ARTICLES RELATING TO CENTRAL AFRICA

Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police: Officials

2017-03-25 20:32

A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in Central Kasai province, which has seen a spike in deadly violence in recent months, a local officials says.

In a first, ICC awards DRC war crimes victims $250 each

2017-03-24 19:31

The International Criminal Court has ordered 297 victims of ex-Congolese warlord Germain Katanga to each be paid "a symbolic" $250 in damages for a brutal 2003 attack on their village, in the tribunal's first such award.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Angola, DRC

2017-03-24 12:30

Zimbabwe's opposition parties have labelled globetrotting President Robert Mugabe a "non-resident president", and floods in Angola have killed at least eleven people and left thousands homeless.

20 killed as militias clash in Central Africa

2017-03-23 20:06

At least 20 people were killed this week as fighting erupted between armed militias in a uranium-rich region of the Central African Republic, a military source has said.

At least 10 mass graves found in crisis-hit DRC region

2017-03-23 08:34

The United Nations says investigators have found 10 mass graves in the violence-wracked Kasai region in the Democratic Republic of Congo's centre.

Ex-DRC VP to be sentenced for bribing witnesses

2017-03-22 12:06

Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four associates are set to be sentenced for bribing witnesses during his war crimes trial, in the first such case before the ICC.

Congolese court upholds opposition leader's prison sentence

2017-03-21 21:33

An appeals court in Congo-Brazzaville has upheld the conviction and two-year jail sentence for inciting public disorder handed down last year to opposition leader Paulin Makaya.

DRC disappearances raise alarm as political tensions grow

2017-03-19 11:16

Nearly a week after the Democratic Republic of Congo announced the kidnapping of two United Nations experts along with their translator and drivers, no trace of them has been found.

Central African Republic leader wants training for troops

2017-03-17 11:20

The president of Central African Republic have called for additional training and equipment for the country's armed forces so they can be deployed to deal with the conflict among groups that is leading to loss of lives "and massive destruction".

UN presses search for foreign experts kidnapped in DRC

2017-03-15 21:00

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said its troops were pressing ahead with a search for two foreign experts who were kidnapped in the violence-wracked central Kasai region.

 

At least 50 killed by armed men in CAR: locals

2017-03-25 09:00

At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes say.

Shell sells Gabon onshore energy assets

2017-03-24 16:27

Royal Dutch Shell says that it sold its onshore oil and gas interests in the central African nation of Gabon for $587m to private equity firm Carlyle Group,.

ICC set for first monetary awards to war crimes victims

2017-03-24 08:53

Judges at the ICC are expected to unveil the first compensation awards to victims of war crimes, with lawyers estimating a 2003 attack on a Congolese village caused $16.4 million in damage.

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools

2017-03-23 17:07

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools; 'We're talking about a lost generation', says a recently released HRW report.

ICC jails ex-DRC VP for a year for bribing witnesses

2017-03-22 14:02

War crimes judges have sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to one year's imprisonment for bribing witnesses in his main trial, and ordered he pay a $323 640 fine

France warns against cuts to UN mission in DRC

2017-03-22 10:54

France's ambassador to the United Nations has warned that drastic cuts to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo would be tantamount to "playing with fire" as the country faces election turmoil.

UN concerned at 'disproportionate' force by DRC's forces

2017-03-21 17:26

The UN says it's concerned at "the disproportionate use of force" by Congolese forces as well as attacks by Kamwina Nsapu militia fighters during renewed violence in the Kananga region in the country's southwest.

Central Africa's transition to peace still elusive

2017-03-19 09:22

With a spike in militia killings, a deepening humanitarian crisis and the army still in shambles, the Central African Republic's bid for peace and stability remains elusive.

UN says half the people in Central African Republic need aid

2017-03-16 18:19

The United Nations says half of the population in Central African Republic is in need of humanitarian assistance after an increase in violence since September has displaced more than 400 000 people.

DRC unrest 'may delay' voter registration

2017-03-14 21:01

Rising unrest in central Democratic Republic of Congo threatens to derail voter registration ahead of a high-stakes election, the Catholic Church and the electoral commission has said..

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