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13 bodies found in ex-rebel camp in C. Africa capital

Thirteen decomposing corpses have been discovered in a camp housing ex-rebels in the strife-torn Central African Republic, a prosecutor told AFP on Friday. The corpses, some mere skeletons, were found in a disused fuel tank at a camp of former fighters of the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group whose coup a year ago sparked the country's descent into chaos. The bodies "were found in different places in the tank, which suggests that the people were thrown in there alive and struggled to get out," Ghislain Grezenguet, lead prosecutor in the capital Bangui, told AFP.

Months after flight to Uganda, M23 rebels still in limbo

Three months after their ignominious military defeat just across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the rebels of the M23 are still waiting to be able to go home. Close to 1,300 former rebels, who once made up the strongest army in the mineral-rich but impoverished Kivu region, have been left in limbo in a camp in Uganda following their defeat at the hands of he national army and a special United Nations intervention force. "I want to go home and it's my right to go home," said one former fighter, disarmed and stationed here in this military camp.

Soldiers lynch man at army ceremony in Central African Republic

By Media Coulibaly BANGUI (Reuters) - A group of soldiers in Central African Republic's capital lynched a man on Wednesday whom they suspected of having been a rebel, minutes after hearing the new president promise to restore security at a ceremony to reinstate the divided country's armed forces. Meanwhile Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that rebels who have fled the capital Bangui in recent weeks are regrouping in the country's northwest where they have launched renewed attacks against civilians.

World Bank eyes $1 billion African resource mapping fund in July

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The World Bank wants to launch a $1 billion fund in July to map the mineral resources of Africa, using satellites and airborne surveys to fill geological gaps across the continent where a lack of adequate data hampers mining investments. The World Bank has committed $200 million to the five-year fund, and was meeting with mining companies and governments from sub-Saharan Africa who have expressed interest, a senior bank official told Reuters on Wednesday.

AU warns S.Sudan, C.Africa 'falling into the abyss'

African leaders on Friday toiled over how to stamp out two spiralling conflicts on the continent, warning urgent solutions were needed to prevent South Sudan and the Central African Republic from "falling into the abyss." The African Union summit wrapped up with calls to boost support for a peacekeeping mission on the ground in Central Africa, and send monitors to oversee a shaky ceasefire in South Sudan.

Africa commits troops amid S.Sudan, C.Africa conflicts

African countries committed troops Friday to a rapid-deployment emergency force to stamp out future conflict on the continent, at the close of an African Union summit dominated by bloodshed in two nations. "We have decided the establishment of an African rapid reaction force.... States are to provide forces to conduct operations," said newly appointed AU chair and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

UN sanctions expected against people behind violence in CAR

The United Nations was expected on Tuesday to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions against those who foment violence in the crisis-wracked Central African Republic, a French official said Monday. Meanwhile, troops of an African peacekeeping force known as MISCA were escorting out of Bangui former rebels of the mainly Muslim coalition that seized power in March last year, according to residents and a senior human rights observer.

UN says M23 recruiting in Rwanda

The UN Security Council brushed aside Rwandan protests to release a report Thursday saying Democratic Republic of Congo rebels are recruiting fighters inside Rwanda. Rwanda slammed the report as "flawed" and said it had been made an unfair target of UN investigations. The report by experts monitoring the UN sanctions regime against DR Congo gave new evidence that M23 rebels had breached a peace accord made with the DR Congo government last year.

New CAR interim president calls for more foreign troops

Central African Republic's new interim president Catherine Samba-Panza warned there were not enough international troops to restore peace in her country, as she prepared to assume office on Thursday. Her comments came the day after UN officials urged African nations to reinforce the military mission or risk a descent into genocide. "The present number of troops is not sufficient to regain order in Bangui," Samba-Panza said in comments published in Thursday's Le Parisien newspaper in France.

New CAR interim president calls for more foreign troops

Central African Republic's new interim president Catherine Samba-Panza warned there were not enough international troops to restore peace in her country, as she prepared to assume office on Thursday. Her comments came the day after UN officials urged African nations to reinforce the military mission or risk a descent into genocide. "The present number of troops is not sufficient to regain order in Bangui," Samba-Panza said in comments published in Thursday's Le Parisien newspaper in France.
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