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Peacekeeper rape charges loosen tongues in C. Africa

Bangui - Hustling, theft, sex tourism and worse. Allegations of rape by UN troops supposedly deployed to keep the peace have loosened tongues about their misconduct in Central Africa, a destitute nation already rife with sex crimes.

C.Africa to limit president to two terms under new charter

Bangui - Central African Republic's transitional government on Sunday adopted a new constitution that would limit future presidents to two terms in office as the country seeks to end more than a year of sectarian violence.

UN probes deadly shooting of Rwandan peacekeepers in C. Africa

Bangui - The United Nations said Sunday it is investigating a shooting rampage that left five Rwandan peacekeepers dead in the Central African Republic, in what Kigali said appeared to be a terrorist act.

UN peacekeeper shot dead in Central African Republic

Bangui - A UN peacekeeping soldier was killed and eight other people injured in an attack by gunmen in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, a military source said Sunday.

Natural use of marijuana reduces intestinal parasite rate

Hunter-gathers who take marijuana have a lower rate of infection by parasitic intestinal worms. This has been noted in the Aka people.

Forgotten fighters haunt ruined Central Africa palace

Bangui - A crumbling palace used by Jean-Bedel Bokassa during his short-lived stint as self-proclaimed emperor of the Central African Republic in the 1970s is now home to starving former rebels awaiting integration into the national army.

C.Africa to take 'legal action' against French soldiers in rape case

Bangui - The Central African Republic will take legal action against the French soldiers accused of raping children in exchange for food at a refugee camp, the country's justice minister said Wednesday."Legal action will be pursued...

'No mercy' if troops guilty of C. Africa child rape: Hollande

Bangui - President Francois Hollande on Thursday vowed to "show no mercy" if French peacekeepers in Central African Republic were found guilty of raping hungry children in exchange for food.

South Africa has first official nudist beach on African continent

It may be surprising to some to learn that the African continent did not have a single sanctioned nudist beach until now. But those are the bare facts, with the first one revealing itself on South Africa`s South Coast Saturday.

Northeastern U.S. prepares for 'historic' storm

New York City - As much as three feet of snow is expected Monday and Tuesday along a 250-mile stretch of the U.S. northeast coast as a massive winter storm brings enough heavy winds and driving snow to potentially shut down several of the nation's greatest cities.

UN staffer freed after new Central African kidnapping

Bangui - Armed men from the mainly Christian anti-balaka militia released a UN employee in the Central African Republic after holding her briefly on Tuesday, a military spokesman said.

UN employee 'kidnapped' in capital of Central African Republic

Bangui - Armed men kidnapped a female UN employee in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic on Tuesday, a day after two aid workers were seized, said a source with the UN force.

French aid worker kidnapped in Central African Republic

Bangui - Two aid workers, including a 67-year-old French woman, were kidnapped on Monday in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, the French government said.

UN troops nab leader of Central African Rep. anti-Muslim militia

United Nations peacekeeping troops arrested a leader of a Christian militia accused of committing ethnic cleansing against Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR).

100 feared missing after boat sinks in C. Africa

Bangui - Nearly 100 people are feared missing in the Central African Republic after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the strife-torn country this week, officials said Thursday.

Six killed in Central Africa violence between armed groups

Bangui - Recent violence between rival militia groups has claimed at least six lives at Bambari in the centre of the highly unstable Central African Republic, police said Friday.

At least 20 killed in Central Africa clashes: Police

- At least 20 people have been killed and dozens injured in the latest inter-ethnic clashes in the Central African Republic, police said on Monday.

At least 28 killed in Central Africa violence

Bangui - At least 28 people were killed and dozens were injured in the latest clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic, police said on Thursday.

Amnesty condemns new wave of Central African violence

Bangui - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Central African militias of killings, mutilation of bodies and abductions in a fresh wave of violence, calling for more peacekeepers to stop the bloodshed.

Central Africa unveils new government after deadly clashes

Bangui - The Central African Republic unveiled its new government on Friday, a broad coalition including representatives from rival armed groups, after fresh fighting between warring militias killed at least eight.
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