Central African War http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/39094/all en Central African rebels seize two towns, threaten new offensive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/central-african-rebels-seize-two-towns-threaten-new-offensive <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Seleka says government must release political prisoners</p> <p>* Rebels occupy two new towns in east of country</p> <p>* Mineral-rich country wracked by poverty, conflicts</p> <p>By Paul-Marin Ngoupana</p> <p>BANGUI, March 12 (Reuters) - Central African Republic rebels have seized two eastern towns and may resume an insurgency against the central government if it fails to free hundreds of political prisoners as agreed in a peace deal, a rebel spokesman said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/central-african-rebels-seize-two-towns-threaten-new-offensive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War Government Politics War Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:07:11 +0000 5780689 at http://www.globalpost.com Central Africa's enigmatic rebel leader Djotodia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/central-africas-enigmatic-rebel-leader-djotodia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Central African Republic rebel leader Michel Djotodia, whose fighters seized power in Bangui at the weekend, is a single-minded former civil servant who spent many years in the former Soviet Union.</p> <p>The enigmatic Djotodia, head of the Seleka rebel coalition, has vowed to declare himself president and form a new government with the promise of elections in three years.</p> <p>He is aged around 60 but his precise date of birth is unknown and details of his life are sketchy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/central-africas-enigmatic-rebel-leader-djotodia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War Michel Djotodia Union of Democratic Forces for Unity War AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:46:29 +0000 5793382 at http://www.globalpost.com French troops shoot dead two Indians in C.Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/french-troops-shoot-dead-two-indians-cafrica <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French troops killed two Indians Monday when they opened fire on vehicles approaching the airport in the capital of the Central African Republic, which they are protecting in the wake of a coup, the French defence ministry said.</p> <p>The shooting at three vehicles trying to enter the airport happened "in a particularly confusing situation", just as French troops had been fired upon "from an unknown source," it said. </p> <p>Another Indian and a Chadian were injured in the shooting.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/french-troops-shoot-dead-two-indians-cafrica" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Central African War François Bozizé Government AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:45:36 +0000 5793629 at http://www.globalpost.com Central Africa's new strongman says will rule by decree http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/central-africas-new-strongman-says-will-rule-decree <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Central African strongman Michel Djotodia has dissolved the country's institutions and declared transitional rule a day after a bloody coup that has drawn international condemnation.</p> <p>The former diplomat turned rebel leader, whose Seleka coalition took over the capital Bangui in a rapid-fire weekend assault, announced late on Monday he would rule by decree until elections are organised in three years.</p> <p>Earlier Monday, the African Union suspended the coup-prone landlocked nation from its membership and the European Union condemned the coup as "unacceptable".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/central-africas-new-strongman-says-will-rule-decree" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business Central African War Government Michel Djotodia AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:15:04 +0000 5793849 at http://www.globalpost.com Central Africa's new strongman says will rule by decree http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/central-africas-new-strongman-says-will-rule-decree-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Central African strongman Michel Djotodia was facing international isolation Tuesday after dissolving the country's institutions and announcing he would rule by decree after the weekend coup.</p> <p>The former diplomat turned rebel leader, whose Seleka coalition took over the capital Bangui in a rapid-fire weekend assault, announced late on Monday he would rule by decree until elections are organised in three years.</p> <p>Earlier Monday, the African Union suspended the coup-prone landlocked nation from its membership and the European Union condemned the coup as "unacceptable".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/central-africas-new-strongman-says-will-rule-decree-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business Central African War Government Michel Djotodia AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:15:55 +0000 5793895 at http://www.globalpost.com Looters rampage in C. Africa as strongman to unveil government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/looters-rampage-c-africa-strongman-unveil-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Central African Republic strongman Michel Djotodia was set to unveil a new government Tuesday after announcing he would rule by decree following the latest coup in the notoriously unstable nation. </p> <p>Looters were on the rampage in the capital Bangui after Djotodia's Seleka rebel coalition seized control in a rapid-fire weekend assault that forced president Francois Bozize into exile and was condemned by the international community. </p> <p>"There is pillaging everywhere, it's very hard to control anything," a soldier from the FOMAC African force told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/looters-rampage-c-africa-strongman-unveil-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business Central African War Government Michel Djotodia Politics AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:16:17 +0000 5794110 at http://www.globalpost.com Rebels crack down on looting after C. Africa coup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/rebels-crack-down-looting-after-c-africa-coup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rebel leaders in the Central African Republic on Tuesday cracked down on looters roaming the streets of the capital following the latest coup in the unstable nation.</p> <p>Bandits, local residents and rebels themselves were on the rampage in Bangui after strongman Michel Djotodia's Seleka rebel coalition seized control in a rapid-fire weekend assault that forced president Francois Bozize into exile.