ARTICLES RELATING TO CENTRAL AFRICA

Burundi frees prisoners, but rights groups cautious

2017-01-23 21:47

Burundi has began releasing a quarter of its jail population under a mass presidential pardon, but prisoners' rights groups voiced concern they were just making room for more political inmates.

African leaders driven from power

2017-01-23 08:48

The Gambia's Yahya Jammeh, who has pledged to step down, is one of a long list of African leaders forced out by coups, rebels or popular uprisings.

DRC opposition figure heads home after crisis deal

2017-01-16 06:17

A DRC opposition leader accused of "high treason" has returned to Kinshasa two weeks after a key deal to end a political crisis in the vast African country.

UN peacekeeping chief warns DRC elections could be delayed

2017-01-12 16:59

The UN peacekeeping chief is warning that elections in DRC recently scheduled to be held this year could be pushed back by any delays in establishing voting lists, creating a transitional government, and implementing a December 31 political agreement

26 dead in days of DRC clashes over slain militia chief

2017-01-11 18:09

Over two dozen people have been killed since the start of the year in clashes pitting the Democratic Republic of Congo's security forces against supporters of a slain tribal chief, a local governor has said in a statement.

Congo ex-presidential candidate arrested: police

2017-01-11 06:01

A Congolese opposition leader who unsuccessfully challenged President Denis Sassou Nguesso at the polls has been arrested, a police source says.

Top Africa stories: Zim, I Coast, DRC

2017-01-06 20:08

Grace Mugabe says she is not in defiance of a court order compelling her to return three properties that she seized from a Lebanese businessman, and heavy weapons fire has been heard near an I Coast military camp.

At least 15 dead in DRC ethnic clashes - local sources

2017-01-06 12:10

At least 15 people from DRC's Bantu community have been killed in an attack blamed on Pygmies in an area of the southeast that has seen repeated ethnic clashes, local sources say.

Top Africa stories: Zim, DRC, Ethiopia

2017-01-05 21:03

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly taken his globetrotting escapades to China and at least 10 000 prisoners have been pardoned in Ethiopia.

DRC militia clash with police after leader's death, one killed

2017-01-05 15:08

Supporters of a militia leader who was killed in August took over a city in central DRC for several hours, and one police officer died in clashes, witnesses say.

 

DRC expels Human Rights Watch researcher a second time

2017-01-23 21:47

Human Rights Watch says Democratic Republic of Congo expelled one of its researchers for the second time in less than six months.

Uganda military denies M23 rebels left camp

2017-01-17 13:30

Uganda's military has denied that armed Congolese rebels sheltering in the country have crossed back into the DRC, saying they are still in their camp.

Gabon ex minister jailed in rare anti-graft measure

2017-01-12 19:23

A powerful former minister and advisor to Gabon's President Ali Bongo has been jailed pending trial for graft in a rare move against corruption in the small oil-rich nation.

DRC bishop appeals for UN support for crisis deal

2017-01-12 13:01

The Catholic bishop behind a key political deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo has appealed for support at the UN Security Council as a top UN official warned of potential pitfalls for the accord.

In Central African Republic, 'impunity on staggering scale'

2017-01-11 14:25

Amnesty International says the lack of justice in Central Africa Republic is so acute that some victims are forced to live daily lives alongside their aggressors.

UN urges probe of DRC officers involved in gold trafficking

2017-01-10 08:09

A UN group of experts is urging the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate army officers involved in gold trafficking and a mining firm allegedly owned by Chinese nationals.

Third peacekeeper killed in CAR: UN

2017-01-06 15:50

Gunmen have killed a Bangladeshi peacekeeper in the restive Central African Republic on the same day that two Moroccan soldiers died in a separate attack, the country's UN mission says.

No charges in inquiry of child sex abuse by French troops in CAR

2017-01-06 10:00

The Paris prosecutor's office says an investigation into alleged child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic has ended without charges.

UN presses DRC for rapid action on crisis deal

2017-01-05 19:02

The UN Security Council has called for the rapid and complete implementation of a deal to end the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

ICC rejects DRC rebel's legal challenge

2017-01-05 10:12

International Criminal Court judges have rejected a challenge to their jurisdiction over two charges against a former rebel leader on trial for a string of alleged atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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