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Rwanda National Police Deploy Two Contingents in CAR Rotation

[New Times] On Tuesday,two Formed Police Unit (FPU) contingents of combined 280 officers left Kigali International Airport for a one year tour-of-duty under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). (AllAfrica)

Vital UN Air Service Risks Being Grounded in Central African Republic Due to Funding Shortages

[WFP] UNHAS, which depends entirely on the support of international donors to finance its operating costs, is in urgent need of US$ 3 million to maintain its service for the next three months and will be grounded after January if there is no immediate injection of funds. (AllAfrica)

Rising Insecurity in C.Africa Threatens Wider Region, Security Council Told

[Independent (Kampala)] Bangui -Rising violence in the Central African Republic threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. (AllAfrica)

Up to 100 Civilians Shot and Burnt Alive As UN Peacekeepers Leave Posts

[AI London] The United Nations must carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops' response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic, Amnesty International said today in a new report. (AllAfrica)

Former CAR Militia Leader Arrested on Suspicion of War Crimes

[VOA] A leading African soccer official was arrested Wednesday in France on charges of war crimes committed in the Central African Republic. (AllAfrica)

Former Militia Leader Arrested on Suspicion of War Crimes

[VOA] A leading African soccer official was arrested Wednesday in France on charges of war crimes committed in the Central African Republic. (AllAfrica)

Militia Leader Arrested in France for War Crimes

[Deutsche Welle] The ICC had issued the arrest warrant of Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona for war crimes. He is the suspected leader of a militia accused of carrying out attacks on the Central African Republic's Muslim population. (AllAfrica)

Rising Numbers of 'Skeletal' Children As Central African Republic Violence Surges

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde -Starving, hiding in the bush or with armed groups, two in three children in the Central African Republic need aid, the United Nations said on Friday, as surging violence, attacks on humanitarians and funding shortages raise the spectre of famine. (AllAfrica)

Boys, Men Raped and Castrated in CAR War

[CAJ News] Bangui -REBEL groups have raped and cut off genitals of scores of boys and men in the Central African Republic (CAR). (AllAfrica)

UNICEF Says Crisis Grossly Overlooked

[RFI] Two thirds children in the Central African Republic need humanitarian assistance, while one in four is displaced or a refugee. Those are the latest findings in a report published 30 November by the United Nations Children Agency, UNICEF. (AllAfrica)

UNICEF: Children Face Lives of Desperation, Deprivation

[VOA] A new report presents a dire portrait of the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the Central African Republic. They live in a state of permanent crisis brought on by years of conflict and international neglect, a report by the United Nations Children's Fund on the "Crisis in the Central African Republic" found. (AllAfrica)

UNICEF Alert Over Children's Plight

[Deutsche Welle] Years of conflict in the Central African Republic mean most children there threatened with war, disease and hunger and are in dire need of help, the UN children's agency said. And things are only getting worse. (AllAfrica)

War Crime Survivors Dare to Hope for Justice

[IRIN] It was two nights before Christmas in 2013 in a suburb of Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic. All Claire's grandchildren were gathered in her house, playing, seemingly safe from the horrors outside. (AllAfrica)

The U.S.$12 Billion Loan That Wasn't

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The Central African Republic was U.S.$ billion richer earlier this week - but only for a while. (AllAfrica)

Parliamentary Protest Backfires as Lawmaker Faces the ICC

[Legalbrief] When CAR lawmaker Alfred Yekatom fired a live round in Parliament less than a month ago, he probably didn't expect to be hauled in front of the International Criminal Court. (AllAfrica)

CAR War Crimes Suspect 'Rambo' Protests Rough Treatment

[Deutsche Welle] A former militia leader from the Central African Republic has appeared at the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges. Alfred Yekatom, also known as Rambo, said he was tortured before being sent to The Hague. (AllAfrica)

ICC - Alfred Yekatom Makes First Appearance

[Cameroon Tribune] The former Central African Republic militia commander is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. (AllAfrica)

More Than Six in 10 People Now Need Urgent Humanitarian Assistance - UN

[UN News] People's needs in Central African Republic (CAR) have increased significantly in recent months, the top United Nations aid official in the country warned on Wednesday, amid worsening localized violence that has included the recent torching of two camps for displaced people. (AllAfrica)

