UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in U.N. peacekeeping missions decreased in 2018 — but allegations against other U.N. personnel and against staff of organizations...
Congo president pardons about 700 political prisoners
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi on Wednesday pardoned about 700 political prisoners who were jailed under his predecessor.
Ex-VP of Congo seeks damages over war crime convictions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A former vice president of Congo who was acquitted on appeal of war crimes in Central African Republic is seeking millions of euros (dollars) in compensation from the...
UN: Central African Republic peace deal may be turning point
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The peace agreement signed earlier this month by the Central African Republic's government and 14 rebel groups "could be a turning point" in the history of the conflict-torn...
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.
Central African Republic, rebel groups initial a peace deal
CAIRO (AP) — Central African Republic's government on Tuesday initialed a peace deal with 14 armed groups following unprecedented talks aimed at ending more than five years of conflict.
The agreement represents rare hope for one of the world's poorest nations, where religious and communal fighting erupted in 2013. Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in a conflict that has sent two people to the International Criminal Court.
Central African Republic, 14 armed groups reach peace deal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A peace deal has been reached between the Central African Republic government and 14 armed groups after their first-ever direct dialogue aimed at ending years of conflict, the United Nations and African Union announced on Saturday.
Congo opposition leader rejects new president’s outreach
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu in his first speech since losing a disputed election is rejecting any outreach by the new president, saying that when an offered hand is dirty, you don't take it.
Fayulu told hundreds of supporters who gathered in the capital, Kinshasa, that he will not resort to violence as he continues to oppose what he calls a rigged election.
UN extends Central African Republic arms embargo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to extend an arms embargo on Central African Republic for a year but also raised the possibility that it could be lifted earlier as the government has urged.
The French-drafted resolution says the council intends to establish benchmarks by April 30 on security sector reform, the demobilization and reintegration of combatants, and the management of weapons and ammunition that could guide a review of the arms embargo.
UN says 18 killed in Central African Republic attack
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says 18 civilians are dead and 23 wounded after an armed group opened fire during a funeral ceremony.
The statement on Tuesday says the gunmen with the Union for Peace armed group carried out the overnight attack on Friday in the central town of Ippy.
The peacekeeping mission condemns "this terrible massacre" that occurred as a new round of peace talks on Central African Republic began in Sudan.
Central African Republic soccer boss appears at global court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of Central African Republic's soccer federation appeared at the International Criminal Court on Friday for the first time since he was arrested late last year in France on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in his home country.
Flanked by court guards during a 30-minute hearing, Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona confirmed his identity and that he understood his rights and the charges against him. He was not required to enter pleas.
Congo’s surprise new leader in 1st peaceful power transfer
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as Congo's president Thursday, marking the country's first peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium nearly 60 years ago, and immediately announced plans for the release of all political prisoners.
The 55-year-old Tshisekedi succeeds Joseph Kabila, the strongman who governed the largely impoverished and corruption-riddled Central African country for 18 years before stepping down under pressure.
Congo’s Kabila, on eve of leaving presidency, urges unity
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — With less than 24 hours left in his rule, Congo's President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday urged the nation to "massively" support incoming leader Felix Tshisekedi after a disputed election that surprised the world by bringing an opposition leader to power.
Central African Republic war crimes suspect sent to court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A war crimes suspect who is also head of Central African Republic's soccer federation has been sent to the International Criminal Court, where he faces allegations of leading a mainly Christian militia that targeted Muslims in deadly interreligious fighting.
The court says in a statement that Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona was transferred to the court Wednesday from France, where he was arrested last month on an ICC warrant.
Aid group warns of Central African Republic ‘catastrophe’
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The leader of an international aid group says Central African Republic "is steering toward a catastrophe" unless a new round of peace talks in Sudan this week succeed.
Jan Egeland, the Norwegian Refugee Council's secretary general, says repeated cycles of violence in one of the world's poorest nations "have pushed people*s resistance to breaking point."
