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Jan 22, 2014

Burnt bodies dumped in Central African Republic’s capital: Red Cross

BANGUI (Reuters) – The Red Cross in the Central African Republic said on Wednesday it had found 11 corpses, most burnt beyond recognition, dumped in the capital Bangui, underlining the challenge the new interim president faces in restoring peace.

A French military source also said its soldiers were involved in overnight clashes after coming under attack from unidentified gunmen.

Jan 21, 2014

Central African Republic’s new president says to listen to armed groups

BANGUI (Reuters) – Central African Republic’s new interim president said on Tuesday she would hold talks with armed groups in an effort to restore order to the former French colony, where at least seven more people were killed in sectarian violence in the north.

In a sign of the growing support for Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of Bangui appointed as interim president on Monday, a representative of former Seleka rebels, who seized power in a coup last March, gave her his backing.

Jan 20, 2014

Eight run for C. African Republic presidency, violence flares

BANGUI (Reuters) – Central African Republic lawmakers shortlisted eight candidates, including two sons of former leaders, to run for interim president in a vote on Monday and pull the country out of months of turmoil and sectarian killings.

Whoever is chosen will face the challenge of ending a cycle of violence that on Sunday saw crowds kill two men they said were Muslims and drag their bodies through the streets of the capital Bangui, then set them on fire.

Jan 19, 2014

Eight run for Central African Republic presidency, violence flares

BANGUI (Reuters) – Central African Republic lawmakers shortlisted eight candidates, including two sons of former leaders, to run for interim president in a vote on Monday and pull the country out of months of turmoil and sectarian killings.

Whoever is chosen will face the challenge of ending a cycle of violence that on Sunday saw crowds kill two men they said were Muslims and drag their bodies through the streets of the capital Bangui, then set them on fire.

Jan 16, 2014

‘Seeds of genocide’ in Central African Republic, U.N. warns

BANGUI/GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior U.N. official warned on Thursday of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic without a more robust international response to communal bloodshed in which at least eight more people were killed overnight.

The former French colony descended into chaos after a mostly Muslim rebel coalition, Seleka, seized power in March, unleashing a wave of killings and looting that sparked revenge attacks by Christian militia known as “anti-balaka” (anti-machete).

Jan 7, 2014

Aid workers get food to airport camp in Central African Republic

BANGUI (Reuters) – Aid workers in the Central African Republic finally delivered supplies on Tuesday to more than 100,000 people who have sought refuge at the airport outside the capital to escape religious violence that has gripped the country.

Long lines of people who fled their homes queued in hot conditions for food and other goods. Two previous aid delivery efforts had been aborted, raising tensions at the airport, but the delivery helped to ease the situation, witnesses said.

Dec 13, 2013

World watching, will act on Central African Republic crimes: U.N.

BANGUI (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday warned groups carrying out atrocities in the Central African Republic the world was watching and would hold them to account, after the killings of hundreds of people, mainly civilians.

The warning from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came a day after a militia killed 27 Muslims in a village outside the capital, Bangui, underscoring the challenge international troops face stabilizing the country.

Dec 13, 2013

World watching, will act on C.African Republic crimes – UN

BANGUI, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday
warned groups carrying out atrocities in the Central African
Republic the world was watching and would hold them to account,
after the killings of hundreds of people, mainly civilians.

The warning from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came a
day after a militia killed 27 Muslims in a village outside the
capital, Bangui, underscoring the challenge international troops
face stabilising the country.

Dec 13, 2013

Militia attack in Central African Republic kills 27: U.N.

BANGUI (Reuters) – A militia group has killed 27 Muslims in a village in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said on Friday, in an attack underscoring the difficulties faced by French troops in stabilizing their former colony.

The Christian militia, known as anti-Balaka, killed the Muslims on Thursday in Bohong, a village about 75 km (47 miles) from the far western town of Bouar, the U.N. Human Rights office said.

Dec 13, 2013

Central African Republic humanitarian crisis mounts even as attacks ease

BANGUI (Reuters) – As the base for French forces in Central African Republic, Bangui airport is one of the safest places in town. It is now also home to around 30,000 civilians who have fled fighting between Christian and Muslim militia.

Even here, though, fear is palpable and access to the displaced, who are sprawled out across a large field or sheltering among rusting carcasses of abandoned airplanes, is controlled by Christian militia men and boys, some of whom are armed with machetes.