Alert for Central African Republic
French troops clash with gunmen near Bangui airport - 6 December 2013:
French soldiers have clashed with unidentified gunmen near the M'Poko International Airport in the capital, Bangui. Hundreds of additional French troops were deployed to the country within hours of a UN vote on Thursday, with President Hollande saying "I have decided to act immediately, in other words, this evening". Around 100 people were killed in sectarian clashes around the city on Thursday.
Heavy fighting reported in Bangui - 5 December 2013:
Heavy fighting has been reported in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), leaving at least 16 people dead and dozens more wounded. Heavy fighting erupted in the north of Bangui in the early hours of Thursday morning when supporters of the ousted President Francois Bozize, who was ousted in March, launched an attack on the Muslim rebels who now control the city. The fighting comes hours before a UN Security Council vote over whether to send additional French peacekeeping troops to the country.
Twelve killed in militia attacks - 4 December 2013:
According to the United Nations at least 12 people have been killed and 30 others wounded in the latest violence to hit the Central African Republic. The head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bangui said that a Christian militia attacked a group of Muslim villagers near Boali, 95km north of the capital.
France sends 1,000 troops to CAR - 26 November 2013:
France plan to send an additional 1,000 peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) as violence in the country escalates. The UN deputy secretary-general has also urged the Security Council to strengthen the African Union-led force as the country is descending into "complete chaos".
LRA leader Kony in talks with CAR - 21 November 2013:
The Central African Republic (CAR) government have announced that talks have begun with Joseph Kony, leader of the Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). A spokesman for CAR's interim president, Michel Djotodia, confirmed that Mr Kony is currently in the country and wants his safety to be guaranteed before he surrenders.
MSF report on rising violence in CAR - 17 October 2013:
The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have reported that tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee rising levels of violence in the country. Erna Rijinierse, a surgeon for MSF, said "we are horrified by what we are seeing, including burnt villages and appalling scenes of murder". The security situation has rapidly deteriorated in CAR since the Seleka rebels alliance seized power in March.
Sixty killed in sectarian clashes - 9 October 2013:
At least 60 people have been killed in clashes between local militias and former rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR). Local reports suggest that a militia group, known as the "anti-balaka", attacked a group of Seleka rebels before targeting Muslim residents in the remote village of Garga. The rebels then retaliated by going door to door in the village to search for Christian men.
President Djotodia dissolves Seleka rebel group - 14 September 2013:
President Michael Djotodia has issued a decree ordering that the Seleka Coalition, the rebel group that helped him sweep into power in March, be immediately dissolved. In a statement broadcast on Friday afternoon Mr Djotodia said "any individual or group of individuals who act in the name of Seleka after the publication of the present decree... will incur the full sanctions under the law".
CAR military chief sacked after clashes - 12 September 2013:
President Michel Djotodia has announced that the country's army chief, Jean-Pierre Dolle-Waya, has been sacked following recent clashes which left 100 people dead. Forces loyal to former President Francois Bozize, who was ousted from power in March, have seized at least one town since fighting erupted last week. The UN has warned that the country is on the brink of collapse and could become a failed state.
Dozens killed in CAR clashes - 9 September 2013:
At least 60 people have been killed in two days of fighting between government forces and those loyal to ousted leader Francois Bozize. A president spokesman said that the pro-Bozize forces attacked villages to the north-west of the capital Bangui, destroying bridges and other infrastructure. It is the first operations by supporters of the former president since he was forced from office in March by a coalition of Seleka rebels.
Thousands of civilians flee to Bangui airport - 30 August 2013:
Around 5,000 civilians have fled to Central African Republic's (CAR) main airport in Bangui following a series of deadly raids by Seleka rebels. At least 10 people were killed when rebel gunmen opened fire in the Boeing neighbourhood of the city.
Serious measles outbreak reported in CAR - 13 August 2013:
Central African Republic's Health Minister has announced that a severe measles outbreak is affecting the entire country. Aguid Sounouk blamed the lack of health infrastructure in the country for the spread of the disease, a situation which has deteriorated since rebels seized power in March.
Dozen killed in Seleka rebel attacks - 6 June 2013:
At least 12 people have been killed in attacks by Seleka rebels in and around the town of Bouca. According to local witnesses the rebels have attacked numerous villages in the Ouham prefecture over the last few days.
Seleka rebels kill 25 in village attacks - 28 May 2013:
At least 25 people have been killed in an attack by suspected members of the Seleka rebel alliance near the city of Bossangoa. A Red Cross worker said the fighters targeted residents in the village of Poulissi, including women and children, before attacking other villages in the area.
Military police clash with Seleka rebels - 21 May 2013:
At least four people have been killed during fighting between military police and Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR). The heaviest clashes took place in the town of Bimbo, while fighting was also reported in the town of Bouca located 290km north of the capital.
