ARTICLES RELATING TO CENTRAL AFRICA

US urges DRC to rescind expulsion of UN rights envoy

2014-10-21 14:41

The US has urged Kinshasa to reverse a decision to expel the UN's rights envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo after a damning report on police violence.

Gunmen free 100s of prisoners in east DRC

2014-10-20 10:00

Heavily armed gunmen have freed at least 300 inmates from a prison in eastern DRC, the provincial minister of justice says, amid fears over deteriorating security in the mineral rich region.

22 hacked to death by rebels in eastern DRC

2014-10-18 22:30

A Congolese official says that 22 people have been killed in an attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo believed to be by Ugandan rebels.

Massive machete attack in DRC

2014-10-16 21:44

Rebels have killed 26 people with machetes in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

6 militiamen killed by peacekeepers in CAR

2014-10-16 13:20

Six militiamen have been killed in an exchange of fire with international troops in the Central African Republic after they refused to lay down their arms, the UN force says.

CAR govt says violence plotted to provoke coup

2014-10-15 08:05

The CAR government says that several days of violence, the most serious in months in which about a dozen people were killed, was part of a purported plot to overthrow the administration.

Polish missionary kidnapped in Central African Republic

2014-10-14 14:31

A Polish Catholic missionary has been kidnapped by eight armed people in the town of Baboua in the Central African Republic, the head of Poland's Pontifical Mission Societies says.

EG leader's son pays $30m in US deal

2014-10-11 07:02

The son of Equatorial Guinea's president has agreed to turn over more than $30m in ill-gotten gains - including a Malibu villa, a Ferrari and Michael Jackson memorabilia, US prosecutors.

'Terminator' trial date set

2014-10-10 08:06

Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed 'The Terminator', will face trial next year for war crimes including using child soldiers and sex slaves in his rebel army, the International Criminal Court says.

Red Cross aid hit in CAR

2014-10-09 20:34

The Red Cross says fresh violence in the Central African Republic is preventing its work to help civilians, especially with its aid workers threatened by gunmen.

Two killed, corpse mutilated in CAR

2014-10-08 17:19

An angry crowd has killed a Muslim man in the capital of Central African Republic, decapitating and burning his corpse, and in revenge Muslims killed a taxi driver.

Lengthy CAR poll delay could worsen crisis - UN

2014-10-05 21:08

A lengthy postponement of elections in CAR meant to complete a return to democracy after a March 2013 coup, will risk further worsening the crisis there, the top UN official in the region says.

CAR’s shattered judiciary incapable of tackling crime

2014-10-02 11:16

The system of justice in the strife-torn Central African Republic is so battered by neglect and a funds crunch that police, prosecutors and courts are helpless in tackling 'endless' atrocities.

DRC Ebola outbreak kills 42 since August

2014-10-01 17:24

The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the deadly Ebola virus to 42 as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the deadly disease in Africa this year.

2 000 protest DRC leader's bid to extend rule

2014-09-27 18:53

More than 2 000 people have taken to the streets of Kinshasa to protest a bid by President Joseph Kabila to modify the constitution to be able to stay in power beyond his two-term limit.

ICC formally probes 'endless list' of CAR atrocities

2014-09-25 08:37

The ICC has opened a formal investigation into an "endless list" of atrocities committed in the Central African Republic, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says.

Sekleka rebels kidnap 9 Cameroonians

2014-09-22 16:30

Rebels from the Central African Republic have kidnapped nine Cameroonian nationals to press the Cameroonian government to release their leader.

South Sudan mediators condemns renewed fighting

2014-09-20 17:57

Mediators of the conflict in South Sudan say there is renewed fighting there between government and rebel troops.

UN takes on CAR peace role

2014-09-15 22:03

The United Nations has taken over peacekeeping operations in the war-torn Central African Republic, where thousands have been killed in more than 18 months of sectarian violence.

Thirty killed in truck crash in CAR

2014-09-13 18:16

At least 30 people were killed when a truck plunged into a ravine in Central African Republic, a local official has said.

DRC opposition leader jailed for insulting Kabila

2014-09-12 07:56

A senior opposition lawmaker in the DRC has been sentenced to one year in prison for insulting the country’s president and government, one of his lawyers says.

Thousands mourn Italian nuns killed in Burundi

2014-09-10 18:21

Thousands of mourners in Burundi have celebrated the lives of three Italian nuns who were brutally murdered before their bodies were taken to the DRC for burial.

Cameroon army 'kills 40 Boko Haram fighters'

2014-09-03 08:53

Cameroon's army have claimed to have killed more than 40 Boko Haram fighters who tried to storm a strategic border crossing from Nigeria.

