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Militia chief, two henchmen among four killed in central Africa flareup

A militia chief and two of his henchmen were shot dead in clashes in Bangui, Central African Republic's capital, sparking a backlash in which a pastor was also killed, police said today.

UN base `targeted` in Central Africa clashes

The statement said the two groups would be "held responsible for the violence, particularly on civilians."

Central African militias gather as French troops leave

Many Central Africans are worried about the departure of the French troops, who were urgently deployed following a wave of bloodshed in December 2013.

Food crisis in northeast Nigeria like Darfur, South Sudan: UN

Food crisis in northeast Nigeria like Darfur, South Sudan: UN

Urgent funding is needed to keep thousands of people alive in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria, the UN said Monday, stressing that the situation borders on famine and compares to crises in Darfur and South Sudan.

Suspects in peacekeeper sexual abuse case are Burundian: UN

The alleged abuse, which dates back to May and took place in the central region of Kemo, reportedly involved a 12-year-old and another minor under 18.

ICC sentences DR Congo`s Bemba to 18 years in jail for war crimes

ICC sentences DR Congo`s Bemba to 18 years in jail for war crimes

Judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in jail for a series of brutal rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago.

ICC to sentence for DR Congo`s Bemba for war crimes

Bemba, 53, was found guilty in March of five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by his private army called the Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC).

Strong disciplinary action needed against sexual abuse: UN

The UN has said it is the responsibility of member states to ensure they impose the "strongest disciplinary and criminal sanctions" against any of their peacekeepers found guilty of sexual exploitation.

More than 100 victims tell UN of peacekeeper sex abuse

More than 100 victims have come forward in the Central African Republic with appalling new accounts of sexual abuse, including bestiality, by UN peacekeepers and French troops, the United Nations has said.

UN widens probe of fresh Central Africa sex abuse allegations

The United Nations on Wednesday said it has widened an investigation of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by foreign peacekeepers in Central African Republic and notified authorities in France, Gabon and Burundi about the charges.

UN reports two more sexual abuse cases in CAR peacekeeping mission

The United Nations on Monday reported two new sexual abuse cases allegedly involving peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, one implicating a contingent from Burundi and the other a Moroccan soldier.

Congo ex-vice president guilty in landmark ICC war rape ruling

Democratic Republic of Congo`s Jean-Pierre Bemba became the highest-ranking politician convicted by the international war crimes court on Monday, when it judged him responsible for a campaign of rape and murder in Central African Republic.

UN warns Central Africa facing `dire` food crisis

UN warns Central Africa facing `dire` food crisis

CAR faces a "dire" food crisis with over half the population suffering hunger following three years of conflict, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday.

UN chief praises 'peaceful' Central African Republic vote

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised the peaceful conduct of presidential elections in the Central African Republic, calling on the war-torn country's leaders to maintain a "constructive atmosphere."

Central African Republic: Ex-PM Touadera wins presidential vote

A former prime minister who placed second in the first round of balloting has won Central African Republic's presidential runoff vote, the national election body announced on Saturday, inheriting the enormous task of trying to restore order in a country where heavily armed rebel groups still control large swaths of territory.

UN peacekeepers accused of sexually abusing four girls in Central Africa

UN peacekeepers are facing new allegations of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic involving four young girls, the UN spokesman said Tuesday.

High security in Central Africa as vote count starts

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.

Paris aims for subdued New Year celebrations after November attacks

Paris aims for subdued New Year celebrations after November attacks

Authorities in Paris, with an eye to security following the November attacks by armed militants, are shortening a New Year video light show at the Arc de Triomphe at midnight on Thursday and cancelling a firework display to keep down crowds.

Central Africans flock to vote in push for peace

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 set to vote for `president for peace`

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.