URGENT ¥¥¥ AU suspends Central African Republic, sanctions rebels

The African Union on Monday suspended the Central African Republic and ordered sanctions against the rebel leaders who captured the capital Bangui over the weekend, a senior AU official said.

"The council has decided to suspend with immediate effect (the) Central African Republic from all African Union activities and to impose sanctions, travel restrictions and an asset freeze on Seleka's leaders," said AU peace and security chief Ramtane Lamamra.

The Seleka coalition is a loose alliance of three rebel movements.