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Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in Central African Republic town

By Emmanuel Braun BODA, Central African Republic (Reuters) - In normal times, the rickety wooden bridges at each end of the red-dirt main street in Boda were gateways to shops and a bustling market in the diamond-mining town in western Central African Republic. Today, they mark the fine line between life and death for hundreds of Muslims living under siege, encircled by Christian 'anti-balaka' militia fighters bent on chasing out the country's Islamic population.

C.Africa crisis risk to global security: UN refugee chief

UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the conflict in Central African Republic could embroil the whole region and threaten global security. "It's not easy to put Central African Republic on the map of concerns of public opinion in general and governments in particular," Guterres told AFP. "But the truth is that Central African Republic has the potential of generating levels of insecurity at regional level that can bind with other crises," he said in an interview.

U.N. seeks to locate followers of slain Congo warlord

By Peter Jones KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.N. mission in Democratic Republic of Congo is seeking to locate a group of militia fighters who surrendered to the Congolese army, after their leader was killed in custody. Militia leader Paul Sadala, also known as "Morgan", died on Monday in disputed circumstances two days after surrendering with around 40 of his followers whom the U.N. mission now wants to locate.

Congo militia chief 'Morgan' killed in army firefight: government

By Peter Jones KINSHASA (Reuters) - A militia leader accused of kidnap, rape and cannibalism in Democratic Republic of Congo was killed on Monday alongside four other people during a firefight as he sought to escape his army captors, the government said. Paul Sadala, a poacher-turned-militia leader known as "Morgan" who operated in Congo's Orientale province, surrendered on Saturday with around 40 of his followers.

Militias in Central African Republic block Muslims exit to Cameroon: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Christian militia forces are blocking the main roads used by Muslim civilians trying to flee Central African Republic to Cameroon and attacking the refugees, the United Nations said on Friday, citing accounts from "traumatized" victims. Some refugees have suffered serious machete and gunshot wounds and many are severely malnourished after walking for months, having to detour and enter Cameroon via remote entry points, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

Rights group accuses Kenya of 'scapegoating, abusing' Somalis

Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Kenya of treating Somalis like scapegoats amid swoops by security forces that have seen thousands arrested and scores expelled back to their war-torn country. Kenyan authorities launched the mass round-ups last week, saying they needed to weed out sympathisers of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels following a string of militant attacks. The operation has focussed on Nairobi's main Somali district Eastleigh, and residents have accused police of indiscriminately arresting people of Somali origin.

Kenya rounds up thousands in Islamist crackdown

Kenyan security forces have rounded up thousands of Somalis or Kenyans of Somali origin in a huge crackdown on suspected Islamists blamed for a string of attacks, leaving many languishing in a football stadium. The operation, reportedly involving more than 6,000 police and elite officers, started on Friday and has focused on Eastleigh, an ethnic Somali-dominated district of the Kenyan capital known as "Little Mogadishu".

Libya-Tunisia border post re-opens after weeks of tension

The main border crossing between Libya and Tunisia, a gateway for contraband Libyan petrol whose closure nearly a month ago fuelled tensions in southern Tunisia, reopened on Monday. Tripoli decided to close the Ras Jedir crossing in early March, according to Tunisian officials, a decision thought to have been linked to the large number of vehicles loaded with cheap fuel arriving in Tunisia. Libyan vehicles started arriving once again mid-afternoon on Monday, after Tunisia's interior ministry stated earlier that the Libyan authorities had agreed to reopen the border post.

Cameroon forces search region where priests, nun kidnapped

Cameroon's security forces Sunday were sweeping the remote northern region where two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram gunmen, a local government official said. "We are everywhere. We have been on the ground since the abduction," local governor Awa Fonka Augustine told AFP without elaborating. The attack occurred overnight Friday in the small parish of Tchere, in the far north of Cameroon across the border from an area of northeastern Nigeria that serves as a base for the Islamist Boko Haram group.

Two priests, nun seized in latest Cameroon kidnapping

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have seized two Italian priests and a Canadian nun in northern Cameroon in the latest kidnapping of Westerners in the remote, insurgency-wracked corner of west Africa. The attack occurred overnight Friday in the small parish of Tchere, in the far north of Cameroon across the border from an area of northeastern Nigeria that serves as a base for the Islamist Boko Haram group. A group of armed men pulled up at the parish shortly before midnight, according to Henri Djonyang, the region's head cleric, which was confirmed by police.
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