Latest Central African Republic News

Central African Republic leader: Cease-fire aims for peace

Oct. 18, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Central African Republic’s leader on Monday called his unilateral cease-fire announcement a new effort to restore peace to his crisis-wracked country. And he and strongly defended his decision to ask Russian instructors and Rwandan forces to help counter rebels...

Central African Republic leader offers cease-fire to rebels

Oct. 15, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — President Faustin Archange Touadera declared a unilateral cease-fire Friday with the armed rebel groups that have threatened to overthrow him once already this year in Central African Republic, though it was not known whether militants would hold...

ICC hearing opens for Central African Republic rebel

Oct. 12, 2021 08:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A key pre-trial hearing opened Tuesday at the International Criminal Court for an alleged Central African Republic rebel leader, with the court's chief prosecutor urging judges to confirm that evidence against the suspect is strong enough to merit putting him...

UN diplomats: Russia is blocking sanctions experts in Africa

Sep. 29, 2021 22:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is holding up the appointment of independent experts to monitor implementation of sanctions on four African countries, saying the panels proposed by the U.N. secretary-general are not geographically balanced and some members are not impartial, U.N. diplomats...

UN sends home Gabonese peacekeepers in CAR over sexual abuse

Sep. 15, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday ordered the immediate repatriation of the entire U.N. peacekeeping contingent from Gabon serving in the Central African Republic following credible reports of sexual abuse by some of its 450 members and past allegations....

UN withdraws Gabon peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Sep. 15, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The United Nations is withdrawing 450 Gabonese peacekeepers from its mission in Central African Republic following allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, Gabon’s government said Wednesday. “Following the numerous cases of allegations...

ESPN+ to televise African World Cup soccer qualifiers

Sep. 01, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Conn, (AP) — ESPN has obtained U.S. television rights to African World Cup qualifying and will stream the matches on ESPN+. Coverage began Wednesday with six second-round matches, starting with the Central African Republic's game against Cape Verde. ...

UN extends CAR arms embargo despite China appeal to lift it

Jul. 29, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council extended the arms embargo against the Central African Republic for a year on Thursday despite an appeal from China to lift it, saying the government hasn’t met U.N. benchmarks including ensuring the protection and control of all weapons. ...