The initial UN force that takes over peacekeeping duties in Central African Republic from an African force on September 15 will have 7,600 soldiers and police, the UN envoy to the conflict-wracked country has said.
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the United States wants to help Africa fight extremist unrest and international terrorism, as a high-level summit turned to security challenges on the continent.
A day after announcing $33 billion in investment and finance for the continent, Obama told 45 African heads of state and government at the Washington talks that they need more than foreign business.
France`s Defence Minister warned on Monday that violence in the Central African Republic was becoming "more serious" as he started a visit to the former French colony, amid reports of more deadly clashes.
Violence in the Central African Republic is becoming "more serious" as a political deadlock inflames tensions between rival Christians and Muslims, France`s Defence Minister warned as he left for the war-torn country.
At least 22 people have been killed in two days of clashes in Central African Republic, witnesses said on Tuesday, as foreign troops struggle to curb cycles of violence between Muslim and Christian communities.
A new UN report says "ample evidence" exists that both sides in the devastating conflict in Central African Republic have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, but it says it`s too early to speak of genocide or ethnic cleansing.
Central African Republic`s prime minister on Sunday called for voluntary national disarmament next week in a bid to halt a worsening cycle of violence that threatens to drive Muslims from the West of the country.
Two people were killed and several others were wounded Friday when gunfire erupted during protests in Bangui calling for the resignation of the interim government, witnesses and a military source said.
Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from Central African Republic on Friday, a military source said.
While strongly condemning recent attacks in the Central African Republic (CAR), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Thursday called for "an immediate end to the cycle of violence and retaliatory attacks" in the country.
Youths in the Central African Republic set up barricades on roads in the capital on Thursday and lit fires in protest at an attack by Muslim gunmen on a church that left at least 11 people dead, witnesses said.
Nearly ten people, most of them civilians, died when rival militias clashed earlier this week in the centre of the strife-torn Central African Republic, a source in the African peacekeeping force said today.