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3-D chess with ex-presidents back in war-torn C.Africa ahead of polls

Bangui - The unexpected return of two former presidents to the Central African Republic, the main figures in a civil war that still bloodies the country despite an 11-month-old peace accord, has set the stage for high-stakes political chess ahead of elections i...

Former C.Africa leader returns after six-year exile

Bangui - Former Central African Republic (CAR) rebel leader and president Michel Djotodia returned to Bangui on Friday, exactly six years after quitting as head of state, and pledged to support peace in the troubled country.

Congo's bread basket struggles to recover from conflict

Mongoumba - "The trains are running again. We have peace," says Didier, the station master at Mindouli, in the Republic of Congo's southern region of Pool.

Drawing the pain: Sketch therapy for C. Africa's war-torn children

Dekoa - The scratching of crayons on paper fills the air as the children at Lazare camp in war-ravaged Central African Republic draw scenes from daily life.They draw armed men. Armoured vehicles. And they use red. Lots of red.

In a troubled C.African city, Muslims return after flight

Bangassou - Four walls are all that remain of his house. Around it are piles of rubble, where opportunistic weeds grow.Even so, Muhammad Abdullahye is contented. He sips from a steaming glass of tea to mark the end of the Ramadan fast. He is home.

Armed group kills 26 in Central African Republic: UN

Bangui - More than 26 people were killed on Tuesday and many were wounded when an armed group attacked two villages in northwestern Central African Republic, the UN's peacekeeping mission said.

C.Africa peace deal under strain as militias quit

Bangui - Less than a month after it was signed, the Central African Republic's peace agreement was under strain on Monday after five militia groups either pulled out or rejected the make-up of the new government.

C.Africa peace deal under strain as militia quits

Bangui - Less than a month after it was signed, the Central African Republic's peace agreement was under strain on Monday after a militia group abandoned the deal and a second said it was quitting a new government designed to be the keystone of the accord.

Eighth time lucky? C.Africa sets sights on new peace talks

Bangui - If history is a guide, the chances of a breakthrough are poor when Central African Republic's government meets in Khartoum on Thursday with militia groups that control most of the country.

Russian influence on show in C. African beauty contest

Bangui - Clad in sleek red gowns and wreathed in smiles, the models lined up in Bangui stadium for the capital's first Miss Central African Republic beauty pageant for three years -- all thanks to Russia.

Three soldiers killed in C. Africa army shootout

Bangui - Three Central African military died in a shootout between soldiers in the town of Bambari in the centre of the restive country, a high-ranking military source told AFP on Sunday.

Film tribute to French photographer killed in C. Africa

Bangui - A gang of men rampage through a burning village in Central African Republic, rifles and machetes swinging, the bodies of their victims slain on the ground.But then a voice shouts "cut, cut!" and the fighters lower their weapons and the corpses get up.

Turkish school in C. Africa fights Ankara's shutdown bid

Bangui - Turkey is ramping up pressure worldwide to shut down schools close to a network that it accuses of terrorism.But it is facing unusual resistance in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world.

Russian journalists in C. Africa 'killed by nine-man group': govt

Bangui - Three Russian journalists killed in the Central African Republic, and reported to be probing a private Russian army there, were shot dead at a roadblock by a nine-man group, the government said Wednesday.

Three Russians 'carrying press cards' killed in Central Africa

Bangui - Three Russians carrying press cards have been killed in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR), security and religious sources said Tuesday.

Foiled peace bids and greedy gangs dog C. Africa

Berb - "This road isn't safe," warns a UN soldier at the edge of a jungle where the latest militia to darken hopes for peace in the Central African Republic has surfaced.

'No obstacles' in launching C.Africa Special Criminal Court

Bangui - A court charged with probing atrocities committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) has cleared its final hurdle and is expected to launch investigations later this year, its special prosecutor said Monday.

Central Africa says Boris Becker's diplomatic passport is 'fake'

Bangui - The Central African Republic (CAR) said on Tuesday that a diplomatic passport that tennis star Boris Becker claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain "is a fake.

Central Africa says Boris Becker's diplomatic passport is 'fake'

Bangui - The Central African Republic (CAR) said on Tuesday that a diplomatic passport that tennis star Boris Becker claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain "is a fake.

'They whipped and raped her': victims recall raids by Bemba's men

Bangui - "They tied up my younger sister, whipped her and raped her," says Ghislain Bertrand Bouanga, recalling the day when former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba's brutal militia raided his home."She has been disabled ever since.
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