Central African Republic

Strife-weary CAR nostalgic for bloody 'emperor'

2014-04-19 10:00

In the nightmare of the strife-torn Central African Republic many citizens have begun to long for the "good old days" of Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the emperor who became infamous for his brutality.

'Broke' UN agency pleads for help in CAR

2014-04-17 09:42

Inter-communal violence is tearing CAR apart but the conflict is not getting attention or aid needed to save huge numbers of lives, the UN says.

Gunmen ambush foreign peacekeepers in CAR

2014-04-11 16:21

Gunmen have ambushed French and African peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic’s mining town of Bria, residents say.

30 dead in CAR clash, says priest

2014-04-10 13:16

A priest says fighting in Central African Republic has left at least 30 people dead and forced many to flee their homes for the bush.

UN 'to give green light' to CAR mission

2014-04-09 07:38

The Security Council of the UN is expected to adopt a resolution authorising the deployment to CAR in September of about 12 000 peacekeepers, diplomats say.

Central Africans in 'urgent' need of food

2014-04-07 21:10

The crisis in the strife-torn Central African Republic has left 1.6 million people - a third of the population - in urgent need of food.

UN - Chad troops in unprovoked CAR killings

2014-04-04 20:58

The UN has accused Chadian soldiers of carrying out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in Central African capital Bangui.

CAR 'regrets' Chad decision to withdraw troops

2014-04-04 12:17

CAR "regrets" a decision by Chad to withdraw from the peacekeeping force trying to quell sectarian violence in the country, an official says.

CAR Muslims trapped in the 'Alcatraz of Africa'

2014-04-04 09:54

As weeks of vigilante raids by mostly Christian militia in CAR have threatened to turn into a full-blown genocide, many of those sheltering in mosques are trapped inside, too scared to leave.

PM: Chad soldiers were attacked first

2014-04-02 22:30

Soldiers from Chad who killed 24 people when they fired on a crowd in Bangui were responding to a grenade attack, the prime minister of CAR has said.

EU launches CAR military operation

2014-04-02 07:34

The EU has officially launched its delayed military mission to the CAR, seeking to bolster French and African forces that have failed to end months of Christian-Muslim violence.

Ban warns against aiding CAR militia

2014-04-01 07:46

The UN chief has warned against any support or facilitation of violence by armed groups in CAR after Chadian troops were accused of opening fire on civilians and killing at least 10 people.

Chad troops defend actions in CAR

2014-03-31 22:03

Chadian soldiers have defended clashes in the Central African Republic which left 32 dead.

CAR: Soldiers kill 30 civilians

2014-03-30 22:14

Officials say Chadian soldiers have killed more than 30 civilians in Central African Republic's strife-torn capital city.

Misca: CAR's anti-balaka an enemy

2014-03-27 05:45

The African peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic has declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante groups known as anti-balaka.

African force declares war on ‘anti-balaka' group

2014-03-26 14:42

The head of African peacekeepers in the CAR says vigilante groups known as “anti-balaka” will be considered and treated as "enemies" from now on.

France bemoans troop shortage in CAR

2014-03-19 21:55

The French commander of a European Union peacekeeping force which had been due to deploy in the Central African Republic said he did not have enough soldiers.

CAR refugees starving to death

2014-03-14 19:11

Dozens of Central African refugees have died from starvation and many more are seriously ill from hunger and exhaustion after fleeing the conflict-ravaged country for Cameroon.

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.

UN starts CAR investigation

2014-03-10 13:25

A UN investigation of human rights abuses in Central African Republic has launched in a bid to head off possible genocide.

CAR: UN force needed for survival

2014-03-07 07:45

CAR’s foreign minister says a UN peacekeeping mission is urgently needed in his country to bolster French and African troops struggling to contain sectarian killing between Muslims and Christians.

Angola gives strife-torn CAR $10m in aid

2014-03-06 07:40

Angola has announced $10m in aid for the strife-torn Central African Republic, with a possible credit line in future, during a visit by Bangui’s president.

CAR militia trapped in palace

2014-03-04 18:33

Abandoned by their superiors, hiding from their enemies, several hundred Christian militiamen in the Central African Republic find themselves holed up in an abandoned palace.

France striving to stop CAR split – Hollande

2014-03-01 10:08

French President Francois Hollande has told CAR that his troops would work to stop the country splitting in two and endeavour to disarm rival fighters engaged in months of inter-religious killing.

