meeting at a health facility, officials said Wednesday.
The violence took place late last week in the town of Gambo, which is about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Bangassou, a town that has been a flashpoint amid the upsurge of bloodshed in the long chaotic country.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Bodies lie in the streets of Zemio, the stench filling the air as homes burn and thousands flee the Central African Republic town recently hit by violence between warring militias.
More than 15,000 people have been displaced from the southeastern town that had been spared until last week, as sectarian fighting that has devastated the country since 2013 has worsened in parts of the central and southeastern regions.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Local officials say that more than 78 people have been killed after a truck overturned in an accident in Central African Republic's city of Bambari.
Oumar Tidjani, a member of the young Muslims association of Ouaka, said Thursday that 75 others were injured at the Ngouro bridge about 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Bambari. He said the victims are mostly traders who piled into the truck to go to the weekly market in Maloum.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Lionel Fotot once watched a crowd kill a 6-year-old Muslim boy with a machete. He can't shake the memories of the brutalities he witnessed as Central African Republic collapsed into sectarian violence.
So the young hip hop artist was heartened when his One Force group, comprised of Christians and Muslims, performed to a packed crowd at the largest venue in the capital, the 20,000-seat Barthelemy Boganda Stadium.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Simplice Lenguy told his wife to leave him behind as people fled when fighting broke out in Central African Republic's capital.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic town of Bria have left at least 100 people dead in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome that called for an immediate cease-fire, officials said Wednesday.
Security remained so precarious that Red Cross teams could not venture into the streets to collect bodies for burial.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Heavy fighting erupted Tuesday between armed groups in Central African Republic only hours after a peace deal was signed in Rome, aid officials said, while the United Nations warned that humanitarian aid was running out.
Thirteen of the 14 armed groups signed the agreement Monday that called for an immediate cease-fire. However, Doctors Without Borders said fighting resumed early Tuesday in the beleaguered town of Bria.
ZEMIO, Central African Republic (AP) — No soldiers or police patrol this remote town in the far southeast of Central African Republic, where armed groups have attacked several times in the past few months. A company of U.N. peacekeepers here ventures no more than three miles (4 kilometers) from their base.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunmen looted humanitarian compounds as fighting gripped the Central African Republic town of Bria while more than 20,000 people have fled to a nearby U.N. peacekeeping base, authorities said Friday.
Concerns are mounting that sectarian violence is again spiraling out of control in the country, even in places that previously were spared during the conflict that began in late 2013.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting broke out in Central African Republic's northern town of Bria after several days of attacks in the southeastern city of Bangassou left at least 115 people dead, authorities said Wednesday.
The United Nations has warned that the sectarian violence that has plagued the country since late 2013 is now occurring in areas that previously had been spared.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A series of attacks in remote areas of Central African Republic have forced more than 15,000 people to flee their homes over the past week while at least 130 are feared dead, authorities said Tuesday.
Among the victims are six U.N. peacekeepers, marking the deadliest month for the mission since it began in 2014.
The U.N. high commissioner for human rights warned that the violence in areas previously spared major sectarian bloodshed was "highly worrying."
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — United Nations peacekeeping forces in Central African Republic retook strategic points of Bangassou Monday after armed rebels attacked over the weekend, killing a peacekeeper at a nearby U.N. base and displacing several thousand, the United Nations said Monday.
More than 1,000 residents had fled their homes and had taken refuge in a mosque; some 1,500 others in a cathedral; and 500 others in a hospital, humanitarian agencies said.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The United Nations mission in Central African Republic says a Moroccan peacekeeper has been killed in an attack by Christian rebel forces in the southeastern city of Bangassou.
The mission says hundreds of assailants targeted the Muslim district of Tokoyo and the U.N. base early Saturday. It cannot yet determine a civilian death toll.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Days of clashes in Central African Republic between sectarian rebel groups has left at least 37 people dead and many displaced in the central region, the local Red Cross said Thursday.
Violence flared in Alindao, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Bambari on Saturday and Sunday as a faction of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group fought with the Christian anti-Balaka forces.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The death toll has risen to five in the worst attack on U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic with the discovery of the body of a missing Moroccan soldier, the United Nations said Thursday.