Israeli leader visits Africa to restore relations with Chad
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Chad restored diplomatic relations after nearly 50 years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the central African nation on Sunday.
The visit and official announcement marked a milestone in Netanyahu's recent policy of seeking out new allies among developing countries that have historically sided with the Palestinians at the United Nations and other international forums.
Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule on a challenge to the presidential election, with the government on Friday dismissing an unprecedented request by the African Union continental body to delay releasing the final results because of "serious doubts" about the vote.
African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing "serious doubts."
The Latest: AU urges Congo to suspend final election results
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's disputed presidential election (all times local):
An African Union statement backed by heads of state is calling on Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final presidential election results because of "serious doubts" about the vote.
Congo runner-up says country’s ruling party is desperate
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, who is challenging his election loss in court, says the government deployed armed soldiers around his headquarters because of the ruling party's "desperation."
Congo’s surprise election result could face court challenge
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo appeared on the cusp of its first peaceful transfer of power with the surprise victory Thursday of opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi, despite clear signs that a rival opposition leader actually won in a landslide.
As Congo delays election results, people’s suspicions rise
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As Congo anxiously awaits the outcome of the presidential election, many in the capital, Kinshasa, say they are convinced the opposition won and that the delay in announcing results is allowing manipulation in favor of the ruling party.
Leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu in an interview with The Associated Press late Tuesday warned Congo's electoral commission to "not play with fire, it is very dangerous" and release the true results as quickly as possible.
AP Explains: Why Congo’s election could lead to violence
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The results of Congo's presidential election were delayed Sunday. Some 80 U.S. military personnel have been deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations" in Congo over the election outcome. The international community has warned Congo's government that the results must accurately reflect the people's will — and that internet service should be restored.
US sends troops for possible ‘violent’ Congo vote protests
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — On the eve of the first expected results of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, President Donald Trump said military personnel had deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations," while the country's powerful Catholic church warned of a popular "uprising" if untrue results are announced.
Congo criticizes Catholic church over election statements
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's election commission on Friday scolded the Catholic church for saying its data show a clear winner in Sunday's presidential election, asserting that the announcement could incite an "uprising."
The church, a powerful voice in the heavily Catholic nation, has called on the electoral commission to publish the true results in "respect of truth and justice."
Congo’s Catholic church says data show clear election winner
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Catholic church in Congo announced Thursday its data show a clear winner in Sunday's presidential election, and it called on the electoral commission to publish the true results in "respect of truth and justice."
The church, a powerful voice in the heavily Catholic nation, deployed some 40,000 electoral observers but could not say who the clear winner appeared to be, as Congo's electoral regulations forbid anyone but the electoral commission to announce results.
RFI says Congo revokes journalist’s accreditation
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Radio France International says Congo's government has revoked the accreditation of one of its journalists.
A statement on Wednesday says Florence Morice was merely doing her job in covering the country's presidential election, and it asks that Congo reverse its decision.
The statement also says RFI's transmissions have been blocked in most of the country since Tuesday.
Congo cuts internet after presidential poll beset by delays
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As votes were counted Monday in Congo's long-delayed presidential election, the internet was cut across the vast Central African country in an apparent effort by the government to prevent social media speculation about the results after a day of balloting plagued by malfunctioning machines and other problems.
Vote counting begins in Congo, after polling beset by delays
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's election officials began counting ballots Sunday evening, although many polling stations stayed open into the night to make up for lengthy delays in voting.
Numerous problems hampered voting across the country, marring the presidential election the country hoped would be its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960.
Confusion, anger grow as Congo faces Sunday’s election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As Congo hurtles toward Sunday's already troubled election, the opposition on Tuesday urged mobile phone companies to disable SIM cards provided for voting machines as concerns grow about how the ballots of some 40 million people will be counted and shared.
France vows support for fighting extremists in Africa
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — France's president is confirming his support for anti-extremist forces in Africa, amid growing international concern about the chaos in Libya.
