1,300 Muslims flee Bangui, deepening Central Africa's religious divide

Apr 28, 2014

1,300 Muslims flee Bangui, deepening Central Africa's religious divide

Some 1,300 Muslims fearing attack by mainly Christian militias left the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui on Sunday under heavy guard, deepening the religious divide in the strife-torn country. Piled along with their possessions aboard 18 articulated trucks, the refugees left around midday ...

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

Apr 6, 2014

U.N. chief says Central African Republic peacekeepers 'overwhelmed'

French and African soldiers serving in the Central African Republic are “overwhelmed” by the “state of anarchy” in the country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday — a day after Chadian troops began withdrawing from the peacekeeping mission. The U.N. Security Council is due ...

Mar 24, 2014

Islamist group calls for Hollande assassination

A jihadist group repeated its calls for French President Francois Hollande’s assassination in revenge for the European nation’s recent interventions in Africa, terrorist monitoring group SITE said Sunday. The al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a militant Islamist web site with ties to al-Qaida, says it ...

U.N. seeks 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

Mar 4, 2014

U.N. seeks 12,000-strong force for Central African Republic

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended Monday deploying nearly 12,000 peacekeepers in Central African Republic to re-establish order in a country that has erupted in chaos and sectarian killing. The former French colony was thrown into turmoil after rebels from the mainly Muslim Seleka group ...

Ban warns of CAR sectarian split

Feb 12, 2014

Ban warns of CAR sectarian split

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised the possibility Tuesday that the conflict-wracked Central African Republic could be divided as a result of sectarian brutality, and called for a robust international mission, including a possible U.N. peacekeeping force, to avoid mass atrocities. Ban’s comments marked the ...

ICC launches probe of alleged Central African Republic war crimes

Feb 8, 2014

ICC launches probe of alleged Central African Republic war crimes

The International Criminal Court said it had opened an initial probe into war crimes in the Central African Republic, where another lynching Friday underscored spiralling sectarian violence. The latest victim fell off a lorry in a convoy of thousands of terrified Muslims fleeing Christian ...

U.N., France seek punishment for Central Africa lynching

Feb 7, 2014

U.N., France seek punishment for Central Africa lynching

The U.N.’s top envoy and France on Thursday urged the Central African authorities to punish soldiers involved in the gruesome public lynching of a suspected ex-rebel. U.N. representative Babacar Gaye said in Bangui that Wednesday’s killing was “unacceptable” and “must be properly investigated and ...

Central African Republic soldiers join chaotic violence

Feb 6, 2014

Central African Republic soldiers join chaotic violence

The interim president of Central African Republic told the hundreds of soldiers standing in formation Wednesday that she was proud of them and called on their support to bring order to their anarchic country. Then she left, and the soldiers broke ranks to stab ...

U.N. Security Council authorizes dispatch of extra EU troops to CAR

Jan 29, 2014

U.N. Security Council authorizes dispatch of extra EU troops to CAR

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday unanimously authorized the deployment of a European Union force to the Central African Republic to bolster French and African troops who are trying to quell sectarian violence that the United Nations has warned could escalate into genocide. The ...

Conflict-hit Central African Republic gets first female president

Jan 21, 2014

Conflict-hit Central African Republic gets first female president

The mayor of the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, was chosen as interim president Monday, becoming the first woman to lead the violence-wracked country, as the European Union agreed to send hundreds of troops to help stem the bloodshed. Catherine Samba-Panza, a businesswoman with ...

Eight candidates vie to lead strife-torn Central African Republic

Jan 20, 2014

Eight candidates vie to lead strife-torn Central African Republic

Eight candidates will run for interim president of the Central African Republic, the parliament said Sunday, amid reports of a fresh outbreak of deadly sectarian violence in the country’s northwest. The transitional parliament will vote Monday on a new interim leader tasked with restoring ...

Jan 14, 2014

Central Africa's new chief: chaos over

The interim leader of the Central African Republic vowed Monday that the era of anarchy in the country is now over, a bold declaration made only days after the man who had seized power in a coup last year stepped down under international pressure. ...