UN struck by new sex abuse allegations in CAR

The United Nations has launched a fact finding mission into new allegations that its peacekeepers sexually abused four underage girls in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). The UN mission in CAR, known as MINUSCA, said in a statement on Tuesday that it was “investigating fresh allegations[…]

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Hopes for peace in landmark CAR election

People in the Central African Republic (CAR) are voting on Wednesday in a crucial election that it is hoped will restore peace and democracy to a divided country scarred by years of violence. The presidential and parliamentary vote has been delayed several times, with the latest date set for Sunday[…]

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UN accused of ‘gross failure’ over alleged CAR abuse

The United Nations’ failure to respond to allegations that French peacekeepers sexually abused children in Central African Republic amounted to “gross institutional failure” and allowed assaults to continue, according to an independent panel’s damning report released on Thursday. The study, commissioned by the UN, found that children as young as[…]

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UN peacekeepers face new sex abuse allegations

Three young females, including a minor, have accused United Nations peacekeepers of raping them in the Central African Republic, the global body has announced, taking the number of allegations to 13 since the UN stationed troops in the country in September. The announcement on Wednesday comes a week after Ban[…]

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Man nabbed for stripping police vehicles

A Khayelitsha man was arrested after apparently stripping hubcaps and other items from a police minibus taxi and another taxi, Western Cape police said on Wednesday. Two constables were alerted and found the parked vehicles in Mandela Park on Tuesday morning with hubcaps, fire extinguishers, a jack and wheel spanners[…]

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Woman killed as car crashes into shop

A woman in her 30s has died after the vehicle in which she was travelling crashed into a shop front in Claremont in the early hours of Friday morning. “We think it was a furniture shop. Most of those shops there all are windows [have window fronts]. The car collided[…]

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CAR Muslims in dire straits

At least 470 Muslims from the Peuhl ethnic minority, trapped for several months in the Central African Republic town of Yaloke, around 200km from capital Bangui, need to be relocated as a matter of urgency, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said. Dalia al-Achi, public information officer for the UNHCR[…]

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Car bomb in Somalia kills 18

A car bomb exploded outside a popular cafe in Somalia’s capital on Sunday, killing 11 people and wounding eight others, a senior police official said. The blast struck the Aroma cafe in Mogadishu and the bomb was believed to have been detonated by remote control, senior police official Mohammed Hussein[…]

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