New child sex abuse claims in Central Africa target UN peacekeepers

 A UN peacekeeping contingent serving in the Central African Republic is suspected of sexually abusing street children in Bangui, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

Cental Africa`s interim government sets election dates

The Central African Republic`s interim government on Friday announced a new calendar for delayed elections, with the first round of presidential and legislative votes to be held on October 18.

At least 70 killed in Burundi violence: Rights group

At least 70 people have been killed, 500 wounded and over 1,000 jailed in weeks of political violence in Burundi, a rights groups has said.

Pope says to visit Africa in November, may go to Kenya

Pope Francis on Friday said he planned to visit the Central African Republic and Uganda in November, and hoped to go to Kenya, during his first trip to Africa since becoming pope.

Central Africa`s diamonds come at high price in blood and sweat

Barefoot, with sweat pouring down their naked chests, 50 men slave in the depths of the Central African forest digging for diamonds in a sandy pit half the size of a football pitch.

UN calls for probe on alleged killings by Congo troops in Central Africa

The UN human rights chief said Friday that he was "deeply concerned" about inaction over claims that 11 people were killed by Congolese peacekeepers in the Central African Republic 15 months ago.

UN launches inquiry into child sexual abuse claims in Central Africa

 The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has launched a probe into an alleged child sex abuse case against one of its personnel.

New case of UN soldier accused of child sex abuse in Central Africa

The UN mission in the Central African Republic is investigating a new case of child sex abuse involving one of its peacekeepers, the mission said Wednesday.

France should have probed Central Africa child abuse earlier: UN rights chief

UN rights chief Zeid Ra`ad Al Hussein on Friday said France should have probed much earlier claims that its soldiers raped children in the Central African Republic between December 2013 and June 2014.

UN `whistleblower` on Central Africa child sex scandal reinstated

A UN tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of Swedish official Anders Kompass who was suspended for leaking a report to France about child abuse by French soldiers sent to the Central African Republic in 2014.

Former Central African presidents sign peace deal in Kenya

Former Central African Republic Presidents Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia signed a peace agreement in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday, despite their country`s transitional government and foreign partners dismissing the process.

One protester killed in clashes at UN base in Central Africa

A protester was killed and several others injured on Friday when a demonstration turned violent outside a UN base in the Central African Republic, a UN spokesman said.

Lion spotted in Gabon for first time in 20 years

A lion has been spotted in Gabon for the first time in nearly 20 years, raising hopes the animals long feared extinct in the country could be returning, conservationists said on Thursday.

Tens of thousands flee upsurge in Central Africa violence: UN

Surging violence in the Central African Republic has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes in recent weeks to escape killings, rape and pillaging by militias, the United Nations said Tuesday.

100 feared missing after boat sinks in Central Africa

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.

25 dead as French forces intervene in CAR rebel clashes

French peacekeepers killed up to seven people as they tried to control clashes between armed groups in the Central African town of Bambari that have left at least 25 dead, officials said on Thursday.

Central Africa`s shattered judiciary incapable of tackling crime

The system of justice in the strife-torn Central African Republic is so battered by neglect and a funds crunch that police, prosecutors and courts are helpless in tackling "endless" atrocities.

Ex-Seleka fighters massacre `at least 34` in Central Africa villages

Suspected ex-rebels from the Central African Republic`s Seleka movement massacred at least 34 people in several northern villages over the past three days, an officer in the African peacekeeping force MISCA told on Saturday.

French troops kill militiamen in Central Africa: Officer

French peacekeeping troops killed several militiamen after they came under attack during a patrol in the north of the Central African Republic, an officer with the African peacekeeping force said Tuesday.

French defence minister urges ceasefire in Central Africa

France`s defence minister warned on a visit to the Central African Republic on Tuesday that the strife-wracked country has no future unless rival factions agree to a ceasefire.