Four Cambodian soldiers also died — one in Monday night's ambush by a Christian rebel group and battle that followed near Bangassou, about 474 kilometers (295 miles) east of Bangui, the U.N. said. The bodies of three missing Cambodians were found on Tuesday.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says this week's attack on U.N. peacekeepers by a Christian rebel group was the biggest for the mission in the Central African Republic, leaving four soldiers dead, 10 injured and one missing.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that U.N. troops and "local actors" were continuing to search for the missing soldier.
He said nine Moroccans and one Cambodian were wounded, none with life-threatening injuries.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a U.N. convoy, sparking a firefight and kidnappings that left four peacekeepers dead, eight injured and one missing, the United Nations said Tuesday.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the battle Monday night. The U.N. peacekeeping mission said the remaining attackers fled into the bush.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Half of the population in Central African Republic is in need of humanitarian assistance after an upsurge in violence since September displaced another 100,000 people, the United Nations said Thursday.
A total of 400,000 people have been displaced by years of deadly fighting between Muslims and Christians.
UN: Attack helicopters halt Central African Republic rebels
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The United Nations says its forces used attack helicopters to subdue rebels in Central African Republic.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that about 40 heavily armed rebels were just a few kilometers (mile) away from the town of Bambari.
Dujarric says "the peacekeeping mission intervened by air to stop progression of the armed elements" of the group, known by its French acronym FPRC. One rebel was killed, while seven others were wounded.
At least 5 dead in Central African Republic violence
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Militia members stormed a health center in Central African Republic's capital seeking to kill the wounded after renewed violence left at least five people dead including a pastor, authorities said Wednesday.
The fighting centered Tuesday around Bangui's PK5 neighborhood, long a flashpoint for tensions between Muslim and Christian fighters even as security has improved in recent months.
IMF’s Lagarde in Central African Republic to urge support
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The managing director of the International Monetary Fund is making her first visit to Central African Republic to encourage the global community to support a country whose infrastructure has been "shattered" by conflict.
Christine Lagarde was in the deeply impoverished nation on Wednesday and later was stopping in Uganda on her African visit.
No charges in inquiry of child sex abuse by French troops
PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office says an investigation into alleged child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic has concluded without anyone being charged.
Spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Leroux said Thursday the investigation formally ended last month. She declined to elaborate.
French newspaper Le Monde reported that the decision stemmed from insufficient "elements" to press charges.
2 Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Authorities say two Moroccan peacekeepers with the United Nations have been killed in the southeast corner of the Central African Republic.
The troops from the MINUSCA mission died when a U.N. convoy accompanying fuel trucks was ambushed on Tuesday about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the town of Mboki.
MINUSCA's interim spokeswoman Uwolowulakana Ikavi-Gbétanou said Wednesday that a third peacekeeper was seriously wounded.
Official: 85 dead in Central African Republic rebel fighting
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The communications minister of Central African Republic says clashes between rival armed groups have killed at least 85 people and displaced 11,000 others.
Charles Paul Lemasset Mandjia said Sunday that the deadly fighting since Nov. 21 has also injured some 76 people.
18 killed, 43 injured as farmers, herders clash in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Officials in Niger say 18 people have been killed in fighting between farmers and herders in this West African nation.
A government statement says another 43 people were injured and homes were burned in Tuesday's fighting in the community of Bangui in the Tahoua region.
The statement says an investigation is underway into the "atrocious acts."
French troops end mission to Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — France is ending its military peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, the French defense minister said Monday on a visit here.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, in the capital, Bangui, to mark the end of France's nearly three-year mission to help stabilize the country, said that some French troops would remain in Central African Republic as part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission.
Fighting in Central African Republic kills 30, UN says
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighters with the former Seleka rebel group attacked a northern town in Central African Republic overnight Wednesday, and clashes left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded as United Nations peacekeepers confronted them, the U.N. said.
11 killed in Central African Republic after official shot
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says 11 people were killed and 14 injured in violence this week sparked by the killing of a military official.
Mission spokesman Herve Verhoosel said in a statement Thursday that calm had returned to Bangui's PK5 neighborhood, a mostly Muslim enclave where the violence took place. On Twitter, he said 14 people were unaccounted for and might be hiding in fear of more clashes.