ARTICLES RELATING TO CENTRAL AFRICA

Uganda charges 18 for murder of Muslim clerics

2015-01-30 15:02

A Ugandan Muslim sheikh and 17 others have been charged with killing two fellow clerics, a case police say is linked to Islamist rebels in the DRC.

CAR militia agree ceasefire, says mediator

2015-01-28 21:10

Warring forces in the Central African Republic have agreed an initial ceasefire agreement, the top mediator at Kenyan based peace talks says.

DRC stifles anti-Kabila protest

2015-01-26 21:11

A call by the Congolese opposition for peaceful demonstrations to oust President Joseph Kabila has gone unheeded as authorities maintained a crippling block on text messages and social networks.

CAR: Militia kidnaps sports minister

2015-01-25 15:59

The wife of a minister in CAR’s transitional government says her husband has been kidnapped by armed men believed to belong to Christian anti-Balaka militia group.

DRC speaker: Security 'lapses' left 40 dead

2015-01-24 16:05

Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament speaker has admitted - briefly - security services "lapses" during protests against President Joseph Kabila that left around 40 people dead.

Killers of Rwandan anti-graft activist jailed for 20 years

2015-01-23 11:16

Two Rwandan police officers have been jailed for 20 years for killing an anti-corruption activist who was investigating mineral smuggling from DRC.

Joseph Kabila is a steely, enigmatic leader

2015-01-22 19:13

Propelled to power by the 2001 murder of his father, Congolese President Joseph Kabila has since struggled with the challenge of ruling a vast mineral-rich nation ravaged by incessant conflict.

Fresh violence in DRC as Senate votes on election law

2015-01-22 14:47

Riot police have opened fire on protesters in the DRC in a new bout of violence as the Senate is set to vote on a controversial bill that would extend President Joseph Kabila’s rule.

Church backs DRC protesters

2015-01-21 21:06

Democratic Republic of Congo's powerful Catholic church has thrown its weight behind opposition to a move that could extend President Joseph Kabila's rule.

Gunfire in DRC as protesters tell Kabila 'get out'

2015-01-21 13:57

Gunshots have been heard as police cracked down on a new student demonstration at Kinshasa’s university following two days of bloody violence in the capital.

More violence in DRC

2015-01-20 22:31

Fresh clashes have erupted as demonstrators rampaged in the Democratic Republic of Congo a day after deadly protests.

UN worker kidnapped in Central African Republic

2015-01-20 16:31

Armed men in the capital of Central African Republic have kidnapped a staff member with the UN peacekeeping mission Minusca, a spokesperson says.

Tensions boil in DRC after deadly protest

2015-01-20 07:40

DRC opposition says the situation in tense in the central African country after several people were shot dead during demonstrations against alleged plans by President Joseph Kabila to extend his rule.

DRC cops kill 15 protesters - claim

2015-01-19 20:41

Thousands have demonstrated against alleged plans by DRC President Joseph Kabila to extend his rule, with an opposition representative saying 15 protesters were killed.

Police open fire in DRC ahead of planned demo

2015-01-19 14:54

Police have wounded two students after they opened fire to disperse thousands of youths protesting against President Joseph Kabila in the DRC, witnesses say.

Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon

2015-01-19 05:00

Boko Haram has staged its largest kidnapping yet in Cameroon, Nigeria's information has said, adding that some of the about 50 hostages were children.

Boko Haram kidnaps at least 60 in Cameroon

2015-01-18 19:53

Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria have kidnapped at least 60 people in a new attack in northern Cameroon in which some people were killed, police said.

New DRC offensive against rebels imminent

2015-01-16 17:14

The DRC government says an offensive against the FDLR rebel group is only a matter of time.

Burundi boat missing

2015-01-15 21:09

Thirteen crew of a Burundian vessel are feared to have died on a return trip from Tanzania after their boat went missing.

60 rebels surrender in eastern DRC

2015-01-15 12:24

At least 60 fighters belonging to one of the armed groups operating in eastern DRC have surrendered their weapons.

France to pull troops from CAR

2015-01-14 22:00

France is to withdraw 1 200 troops from Central African Republic by the autumn.

Tanzania ready to take on DRC rebels - Kikwete

2015-01-14 16:17

Tanzania is ready to take on Rwandan rebels in eastern DRC, President Jakaya Kikwete says, suggesting a joint offensive with the UN-backed, South African forces is imminent.

Ugandan rebel commander to face ICC

2015-01-14 09:02

A top commander in a rebel group that has terrorised east and central Africa for decades is to face justice at the International Criminal Court, the US says.

