Central Africa - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Central Africa Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad area MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops fought Boko Haram in the Lake Chad area on Saturday, killing 13 of the Islamic extremists and arresting 10 others, including six women believed to have helped smuggle supplies to the insurgents, an army spokesman said. Meanwhile witnesses said four civilians out hunting for food near a displacement camp in the nor... Sun, 21 May 2017 17:28:00 GMT 2017-05-21T17:28:00Z 20,000 flee latest fighting in Central African Republic BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunmen looted humanitarian compounds as fighting gripped the Central African Republic town of Bria while more than 20,000 people have fled to a nearby U.N. peacekeeping base, authorities said Friday. Concerns are mounting that sectarian violence is again spiraling out of control in the country, even in places that p... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:04:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:04:00Z WHO: 400 contacts being traced in Congo's Ebola outbreak DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health workers are monitoring more than 400 people amid an Ebola outbreak in a remote corner of Congo where already three deaths have been blamed on the virus, the World Health Organization said Thursday. An experimental vaccine has been developed since the West African epidemic in 2014-2016 that left more than 11,000 people dead, bu... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:24:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:24:00Z Christian sect attacks Congo prison, frees leader, 50 others KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Christian sect members stormed a prison in Congo's capital Wednesday, freeing the leader of their movement and 50 others, Congo's justice minister said. Bundu dia Kongo movement leader Ne Mwanda Nsemi is now on the run after the 4 a.m. attack on Makala prison in Kinshasa, Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told local radio station Top Congo FM. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:27:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:27:00Z Central African Republic violence 'highly worrying,' UN says BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A series of attacks in remote areas of Central African Republic have forced more than 15,000 people to flee their homes over the past week while at least 130 are feared dead, authorities said Tuesday. Among the victims are six U.N. peacekeepers, marking the deadliest month for the mission since it began in 2014. The... Tue, 16 May 2017 17:34:00 GMT 2017-05-16T17:34:00Z 2nd Ebola case confirmed among 20 suspected in Congo: WHO KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The World Health Organization says a second case of Ebola has been confirmed by laboratory testing amid an outbreak in a remote corner of northern Congo. WHO said Tuesday that among the 20 suspected cases, two now have tested positive for the virus. Ebola was blamed for more than 11,000 deaths in West Africa durin... Tue, 16 May 2017 12:02:00 GMT 2017-05-16T12:02:00Z UN forces retake strategic areas of C. African Republic city BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — United Nations peacekeeping forces in Central African Republic retook strategic points of Bangassou Monday after armed rebels attacked over the weekend, killing a peacekeeper at a nearby U.N. base and displacing several thousand, the United Nations said Monday. More than 1,000 residents had fled their homes and had ... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:08:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:08:00Z Ugandan troops face sexual abuse charges in central Africa KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan soldiers in Central African Republic have sexually exploited or abused at least 13 women and girls since 2015, including at least one rape, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The rights group said in a report Monday that two of the women were girls when the abuse happened, charging that some of the victims have been threatened ... Mon, 15 May 2017 11:02:00 GMT 2017-05-15T11:02:00Z Latest fighting kills 37 people in Central African Republic BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Days of clashes in Central African Republic between sectarian rebel groups has left at least 37 people dead and many displaced in the central region, the local Red Cross said Thursday. Violence flared in Alindao, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Bambari on Saturday and Sunday as a faction of the mostly Muslim ... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:24:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:24:00Z 4 UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a U.N. convoy, sparking a firefight and kidnappings that left four peacekeepers dead, eight injured and one missing, the United Nations said Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the battle Mon... Wed, 10 May 2017 02:39:00 GMT 2017-05-10T02:39:00Z As manhunt ends, top African warlord Kony eludes justice KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Indicted for killing thousands and kidnapping children to become soldiers and sex slaves, Joseph Kony has been Africa's most notorious warlord for three decades. Now that the United States and others are ending the international manhunt for him and his Lord's Resistance Army, it appears Kony may never be brought to justice. His elus... Tue, 09 May 2017 16:30:00 GMT 2017-05-09T16:30:00Z Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad ex-leader Habre DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An appeals court in Senegal upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges, bringing to an end a landmark trial pursued by victims for more than 16 years. The court also ruled Thursday that millions of dollars of compensation awarded to more than 4,000 victims would be... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-04-27T16:35:00Z 20 more deaths in volatile central Congo, UN mission says KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo says at least 20 people have been killed as violence mounts in the country's center. The mission, known as MONUSCO, released a statement Wednesday detailing the attacks in the Kasai provinces. The region is where two U.N. experts — an American and a Swede — were slain along w... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:13:00 GMT 2017-04-26T16:13:00Z WFP says food shipment blocked by Burundi has turned back BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — The U.N.'s World Food Program says a convoy of food aid blocked from entering Burundi has returned to Rwanda. Peter Smerdon, a WFP official in East Africa, said Wednesday that authorities in Burundi prevented the convoy from entering the country because of "security issues." He said the food was a regular shipm... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:36:00 GMT 2017-04-26T14:36:00Z Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Tribeca Fest NEW YORK (AP) — The premiere of a virtual reality short by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already a high-profile event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. And then Hillary Clinton walked onstage. Clinton was an unannounced panelist, there to discuss the scourge of elephant poaching — the subject of Bigelow's eight-minute film "The ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:14:00 GMT 2017-04-23T07:14:00Z Kathryn Bigelow on VR after her first try: 'I love it' NEW YORK (AP) — As a filmmaker drawn to the most visceral forms of cinema, it was probably inevitable that Kathryn Bigelow's high-adrenaline curiosities would lead her to virtual reality. The Oscar-winning director on Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival premiered her first VR experience, "The Protectors: Walk in the Rangers' Shoes," an eight-minute, 360-degree plunge into th... