Senegal helicopter crashes in C. African Republic, killing 3
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Three Senegalese soldiers died after their helicopter crashed in Central African Republic on Friday, Senegal's armed forces said.
ICC pretrial hearing starts in Central African Republic case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors urged International Criminal Court judges Thursday to put on trial two alleged leaders of a predominantly Christian militia involved in a bitter conflict...
UN votes to ease arms embargo on Central African Republic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to ease the arms embargo on the Central African Republic's government following its signing of a peace agreement with 14...
UN agency lays backpacks for every child killed in conflict
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. children's agency has laid 3,758 school backpacks in rows reminiscent of a graveyard on the lawn of U.N. headquarters in New York — one for each child who died in a...
CNN’s Ward says intimidation effort made on Russia story
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Clarissa Ward says her story this week about Russian involvement in the Central African Republic came with a price: she was trailed during her reporting and made the subject...
Central African Republic massacres leave more than 50 dead
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — More than 50 people were reportedly killed in an attack by a militia on several villages in the Central African Republic's volatile northwest near the...
French-Spanish nun killed in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A 77-year-old French-Spanish nun who taught impoverished women and girls in volatile Central African Republic has been decapitated, local authorities said...
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says one of its health workers has been killed by an armed group in Central African Republic.
UN report: Sex abuse in UN peacekeeping drops, up elsewhere
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...
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
C. African Republic militia leader turned over to tribunal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A commander in a Central African Republic militia has been arrested and turned over to the International Criminal Court to face charges that include murder and torture, the court announced Saturday.
The court, established to prosecute atrocities such as war crimes, said Central African Republic authorities surrendered Alfred Yekatom on Saturday. Court spokesman Fadi El Abdallah would not say if Yekatom already had been sent to the court's headquarters in The Hague.
UN envoy says armed groups in CAR will start disarming soon
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A half dozen armed groups in Central African Republic are participating in a national program and the government will begin disarming some groups in the west by the end of the year, the U.N. envoy for the troubled African country said Tuesday.
Parfait Onanga-Anyanga's announcement on disarmament efforts was part of his upbeat report to the Security Council that highlighted "a very important" new African peace initiative to try to bring peace to the impoverished country.
UN seeks inquiry into new claims of peacekeeper sexual abuse
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is facing new allegations that peacekeepers in Central African Republic sexually assaulted at least three children under 18 and raped three adult women earlier this year, the latest in a series of sexual misconduct claims that have marred U.N. peacekeeping efforts in recent years.
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.
UN chief urges conflict prevention and ‘diplomacy for peace’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday the Central African Republic, which has suffered overlapping national and local conflicts for decades despite 15 peace agreements since 1997, is an example of why "diplomacy for peace" is needed more than ever.
The U.N. chief told the Security Council that he believes it is possible to reverse trends like the one in Central African Republic, which is why "we must make prevention our priority."
UN peacekeeper killed in attack in Central African Republic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general says a peacekeeper from Burundi has been killed in an attack in the Central African Republic.
Stephane Dujarric says Thursday's attack apparently was carried out by "anti-Balaka elements" — a reference to a mostly Christian force that has several times attacked U.N. peacekeepers who are trying to quell interreligious and intercommunal fighting in the country.
UN condemns rising incitement to hatred in CAfrican Republic
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday strongly condemned "the rise of incitement to ethnic and religious hatred and violence" in the Central African Republic and attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamic State extremist groups in the broader region.
Funerals held for 3 Russian journalists killed in Africa
MOSCOW (AP) — Funerals have been held in Moscow for three Russian journalists who were killed during a reporting trip in Central African Republic.
Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko were shot last week while investigating a Russian military contractor and Russia's interests in the African country's mining industries. Their funerals in Russia took place Tuesday.
MOSCOW (AP) — The bodies of three Russian journalists who were killed in Central African Republic have been brought back to Moscow, where they are to undergo a forensic examination.
Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee, said Sunday the bodies had been turned over to committee experts and would be examined "with the goal of establishing the cause of the Russians' death."
MOSCOW (AP) — Officials in Moscow say U.N. representatives are helping investigate the killing of three Russian journalists in Central African Republic.
The reporters were ambushed and killed on Monday outside the town of Sibut. They were investigating a Russian private security company that was operating in CAR as well as Russian ties to the local mining industry. The project was funded by exiled opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a long-time foe of President Vladimir Putin.
Russia says reporters killed in Africa were not tortured
MOSCOW (AP) — Investigators found no apparent signs of torture on the bodies of three Russian journalists who were killed in Central African Republic this week, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
The journalists were in the country investigating a Russian military contractor and Russia's interests in CAR's gold, diamond and uranium mining industries when their vehicle was ambushed late Monday, their colleagues have said.
Dead Russian reporters researched mercenaries, mining in CAR
MOSCOW (AP) — Three Russian journalists were investigating Russian military contractors and mining industries in Central African Republic when they were killed there, their editor said Wednesday.
The reporters were ambushed and killed outside the town of Sibut late Monday, according to local and Russian officials. CAR officials said the three were kidnapped by about 10 men wearing turbans and speaking Arabic, but have yet to give further details.
3 Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic
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.
BERLIN (AP) — Central African Republic's foreign minister reportedly says that retired German tennis star Boris Becker doesn't have diplomatic status in his unpaid role as a sports attache for the country.
Becker claims that his role gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain. He argues that, as CAR's attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs, he's covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations.
Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in UK bankruptcy
LONDON (AP) — Retired German tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his unpaid role as a sports attache for Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.
The three-time Wimbledon champion took up the attache role in April. His lawyers claimed in Britain's High Court late Thursday that this protects him from ongoing bankruptcy actions.
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.
ICC overturns ex-Congo VP Bemba’s war crime convictions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a blow to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court and to victims of rape and murder in a conflict-ravaged African nation, appeals judges on Friday overturned the convictions of former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba for atrocities committed by his forces in Central African Republic.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Monday that a Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed and seven others wounded in the Central African Republic when a U.N. patrol was ambushed.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the attack happened Sunday in Dilapoko, a village in Mambere-Kadei Prefecture in the country's southwest.
‘I’ll be killed if I go back’: Resisting deportation flight
BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The van pulled up to John F. Kennedy International Airport on a recent Thursday evening. Around it, passengers poured out of taxis and headed toward their gates. Inside the van, Prince Gbohoutou gripped his seat belt in fear.
The government was about to put the 26-year-old tattoo artist from Maryland on a flight to his native country in Africa.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations says a peacekeeper from Mauritania has been killed in Central African Republic.
A statement says the peacekeeper was killed in an ambush south of Alindao town in the impoverished country that since 2013 has faced deadly sectarian violence.
Eight other Mauritanian peacekeepers were wounded Thursday morning in the attack by suspected anti-Balaka fighters. Five of the peacekeepers are in grave condition.
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."