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At least 50 killed by armed men in CAfrica: locals

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

UN base 'targeted' in Central Africa clashes

Bangui - The UN peacekeeping force in Central African Republic (CAR) said Tuesday one of its bases had come under fire during clashes between rival groups, prompting its troops to respond.

Muslim Bangui caught between guns and trade

Bangui - "We're not jihadists, we're not bandits, we're defending our community," insisted the leader of a militia group in a powder keg Muslim district of the Central African Republic's capital Bangui.

With no army or basic services, C.Africa leader eyes donors

Bangui - Though elected early this year, Central Africa's new president has no army to command or civil service to call on. He still fills in as a university maths lecturer due to lack of teaching staff.

France ends military mission in troubled Central Africa

Bangui - France on Monday formally ended a peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, hailing it a success despite outbreaks of violence in its deeply troubled former colony.

Central African militias gather as French troops prepare to leave

Bangui - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian heads to the Central African Republic on Sunday to formally end Operation Sangaris, begun three years ago to halt mass killings there but which failed to disarm militias terrorising the population.

France ends military mission in CAR after abuse allegations

Bangui - France's Operation Sangaris will formally end on Monday, almost three years after the military mission was launched in December 2013 to quell inter-ethnic unrest in Central African Republic (CAR).

25 dead, including six police, in Central African clashes: UN

Bangui - Twenty-five people were killed, six of them gendarmes, in two days of violence around the town of Bambari in the troubled Central African Republic, the UN force MINUSCA said Saturday.

C. Africa on a razor's edge as fresh violence flares

Bangui - With scores killed in fresh sectarian violence and militia fighters still refusing to disarm, Central African Republic is on a razor's edge weeks before a French troop pullout and a key donors' conference.

30 dead, dozens hurt in fresh trouble in C. Africa

Bangui - Thirty people were killed and 57 hurt when fighters from a mainly-Muslim militia group attacked civilians and clashed with UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic, the UN mission said Thursday.

11 killed, 14 missing in C. Africa Republic violence Tuesday: UN

Bangui - Eleven people were killed and 14 remain missing after clashes in the Central African Republic earlier this week triggered by the murder of an army officer, the UN said Thursday.

Central Africa militia kills at least 20, several wounded

Bangui - Militia fighters in the Central African Republic have killed at least 20 people and wounded several more in attacks in the centre of the country, a police source said Sunday.

16 killed in fresh unrest in Central African Republic

Bangui - Sixteen people have been killed in two days of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the mainly Muslim Seleka militia in the Central African Republic, police said on Tuesday.

Hollande vows French help in restive Central African Republic

Bangui - French President Francois Hollande paid a lightning visit to restive Central African Republic on Friday for talks with its leaders while drawing down France's military presence.

UN says peacekeeper states 'must tackle troop sex abuse claims'

Bangui - The UN's head of global peacekeeping operations wants to force contributing nations to act on allegations of sexual abuse levelled against their troops, which top officials have denounced as "sickening".

C. African Republic votes in second round of parliamentary polls

Bangui - Voters in the Central African Republic went to the polls Thursday for the second round of the country's parliamentary election, a day after the new president was sworn in.

New Central Africa president vows to 'preserve peace'

Bangui - Central African Republic's new president Faustin-Archange Touadera on Wednesday pledged to "preserve peace" as he was sworn in after polls aimed at restoring stability following three years of turmoil.

France to end military operation in C.Africa this year

Bangui - France will end its military intervention in the Central African Republic this year as it has achieved its objectives of restoring security to the country after three years of communal violence, the French defence minister said Wednesday.

New C. African Republic president takes on a country in ruins

Bangui - The Central African Republic's new president takes office Wednesday, faced with the challenge of reconciling a divided population and rebuilding a shattered country.

UN mission in C. African Republic hit by new sex allegations

Bangui - The scandal-tainted UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic said Friday that fresh allegations of sex abuse by its soldiers had surfaced in the centre of the country.
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