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Stories with place: Central Africa
  • Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members 1 day after verdict 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 12:49 pm

    N'DJAMENA, Chad - Chad executed by firing squad 10 members of Boko Haram on Saturday, the security minister said, marking the first use of the death penalty since the country bolstered its anti-terror measures last month.

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram used teenager to spy on airport 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 10:55 am

    ABUJA, Nigeria - The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram infiltrated the capital's main airport and was using a teenager to carrying out surveillance, Nigeria's intelligence agency said.

  • Armed group frees 163 children in Central African Republic 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 3:23 pm

    BATANGAFO, Central African Republic - A militia group released 163 children from its ranks on Friday in Central African Republic, a country where as many as 10,000 youth have become ensnared in the sectarian violence between armed groups since 2013.

  • Congo's president signs legislation for elections 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 4:18 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's president has signed legislation to keep elections on a timeline proposed by an independent commission, a government spokesman said Wednesday, as the new U.S. envoy for the region urged respect for the constitution and electoral calendar.

  • UN Central African Republic head promises discipline 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 1:05 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - The United Nations' acting special representative for Central African Republic has said there is zero-tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers, calling on civilian and military personnel to act responsibly.

  • Convicted Congolese warlord appeals for early release 
    Updated: Aug-21-15 6:28 am

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A Congolese warlord convicted of using child soldiers appealed Friday to the International Criminal Court for early release from his 14-year sentence, saying he wants to go to university to research the causes of ethnic conflicts.

  • Countries delay UN plan to name those accused of sex abuse 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 7:19 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is rejecting growing pressure to name countries whose peacekeepers face sexual abuse accusations in Central African Republic against children as young as 11, keeping silent because member states have delayed the U.N. chief's plan to identify alleged perpetrators.

  • France considers further reduction of its troops in CAR 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 11:00 am

    PARIS - The French government considers withdrawing more of its troops from Central African Republic by the end of the year.

  • UN: Some sexual abuse charges against peacekeepers ignored story has photos
    Updated: Aug-18-15 4:16 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The 12-year-old girl said she had been raped by a foreign soldier, one of many who had come to Central African Republic to calm sectarian violence. So the military commander brought her in front of a dozen of his soldiers and asked: Can you identify him?

  • Genocide charges filed over violence in southeastern Congo 
    Updated: Aug-15-15 1:20 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - A court in southeastern Congo has charged 34 people with genocide in connection with ethnic violence that has killed hundreds over the past two years, the country's government spokesman said Saturday.

  • Cameroon pledges 2,450 troops to anti-Boko Haram force 
    Updated: Aug-15-15 7:13 am

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Cameroon's president has vowed to send 2,450 troops to join a regional army to fight Boko Haram, nearly tripling his initial pledge.

  • UN to start naming, shaming countries for alleged misconduct 
    Updated: Aug-13-15 7:56 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Taking aim at "a cancer in our system," the U.N. secretary-general on Thursday announced that he intends to start naming and shaming countries whose troops and police serving in U.N. peacekeeping missions face credible accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation.

  • Republic of Congo president reshuffles government 
    Updated: Aug-11-15 11:52 am

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The president of the Republic of Congo has reshuffled his government and replaced two ministers who opposed a constitutional reform that would allow him to run for another term in office.

  • Rwanda peacekeeper kills 4 colleagues in C. African Republic 
    Updated: Aug-08-15 12:29 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - The United Nations mission in Central African Republic says a Rwandan peacekeeper there has shot dead four of his colleagues and wounded eight others.

  • Earthquake hits eastern Congo, killing 2 children 
    Updated: Aug-07-15 3:46 am

    KINSHASA, Congo - A government spokesman says that a 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook eastern Congo early Friday, causing the death of at least two children.

  • Central African Republic: UN peacekeeper killed in capital 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 7:08 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - One United Nations peacekeeper was killed and eight were injured Sunday in Central African Republic's capital after they came under attack by armed men bearing machine guns and grenades, a U.N. spokesman said.

  • Benin pledges 800 troops to anti-Boko Haram force 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 11:01 am

    COTONOU, Benin - Benin's president has vowed to contribute 800 troops to a regional force intended to combat the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

  • Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:46 am

    DAKAR, Senegal - Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International said Friday.