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Armed groups surround thousands in Central African Republic: U.N

By Serge Leger Kokpakpa BANGUI (Reuters) - Over 15,000 people in Central African Republic, mostly Muslim civilians in makeshift camps, are surrounded and being threatened by armed militia groups, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva that the refugees, dotted around 18 locations in the northwest and southwest of the landlocked country, face a high risk of attack and urgently need better security.

UN warns of new CAR bloodbath as France votes on troops extension

The United Nations on Tuesday sounded alarm over a potential new bloodbath in the Central African Republic as France prepared to extend the stay of its troops in its troubled former colony. The UN's refugee body said more than 15,000 people were surrounded and under threat of armed attack in locations in the northwest and southwest of the country.

Central African Republic militia says will only disarm after Muslim rebels do

By Media Coulibaly BANGUI (Reuters) - A powerful militia in Central African Republic said on Saturday it will only disarm once its main rivals, the mainly Muslim Seleka fighters, lay down their weapons, a deadlock that risks prolonging the crisis in the war-torn country.

Mob kills three Muslim civilians in C. Africa

Three Muslim civilians in conflict-torn Central African Republic were shot dead on Saturday when the taxi carrying them was stopped by an angry mob, witnesses said. The three men were travelling in the Combattant neighbourhood near the airport in the capital Bangui, where French and African Union troops are headquartered. A crowd chanting anti-Muslim slogans forced their taxi to stop, and then killed them. "It was extraordinarily violent. They were executed in cold blood," one witness told AFP.

Mob kills three Muslim civilians in C. Africa

Three Muslim civilians in conflict-torn Central African Republic were shot dead on Saturday when the taxi carrying them was stopped by an angry mob, witnesses said. The three men were travelling in the Combattant neighbourhood near the airport in the capital Bangui, where French and African Union troops are headquartered. A crowd chanting anti-Muslim slogans forced their taxi to stop, and then killed them. "It was extraordinarily violent. They were executed in cold blood," one witness told AFP.

Morocco to set up phosphate mine in Mali

Morocco is to finance the construction of a production unit in Mali for phosphate destined exclusively for the African market, an official told AFP on the sidelines of a state visit of King Mohammed VI to the west African nation. "Africa has more than 80 percent of the world's reserves of phosphate and exports the raw material to other regions, notably for the production of fertilisers," Mostafa Terrab, chief executive of Morocco's state-owned phosphate company OCP, said late on Wednesday.

Morocco to set up 'Africa-only' phosphate mine

Morocco is to build a production unit for phosphate destined exclusively for the African market, an official told AFP on the sidelines of a state visit of King Mohammed VI to Mali. "Africa has more than 80 percent of the world's reserves of phosphate and exports the raw material to other regions, notably for the production of fertilisers," Mostafa Terrab, CEO of Morocco's state-owned phosphate company OCP, said late Wednesday.

Chad leader calls for more UN boots on the ground in C.Africa

Chad's President Idriss Deby on Tuesday called on the UN to commit more troops to the Central African Republic in order to end the crisis in the strife-torn country. Speaking at a press conference after talks with Central Africa Republic's interim President Catherine Samba Panza in Ndjamena, Chad's capital, Deby warned that France and the African Union "cannot carry out their mission properly whatever their determination" as they did not have enough troops. "We need more men, more means," said Deby, adding that only the UN could provide troops in large numbers.

Chad says U.N. force needed to stabilize Central African Republic

By Madjiasra Nako N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby has called for the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping mission to contain violence in Central African Republic, the first time the region's military heavyweight has publicly sought U.N. intervention. Deby also warned that the country, his neighbor, risked partition if there were no talks with the mainly Muslim Seleka force that seized power last year but stepped aside under intense international pressure in January, retreating to their northern rear bases.

France to boost troops in Central African Republic: source

PARIS (Reuters) - France plans to increase the number of troops it has deployed in the Central African Republic, a French source said on Friday. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity following a meeting on the matter at the Elysee presidential palace, did not reveal details or say how many troops would be added to the existing 1,600-strong French force in the former colony. (Writing by Brian Love; editing by Mark John)
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