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Clashes in Central African Republic as new leader sworn in

By Emmanuel Braun BANGUI (Reuters) - Two people were shot dead in Central African Republic on Thursday in a clash that highlighted the scale of the task facing new interim President Catherine Samba-Panza as she took the oath of office. Witnesses accused French forces of shooting dead one man who was among a group protesting against their lack of protection from attacks by Christian militias.

Seven dead in tit-for-tat killings in Central African Republic

By Emmanuel Braun BANGUI (Reuters) - Seven people died in inter-religious attacks and reprisal killings in Central African Republic's capital Bangui on Wednesday, a human rights campaigner said, underlining the challenge the new interim president faces in restoring peace. The local Red Cross said it also found another 11 corpses, most burnt beyond recognition.

At least 10 dead in Bangui ahead of new leader's inauguration

At least 10 people were killed in fresh clashes Wednesday in the conflict-riven Central African Republic capital, witnesses said, on the eve of new interim leader Catherine Samba-Panza's inauguration. Violence pitting civilians and Christian militiamen against ex-Seleka fighters of the Muslim minority broke out overnight in central Bangui, near a prison and a military barracks housing the former rebels, they told AFP. Samba-Panza, who is to be sworn in on Thursday, lives just 100 metres (yards) from the prison.

UN warns of 'genocide' in C. Africa as parliament seeks new leader

The UN has warned that bloodshed in the Central African Republic could turn into genocide as horrors continue to unfold in the country where parliament is preparing to choose a new leader. Violence in the highly unstable country has not let up despite the resignation last week of strongman Michel Djotodia under intense regional pressure, and at least seven more people were killed in the capital overnight.

UN warns of 'genocide' in C. Africa as parliament seeks new leader

The UN warned Thursday that bloodshed in the Central African Republic could turn into genocide as horrors continue to unfold in the country where parliament is preparing to choose a new leader. Violence in the highly unstable country has not let up despite the resignation last week of strongman Michel Djotodia under intense regional pressure, and at least seven more people were killed in the capital overnight.

'Party over' in C. Africa as troops return to barracks

The new interim president of the violence-wracked Central African Republic told marauding fighters Monday that "the party is over" after weeks of deadly sectarian violence, as deserting troops and police returned to duty. Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, speaker of the impoverished country's provisional parliament and interim president, vowed that the "anarchy" that has gripped the country would be swiftly brought to an end. And he sternly admonished warring militiamen from the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group and the "anti-balaka" Christian fighters set up to oppose them.

'Party over' in C.Africa as troops return to barracks

The interim president of the violence-wracked Central African Republic declared Monday that "the party is over" after weeks of deadly sectarian violence as deserting troops and police returned to duty. Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet, speaker of the country's provisional parliament and interim president, vowed that the "anarchy" that has gripped the country would be swiftly brought to an end. And he issued a stern warning to warring militiamen from the mostly Muslim Seleka group and the anti-balaka Christian fighters set up to oppose them.

Violence erupts in Bangui after resignation of ex-rebel leader

Deadly violence including reports of cannibalism and widespread looting erupted in the capital of the Central African Republic after the resignation of its ex-rebel president, who left to Benin Saturday. Michel Djotodia arrived in Benin's capital after stepping down as president under intense diplomatic pressure on Friday, as a flare up of violence in Bangui dashed hopes his resignation would cool tensions in the strife-torn nation.

Former C.African leader lands in Benin

The former Central African Republic president Michel Djotodia on Saturday arrived in Benin, after resigning under pressure for his failure to tackle bloody religious violence in his homeland. An AFP reporter at Cotonou's airport said the former rebel leader stepped off an official Chadian jet at 5:05pm local time (1605 GMT) after a flight from N'Djamena. He was met off the plane by Benin's Foreign Minister, Nassirou Bako Arifari, who earlier confirmed that Djotodia was heading to the tiny west African republic at the request of central African states.

Shooting, looting rock Central African Republic's capital after leaders quit

By Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - Gunfire rang out, mosques were attacked and Muslim-owned shops and houses were looted overnight in Central African Republic's capital, despite the country's interim leadership stepping down as part of a drive to restore order.
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