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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.

UN renews C.Africa peacekeeping mission

New York - The United Nations Security Council extended the UN's peacekeeping mission in the violence-plagued Central African Republic for another year on Friday.

Hunters turn gamekeepers to help C. Africa's threatened wildlife

Jean moves deftly through the tangle of roots and branches before waiting for the rainforest to give him a clue.

Two AFP journalists beaten, detained in C. Africa

Libreville - Security forces in Central African Republic beat and detained two journalists working for French news wire Agence France-Presse (AFP) covering a banned opposition protest in the capital Bangui, the reporters said Sunday.

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.

French-Spanish nun killed in Central African Republic: Vatican

Vatican City - A French-Spanish nun has been brutally murdered in a village in the Central African Republic where she taught sewing to young girls, the Vatican said Wednesday.

C. African city casts worried eye at the rise of the warlord

Libreville - Even by the turbulent standards of the Central African Republic, the sight was remarkable: a regional warlord stood next to VIPs at ceremonies in a city where his name is widely feared.

UN tells C. Africa to reintegrate rebels

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday told the Central African Republic that it must make progress in reintegrating rebels into the security forces as a condition to review an arms embargo.

UN chief urges C.Africa to speed-up peace deal implementation

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday urged the signatories of a peace accord in the Central African Republic to "expedite its implementation," a day after the formation of a new government that includes representatives of armed groups.

C. Africa president meets pope, sticks by troubled peace deal

Vatican City - Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadera, during a visit to the Vatican Tuesday, stood by his country's peace deal the day after several militia groups rejected it and the new government.

UN asks C.Africa to take action over Russian torture case

New York - The United Nations has asked authorities in the Central African Republic to take action after Russian soldiers or mercenaries were accused of detaining and torturing a man for five days, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

UN council hails C. Africa peace deal as important step

New York - A deal agreed between the Central African Republic's government and armed groups is an important step toward lasting peace and restoring state authority across the country, the United Nations Security Council said Wednesday.

Main terms of peace accord in Central African Republic

Libreville - A peace agreement between the government of Central African Republic and 14 armed groups which control most of the country has taken effect after the final signatories inked the document.

UN chief urges countries to back C.Africa peace deal

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on countries to back a peace deal signed between the government of the Central African Republic and armed groups that control most the country's territory.

C.Africa government inks peace deal with militias

Khartoum - The government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups on Tuesday inked a new peace accord seeking to end years of fighting that have left thousands of people dead.

C.Africa govt inks peace deal with 14 armed groups

Khartoum - The government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups inked a new peace accord on Tuesday to end years of fighting that has left thousands of people dead.

C. Africa reaches peace deal with rebels: government

Libreville - The Central African Republic government and 14 armed groups struck a deal Saturday to end years of fighting that has killed thousands, the parties and a mediator said.

UN sets course toward easing C. Africa arms embargo

New York - The UN Security Council is set on Thursday to open the door to an easing of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic, five years after the country stood on the verge of genocide.

UN pressures Cyprus leaders to go back to talks

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday pressed all sides in Cyprus to resume talks on reuniting the divided island as the United States warned that peacekeepers would not remain there without progress toward a settlement.

Top African football official faces world war crimes court

Den Haag - A top African football official faced judges at the International Criminal Court Friday, with his lawyer complaining his "dignity was not respected" during his arrest and extradition from France.

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.

C.Africa football boss held in France on war crimes charges

Den Haag - France on Wednesday arrested a member of Africa's top footballing body on war crimes charges in the Central African Republic, the International Criminal Court said.

C.Africa war crimes suspect 'Rambo' was tortured: lawyer

Den Haag - A former militia leader from the Central African Republic known as "Colonel Rambo" was tortured in detention before his transfer to The Hague on war crimes charges, his lawyer said Friday.

C.Africa ex-militia leader 'Rambo' to appear at ICC

Den Haag - A former militia leader from Central African Republic known as "Colonel Rambo" will for the first time face judges in The Hague Friday on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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.

Ex-C.Africa militia leader 'Rambo' arrives at ICC detention centre

Den Haag - A former Central African Republic militia leader nicknamed "Colonel Rambo" arrived on Saturday in The Hague, where he will stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

Russia warns France over C. Africa peace role

New York - Russia warned France on Thursday that it must put aside "parochial national interests" and recognize its peace efforts in the Central African Republic as negotiations continued on a contentious UN Security Council resolution.

France, Russia, US wrangle at UN over C. Africa

New York - France, Russia and the United States were locked in negotiations Wednesday to overcome differences over peace efforts in the Central African Republic ahead of a deadline for renewing the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission there.
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