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U.N. experts alarmed by Russian security contractors’ ‘abuses’ in Central Africa

U.N. experts expressed alarm on Wednesday over reports of executions and other abuses by Russian security contractors in Central African Republic and over their close contacts with U.N. peacekeepers.
FILE PHOTO - President Faustin-Archange Touadera greets supporters after highest court confirmed his re-election at his party headquarter in Bangui, Central Africa Republic January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Antoine Rolland

CAR president vows to tackle armed groups

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 to the gold- and diamond-rich country wracked by prolonged political instability.
The government of the perennially unstable Central African Republic on Saturday accused former president Francois Bozize of an attempted coup ahead of next week's elections, after three main rebel groups merged and threatened to march on Bangui.

Ex-CAR president takes charge of rebel groups plotting to unseat government

Former President Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic has taken charge of a rebel alliance aiming to overthrow the central government.
FILE PHOTO - President Faustin-Archange Touadera greets supporters after highest court confirmed his re-election at his party headquarter in Bangui, Central Africa Republic January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Antoine Rolland

Central African Republic votes amid tight security after December violence

Central African Republic voted at heavily guarded polling stations in a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday after rebel violence marred December’s polls.
FILE PHOTO - A general view shows a part of the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, February 16, 2016. REUTERS-Siegfried Modola-File Photo

Central African Republic braces for tense elections amid conflict

Central African Republic will vote in a second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday under high security after a surge in rebel violence surrounding December’s polls
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Amnesty: Fourteen killed at religious site in Central Africa

Fourteen people, including at least two civilians, were killed inside a “religious site” as government and rebel forces fought for control of a Central African Republic (CAR) town, rights group Amnesty International said Thursday.
War crimes suspect Alfred Yekatom, wanted for alleged murder, deportation and torture of Muslims in the Central African Republic, appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands November 23 2018. REUTERS-Piroschka van de Wouw

Suspected militia leaders plead not guilty to CAR war crimes

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 them at the start of their trial at the International Criminal Court.
On 25 January 2019, Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona appeared before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC or Court), at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands).

Central Africa football boss, ‘Rambo’ on trial for war crimes

A former top Central African Republic football official and a militiaman nicknamed Rambo go on trial at the International Criminal court Tuesday charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Rebel forces advancing on the Central African Republic's capital Bangui have been pushed back and the situation is under control, a spokesperson for UN peacekeeping forces said on Sunday, as tensions mount a week before key elections.

Central Africa government forces retake key town from rebels

Forces loyal to the Central African Republic government have retaken a key town from rebels, the country's prime minister said on Wednesday, as the UN said peacekeepers would maintain a "robust" posture.
Rwanda has deployed troops to the Central African Republic, where its soldiers serving in the UN peacekeeping force have been targeted by rebels, the defence ministry in Kigali said.

Great Lakes African leaders call for Central African Republic ceasefire

African leaders from the Great Lakes region called on rebels in the conflict-riven Central African Republic to agree to a ceasefire on Friday.
A woman who fled the violent rebellion in Central African Republic (CAR) sits with her family as they wait for their identification process in the border town of Garoua Boulai, Cameroon January 7, 2021. REUTERS-Joel Kouam-File Photo

UN: Over 200,000 displaced by Central African Republic violence

More than 200,000 people have fled fighting in the Central African Republic since violence erupted over a December election result, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, with nearly half crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rebels killed two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic on Monday, the UN mission MINUSCA said, hours after the top court confirmed President Faustin Archange Touadera's re-election in a December vote marred by low turnout.

Two UN troops killed in CAR as president’s re-election confirmed

Rebels killed two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic on Monday, the UN mission MINUSCA said, hours after the top court confirmed President Faustin Archange Touadera's re-election in a December vote marred by low turnout.
The Constitutional Court of the Central African Republic on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadera.

Court confirms re-election of Faustin-Archange Touadera as CAR president

The Constitutional Court of the Central African Republic on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadera.
Rebel forces advancing on the Central African Republic's capital Bangui have been pushed back and the situation is under control, a spokesperson for UN peacekeeping forces said on Sunday, as tensions mount a week before key elections.

