CAR's fragile peace a year after mass killings

2014-12-08 10:17

A year after the savage violence that engulfed the CAR, what people remember most about the hatred that bubbled over into a killing frenzy is the smell, as hundreds of bodies littered the streets.

CAR’s ex-rebels return to camps after day of protest

2014-11-14 16:04

Former Muslim rebels who held sway for 10 months in the Central African Republic have returned to two camps in the capital after a rowdy protest against plans to return them to distant homes.

CAR: 1 000s call for rearming of ragtag army

2014-06-12 11:29

Since thousands of foreign troops have struggled in vain for more than a year to quell sectarian violence in the CAR, growing numbers of people want the notoriously ragtag army rearmed.

UN slams killing of French journo in CAR

2014-05-14 09:48

The UN Security Council has condemned the killing of a French journalist in the Central African Republic, and stated those responsible “shall be held accountable”.

UN imposes sanctions on CAR ex-president Bozize

2014-05-10 11:22

The UN Security Council has ordered sanctions against three Central African Republic leaders, including former president Francois Bozize.

Troops seize large weapons cache in CAR

2014-03-18 11:51

African peacekeepers have announced the seizure of a large weapons cache near Bangui airport in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic.

CAR militia leader denies Congo arrest report

2014-02-28 12:02

The self-styled political leader of a militia sowing terror in the Central African republic has denied a police report that he had been arrested in north Congo and transferred to Brazzavile.

Heavy fighting in Bangui disrupts UN aid visit

2014-02-19 16:31

Heavy fighting has erupted near the airport in CAR’s capital Bangui, as Christian militia blocked an attempt to evacuate Muslims, witnesses say.

Gunmen attack Muslims fleeing CAR, kill 22, 3 kids

2014-01-20 12:48

Attackers armed with machetes and clubs have ambushed a convoy of Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in CAR, killing 22 people, an aid group says.

CAR leader says chaos 'over'

2014-01-14 07:45

The interim leader of Central African Republic has vowed that the era of anarchy in the tumultuous country in now over.

US envoy in CAR in bid to end brutal violence

2013-12-19 14:42

The US envoy to the UN has flown into CAR on a surprise visit to urge its leaders to help end brutal violence, warning the people are “in profound danger”.

Religious leaders seek calm in tense CAR

2013-12-12 10:11

Religious leaders have sought reconciliation between Muslims and Christians in CAR during a lull in violence that has killed hundreds of people.

2 French troops die disarming CAR rebels

2013-12-11 11:35

Gunmen have fatally shot two French soldiers in CAR’s volatile capital, officials say, underscoring the enormous challenges of a new French military intervention in its former colony.

At least 100 dead in CAR as fighting rages

2013-12-06 12:57

Fighting has swept through the capital of CAR, leaving at least 100 people dead and posing the biggest threat yet to the country’s new government.

France seeks UN mandate to use force in CAR

2013-11-26 08:53

France has proposed a UN Security Council resolution authorising international troops to use force to end mounting chaos in the Central African Republic.

US warns of 'increasingly sectarian' CAR

2013-11-21 07:41

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed a lack of confidence in the Central African government to contain an “increasingly sectarian” crisis, and pledged aid to a peacekeeping force.

Rebel attacks cause panic in CAR

2013-11-18 15:18

Panic has swept through the capital of the Central African Republic after rebels from the Seleka coalition shot and killed a magistrate and his aide.

Death toll in CAR clashes rises

2013-10-28 07:39

Twelve people have been killed in fierce clashes between vigilante groups and former rebels in the western Central African town of Bouar, a military source says.

CAR arrests rogue ex-rebel commander

2013-10-11 22:31

Government forces in the troubled Central African Republic have arrested a rogue ex-rebel commander, as Bangui tries to clamp down on warlords.

CAR rebel attack death toll rises to 40

2013-10-09 08:57

The death toll of victims killed during renewed clashes between Muslim rebels of the Seleka coalition and Christian vigilante groups in the CAR has risen to at least 40, witnesses say.

AU seeks help for strife-torn CAR

2013-09-20 17:59

The AU has urged the international community to do more in the poor and strife-torn Central African Republic, describing the situation there as "dire".

Hollande to hold mini-summit on CAR

2013-09-19 14:04

French President Francois Hollande is due to hold a mini-summit with African leaders in the Malian capital Bamako on the security situation in the CAR, aides say.

Reinforcements start arriving in CAR

2013-09-18 09:08

Reinforcements have begun arriving for an African peacekeeping mission in CAR but the planned 3 600-strong force will not be fully deployed before 2014, an official says.

MSF condemns CAF 'atrocities'

2013-09-11 23:17

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have committed "atrocities" against civilians in a new wave of fighting sweeping the unstable country's west MSF says.

60 killed in CAR fighting

2013-09-09 16:43

At least 60 people have been killed in the last two days in fighting between the new Central African Republic president's forces and those loyal to ousted leader Francois Bozize.


