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.

Panel blasts UN over handling of Central Africa peacekeeper abuse

13 French soldiers, two from Equatorial Guinea and three Chadian troops were implicated in the alleged abuse of children between Dec 2013 and June 2014.

Christians, Muslims are 'brothers': Pope in war-torn C Africa

Christians, Muslims are 'brothers': Pope in war-torn C Africa

Pope Francis on Monday said that Christians and Muslims were "brothers", urging them to reject hatred and violence while visiting a mosque in the Central African Republic's capital which has been ravaged by sectarian conflict.

Pope Francis to visit mosque in conflict-ridden Central Africa

Pope Francis to visit mosque in conflict-ridden Central Africa

Pope Francis is set to visit a mosque in a flashpoint area of the Central African Republic's capital today, as he wraps up his first visit to the continent.

Resist `fear of others`, Pope says in strife-torn Central African Republic

In an address at the presidential palace shortly after landing in the capital Bangui, the 78-year-old pontiff called for unity and to avoid "the temptation of fear of others, of the unfamiliar, of what is not part of our ethnic group, our political views or our religious confession."

Trafficking in natural resources fuels instability, terrorism: Pope

Pope Francis on Thursday urged global action against illegal trafficking of blood diamonds, ivory and other natural resources, saying it caused political instability and "terrorism".

Pope Francis's Central Africa trip still on cards despite violence

Pope Francis's Central Africa trip still on cards despite violence

The Pope is expected in the chronically unstable former French colony from November 28 to 29.

Pope 'greatly concerned' over new violence in Central African Republic

Muslim militants killed at least two people and wounded several in a Christian neighbourhood of the capital Bangui.

At least two killed in CAfrica violence ahead of polls

In sectarian violence in the capital of the Central African Republic two people were killed on Saturday.

Central Africa leader pleads for calm as 30,000 flee tense capital

 The streets of the capital of the Central African Republic were deserted Tuesday with terrified residents sheltering indoors and tens of thousands fleeing their homes after three days of shooting and bloodshed.

Central Africa violence leaves 36 dead, forces 27,400 to flee since Saturday: UN

 A wave of violence gripping the Central African Republic has killed at least 36 people and forced nearly 30,000 to flee their homes in a matter of days, the United Nations said Tuesday.

About 500 prisoners escape Central African Republic jail

The worst violence to hit Central African Republic's capital in a year further deteriorated as more than 500 inmates escaped from a prison and militia fighters looted the offices of international aid organizations, officials said.

Gunfire, looting in Central African capital despite curfew

 Sporadic gunfire rang out in the capital of the Central African Republic overnight despite a curfew imposed following weekend violence that claimed at least 20 lives, residents said Monday.

At least 20 dead in Central Africa clashes

More than 20 people have been killed and around 100 injured in clashes in the capital of the Central African Republic, a military doctor said on Sunday.

At least 21 killed in attacks in Central African Republic capital

 At least 21 people were killed in the capital of Central African Republic on Saturday and around 100 others were wounded as Muslims attacked a mainly Christian neighbourhood, senior hospital officials and a government spokesman said.

Ten killed, 38 wounded in Central Africa violence

 Ten people were killed and 38 wounded today in an outbreak of violence sparked by the death of a motorcycle taxi driver in the capital of the Central African Republic, witnesses said.