Speaking on a visit to Chad, Emmanuel Macron insisted that France will make no cuts to its military despite domestic budget tightening. He said the "threat is constant and changing" and requires robust military spending.
Macron in Chad to meet soldiers amid extremist threats
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Chad for a two-day visit to meet with French soldiers deployed in the Sahel region with Operation Barkhane amid persistent extremist threats.
According to the Elysee palace, Macron will use his first visit to the north-central African country to reaffirm his commitment to counterterror efforts in the vast region south of the Sahara.
In Congo, will president’s chosen successor have real power?
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The crowd roared as the wife of Congo's departing president pressed her palm to the forehead of the anointed successor and appeared to pray.
Elections in the time of Ebola: Congo votes amid disease
BENI, Congo (AP) — What's an election campaign without shaking hands with potential voters? Congolese candidates in the thick of an Ebola outbreak, now the second deadliest in history, are finding out in uncomfortable ways.
Jaribu Muliwavyo seeks another term as provincial deputy in North Kivu, the restless center of the outbreak. He's sad when he arrives in communities and isn't permitted to greet traditional chiefs properly, with a warm clasp of hands.
UN inquiry urged into Central African Republic massacre
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International is urging the United Nations to investigate a massacre last month in Central African Republic in which the rights group says at least 70 civilians were killed while U.N. peacekeepers did not protect them.
A report released Friday cites multiple witnesses as saying the outnumbered Mauritanian peacekeepers retreated without firing a shot when rebels attacked a displaced persons camp in Alindao.
UN extends Central African Republic peacekeeping mission
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has approved a resolution extending the mandate of the 14,600-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in conflict-wracked Central African Republic.
The French-drafted resolution adopted Thursday urges all militias and armed groups in the country "to lay down their arms, cease all forms of violence and destabilizing activities."
It calls on President Faustin-Archange Touadera to advance talks with armed groups and national reconciliation "without delay."
ICC: Former Central African Republic militia leader arrested
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Central African Republic's top soccer official was arrested Wednesday in France on a warrant alleging he is responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by a mainly Christian militia when he was its senior leader.
EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday prolonged sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country.
EU headquarters said that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed for a year against Congo's ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and 13 other people.
EU set to prolong sanctions against Congo election candidate
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is set next week to prolong sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country.
EU officials confirmed Friday that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed against Congo's ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and 15 other people.
The move is expected to occur without debate at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.
Former tennis star Boris Becker drops immunity claim
LONDON (AP) — Retired German tennis star Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.
The three-time Wimbledon champion had been claiming that his unpaid role as a sports attache for Central African Republic gave him immunity from bankruptcy rulings.
His lawyers argued in June that his work on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs meant he was covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations. That assertion was abandoned Monday.
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.
Israeli leader to visit Chad and restore relations
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says he will soon travel to the central African nation of Chad to officially restore relations.
Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement Tuesday in a meeting with visiting Chadian President Idriss Deby in Jerusalem. Deby's visit is the first by a president of Chad, a Muslim-majority country that broke off relations with Israel in 1972.
Netanyahu says they discussed cooperation in agriculture, counterterrorism, border protection and technology.
African Union urges EU to lift sanctions on Congo candidate
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African Union Peace and Security Council is urging the European Union to lift sanctions on Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor less than a month before a historic election.
Ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary was sanctioned by the EU last year for obstructing the electoral process and related human rights violations.
In diplomatic first, Chad’s leader visits Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) — The president of Chad on Sunday became the first leader of his country to pay an official visit to Israel, deepening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outreach efforts to African states in what he says is a joint struggle against Islamic militants.
US reports ‘possible terrorist threat’ against it in Congo
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States embassy in Congo says it has received "credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. government facilities in Kinshasa."
A security alert to citizens gives no further details but says the embassy will be closed to the public on Monday.
Congo’s top 2 opposition parties join in presidential bid
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Congo's two leading opposition parties announced Friday they are joining forces for a run at the presidency after withdrawing from a wider pact to support a single contender against President Joseph Kabila's chosen candidate.
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.