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Sudan Islamists protest French role in Central Africa

About 200 fundamentalist Muslim protesters in Sudan gathered for the second week in a row on Friday to denounce France's role in the Central African Republic, an AFP reporter saw. "Down, down France!" the group, calling themselves the Popular Front to Support African Muslims, shouted near the presidential palace in central Khartoum after weekly prayers. Two thousand French and 6,000 African peacekeepers have been deployed to Central Africa, which borders Sudan, on a mission to halt sectarian killings.

Sudan Islamists protest French role in Central Africa

About 200 fundamentalist Muslim protesters in Sudan gathered for the second week in a row on Friday to denounce France's role in the Central African Republic, an AFP reporter saw. "Down, down France!" the group, calling themselves the Popular Front to Support African Muslims, shouted near the presidential palace in central Khartoum after weekly prayers. Two thousand French and 6,000 African peacekeepers have been deployed to Central Africa, which borders Sudan, on a mission to halt sectarian killings.

C.African refugees starving to death

Dozens of Central African refugees have died from starvation and many more are seriously ill from hunger and exhaustion after fleeing the conflict-ravaged country for Cameroon, the UN warned Friday. Nearly 50 people, at least 33 of them children, have died from severe malnutrition after reaching Cameroon in the first two months of the year, said a spokeswoman for the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR. "The situation of the refugees is particularly alarming," Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba told reporters in Geneva.

East African states to send troops to monitor South Sudan ceasefire - mediator

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - East African states agreed on Thursday to deploy troops into South Sudan by mid-April to help enforce a ceasefire deal between government forces and rebels, the chief mediator in peace talks between the two sides said. Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda will contribute troops while Djibouti is also expected to join a force that will seek logistical support from the African Union and the United Nations Security Council.

U.N. says Central Africa, South Sudan refugees 'in poor shape', children hardest hit

GENEVA (Reuters) - People fleeing conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan are growing increasingly sick and hungry with children particularly at risk, United Nations aid agencies said on Tuesday. Among the latest deaths were 15 malnourished children who "died before they could be saved" at the weekend, having crossed from Central African Republic into Cameroon, said Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.

7 dead in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon: security source

Seven people were killed on Sunday when Boko Haram militants launched an assault in northern Cameroon, a Cameroonian security source said. "Boko Haram killed a (Cameroonian) soldier. Our soldiers killed six of their guys" and "captured" two others near the Nigerian border, the source told AFP on Monday, requesting anonymity. A local Cameroonian NGO confirmed the assault and said there were "victims" without specifying the number.

7 dead in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon: security source

Seven people were killed on Sunday when Boko Haram militants launched an assault in northern Cameroon, a Cameroonian security source said. "Boko Haram killed a (Cameroonian) soldier. Our soldiers killed six of their guys" and "captured" two others near the Nigerian border, the source told AFP on Monday, requesting anonymity. A local Cameroonian NGO confirmed the assault and said there were "victims" without specifying the number.

Food crisis looms in strife-torn Central Africa

A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of inter-religious violence, a UN humanitarian official warned Sunday. "It is now that the humanitarian crisis will start to deepen," said Abdou Dieng, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator in the impoverished country. "If we don't pay attention, we will soon see people dying of hunger," Dieng told AFP after visiting the market town of Bouar in the far west of the country the size of France.

Hollande in C.Africa as France digs in

French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Central African Republic on Friday, nearly three months into a difficult mission to stop the sectarian bloodshed sweeping the country. His high-security visit to Bangui caps a week that saw the French parliament extend Operation Sangaris and another 400 extra troops arrive in the deeply unstable former French colony. Hollande is due to meet interim president Catherine Samba Panza as well as French troops who were first sent in to try to quell the seething violence in early December.

Central African militia leader denies Congo arrest report

The self-styled political leader of a militia sowing terror in the Central African Republic (CAR) denied a police report that he had been arrested in north Congo and transferred to Brazzaville. "Contrary to what has been said on foreign channels and in certain newspapers, I have not been arrested in Congo and I wasn't transferred to Brazzaville", said Patrice Edouard Ngaissona, a former minister under ousted president Francois Bozize.
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