Central African Republic

Pope takes environmental, social messages to Africa

2015-11-25 07:36

Pope Francis heads to Africa for the first time on a trip aimed at pushing the key themes of his papacy but also fraught with security concerns.

Pope Africa plans unchanged

2015-11-19 19:48

The Pope's Africa itinerary remains unchanged, but his top bodyguard is flying in early for a final check.

Violence hits Central African Republic ahead of Pope Francis' visit

2015-11-13 19:02

Around a dozen people have died in clashes mostly between Muslim rebels and Christian groups in the Central African Republic in the past few days, the UN says, two weeks ahead of a visit to the country by Pope Francis.

Thousands flee CAR camp after rebel attack

2015-11-12 10:14

The UN officials say at least five people are dead and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic after it came under attack by rebel fighters.

Pope's Central Africa trip 'risky', say French

2015-11-12 06:11

A planned visit by Pope Francis to strife-hit Central African Republic this month is 'risky' and French troops on the ground could not ensure his safety.

UN says peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

2015-11-11 09:25

A UN peacemaker has been killed in the Central African Republic following a clash with Muslim Seleka rebels that comes just weeks before elections in the troubled country.

Central African Republic ready to hold elections

2015-11-09 22:24

The strife-torn Central African Republic is in a position to hold planned elections on schedule over the coming months, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.

Give our army guns to stop violence, say CAR MPs

2015-11-05 09:51

Scores of parliamentarians wearing black have joined marchers in the strife-hit Central African Republic to demand weapons for the country’s army to stop mounting sectarian violence.

Violence hits CAR ahead of pope's visit

2015-11-02 19:04

Armed men in the capital of Central African Republic have slit a person's throat and set fire to scores of homes, in a cycle of violence that could further delay elections and prevent a visit this month by Pope Francis.

CAR president shuffles top ministers before election

2015-10-30 11:22

Central African Republic interim President Catherine Samba-Panza has replaced the defence, public security and justice ministers as part of a cabinet reshuffle less than two months before a general election, a report says.


Security concerns as Pope Francis makes first Africa tour

2015-11-24 09:04

Security forces are readying for Pope Francis’ three-nation Africa tour this week amid fears of jihadist attacks and violence, with authorities insisting the pontiff’s trip can pass off peacefully.

Vatican hints pope's Africa itinerary may change

2015-11-16 22:01

The Vatican has hinted that the pope's Africa itinerary may change amid fighting in Bangui and elsewhere.

CAR president hopes pope will visit

2015-11-12 21:54

The acting president of the Central African Republic hopes Pope Francis will go ahead with his visit to the conflict-hit country this month despite security concerns.

UN probing new sex abuse allegations in CAR

2015-11-12 09:04

The United Nations says it is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by the UN peacekeepers in violence-ridden Central African Republic.

UN sending extra troops, police to Central African Republic

2015-11-11 10:29

The UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is adding hundreds of troops and police before next month’s elections, but their arrival is expected to be too late for Pope Francis’ visit to the violent country.

Date set for Central African Republic polls

2015-11-10 08:44

The strife-torn Central African Republic is to hold presidential and legislative elections on December 27, the country’s National Elections Authority says.

UN official: Loosen arms embargo on CAR

2015-11-05 14:18

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic has written to a UN sanctions committee to ask that an arms embargo on the violence-ripped country be loosened to help its armed forces restore calm.

Pope's CAR trip still on cards despite violence

2015-11-03 10:16

Pope Francis’s visit to the violence-hit Central African Republic remains “on the programme”, the Vatican says, but the trip planned for late November would have to be cancelled if fighting in the capital intensifies.

Pope hints CAR visit could be cancelled

2015-11-01 17:07

Pope Francis has indicated that his planned visit to the Central African Republic this month could be cancelled if violence between Christians and Muslims there worsens.

CAR to hold elections on December 13

2015-10-29 06:53

Central African Republic will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on December 13, reviving delayed efforts to restore democracy in a country rocked by fighting since 2013.

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