UN eyes sanctions against former CAR leader

2014-11-26 13:16

A UN panel is calling for targeted sanctions against former CAR president Michel Djotodia, accused of trying to derail the political transition in Bangui, diplomats say.

France urges ceasefire in CAR

2014-07-08 15:19

France’s defence minister has warned on a visit to CAR that the strife-wracked country has no future unless rival factions agree to a ceasefire.

Burundi ready to boost CAR contingent

2014-06-05 07:46

Burundi is ready to send hundreds more troops to Central African Republic, where international forces are trying to put an end to sectarian violence, President Pierre Nkurunzisa says.

Obama imposes sanctions on ex-CAR leaders

2014-05-14 09:06

President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions against the former CAR leaders Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia as well as three other officials, the White House says.

UN ready to evacuate 19 000 Muslims in CAR

2014-04-01 14:51

The UN’s refugee agency says it is prepared to help evacuate at least 19 000 Muslims at risk of attack from mainly Christian militia in the conflict-torn CAR.

CAR 'emptied of Muslims'

2014-03-11 08:53

Violence in CAR has forced almost all of the country’s Muslim minority to flee amid fears the conflict could turn into ethnic cleansing, a top UN official says.

France draws up CAR sanctions list

2014-02-26 08:44

France has drawn up a list of eight citizens of CAR, including former president Francois Bozize, on whom it believes the UN should impose sanctions, diplomatic sources say.

ICC launches CAR war crimes probe

2014-02-08 09:06

The International Criminal Court says it has opened an initial probe into war crimes in the Central African Republic, where another lynching underscored spiralling sectarian violence.

CAR registers new leader hopefuls

2014-01-18 10:00

The strife-torn nation of CAR has begun accepting required information from candidates for the new transitional leader as the country descends towards anarchy and sectarian bloodshed.

Tense calm in Bangui after heavy gunfire

2013-12-26 15:45

Heavy arms fire have triggered panic in the Central African capital Bangui, prompting a French force to deploy armoured vehicles near the airport.

CAR toll 'much higher than thought'

2013-12-19 12:30

December clashes in the CAR have already claimed in excess of 1 000 lives, more than three times what had been previously reported, Amnesty International says.

Spectre of lynching haunts Central Africa

2013-12-12 07:28

The father of a slain French soldier has described how disarmed Muslim fighters in CAR were lynched by a Christian mob in harrowing testimony that raised spectre of a new wave of sectarian killing.

CAR residents urge French to secure city

2013-12-09 08:48

Terrified Bangui residents anxiously waited for French troops to secure the city before emerging from their homes after a wave of sectarian violence killed hundreds.

Africa isn’t just about suffering, says France

2013-12-04 11:27

France is set to tell African leaders at a Paris summit it will no longer play policeman on the continent, even as it prepares to act in a new conflict in CAR after its Mali intervention this year.

Warlord Joseph Kony 'in surrender talks'

2013-11-21 08:54

The Central African Republic has been in contact with warlord Joseph Kony and his LRA fighters to urge them to surrender, but Kony’s whereabouts are still unknown, the UN and the AU say.

1 000s flee fresh fighting in CAR

2013-11-20 07:44

Thousands of villagers in Central African Republic have fled clashes between former rebels and local militia, residents say, increasing concerns about growing violence between Muslims and Christians.

Death toll in CAR clashes rises to almost 40

2013-10-29 15:57

At least 40 people were killed in weekend fighting between armed vigilantes and former rebels near Bouar in western Central African Republic, the army says, issuing a new toll.

MSF denounces 'unprecedented' violence in CAR

2013-10-16 07:44

MSF has denounced the "unprecedented" violence in the Central African Republic, urging all sides to respect civilian safety and calling for urgent international aid.

Central African Republic descends into chaos

2013-10-09 18:16

At least 60 people have been killed in sectarian clashes in Central African Republic between local militia and former rebels, witnesses and local officials say.

UN begins discussion on CAR draft resolution

2013-10-04 08:55

The UN Security Council has begun consideration of a draft resolution by France that attempts to strengthen a pan-African force in the Central African Republic.

Cameroon arrests C African rebel leader

2013-09-19 15:14

Police in Cameroon have arrested a rebel leader from neighbouring Central African Republic, Abdoulaye Miskine, suspecting that he might launch cross-border raids, a source says.

CAR rebels kill with impunity, says HRW

2013-09-19 07:48

A rebel group that helped overthrow Central African Republic's president shoots, loots and rapes with "complete impunity", Human Rights Watch says.

CAR jails first group of ex-rebels

2013-09-12 22:09

A court in the Central African Republic has sentenced 17 Seleka fighters to eight years in prison for theft, rape and pillage, the first ex-rebels to be punished for a wave of violence.

Toll from CAR fighting nears 100

2013-09-11 17:40

Almost 100 people have died this week in two days of fighting between the new Central African Republic president's forces and those loyal to ousted leader Francois Bozize.

Clashes in CAR kill up to 10

2013-09-09 14:23

At least 10 people have been killed after troops of the new regime in the Central African Republic battled fighters claiming loyalty to toppled president Francois Bozize, an army source says.

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