AU heralds ’great day’ for C.A.R. as peace deal announced

An elusive peace deal between the Central African Republic and armed rebel groups operating there has finally been reached, according to the African Union (AU) and MINUSCA, the United Nations mission in CAR. Smail Chergui, the AU commissioner for peace and security, announced the deal on Saturday following days of…

Russia confirms ‘private security firms’ are in Sudan

Russia confirms ‘private security firms’ are in Sudan

Russia’s foreign ministry has confirmed that “private security firms” are indeed working in Sudan, but spokeswoman Maria Zakharova downplayed their role in ongoing Sudan protests as irresponsible reporting on the part of Western news outlets. “We are informed that some employees of Russian private security firms, who have no relation…

France transfers custody of CAR’s Ngaïssona to ICC

France transfers custody of CAR’s Ngaïssona to ICC

Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona of the Central African Republic was transferred Wednesday to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the The Hague by the government of France. He was arrested in France in December, following an ICC warrant for the suspected war criminal. Ngaïssona, 51, is an African football executive and the…

Reports confirm Russian security support in volatile Sudan

The Sudan Tribune, an independent news outlet based in Paris, say it has confirmed the presence of Russian mercenaries in Khartoum amid the country’s youth uprising and ongoing protests. Journalists speaking with a source at Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) say their contact acknowledged the Russian Wagner Group…

UN chief calls for justice after C.A.R. attacks

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday said he stood in solidarity with the Central African Republic (CAR), as violence against civilians and UN peacekeepers again increases. His statement follows an attack Thursday on an IDP camp in the town of Alindao that left at least 37 people dead. That attack was…

Facebook reveals ‘elections war room’ to combat fake news

The social media giant Facebook has come under heavy fire for its admitted failures to protect user privacy, to prevent “fake news” on its platform that influences elections or hate speech that fuels unrest. That’s been true in the United States and Europe, and notably in Myanmar where misinformation has…

UNGA: Touadéra appeals for an end to C.A.R. arms embargo

President Faustin Touadéra of the Central African Republic appealed for an end to an arms embargo on his conflict-torn country during a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. Touadéra praised MINUSCA – the UN mission for CAR – for its role in protecting civilians…

C.A.R. to welcome Russian team in probe of journalist deaths

The Central African Republic is making arrangements for Russian investigators to access the site where three Russian journalists were killed on July 30, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. TASS reports that Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking during a regular weekly briefing Thursday, said Moscow has…

More questions than answers in C.A.R. Russian journalist deaths

In Moscow, there was an outpouring of support at the Central House of Journalists following the news that three Russian journalists – Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev, and Orkhan Dzhemal – were killed in an ambush near the Central African Republic town of Sibut. Vyacheslav Umanovsky, head of the Russian journalists union, said one…

MINUSCA chief appeals for CAR humanitarian, security support

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), said the nation remains under threat and requires the continued support of the UN Security Council in order to assist the CAR in restoring government authority, and meet humanitarian needs. Nearly one in four Central…

Tedros visits C.A.R. after DRC Ebola assessment

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, returned to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday to check on the progress of Ebola treatment and containment. He then visited Central African Republic, one of nine neighboring countries taking preparedness measures. “We have made great progress in the fight…

New attack on C.A.R. aid workers forces patients from hospital

Another attack on aid workers and facilities in the Central African Republic has prompted outrage from the country’s United Nations humanitarian coordinator, who demanded that the armed groups responsible be held accountable for the consequences of violating international humanitarian law. The statement from Najat Rochdi followed an intrusion at the…