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Cameroon says army repulses attack from Central African Republic

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Assailants from the Central African Republic raided a village in eastern Cameroon but the army repulsed the attack, killing five gunmen, Cameroon Defense Minister Edgar Allain Mebe Ngo'o said on Sunday. One Cameroonian soldier and one villager died in the fighting after the army deployed troops to the Kadei Division of East Region on Saturday night, he said in a statement. One attacker was also captured and would be interrogated to determine the identity and motive of the gunmen, Ngo'o said.

French priest kidnapped in Cameroon: foreign ministry

A French priest was kidnapped overnight in the north of Cameroon near the border with Nigeria, the French foreign ministry said on Thursday. Georges Vandenbeusch was abducted near the town of Koza, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Nigeria, a statement said, adding: "We are working with Cameroonian authorities to secure his release." ach/mm/yad

French priest kidnapped in Cameroon: foreign ministry

A French priest was kidnapped overnight in the north of Cameroon near the border with Nigeria, the French foreign ministry said on Thursday. Georges Vandenbeusch was abducted near the town of Koza, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Nigeria, a statement said, adding: "We are working with Cameroonian authorities to secure his release." The ministry said it had designated the area, from where seven members of a French family were kidnapped by Islamist militants in February and held hostage for two months, as a dangerous zone.

Cameroon ruling party wins another massive majority in parliament

Cameroonian President Paul Biya's ruling party, in power for three decades, kept its grip on a massive parliamentary majority by sweeping up 148 of 180 seats, official election results showed Thursday. However despite the victory, Biya's Cameroonian People's Democratic Movement (RDPC) lost five lawmakers compared to the 153 seats held previously. Biya, 80, has ruled the central African nation since 1982, having taken steps to prolong his time in office, and his party is often accused by the opposition of electoral fraud and using state funds to finance election campaigns.

Cameroon ruling party expected to win legislative polls

Voters in Cameroon began going to the polls Monday for legislative and local polls set to shore up the strong parliamentary majority of President Paul Biya's ruling party. The election in the central African country began on schedule at 8:00 am (0700 GMT), but few people turned out in the early hours and some flaws in the electoral rolls were already noticed by an AFP correspondent in the capital Yaounde.

Cameroon's ruling party expected to win legislative polls

Cameroon's 5.4 million voters head to the polls Monday for legislative and local polls set to shore up the strong parliamentary majority of President Paul Biya's ruling party. President Biya has been accused of failing to adhere to a regular timetable for elections in order to ensure victory for his own People's Democratic Movement (RDPC) party, which holds the majority of seats in the national assembly and municipal bodies. The terms of the current cohort of deputies elected in the last elections in 2007 expired in 2012, but have been extended on three separate occasions.

A factfile on Cameroon

Following is a factfile on Cameroon, which holds legislative and municipal elections on Monday. - POPULATION: 21.7 million in 2012 (World Bank). - GEOGRAPHY: 475,442 square kilometres (190,176 square miles), or slightly larger than the western US state of California. Borders with Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Nigeria. - CAPITAL: Yaounde. Economic capital: Douala. - RELIGIONS: Christian (50 percent), Muslim (between 42 and 45 percent), animist.

Cameroon former health minister gets 20 years for graft

A Cameroonian court has sentenced a former health minister to 20 years in prison for corruption over a fake contract to deliver mosquito nets to hospitals, legal sources said Tuesday. The country's special criminal court, charged with fighting high-level graft, on Monday found Urbain Olanguena Awono guilty of embezzling more than 80 million CFA francs (122,000 euros, $162,000). Co-accused Yves Rodrigue Soue Mbella, who is on the run, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison.

Football: Gabon reach CHAN finals after shootout

The number of 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers rose to 13 at the weekend when Gabon secured their place after a thrilling qualifying second leg. A first-half Samson Mbingui goal gave the 'Panthers' a 1-0 home victory over Cameroon to level the first round tie at 1-1 on aggregate. Gabon then triumphed 6-5 on penalties to reach a second consecutive CHAN tournament for home-based footballers. But all is not lost for Cameroon, who face the Democratic Republic of Congo in a two-leg play-off for an additional place.

Cameroon court convicts two over homosexuality

A court in Cameroon, one of the least gay-tolerant countries in the world, on Tuesday sentenced a man to two years in prison and handed down a suspended one-year jail sentence to an underage youth for homosexuality. The man, identified as Joseph Ombga, may be released from custody shortly if he pays a fine of 50,000 CFA francs (76 euros) and the same amount in legal expenses, as he has already been detained for almost two years at Yaounde's central prison, according to the verdict.
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