Central African Republic elections likely delayed

2014-09-03 06:21

Elections set for February in Central African Republic to consummate a democratic transition after a March 2013 coup will probably be delayed because of persisting insecurity.

Rebels in CAR expel government ministers

2014-09-01 05:00

A grouping of former Seleka rebels in CAR says it has expelled from its ranks several members serving in a new government seeking to stop a cycle of deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians.

 

Ugandan rebels spread fear with DRC massacres

2014-10-21 08:29

'You sent soldiers to wipe us out, but here we are.' That was the chilling message from Ugandan rebels during the latest massacre in the northeastern DRC, according to one survivor.

UN blasts Kinshasa for expelling top envoy

2014-10-20 08:15

The UN rights chief has condemned Kinshasa for expelling his top envoy to the DRC, and accused the authorities of intimidating other members of his staff.

Rebels kill 20+ people in Congo town

2014-10-18 10:11

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed more than 20 people near the eastern Congolese town of Beni in the second attack in around 48 hours, the spokesperson for a civil society group says.

26 killed in DRC attack - army

2014-10-16 15:55

Twenty six people have been killed in an attack on Beni, a major town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a Congolese army spokesperson says.

Violence flares in Bangui

2014-10-15 19:17

A UN convoy has been attacked as new violence flares in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui.

UN condemns use of children in latest CAR violence

2014-10-14 21:17

A top UN official has condemned the use of children in sectarian violence that engulfed the Central African Republic's capital, driving 6 500 people from their homes.

Cameroon: 27 hostages freed in north

2014-10-11 11:44

Cameroon's government says 27 hostages presumed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, have been freed.

UN:1st peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic

2014-10-10 10:48

The UN has reported its first peacekeeper death in the Central African Republic since it took over the duties of trying to calm months of unprecedented violence between Christians and Muslims.

'Many casualties' in CAR clashes

2014-10-10 08:06

Clashes in Central African Republic's capital have resulted in "many casualties," the International Committee for the Red Cross says, including a UN peacekeeper.

Machinegun, heavy weapons fire rock Bangui

2014-10-09 14:04

Machinegun and heavy weapons fire have rung in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, witnesses say.

CAR militias call for president, PM to resign

2014-10-07 19:31

Christian militias in Central African Republic have called for the president and prime minister to resign and have ordered their ministers to pull out of the government.

French forces intervene in CAR rebel clashes

2014-10-02 22:28

French peacekeepers killed up to seven people as they tried to control clashes between armed groups in the Central African town of Bambari.

Demobilised fighters in DRC camp starve to death

2014-10-01 21:07

More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their family members have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

CAR asks UN to tweak arms embargo

2014-09-28 14:54

CAR interim president Catherine Samba Panza has asked the UN to consider tweaking an arms embargo so its security forces can be properly equipped to work alongside peacekeepers.

2 Rwandan cops held over killing of anti-graft activist

2014-09-26 09:36

Rwanda has arrested two policemen in connection with the murder of an anti-corruption campaigner who had been investigating mineral smuggling from neighbouring DRC, police say.

DRC sees Ebola breakthrough

2014-09-24 08:56

The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded no new cases of the Ebola virus in the past 12 days, a local official says.

4 killed in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

2014-09-21 09:17

Four civilians have been killed in the remote north of Cameroon in a cross-border attack by Boko Haram militants.

80 missing in CAR riverboat sinking

2014-09-17 13:03

At least 80 people are missing in Central African Republic after their boat sank last week on M'poko River south of the capital Bangui, the government says.

US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

2014-09-15 19:48

The US has reopened its embassy in Central African Republic, shuttered in 2012 because of sectarian violence.

'More than 5 000 dead in Central African Republic'

2014-09-12 11:28

An Associated Press tally shows more than 5 000 people have died in the sectarian violence that has ravaged Central African Republic for nine months.

UN peacekeepers arrive in strife-torn CAR

2014-09-11 10:28

A new UN peacekeeping mission gets off the ground next week in the Central African Republic, one of Africa’s most fragile states, despite questions over what peace there is to keep.

Around 700 children in Iraq killed, hurt YTD

2014-09-09 00:13

The UN envoy says around 700 children have been killed or hurt in Iraq this year, some as suicide bombers.

WHO: Ebola outbreak in DRC remains contained

2014-09-03 07:48

The Ebola outbreak in DRC is centred in a district sufficiently remote to be both a blessing and a bane for medical staff and according to WHO, the outbreak remains “contained”.

Ebola kills 31 in DRC, says WHO

2014-09-02 14:34

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the DRC has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote north-western region, the WHO says.

DRC court opens new hearing in activist's murder

2014-08-30 06:15

The Supreme Court in the DRC is preparing for a new hearing in the 2010 murder by police of the country’s most prominent human rights activist, Floribert Chebeya.

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