Hollande in CAR as France digs in

2014-02-28 10:31

French President Francois Hollande is expected in Bangui, nearly three months into a mission to stop deadly sectarian killing that is proving more arduous than planned.


CAR crisis risk to global security, says UN

2014-04-17 11:43

The UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres has warned that the conflict in Central African Republic could embroil the whole region and threaten global security.

UN seeks $274m for CAR refugees

2014-04-16 15:12

The UN and aid groups have launched an appeal for $274m to help people fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic.

UN approves 12 000 strong force for CAR

2014-04-10 18:12

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a nearly 12 000-strong peacekeeping force for CAR, which has been torn by mounting violence between Christians and Muslims.

UN may approve force for CAR

2014-04-10 07:55

France is predicting that the UN Security Council will vote unanimously to authorise a 12 000-strong UN peacekeeping force for CAR.

Rights group: No justice in CAR

2014-04-08 08:36

The United Nations director for Human Rights Watch has highlighted lack of justice in Central African Republic where Muslims are under attack.

Chad slams UN accusations over CAR killings

2014-04-05 14:02

Chad has dismissed "defamatory" UN accusations that its troops carried out an unprovoked attack in a crowded market in the Central African Republic, killing at least 30 people.

Ban slams 'appalling atrocities' in CAR

2014-04-04 17:17

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the drawn-out conflict in the CAR that has left thousands of people killed and over a million others displaced.

UN: Chadian troops killed 30 in CAR attack

2014-04-04 12:17

Chadian soldiers killed 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a market in Bangui in March, the UN says.

UN to vote on force for CAR

2014-04-03 08:48

The president of the Security Council says a vote on a long-requested UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic is expected in the second week of this month.

Residents of CAR capital flee after killings

2014-04-02 12:55

Hundreds of residents of the Central African Republic capital Bangui were still fleeing on Tuesday after an attack in which Chadian soldiers fired into a crowd, killing at least 24.

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.

SANDF will not be deployed to CAR - minister

2014-03-31 22:13

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says South Africa will not deploy troops in the strife-torn Central African Republic.

Cameroon tightens border over diamonds

2014-03-31 20:33

Cameroon is tightening border security to halt the illegal flow of diamonds from neighbouring, conflict-torn Central African Republic.

20 killed in Bangui grenade attack

2014-03-28 18:24

At least 20 people have died after extremists lobbed hand grenades at a crowd of mourners during a funeral service in the Central African Republic.

AU brands CAR militia 'terrorists'

2014-03-26 14:42

The AU has branded militia targeting Muslims in CAR as “terrorists” and said they would be treated as enemy combatants, a day after a Congolese peacekeeper was killed.

CAR hatred at terrifying level

2014-03-20 17:15

The UN's rights chief has expressed horror at the level of violence in the Central African Republic, citing cannibalism, child decapitations and gruesome lynchings.

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.

Youth gangs watch over troubled CAR capital

2014-03-14 09:18

Small bands of youths have taken up stations on the roads into their home districts of violence-ridden Bangui, ready to warn residents of the arrival of looters and armed gangs.

UN aims to bring killers to account in CAR

2014-03-11 07:35

The head of a United Nations inquiry has said it is seeking to establish who should face prosecution for killings and other crimes in Central African Republic.

CAR: Rival militia leaders vow to work for peace

2014-03-07 10:09

Leaders of rival militia responsible for a brutal cycle of death and revenge killings in the CAR have vowed to work for peace in an unprecedented meeting, a report says.

UN to hammer out details of plan on CAR

2014-03-06 10:21

The UN diplomats will begin hammering out the details of a peacekeeping plan for the Central African Republic, hoping to restore order to the strife-torn country.

Rains bring misery for Central Africa's displaced

2014-03-04 21:05

An early start to the rainy season in Central African Republic has worsened the plight of hundreds of thousands of people sheltering from religious violence in makeshift camps, raising the risk of malaria and dysentery.

UN wants 10 000 soldiers for CAR

2014-03-04 07:54

The UN has recommended deploying 11 820 peacekeepers in strife-torn Central African Republic, including 10 000 soldiers and 1 820 police officers, to re-establish order.

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.

Central African militia leader arrested in Congo

2014-02-27 17:30

The self-styled political leader of a militia sowing terror in the Central African Republic has been arrested in north Congo and transferred to Brazzaville.

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