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C. Africa Rebels Threaten Capital Despite President’s Unity Offer

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic not backing down from their threat to invade the capital, despite President Francois Bozize’s offer to form a unity government. Fighters for the coalition of three rebel groups, known as Seleka, were holding position about 75 kilometers outside of Bangui Monday. In the last three weeks, the rebels have […]

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C. Africa Rebels Threaten Capital Despite President’s Unity Offer

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic not backing down from their threat to invade the capital, despite President Francois Bozize’s offer to form a unity government. Fighters for the coalition of three rebel groups, known as Seleka, were holding position about 75 kilometers outside of Bangui Monday after seizing the town of Damara days earlier. […]

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Central African Republic President Offers Unity Govt to Rebels

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The Central African Republic’s President Francois Bozize says he is willing to enter into a coalition government with the rebels who have taken control of a third of his country and are poised outside the capital. Mr. Bozize made his comments in a press conference Sunday following his meeting with visiting African Union chief Thomas […]

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Central African Republic Rebels Threaten to Enter Bangui

Posted December 30th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Rebels in the Central African Republic are warning that they could enter the capital Bangui soon, despite their agreement with the government to hold unconditional talks early next month. On Sunday, the streets of the capital were largely empty and residents said they were stockpiling food in the face of a possible rebel onslaught. The […]

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Ghana Opposition Challenges Election in Top Court

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Ghana’s main opposition party has appealed to the nation’s top court to overturn the result of presidential elections won by incumbent President John Mahama. The New Patriotic Party says it has presented evidence of fraud and irregularities to the Supreme Court from the poll earlier this month. The party says it gathered its data from […]

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US Closes Embassy in Central African Republic; Evacuates Staff

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has temporarily shut down its embassy in the Central African Republic and evacuated the staff, because of a rebel threat to topple the government. A State Department spokesman Thursday said Washington is urging all parties to begin peace talks to offer a new vision of security for the country. He said U.S. […]

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France: Protecting Interests, Not Intervening in Central African Republic

Posted December 27th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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French President Francois Hollande says France has a presence in the Central African Republic to protect its interests and nationals, not to intervene in the country’s business. Mr. Hollande spoke Thursday, a day after protesters critical of France’s inaction during a rebel advance in the C.A.R. threw stones at the French embassy in the capital, […]

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6 Killed in Attack on Nigerian Church

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen in northeastern Nigeria killed at least six people early Tuesday when they opened fire at a church during a Christmas Eve service. Officials and residents say the attack happened shortly after midnight in a village outside the city of Potiskum in Yobe state. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Yobe is next to […]

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South African President Zuma Visits Mandela in Hospital

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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South African President Jacob Zuma says former leader Nelson Mandela is “looking much better,” after more than two weeks in a Pretoria hospital. Mr. Zuma commented on Tuesday, after a Christmas visit with the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon. President Zuma said Mr. Mandela was happy to have visitors and was in “good spirts”. He added that […]

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US Warns Against Travel to Central African Republic

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has issued a new travel warning for the Central African Republic, where rebels have seized several towns over the past two weeks. The warning from the State Department Monday urged Americans in the C.A.R. to review their personal security situation and consider taking advantage of commercial flights to safe locations. The State […]

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