DRC Police disperse census protesters

2015-01-12 22:06

Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators trying to protest against a parliamentary debate on a proposed census in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

CAR government rejects ceasefire deal

2015-01-29 14:50

The government of CAR says it has rejected a ceasefire deal made in Kenya between two militia groups aimed at ending more than a year of clashes and attacks in which thousands have died.

Brace yourselves, we’re off to war (any day now)

2015-01-27 19:35
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Attacks on rebel forces in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could start any time now, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Kidnapped CAR officials freed

2015-01-26 16:31

Eight CAR officials kidnapped by the country's former rebel coalition have been freed.

Chinese become targets in DRC anti-govt riots

2015-01-25 14:06

Clashes between DRC police and political protesters that left at least 40 people dead last week have also revealed the level of hostility towards the Chinese in the capital Kinshasa.

Kidnapped French aid worker freed in CAR

2015-01-23 21:19

The kidnapped French aid worker and co-worker have been released in the Central African Republic.

Senate drops clause requiring census before DRC vote

2015-01-23 12:49

DRC’s Senate has dropped a clause requiring a national census before 2016 presidential elections, following days of violent protests.

DRC army, rebels clash

2015-01-22 20:39

Nearly 30 people have been killed over the past week in clashes between the Congolese army and one of the armed groups operating in the east of the country.

Deadly protests: West urges DRC to suspend new election law

2015-01-22 16:39

Western powers have urged DRC to withdraw or re-draft divisive changes to electoral law after days of deadly protests over the legislation, diplomatic sources said.

International court urged for Central African Republic

2015-01-22 07:48

The United Nations commission that has accused both sides in the conflict in CAR of crimes against humanity is urging the UN to establish an international court to prosecute perpetrators.

DRC protests enter 3rd day, at least 42 dead

2015-01-21 14:44

At least 42 people have been killed in three days of protests in DRC over a proposed legal reform the opposition says would keep President Joseph Kabila in power for years, a rights group says.

US ambassador: Ugandan rebel commander arrives at ICC

2015-01-21 10:08

A commander from a fearsome Ugandan rebel group known for abducting and torturing children has been taken into custody at the ICC, where he faces charges including murder and enslavement.

Kidnapped UN worker released

2015-01-20 21:14

A kidnapped UN staff member has been safely released in the Central African Republic, says the UN.

DRC cops fire shots to disperse protesters

2015-01-20 15:29

Police have fired shots in the air to disperse crowds protesting for a second day against a proposed revision to the DRC’s electoral code that could delay a presidential election slated for 2016.

France charity worker kidnapped in CAR

2015-01-19 23:10

A French charity worker has been abducted in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic.

CAR rebels want $5m US reward

2015-01-19 20:41

CAR's Seleka rebels say they're entitled to a $5m award from the US because they handed over a wanted international war crimes suspect to American troops.

DRC police fire tear gas at protesters in Kinshasa

2015-01-19 14:08

Security forces have fired tear gas at hundreds of rock-throwing protesters in the DRC as opposition parties try to block election reforms that may delay elections due in 2016.

Rebel leader arrested in CAR

2015-01-18 22:45

A leader of Central African Republic's anti-Balaka Christian militia has been arrested in connection with murders, rapes and looting during the country's unprecedented sectarian violence.

SA troops prepare to ‘neutralise’ Hutu rebels

2015-01-18 14:07
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South African troops in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are preparing for battle against Hutu rebels after they missed a 2 January deadline to surrender.

Ex-African Union head charged with torture

2015-01-16 09:00

Gabon's leading opposition figure and former AU head has been charged with imprisoning and torturing people who attacked his home, risking up to 10 years in prison and possible elimination from the 2016 presidential election.

Heavy fighting in northeast DRC

2015-01-15 19:54

Heavy fighting is taking place in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo between the Congolese army and a rebel militia following a breakdown of talks.

100 feared missing after boat sinks in CAR

2015-01-15 11:12

Nearly 100 people are feared missing in the CAR after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the impoverished country earlier in the week, officials says

AU troops take Uganda rebel chief for ICC transfer

2015-01-14 17:50

Captured Lord’s Resistance Army rebel chief Dominic Ongwen has been handed over to African Union troops to be sent to trial at the ICC for crimes against humanity, Uganda’s army says.

US gives LRA chief Dominic Ongwen to Ugandans

2015-01-14 13:22

The US embassy in Uganda says US Special Forces in Obo, Central African Republic, have handed over a Lord’s Resistance Army commander who is charged with war crimes to Ugandan troops.

Rebel LRA commander to be handed to ICC – Uganda

2015-01-13 16:16

A senior LRA commander who surrendered last week to the US military in the CAR will be handed over to the ICC in The Hague for trial, a Ugandan army spokesperson says.

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