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AU seeks C.Africa reinforcements as key vote nears

The African Union called Wednesday for more troops to help stabilise the conflict-torn Central African Republic, which remains tense as its transitional parliament prepares to elect a new interim president. With three days to go until the key vote, an official from the continental bloc told leaders from Africa's Great Lakes region that the AU-backed MISCA force -- which currently has 4,400 soldiers and struggled to contain the country's descent into a sectarian bloodbath -- needed more troops.

Ban says AU must send troops to Central Africa crisis

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the African Union to speedily provide promised troops to halt the worsening crisis in Central African Republic. Ban said the resignation of transitional president Michel Djotodia and his prime minister meant speedy action was needed to restore order. France has sent 1,600 troops to Central African Republic to support the African Union force which is meant to have up to 6,000 troops but has not yet reached 3,500. Ban said events in Central African Republic had "gone from bad to worse."

South Sudan rebels to meet government negotiators Sunday: Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels will begin face-to-face talks with the government, aimed at ending weeks of ethnic bloodletting, at 1200 GMT on Sunday after several days of delay, an Ethiopian official said on Saturday. "We are starting the direct talks at 3 p.m. (1200 GMT)tomorrow," Dina Mufti, spokesman for Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry, told Reuters. Ethiopia is leading the regional mediation between the two warring sides. (Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Richard Lough and Kevin Liffey)

South Sudan rebel delegation arrives in Ethiopia for talks -witness

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday for talks to try to end weeks of fighting which has killed more than 1,000 people, a Reuters witness said. The rebel negotiators declined to comment as they entered the city's Sheraton Hotel. (Reporting by Kumerra Gemechu; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Richard Lough)

African Union approves big increase in Central African Republic force

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union has authorized increasing an African force being deployed to Central African Republic to 6,000 troops from 2,500, a senior AU official told Reuters on Friday. The United States began airlifting Burundian troops to Central African Republic this week as part of efforts to help African and French forces prevent a descent into civil war.

China-Africa Development Fund keen to speed up investment activities in Africa

China-Africa Development Fund keen to speed up investment activities in Africa ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund), which has already invested on over 70 projects in Africa, said it is speeding up investment activities on the African continent, including in manufacturing, infrastructure, and agriculture among others. Speaking at the African High-Growth Markets Summit on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wang Yong, CADFund Vice-President, noted that the Fund has already invested on 72 projects in Africa covering about 30 different countries.

France says Central African Republic on verge of genocide

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Thursday that Central African Republic was "on the verge of genocide" and it expected the United Nations to give Paris and the African Union permission to intervene. Central African Republic, a landlocked nation of 4.6 million people, has slid into chaos since mainly Muslim Seleka rebels, many of them from neighboring Chad and Sudan, ousted President Francois Bozize in March.

Four killed in Ethiopia bus bomb

Four Ethiopians were killed in a bomb blast on a bus near the Sudanese border, the information minister said Thursday, as security forces remain on high alert following attack warnings. "One minibus was blown up on the road and four people were killed," Information Minister Redwan Hussein told AFP, adding it was not known who the attackers were. The blast occurred Tuesday in Ethiopia's remote Benishangul region, about 400 kilometres (248 miles) northwest of Addis Ababa, bordering Sudan.

African leaders discuss rapid-deployment emergency force

African leaders opened talks on Tuesday in South Africa to discuss the formation of a rapid-deployment emergency force to swiftly intervene in crises on the continent. The idea of the new force is to bridge the gap pending the coming into operation of the long planned fully-fledged peacekeeping African Union's African Standby Force.

Ethiopian police torture political detainees: Human Rights Watch

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian police investigators in Addis Ababa's main detention center have tortured political detainees and regularly mistreat people in custody to extract confessions, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Friday. The Ethiopian government, long seen by the West as a bulwark against militant Islam in the Horn of Africa, has denied frequent accusations that it uses state institutions to stifle dissent and silence political opposition.
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