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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.

New C.Africa leader faces country in ruins

Bangui - After a surprise election win, the former maths teacher now Central African Republic's president-elect, Faustin-Archange Touadera, faces the daunting task of setting back on its feet a nation crippled by three years of sectarian violence.

Former maths professor Touadera wins C.Africa presidential vote

Bangui - Faustin-Archange Touadera, a former prime minister and maths professor, was Saturday declared the winner of a presidential election in the Central African Republic seen as crucial to turning the page on years of sectarian violence.Touadera won 62.

Hopes for peace as C.Africans vote in presidential run-off

Bangui - Election officials began counting ballots Sunday after the Central African Republic voted in delayed legislative elections and a presidential run-off it hopes will bring peace after the worst sectarian violence since independence in 1960.

Fresh sex abuse claims rock UN mission in C.Africa

Bangui - The UN's troubled mission in Central African Republic announced seven new claims of sex abuse by peacekeepers Thursday, the latest in a barrage of allegations of troops assaulting the civilians they are supposed to protect.

Final round of C. African Republic presidential poll delayed

Bangui - The second and last round presidential poll in the Central African Republic, which had been scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed over organisational problems, the electoral authority said Wednesday.

Two ex-PMs to vie for C.Africa presidency in 2nd round

Bangui - Two former Central African Republic premiers, Anicet Georges Dologuele and Faustin Archange Touadera, will vie for the presidency of the strife-torn nation in the final January 31 round of elections, provisional results showed Thursday.

Front runners neck-and-neck as C. Africa vows to continue election

Bangui - Two former premiers were neck-and-neck Tuesday in vote-counting for the Central African Republic's presidency as the government dismissed a call for the two-round election to be stopped.

Ex-Bozize PM takes early lead in C.Africa presidential race

Bangui - Former prime minister Faustin Archange Touadera took a commanding lead in the Central African Republic's presidential race on Sunday, garnering more than 23 percent of the vote with a quarter of the ballots counted, electoral officials said.

Outsider takes early lead in C.Africa presidential race

Bangui - Early results from Central African Republic's presidential election Saturday gave former premier Faustin Archange Touadera a slim lead in the capital after a vote seen as vital to restoring stability after ending years of unrest.

High security in Central African Republic as vote count starts

Bangui - UN troops stood guard over the main vote-counting centre in Bangui on Thursday after a peaceful election in the Central African Republic aimed at turning the page on years of inter-religious violence.

C. Africa wracked by decades of strife, mismanagement

Bangui - Volatile Central African Republic, which votes for a new president and parliament Wednesday, is rich in natural resources but mired in biting poverty largely due to chronic unrest.

Central Africans flock to vote in push for peace

Bangui - Voters in the Central African Republic flocked to the polls Wednesday in apparently peaceful elections seen as vital to restore stability after years of inter-religious bloodshed.

Central Africa: From 2013 coup to key poll

Bangui - Here is a snapshot of events since a March 2013 coup in Central African Republic, which holds presidential and parliamentary elections Wednesday.

Central African Republic set to vote for 'president for peace'

Bangui - The Central African Republic votes Wednesday in presidential polls, in which all leading candidates have vowed to reunite a nation torn and terrified by unprecedented sectarian strife.
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