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African conflicts under the AU/UN microscope

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Eight countries and two African regions were under scrutiny when the United Nations (UN)/African Union (AU) Joint Task Force (JTF) on peace and security...

Indonesian sergeant is youngest ever UN woman police officer of the...

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The specific skillset an Indonesian police officer brought to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) earned first sergeant...

UN medals for Rwandan peacekeepers

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The service given by Rwandan soldiers, including medics, to the cause of peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been rewarded with United...

ISS: Conflict and organised crime are razing CAR’s rainforests

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Forests cover just over one third of the Central African Republic’s (CAR) territory. The forestry sector is a vital source of income and employment,...

Battle of Bangui was not about business interests – Modise

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It’s taken more than 10 years for South Africa to be officially told the soldiers killed in what has become known as the Battle...

ISS: Sudan’s war poses grave risks for Chad and CAR

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Opponents in Sudan’s deadly clashes seem determined to continue fighting despite repeated calls from neighbouring countries, the African Union and United Nations for a...

Exclusive: Wagner founder Prigozhin says counter-terrorism is company’s primary African focus

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Founder of Russian private military company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has defended his company’s activities in Africa, saying that his involvement on the continent is...

UN medals for MINUSCA’s Rwandans

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Peacekeeping duties honourably executed by Rwandan soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been rewarded with United Nations (UN) service medals. The Rwandans serving...

UN medals for Rwandans in CAR

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The services and support given by a group of Rwandan peacekeepers including combat forces and medics were honoured with United Nations (UN) peacekeeping medals...

“Lethargy” strikes CAR political process

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The senior United Nations (UN) representative in the Central African Republic (CAR) maintains the country is in a state of “de facto lethargy” as...

Maxime Mokom: the man from the Central African Republic on trial...

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The Central African Republic (CAR) descended into conflict in 2013 when Seleka rebels deposed then President François Bozizé. Seleka rebels claimed to stand for the...

Sri Lanka rotates Mi-17s with UN mission in CAR

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The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has dispatched two Mi-17 helicopters to its aviation contingent in the Central African Republic (CAR). These are serving with...

Rugwabiza is new top UN staffer in CAR

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has a new Special Representative for the Central African Republic (CAR) and Head of the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated...

ISS: Wagner’s dubious operatics in CAR and beyond

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Russia has established a strong military presence in the Central African Republic (CAR) over the past four years, clandestinely using dubious actors like the...

Wagner Group continues to exert Russian influence in Africa

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The increasing presence of Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa underlined the Kremlin’s continued efforts to exert its influence on the continent in 2021. The shadowy...

Tunisian helicopters operational in Central African Republic

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The Tunisian Air Force’s three AB205A helicopters with the United Nations Minusca mission are now fully operational in the Central African Republic (CAR). The three...

UNMAS looking to make CAR mine-free

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Mines, whether anti-personnel or anti-vehicle, are unwanted remnants of conflict and war scattered widely around the world. The UN Mine Action Service (MAS) is visible...

US confronts Russia as UN renews Central Africa peacekeepers

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Russia and China abstained in a UN Security Council vote on Friday to extend a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR)...

Gold, diamonds and drugs: Portuguese peacekeepers suspected of smuggling

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Portuguese police have clamped down on a crime ring that allegedly involved the country's UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) using military...

UN says Central African Republic soldiers wounded ten Egyptian peacekeepers

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The United Nations mission in Central African Republic on Tuesday accused the country's presidential guard of opening fire on unarmed Egyptian peacekeepers and wounding...

Maintain momentum in CAR, UN urged

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Last week’s announcement of a unilateral ceasefire in the Central African Republic (CAR) is a positive step, the top UN official there told the Security Council as he...

Central African Republic declares unilateral ceasefire in fight with rebels

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Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera on Friday declared a unilateral cessation of fighting against armed groups, saying he hoped it would lead to...

Central African Republic war crimes suspect ‘beat’ prisoners, ICC prosecutor says

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A former Central African Republic “Seleka” faction commander took part in beatings and mistreatment of prisoners suspected of supporting ousted President Francois Bozize, an...

Central African Republic rebel attack death toll rises to 20

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The death toll from an attack three days ago by rebel fighters in Central African Republic on a small convoy of semi-trucks filled with...

At least 12 killed in Central African Republic road ambush

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At least 12 people were killed in Central African Republic on Tuesday when rebel fighters ambushed and set fire to three semi-trucks ferrying passengers...

