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Dec 19, 2013

Central African Republic advances election as U.S. envoy calls for justice

BANGUI (Reuters) – Authorities in Central African Republic vowed on Thursday to bring forward elections meant to turn the page on a March coup, as a visiting U.S. envoy said those responsible for months of violence must be brought to justice.

The coup by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group unleashed a wave of looting, rapes and massacres by its fighters that degenerated into clashes with Christian self-defense militias.

Dec 19, 2013

C. African Republic to bring forward elections to 2014- PM

BANGUI (Reuters) – Central African Republic will bring forward presidential elections to next year, Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye said on Thursday, bowing to pressure from former colonial power France to speed up a transition after a March coup.

Interim President Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka rebel group that seized the capital Bangui in March, was set to remain in office until 2015 under a deal hammered out with regional African powers.

Dec 19, 2013

Central African Republic to bring forward elections to 2014: PM

BANGUI (Reuters) – Central African Republic will bring forward presidential elections to next year, Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye said on Thursday, bowing to pressure from former colonial power France to speed up a transition after a March coup.

Interim President Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka rebel group that seized the capital Bangui in March, was set to remain in office until 2015 under a deal hammered out with regional African powers.

Dec 19, 2013

“Ghost of Rwanda” haunts as US envoy visits C.African Republic

BANGUI/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Neighbour turning on neighbour, villages razed to the ground, hundreds of victims shot or hacked to death with machetes.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, visited violence-racked Central African Republic on Thursday, where she will feel the shadow of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide looming over this latest challenge to the world’s conscience and capacity to stop slaughter.

Dec 19, 2013

‘Ghost of Rwanda’ haunts as U.S. envoy to visit Central African Republic

BANGUI/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Neighbor turning on neighbor, villages razed to the ground, hundreds of victims shot or hacked to death with machetes.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is due to visit violence-racked Central African Republic on Thursday, where she will feel the shadow of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide looming over this latest challenge to the world’s conscience and capacity to stop slaughter.

Dec 17, 2013

France says EU countries to send troops to C. African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Some European countries
will send troops to support a French-African mission to restore
order in Central African Republic, French Foreign Minister
Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday, as more violence was reported
outside the capital Bangui.

France has deployed 1,600 troops to its former colony to
prevent worsening violence between Christian militias and
largely Muslim Seleka rebels who ousted ex-President Francois
Bozize.

Dec 17, 2013

France says EU countries to send troops to Central African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI (Reuters) – Some European countries will send troops to support a French-African mission to restore order in Central African Republic, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.

France has deployed 1,600 troops to its former colony to prevent worsening violence between Christian militias and largely Muslim Seleka rebels who ousted ex-President Francois Bozize.

Dec 15, 2013

Central African Republic leader in talks with militias

BANGUI (Reuters) – Central African Republic’s interim leader Michel Djotodia is weighing a possible amnesty for militias involved in Christian-Muslim violence that has killed hundreds of people, most of them civilians, in exchange for their disarmament.

The country has been paralyzed by cycles of killing, torture and looting since Djotodia’s mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian nation in March.

Nov 11, 2013

Insight: African tech startups aim to power growing economies

DAKAR (Reuters) – When Abasiama Idaresit started a digital marketing firm in Nigeria’s bustling economic capital three years ago, he quickly learned how brutal life can be in a market where tech startups are in their infancy.

No-one would lend him money to hire staff or pay for office space, so Idaresit spent eight months hustling the streets of Lagos, trying to convince clients his plan to help them develop online campaigns was a winner.

Nov 11, 2013

African tech startups aim to power growing economies

DAKAR, Nov 11 (Reuters) – When Abasiama Idaresit started a
digital marketing firm in Nigeria’s bustling economic capital
three years ago, he quickly learned how brutal life can be in a
market where tech startups are in their infancy.

No-one would lend him money to hire staff or pay for office
space, so Idaresit spent eight months hustling the streets of
Lagos, trying to convince clients his plan to help them develop
online campaigns was a winner.

    • About Bate

      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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