Russia and France Bicker As UN Extends CAR Peacekeeping Mission

[Deutsche Welle] The UN Security Council has agreed to extend its MINUSCA mission in the Central African Republic for only a month as Russia and France wrangle over the mandate's wording. (AllAfrica)

Guterres Says UN Mission Committed to Protecting Civilians

[UN News] Amid a recent uptick in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday said he stood in solidarity with the crisis torn country and warned that attacks against defenseless civilians and UN 'blue helmets' may amount to war crimes. (AllAfrica)

Yékatom's Charges a New Chance for Justice

[HRW] Nairobi -The International Criminal Court (ICC) has a new opportunity to deliver justice to victims in the Central African Republic as it takes its first suspect into custody in its investigation of serious crimes committed in the country since 2012. (AllAfrica)

Winless Amavubi Crash Out of Afcon 2019 Qualifying Race

[New Times] Central African Republic twice came from behind to deny Rwanda's Amavubi a win in an explosive Group H AFCON 2019 qualifier at Huye Stadium on Sunday. (AllAfrica)

CAR's Colonel 'Rambo' to Face War Crimes Charges in the Hague

[Deutsche Welle] A militia leader from the Central African Republic has been extradited to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Alfred Yekatom will face trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. (AllAfrica)

Military, Security Recruitment Afoot

[Cameroon Tribune] The Central African Republic, CAR, is recruiting 1,023 young people into the military and security forces. Radio Ndeke Luka on November 13, 2018 cited Col. Ghislaine Léa Yangongo, Vice Chair of the Joint Recruitment Committee as saying they have so far received 15,846 applications! Col. Enzema Nguema of the UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, said after screening, files will be forwarded to the US Embassy and the European Union Multi-national Military Training Mission, EUTM for verification. This is t (AllAfrica)

CAR Going Toward Abyss - Norwegian Refugee Council's Egeland

[Deutsche Welle] The Central African Republic is facing "the abyss," Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, told DW's Paul Lorgerie in the country in the heart of Africa as the UN prepares a renewed peacekeeping mandate. (AllAfrica)

From the CAR to Eritrea, Russia's African Ambitions Unfold

[VOA] The Central African Republic might seem like an unusual venue for Russia's evolving strategy in Africa. The CAR doesn't boast Ethiopia's booming economy or Angola's deep oil reserves. It lacks a developed mining industry like Zambia or a strategic location like Djibouti. (AllAfrica)

Fears of Arms Race As Armed Groups Fight Government

[RFI] An arms race is building between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and government forces, according to a new report by a US-based NGO. It warns that a build up in weapons could lead to an escalation in sectarian violence, bloodier than ever before. (AllAfrica)

Skipper Niyonzima Dropped for CAR Tie

[New Times] Amavubi head coach Vincent Mashami will be without his captain Haruna Niyonzima during the clash against Central African Republic (CAR) when the two national teams face off at Huye Stadium next week. (AllAfrica)

Shifting Alliances, Foreign Interference - Mapping the Web of Armed Groups in the Central African Republic

[ENOUGH] A new report by the Enough Project maps the myriad war profiteering armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR), exploring their shifting alliances and competing interests in the country's five-year war. (AllAfrica)

Efforts to Rebuild National Army Continue - Defense Minister

[VOA] Throughout nearly six years of civil war, the Central African Republic's military has struggled to restore peace. Fighting with rebels and militias has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, while accusations of human rights abuses and ethnic bias have left some civilians in fear of their protectors. (AllAfrica)

Election of New Speaker Awaited

[Cameroon Tribune] Attention in the Central African Republic (CAR), is now focused on the election of a new Speaker of Parliament after Abdou Karim Meckouassa was impeached by lawmakers on October 26, 2018 on grounds of bad governance. It was the first time in CAR's history that a Parliament Speaker would be impeached. Meckouassa lost the impeachment by 98 votes for and 41 against - with one null vote. Barely a day after the vote, Parliament announced the opening of applications for the position of Speaker, with an election (AllAfrica)