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March 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The African Union on Monday suspended the Central African Republic and imposed sanctions after rebels ousted President Francois Bozize. South African President Jacob Zuma condemned the rebels as “bandits.” Zuma confirmed that at least 13 South African soldiers died in a nine-hour battle after they were attacked by some 2,000 rebels, and an additional 27 South Africans were wounded. One South African soldier is missing. "It is a sad moment for our country,” Zuma said, as controversy raged over the government's failure to pull out its forces.
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April 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously authorized a nearly 12,000-member peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic, where fighting between Christians and Muslims has been raging for months. The U.N. force will take over Sept. 15 from nearly 6,000 African Union troops already deployed in the country, many of whom are expected to be incorporated into the new operation. A separate 2,000-member force sent by former colonial ruler France is authorized to support the U.N. mission.
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February 5, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan -- The day was supposed to be a rousing moment of hope in a country convulsed by horrific sectarian violence: the Central African Republic, where children have been  beheaded, mothers carrying babies on their backs have been gunned down and rampaging mobs have descended on their targets in a storm of machetes and knives. The Central African Republic's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, addressed 4,000 soldiers at a ceremony to launch a renewed national army Wednesday, an event meant to symbolize the military's role as a professional force that protects all civilians.
WORLD
February 5, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan -- The day was supposed to be a rousing moment of hope in a country convulsed by horrific sectarian violence: the Central African Republic, where children have been  beheaded, mothers carrying babies on their backs have been gunned down and rampaging mobs have descended on their targets in a storm of machetes and knives. The Central African Republic's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, addressed 4,000 soldiers at a ceremony to launch a renewed national army Wednesday, an event meant to symbolize the military's role as a professional force that protects all civilians.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- With dozens reported dead Thursday in clashes in the capital of the Central African Republic, the U.N. Security Council authorized the deployment of more French and African peacekeepers to contain the spiraling violence. The unanimous French-sponsored Security Council resolution authorized additional peacekeepers mandated to use force to protect civilians. African forces in the Central African Republic are expected to increase from around 2,500 at present to 3,600 by year's end; the French force is expected to expand from 600 to about 1,200.
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April 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Uganda's military has suspended its hunt for notorious warlord Joseph Kony after rebels toppled the president of the Central African Republic last month. Kony, indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, is believed to be hiding in the eastern Central African Republic with his Lord's Resistance Army of several hundred fighters. A spokesman for the Ugandan military, Felix Kulayigye, told journalists Wednesday that Seleka, the rebel alliance that ousted Central African Republic President Francois Bozize, isn't willing to cooperate with the Kony hunt, so the operation had been suspended.
WORLD
March 24, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Rebels in the Central African Republic ousted President Francois Bozize on Sunday, forcing him to flee as they stormed the capital, seized the presidential palace and took control. Bozize left the capital early Sunday, AP reported, citing an advisor to the president. He went to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, according to news agency reports. The rebels entered the capital overnight, with heavy fighting reported around the presidential palace.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday unanimously authorized a nearly 12,000-member peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic, where fighting between Christians and Muslims has been raging for months. The U.N. force will take over Sept. 15 from nearly 6,000 African Union troops already deployed in the country, many of whom are expected to be incorporated into the new operation. A separate 2,000-member force sent by former colonial ruler France is authorized to support the U.N. mission.
OPINION
January 2, 2014 | By Robert Zaretsky
For food, fashion and fast trains, few labels are more sought after, and rightly so, than "Made in France. " But when it comes to the making and unmaking of empires, not so much. Take the case of the Central African Republic. Three weeks ago, as bloody mayhem engulfed the CAR, François Hollande did what French presidents do best: He sent in the paratroops. With the blessing, and precious little else, of his European neighbors, Hollande declared his intention to protect 100 or so French nationals in Bangui, the capital, and to disarm both the outlawed Seleka fighters, overwhelmingly Muslim, and the vigilante anti-balaka (or "machete")
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November 26, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- French officials said Tuesday that they would deploy troops to the Central African Republic amid reports of violent chaos and warnings that the country could be sliding toward a sectarian civil war. The French force would support African peacekeepers and wait for a United Nations resolution authorizing the deployment, expected next week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French radio. Fabius last week warned that the country was on the verge of genocide.
OPINION
January 2, 2014 | By Robert Zaretsky
For food, fashion and fast trains, few labels are more sought after, and rightly so, than "Made in France. " But when it comes to the making and unmaking of empires, not so much. Take the case of the Central African Republic. Three weeks ago, as bloody mayhem engulfed the CAR, François Hollande did what French presidents do best: He sent in the paratroops. With the blessing, and precious little else, of his European neighbors, Hollande declared his intention to protect 100 or so French nationals in Bangui, the capital, and to disarm both the outlawed Seleka fighters, overwhelmingly Muslim, and the vigilante anti-balaka (or "machete")
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- With dozens reported dead Thursday in clashes in the capital of the Central African Republic, the U.N. Security Council authorized the deployment of more French and African peacekeepers to contain the spiraling violence. The unanimous French-sponsored Security Council resolution authorized additional peacekeepers mandated to use force to protect civilians. African forces in the Central African Republic are expected to increase from around 2,500 at present to 3,600 by year's end; the French force is expected to expand from 600 to about 1,200.
WORLD
November 26, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- French officials said Tuesday that they would deploy troops to the Central African Republic amid reports of violent chaos and warnings that the country could be sliding toward a sectarian civil war. The French force would support African peacekeepers and wait for a United Nations resolution authorizing the deployment, expected next week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French radio. Fabius last week warned that the country was on the verge of genocide.
WORLD
April 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Uganda's military has suspended its hunt for notorious warlord Joseph Kony after rebels toppled the president of the Central African Republic last month. Kony, indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, is believed to be hiding in the eastern Central African Republic with his Lord's Resistance Army of several hundred fighters. A spokesman for the Ugandan military, Felix Kulayigye, told journalists Wednesday that Seleka, the rebel alliance that ousted Central African Republic President Francois Bozize, isn't willing to cooperate with the Kony hunt, so the operation had been suspended.
WORLD
March 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The African Union suspended the Central African Republic on Monday and imposed sanctions after President Francois Bozize's ouster, warning that rebel coup leaders could face trial. In an ominous sign that could presage more fighting, the rebels appeared deeply divided, openly contradicting one another about who should be leader. One rebel leader threatened more violence, indicating he was willing to attack other rebels. South African President Jacob Zuma condemned the rebels as "bandits" at a news conference in Pretoria, confirming the deaths of at least 13 South African soldiers in a nine-hour battle.
WORLD
March 24, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Rebels in the Central African Republic ousted President Francois Bozize on Sunday, forcing him to flee as they stormed the capital, seized the presidential palace and took control. Bozize left the capital early Sunday, AP reported, citing an advisor to the president. He went to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, according to news agency reports. The rebels entered the capital overnight, with heavy fighting reported around the presidential palace.
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