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:03:00 GMT 2017-04-22T12:03:00Z Mission to pursue African warlord Kony is declared over KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military announced on Wednesday it is ending its pursuit of internationally known warlord Joseph Kony, saying its mission "has now been successfully achieved" even though the rebel leader remains at large. The decision means the manhunt for one of the world's most notorious fugitives is effectively over. Uganda has started ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:10:00 GMT 2017-04-19T14:10:00Z Another 17 mass graves found in central Congo, UN says KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Investigators have confirmed another 17 mass graves in central Congo, bringing the number to 40 discovered since clashes between soldiers and a local militia intensified in August, the United Nations human rights office said Wednesday, adding that Congolese soldiers reportedly killed at least 114 people, including 41 children. The r... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:53:00 GMT 2017-04-19T13:53:00Z UN says 16 staff members freed by South Sudan refugees KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations said late Tuesday that 16 staff members taken hostage by unarmed South Sudanese refugees at a U.N. camp in eastern Congo have been released unharmed. The U.N. peacekeeping department said in a statement released at U.N. headquarters in New York that "the camp is quiet and under full control" of peacekeepers at the Munigi base in Nort... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:05:00 GMT 2017-04-19T05:05:00Z Congo returns militia leader's body; new chief named KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's government says it has returned the body of a militia leader, whose death in August sparked months of fighting with the military that has left more than 400 people dead in the country's Kasai Central province. The interior ministry in a statement late Sunday said the Kamwina Nsapu militia, named after its late chief, has app... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:13:00 GMT 2017-04-17T13:13:00Z Boko Haram increasingly using children as bombers: UN DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Radical Islamic militants from Boko Haram are increasingly forcing children to carry out bombings, with the number of attacks since January already nearly reaching the total for all of last year, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N. children's agency. UNICEF says at least 117 attacks have been carried out by youth in ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:43:00 GMT 2017-04-12T11:43:00Z UNICEF: Boko Haram increasingly using children as bombers DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Radical Islamic militants from Boko Haram are increasingly forcing children to carry out bombings, with the number of attacks since January already nearly reaching the total for all of last year, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N. children's agency. UNICEF says at least 117 attacks have been carried out by youth in ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:36:00 GMT 2017-04-12T01:36:00Z A look at UN peacekeeping missions as US seeks cuts UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Part of President Donald Trump's proposed deep budget cuts in foreign aid could be significant reductions in U.N. peacekeeping missions in some of the world's most dangerous places. The U.N. Security Council is meeting Thursday on the issue at the United States' request. Here's a look at some of the 16 current peacekeeping missions around the world, inc... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-04-06T17:29:00Z Congo's leader promises election but doesn't say when KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's president said Wednesday he would appoint a prime minister within 48 hours as a political impasse looms, and he promised that long-delayed presidential elections would take place without saying when. President Joseph Kabila's comments to parliament were his first since his party reached a deal with the opposition on Dec. 31 ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:29:00 GMT 2017-04-05T16:29:00Z Armed group kills 8 in southern Congo in latest attack KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities say a brutal armed group in southern Congo blamed for murdering a U.N. team has killed at least eight people over the weekend. The fighters loyal to traditional leader Kamwina Nsapu launched their attack on Luebo late Friday. Among the victims was the area administrator's wife. Joseph Mbuyi Mubenga sai... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:45:00 GMT 2017-04-03T13:45:00Z Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has surrendered to Ugandan forces, the military said Thursday, shortly after the U.S. indicated it was pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most notorious fugitives. Michael Omona's surrender to Ugandan forces in Central African Republic "shows the degraded capacity" of the L... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:44:00 GMT 2017-03-30T16:44:00Z Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police: Officials BENI, Congo (AP) — A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in an increasingly violent region where the U.N. is searching for missing American and Swedish investigators, a local official said Saturday. Members of the Kamwina Nsapu militia staged the attack between the cities of Tshikapa and Kananga in Central Kasai provi... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:51:00 GMT 2017-03-25T17:51:00Z Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights group DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai region for nearly two weeks, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. Uruguayan peacekeepers and Tanzanian special forces who deployed to find the six people, including ones from the United States and Sweden, have faced... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:27:00 GMT 2017-03-25T13:27:00Z Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The armed group took over the school little by little. One day when a fighter came to collect and burn the students' desks, teacher Thiernd Ouronfei decided he'd had enough. "I said he must put the kids' desks down. They hit me in the head with a knife and I was sent to the hospital for at least a week," he said. Even now, after the school in Central Af... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:58:00 GMT 2017-03-23T10:58:00Z Congo disappearances raise alarm as political tensions grow DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Nearly a week after Congo's government announced the kidnapping of two United Nations experts along with their translator and drivers, no trace of them has been found. Their abduction in a region of the country where kidnappings are rare, and where the experts were investigating abuses by state and militia forces, has raised alarm as political tensions ... 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