CAR SEA allegations see Gabonese soldiers sent home

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The entire Gabonese contingent attached to the UN Mission in Central African Republic (CAR) are to be “sent home immediately” in the wake of...

New commander for EU training mission in CAR

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French one-star general Jacques Langlade de Montgros is the new European Union Training Mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM CAR) commander taking over...

Rwandans boost MINUSCA force

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The UN peacekeeping mission force in Central African Republic (CAR) now boasts an additional 300 soldiers from Rwanda, labelled the “Prussians of modern Africa”. The...

Russians accused of Central African Republic abuses in UN report

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Russian military instructors and Central African Republic (CAR) troops targeted civilians with excessive force, indiscriminate killings, occupation of schools and large-scale looting, according to...

ISS: Will this week’s AU mission to CAR deliver a change...

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More regional attention is welcome, but a four-day visit is unlikely to produce more than a show of commitment. The ongoing conflict in the Central...

Bangui was a mission too far, says former Joint Operations Chief...

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Retired Major General Ashton Sibango has said South Africa’s mission to the Central African Republic that ended in the death of 15 soldiers was...

Frenchman charged with espionage in Central African Republic

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A French national has been charged with espionage in the Central African Republic, a month after he was arrested with a cache of weapons...

France suspends aid, military support for Central African Republic

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France has suspended aid and military cooperation in Central African Republic because of what it says is the government’s failure to stop “massive disinformation...

Chad, Central African Republic call for international investigation into border incident

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Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) have called on the United Nations and African Union to investigate an incident at a border post...

Chad accuses Central African Republic troops of war crime

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Chad's defence ministry on Sunday said troops of neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) had attacked a Chadian military post, killed one soldier, and kidnapped...

Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters delivered to Central African Republic

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A Russian Air Force Antonov An-124 transport aircraft has delivered Mi-8MT and Mi-24V helicopters to the Central African Republic. According to Centrafriquenews, the helicopters arrived...

Cameroon takes delivery of military hardware for CAR peacekeeping mission

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Cameroon has received the first of two consignments of military equipment including armoured personnel carriers, 4x4s, trailers, and personal protective equipment for its troops...

UN findings on PMCs in Africa “a bit rich”

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Criticism by a UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) working group on mercenaries of inter-operability between Russian private military contractors (PMCs) and UN peacekeepers...

UN experts alarmed by CAR Russian trainers

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A group of UN experts expressed alarm at increased recruitment and use of private military and foreign security contractors by the government of Central...

Central African Republic militia leader dies from injuries, say rebels

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A Central African Republic militia leader blacklisted by the United States and the UN for human rights abuses including rape and torture has died...

Central African Republic President Touadara vows to tackle armed groups

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Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera was sworn in for a second five-year term on Tuesday, vowing to eliminate armed groups and attract investment...

Central African Republic votes amid tight security after December violence

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Almost all polling stations in Central African Republic were able to open for a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, the electoral body...

Central African Republic braces for tense elections amid conflict

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Central African Republic will vote in a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday under high security after a surge in rebel violence surrounding...

ISS: CAR attempts democracy and justice amid violent chaos

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The turbulence in the Central African Republic raises questions about the timing of institutional reform. The arrangements to transition the turbulent Central African Republic (CAR)...

Central African Republic retakes rebel stronghold in north

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Central African Republic’s army, backed by Russian and Rwandan allies, regained control on Wednesday of the rebel stronghold of Bossangoa, extending a series of...

Children seen at risk of recruitment in Central African Republic fighting

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Armed groups have recruited nearly 3 000 children in Central African Republic (CAR) since violence flared over a 27 December election result and more...

Suspected militia leaders plead not guilty to Central African Republic war...

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Two men accused of leading Christian-dominated militias in widespread attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday rejected all charges against...

Former soccer executive on trial at ICC for Central African Republic...

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Two men accused of leading Christian-dominated militias in widespread attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) go on trial on Tuesday at...

More than 200 000 flee ‘apocalyptic’ conflict in Central African Republic

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More than 200 000 people have fled fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) since violence erupted over a December election result, the UN...

Central African Republic suspect to fight war crimes allegations at ICC-lawyer

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A former Central African Republic “Seleka” faction commander suspected of war crimes intends to contest allegations brought at the International Criminal Court, his lawyer...