Will the UN save us from hell?

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon retires at the end of 2016 Mary Altaffer/AP/SIPAIf we want UN missions to succeed, they must be highly trained and properly equipped.

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Tasks for CAR's new President

Faustin-Archange Touadéra. Photo©Alessandro Bianchi/AP/SIPAFaustin-Archange Touadéra, the new president of Central African Republic has to deal with rebel fighters and his new allies.

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Central African Republic sees biggest economic growth in years

Photo©ReutersCentral African Republic's economy grew by 4.9 percent last year, the biggest growth since 2000 as the country tried to emerge from years of conflict, the deputy governor of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) said on Tuesday.

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Fixing CAR: New president under pressure to restore security

Central African Republic's newly elected President Faustin-Archange Touadera, centre. Photo©Ben Curtis/ AP/SIPAAll eyes are on new Central African Republic President Faustin Touadera to end the tensions between Muslims and Christians, disarm both Seleka and Anti-Balaka militias, deal with a budding Seleka secessionist movement, and manage the devastating humanitarian crisis in CAR.

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CAR court scraps 2015 poll results

Central African Republic's highest court has rejected the results of the country's parliamentary elections held last December, citing irregularities, and malpractice by candidates.

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CAR: UN expels Congolese peacekeepers for cases of sexual abuses

File photo©ReutersCongolese troops have been pulled out of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, following allegations of sexual abuse.

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Low oil prices and security threats haunt central African region

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde says the prolonged slump in oil prices presents a new reality for CEMAC. Photo©ReutersTighter public spending, economic diversification and greater regional trade are needed to spur growth in central Africa that has been hampered by plunging oil prices and security threats, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Friday.

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Security: Drones protect civilians - Hervé Ladsous

Hervé Ladsous, UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operationsUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, according to UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous, helps with quick and more decisive actions because they do a better job in protecting civilians as they provide real-time pictures of situations on the ground.

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The Republic of Logone: Self-determination and CAR's territorial integrity

Noureddine Adam, the current leader of the Central African Renaissance (FPRC) − one of the four Seleka factionsThe mostly Muslim Seleka movement declared autonomy for the Republic of Logone on December 14, and plans to pursue independence from the Central African Republic (CAR), calling into question the right to self-determination against the oppositionist principle of territorial integrity.

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Central African Republic Country Profile 2015: The trials of Samba-Panza

altThe challenges that lie ahead for a return to peace and rule by an elected government in the Central African Republic (CAR) are unlikely to be resolved in 2015.

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Peacekeepers to move from Ivory Coast to CAR to bolster security

File Photo©ReutersUnited Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast have been cleared to redeploy to the Central African Republic (CAR) in a bid to boost security ahead of the country's planned December elections and a visit by Pope Francis.

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Cameroon: Soldiers not paid for service with the UN

File photo©ReutersCameroon soldiers who were part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (CAR) have taken to the streets in the capital Yaoundé demanding unpaid salaries.

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Belgian branch of CAR's diamond trading company blacklisted by UN

Photo@ReutersdiamondsThe United Nations Security Council blacklisted on Thursday the Belgian branch of Central African Republic's diamond trading company and three people linked to the country's more than three-year-old conflict.

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Central African Republic child soldiers to be freed

File Photo©ReutersThe United Nations (UN) has secured the release of child soldiers from military groups in the Central African Republic (CAR).

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Export: Cameroon's clogged port slows cocoa exports

File photo©ReutersCocoa exports from Cameroon's main port have slowed sharply because the outlet is clogged by a buildup of imported goods bound for Central African Republic that have not been sent due to political unrest, officials said.

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Africa: Still the dark continent beyond the pale?

The Ebola crisis evoked almost no international response – until Western doctors fell ill. Suddenly, experimental drugs appeared.

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Brutal LRA rebel group in crisis

There have been key defections with commanders like Dominic Ongwen surrendering to authoritiesThe reign of terror by Uganda's once brutal rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), could be drawing towards an end after it suffered mass desertions, a leading rights group has said.

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CAR on the brink of a failed state

CAR is still struggling to recover from the 2013 coup that ousted President Francois Bozize. File photo©ReutersThe Central African Republic (CAR) is fast becoming a failed State as the government struggles to curtail surging violence that has forced tens of thousands to flee killings, rape and pillaging by militias, a recent report indicates.

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East Africa's Faustian counter-terrorism pact

Despite the bold talk about South Sudan, there is little prospect of accountability.

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Famine threat to South Sudan if war continues to block aid

In the swampy frontlines of South Sudan's conflict, women spend hours pounding wild fruits, water lilies and grasses to feed their children, just two months after the harvest.

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