</p> <p>Djotodia was expected to unveil a new government after announcing he planned to rule by decree until elections are held in three years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/rebels-crack-down-looting-after-c-africa-coup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business Central African Republic Central African War Politics AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:16:21 +0000 5794457 at http://www.globalpost.com New leaders struggle to restore order in C.Africa after coup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/new-leaders-struggle-restore-order-cafrica-after-coup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Central African Republic's new rulers struggled Wednesday to restore order and get fearful residents to return to work four days after a coup, as the prime minister said he had been reappointed by the nation's new strongman. </p> <p>Drinking water was still cut off in Bangui after Michel Djotodia and his Seleka rebel group seized the capital Sunday in a rapid-fire assault, forcing president Francois Bozize to flee.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/new-leaders-struggle-restore-order-cafrica-after-coup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War Government Law AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:31:27 +0000 5795679 at http://www.globalpost.com Fears of food shortages after C.Africa after coup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/fears-food-shortages-after-cafrica-after-coup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New rebel authorities in the Central African Republic struggled to restore order in the coup-hit capital on Thursday as the UN warned tens of thousands of people faced going hungry after days of looting.</p> <p>Drinking water and electrical power were still cut off in parts of Bangui after Michel Djotodia and his Seleka coalition seized the city on Sunday, forcing president Francois Bozize to flee.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/fears-food-shortages-after-cafrica-after-coup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War Second Chadian Civil War AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:17:30 +0000 5796228 at http://www.globalpost.com Hospitals unable to cope, fears of food crisis in C.Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/hospitals-unable-cope-fears-food-crisis-cafrica <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hospitals in the coup-hit capital of the Central African Republic overflowed with injured people Thursday and tens of thousands faced hunger as the humanitarian situation in the country worsened just days after rebels seized power.</p> <p>Drinking water and electrical power were still cut off in parts of Bangui as Michel Djotodia and his Seleka rebel coalition struggled to restore order to the capital they seized on Sunday, forcing president Francois Bozize to flee the country.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/hospitals-unable-cope-fears-food-crisis-cafrica" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Bangui Central African War Disaster AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:00:18 +0000 5796446 at http://www.globalpost.com Central African Republic army chiefs pledge allegiance to coup leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130328/central-african-republic-army-chiefs-pledge-allegiance-coup-lea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ange Aboa</p> <p>BANGUI (Reuters) - Central African Republic's army chiefs pledged allegiance to the country's self-proclaimed president Michel Djotodia on Thursday as the ex-rebel leader consolidated control four days after his fighters seized the capital.</p> <p>Djotodia seized control of the resource-rich nation after thousands of his rebel fighters swept into the riverside capital Bangui on Sunday, ousting President Francois Bozize and triggering days of looting.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130328/central-african-republic-army-chiefs-pledge-allegiance-coup-lea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War Government War Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:30:49 +0000 5796467 at http://www.globalpost.com Scores of bodies discovered in C.Africa capital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/scores-bodies-discovered-cafrica-capital-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Red Cross said Friday it had found some 78 bodies in the streets of the Central African Republic's capital since it fell to rebels last weekend, as jittery residents waited to hear about a new government.</p> <p>Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye -- who stayed on after the coup -- was due to announce the composition of the new government soon, as the rebels tried to restore political stability after ousting President Francois Bozize.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/scores-bodies-discovered-cafrica-capital-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War Government War AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:00:37 +0000 5797257 at http://www.globalpost.com US condemns rebel takeover of Central Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/us-condemns-rebel-takeover-central-africa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States on Saturday condemned the rebel takeover of the Central African Republic and called for a rapid return to constitutional government after the country's latest coup.</p> <p>"The United States remains deeply concerned about the serious deterioration in the security situation in the Central African Republic," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/us-condemns-rebel-takeover-central-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War Government Politics AFP Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:31:13 +0000 5797544 at http://www.globalpost.com S.African troops alarmed over killing child soldiers in C. Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/safrican-troops-alarmed-over-killing-child-soldiers-c-africa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>South African soldiers who survived last week's rebel takeover of the Central African Republic are traumatised after discovering later that some of the rebels killed were child soldiers, local Sunday newspapers reported.</p> <p>In what has turned out to be South Africa's heaviest military loss since apartheid, 13 soldiers were killed last weekend in Bangui in clashes with Seleka rebels who toppled president Francois Bozize.</p> <p>Around 200 South African troops fought against some 3,000 rebels during the battle for the Central African capital that lasted several hours.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/safrican-troops-alarmed-over-killing-child-soldiers-c-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Central African War Idriss Déby Politics Second Chadian Civil War AFP Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:15:10 +0000 5798030 at http://www.globalpost.com Leaders weigh C.Africa crisis as Chad implicated in coup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/leaders-weigh-cafrica-crisis-chad-implicated-coup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Central Africa's post-coup crisis will come under the spotlight at a regional summit in Chad on Wednesday, as ousted leader Francois Bozize accuses his former Chadian allies of backing the rebels who unseated him.</p> <p>South African President Jacob Zuma will attend the extraordinary summit as he faces prickly questions over the presence of his troops in the country, 13 of whom were killed in the bloody battle for Bangui.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/leaders-weigh-cafrica-crisis-chad-implicated-coup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Central African War Francois Bozize Second Chadian Civil War War AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:45:43 +0000 5800145 at http://www.globalpost.com