Central African Republic

US Forces Holding Man Claiming to Be Top-Level Kony Defector

In this Nov. 12, 2006 file photo, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony answers journalists' questions following a meeting with UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland at Ri-Kwangba in southern Sudan.

WASHINGTON — U.S. forces in Africa have taken into custody a man claiming to be a top member of Lord's Resistance Army, the Obama administration said Tuesday, saying the defection could be a "historic blow" to Joseph Kony's nearly three-decade rebellion. The man surrendered to U.S. military personnel in the Central African Republic, where they... more

EU Gives Green Light for Military Force for CAR

BRUSSELS - European Union foreign ministers on Monday unanimously approved a joint military force to assist French and African troops trying to quell anarchy and bloodshed in Central African Republic. The 28-nation bloc is now preparing operational details to dispatch about 500 soldiers to stabilize the situation in and around the country's cap... more

French Bid to Disarm African Militias a Challenge

BANGUI, Central African Republic - In just the last three years in Africa, French forces pummeled Moammar Gadhafi's troops, helped topple Ivory Coast's holdout ex-president and ousted al-Qaida-linked militants from the rocky Malian desert. Now, in Central African Republic, French troops are facing a more complex and dangerous mission: Disarming... more

2 French Soldiers Die in Central African Republic

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PARIS - Two French soldiers were killed in combat in Central African Republic's capital, President Francois Hollande's office announced Tuesday, the first French casualties since he ordered a stepped-up military presence in the restive former colony to help quell inter-religious violence. The presidential Elysee Palace, in a statement, provided... more

US to Seek Ways to Continue Helping Hunt for Kony

In this Nov. 12, 2006 file photo, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony answers journalists' questions following a meeting with UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland at Ri-Kwangba in southern Sudan.

NAIROBI, Kenya - The United States is looking for ways to ensure the hunt for wanted warlord Joseph Kony continues in Central African Republic despite a change in leadership in the country that has forced the search to be suspended, a State Department official said Thursday. The U.S. announced a new $5 million reward for information leading to ... more

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