UN troops retake rebel-controlled city in Central Africa Republic

UN peacekeeping troops say they have retaken control of a city in the Central African Republic captured two weeks ago by armed groups waging an offensive against President Faustin Archange Touadera’s regime.
Rebel forces advancing on the Central African Republic's capital Bangui have been pushed back and the situation is under control, a spokesperson for UN peacekeeping forces said on Sunday, as tensions mount a week before key elections.

UN: Rebels thwarted in attack near Central African capital

Rebel forces in the Central African Republic on Wednesday mounted their closest attack to the capital Bangui before being repelled with the death of a peacekeeper, the country's UN mission said.
Rebel forces advancing on the Central African Republic's capital Bangui have been pushed back and the situation is under control, a spokesperson for UN peacekeeping forces said on Sunday, as tensions mount a week before key elections.

French warplanes fly over Central African Republic amid rebel offensives

Rebels attacked two towns in the Central African Republic on Saturday as French warplanes flew over in an apparent attempt to deter an advance on the capital after a disputed election.
The crowd dispersed in front of the headquarters of the Mouvement Coeur Unis (MCU), after the outgoing president and party member, Faustin Archange Touadera, cancelled a visit to his supporters in Bangui on January 5, 2021. – The country’s National Electoral Authority (ANE), late on January 4, 2020 declared Faustin Archange Touadera winner of the December 27, 2020 vote with 53.92 percent of the ballot, if confirmed by the CAR’s top court, it means a runoff will not be needed. (Photo by FLORENT VERGNES / AFP)

UN: 30,000 flee Central Africa over election unrest

More than 30,000 people have been forced to flee the Central African Republic due to violence surrounding its elections, the UN said Friday, and tens of thousands more have been internally displaced.

CAR imposes night-time curfew amid rebellion claims

President Faustin-Archange Touadéra said the curfew would be in place from 20:00 local time to 05:00, but it’s unclear how long it will last.
The government of the perennially unstable Central African Republic on Saturday accused former president Francois Bozize of an attempted coup ahead of next week's elections, after three main rebel groups merged and threatened to march on Bangui.

Former CAR president under investigation for ‘rebellion’

The Central African Republic has launched an investigation into former President Francois Bozize, whom the government accuses of plotting a coup before last month’s elections.

Central African rebels attack, enter town before election results announced

Rebel fighters in Central African Republic attacked and partially occupied a diamond-mining town on Sunday, four security and humanitarian sources said, a day before authorities are due to declare results of the presidential election.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster as he announced a range of extraordinary measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has infected 61 people so far.

Cyril Ramaphosa calls for peace and dialogue as CAR holds elections

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged political actors in the Central African Republic (CAR) to "desist from fomenting or escalating tension" and to "commit to dialogue as a means to achieve sustainable peace and stability" as the country goes to the polls on Sunday.
Polls have opened in the Central African Republic (CAR) to choose a new president and parliament amid fears of escalating violence as the government tries to hold off a rebel advance on the capital, Bangui.

Central African Republic votes under threat of violence

Voters in the Central African Republic go to the polls on Sunday for presidential and legislative elections being held under violence.

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Two ‘killed’, one injured as robbers attack bullion van in Ondo

Two persons were feared killed while one was injured as bank robbers attacked a bullion van at Bolorunduro area in Ondo East council area of Ondo state.
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Ondo governor commiserates with Pastor Adeboye over son’s demise

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CBN governor vows to block maize importation

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele on Thursday vowed to resist importation of maize as Nigerians have the capacity and capability to grow the crop locally to meet consumption demand.
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VP Osinbajo: Nigeria’s unity must not be compromised

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NNPC: We’ll commission rehabilitated PHC refinery in 2023

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HEDA: Lagos anti-graft law unconstitutional

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Edo: Police arrest five ‘armed robbers’, recover two ‘stolen vehicles’

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[File] Nigeria's Senate leader, Bukola Saraki, announces that he would stand to become the main opposition candidate in 2019's presidential elections in Abuja, Nigeria, August 30, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Senator Saraki: Journalists must be empowered to engender national development

The immediate past President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for the empowerment of Nigerian journalists in order to help tell stories that will change the narrative of the country for better.
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Argentina’s ambassador wants stronger footballing ties with Nigeria

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National Assembly pledges safe return of Nigerian students stranded in Caribbean Island

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has assured 230 Nigerian students currently stranded in the Southern Caribbean nation hit by volcanic eruptions that the National Assembly would intervene to ensure that they are safely brought back home.