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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.

UN weighs plan to support deploying C. Africa army

New York - The UN Security Council is weighing a plan that would see UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic offer support to newly-trained national troops as they deploy across the strife-scarred country.

C. Africa facing worst food insecurity since 2014, UN warns

Libreville - Nearly two million people urgently need feeding in violence-hit Central African Republic in the worst food insecurity in four years, the UN's food agency has warned.

UN peacekeeper held over alleged sex abuse of minors

Libreville - The United Nations has detained one of its peacekeepers suspected of sexually abusing minors in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN's MINUSCA mission there said Friday.

UN envoy wants transparency over C. Africa arms imports

New York - A top UN envoy called Thursday for transparency on arms flowing into the Central African Republic from Russia, China or the United States, urging diplomatic "coherence" as Moscow seeks a larger role in the war-torn sub-Saharan country.

France says 'no alternative' to AU-led plan on C.Africa

New York - France's foreign minister said an African Union-led plan was the only viable way to end fighting among rival factions in the Central African Republic, pushing back Monday against an alternative peace process steered by Russia.

Pussy Riot links member's 'poisoning' to African murder probe

Moscow - Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Wednesday linked the suspected poisoning of member Pyotr Verzilov with his attempt to investigate the deaths of three Russian journalists in Africa.

C.Africa armed groups present peace demands to AU panel

Libreville - Armed groups in the Central African Republic have presented nearly 100 demands, including a general amnesty, to an African Union expert panel seeking to broker peace in the country.

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.

Russia holds funerals for journalists shot in C. Africa

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday held funerals for three journalists killed in the Central African Republic who were investigating a shadowy Russian mercenary group for a media project founded by Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Russia says journalists in C. Africa killed in robbery

Moscow - Three Russian journalists who were killed in the Central Africa Republic this week were attacked as they resisted robbers, the foreign ministry said Friday.

No sign of torture on bodies of Russian journalists killed in CAR, Moscow says

Moscow - Russia on Thursday said no sign of torture was found on the bodies of three Russian journalists killed during a reporting trip in the Central African Republic this week.

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.

Russians killed in C. African Republic 'reporting on private army'

Moscow - Three Russian journalists who were killed in the Central African Republic were investigating the activities of a private Russian army there, a media organisation they were working with 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.

France, Britain, US put UN hold on Chinese arms deliveries to C. Africa

New York - France, Britain and the United States on Thursday put a hold on a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese weapons deliveries for its national forces.

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankcruptcy case

London - Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity from ongoing bankruptcy proceedings in the UK on the basis that he is an ambassador for the Central African Republic, British media reported Friday.

China, Russia rise in C. Africa as Western influence shrinks

Libreville - Russia and China are muscling their way into the Central African Republic as Western clout in the mineral-rich, strategically important nation seems to wane, analysts say.

14,000 flee Central African Republic after violence: UN

Libreville - Some 14,000 people have fled violence in the Central African Republic and crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo in less than a week, the United Nations said Friday.

Aid groups sound alarm over C.Africa conflict victims

Bangui - International aid organisations sounded the alarm over a spike in violence in Bangui, the capital of the perennially restive Central African Republic, saying they had no access to the injured and the dying.
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