Seleka rebels clash with Bangui residents - 15 April 2013:
At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between Seleka rebels and local residents in the capital Bangui. The fighting is the most serious in the country since former President Francois Bozize was ousted from power last month.
Rebel leader announces post-coup government - 31 March 2013:
The self-proclaimed president of the Central African Republic (CAR) has announced a new caretaker government, in which he holds several positions. Aside from being the president, Michel Djotodia also becomes the country's defence minister. The rebel leader, who seized power in bloody coup last month, said he will run the country until elections in 2016.
African leaders refuse to recognise rebel leader as president - 4 March 2013:
Several African heads of state are refusing to recognise rebel leader Michel Djotodia as the president of the Central African Republic (CAR). Speaking at a regional summit Chadian President Idriss Deby said "as things stand now, it is impossible to recognise a self-proclaimed president".
Rebel leader suspends CAR constitution - 26 March 2013:
The leader of the Seleka rebel coalition, Michel Djotodia, has announced that he is suspending the constitution of Central African Republic and dissolving parliament. He also said he would lead the country into "free, transparent and credible elections", during which he would "legislate by decree".
Central African Republic suspended from African Union - 25 March 2013:
The African Union (AU) have suspended the Central African Republic (CAR) from all activities and ordered sanctions against the Seleka rebels, who seized the capital Bangui over the weekend. Meanwhile South African President Jacob Zuma said that at least 13 of his country's soldiers have been killed and 27 wounded in fighting with the rebels.
President Bozize flees as rebels enter capital - 24 March 2013:
The president of Central African Republic, Francois Bozize, has fled Bangui after rebel groups entered the capital. The Seleka rebels said they have taken control of the presidential palace and are planning to make a speech on national news later. Six South African soldiers were reportedly killed during clashes with rebel fighters as they entered the city.
Seleka rebels seize more CAR towns - 21 March 2013:
Seleka rebels claim to have captured two more towns in the Central African Republic as they continue the offensive to oust President Francois Bozize. The government has denied that the northern towns of Bouca and Batangafo have fallen to the rebels.
Rebels capture south-eastern town of Bangassou - 12 March 2013:
Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) have captured the key south-eastern town of Bangassou from government forces. Earlier the rebel Seleka soldiers captured the smaller town of Gambo.
Rebels sign ceasefire after peace talks - 11 January 2013:
Rebels in the Central African Republic have signed a formal ceasefire with the government following peace talks in Gabon. The agreement, which came after three days of discussions, envisages the dissolution of the National Assembly and the formation of a new untiy government. Legislative elections are scheduled to be held in 12 months.
South Africa sends troops to aid CAR government - 07 January 2013:
Around 400 South African troops have been deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) to assist the government in the fight against rebel groups. South Africa's president, Joseph Zuma, said the decision to send the troops were part of his country's efforts "to bring about peace and stability in the region".
Seleka rebels seize another town - 06 January 2013:
Rebels from the Seleka alliance have seized control of the town of Alindao, bringing the total of captured towns to 11. The rebels reportedly did not encounter any resistance from the Central African armed forces.
President asks for help in rebel fight - 27 December 2012:
The Central African Republic President Francois Bozize has asked France and United State for help to stop the rebel forces advancing towards the capital Bangui. The rebels say they are fighting because the government has broken promises.
Troops arrive from Chad to fight rebels - 19 December 2012:
Chad have sent 2,000 troops to the Central African Republic to assist the government in the fight against the Seleka rebel groups. The rebels took control of the city of Bria yesterday, which brings the total number of captured towns to six.
Rebel forces seize key northern towns - 11 December 2012:
Members of the Union of Democratic Forces of Unity (UFDR) have announced that they have seized the three key northern towns of Ndele, Sam Ouandja and Ouadda. A rebels spokesman told the AFP that the government failed to uphold the amnesty agreement from a 2007 peace deal.
LRA rebels capture dozens in LRA raids - 03 September 2012:
Rebels from the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are accused of kidnapping 55 people in a raid on two villages in eastern Central African Republic. A local gendarme said that 41 people were abducted from Balifondo and a further 14 taken from nearby Zobe Mbari.
Villages attacked in Central African Republic - 22 May 2012:
Assailants suspected to be from Chad have attacked two villages in the Batangafo region of Central African Republic. At least three people were killed when the attackers burnt down the villages of Bafondo and Gofo.
LRA commander captured in CAR - 13 May 2012:
A senior commander in the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has been captured by Ugandan troops in the Central African Republic. Caesar Achellam, who is reported to be the fourth highest LRA commander under Joseph Kony, was captured with his and young daughter.
Fighting reported between rebels and CAR soldiers - 12 April 2011:
Fighting between rebels and Central African Republic soldiers has been reported near the village of Sissikebe. According to Abdoulaye Hissene, leader of the rebel group the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), his troops were attacked by members of the government-allied UFDR and FACA.
Presidential election results expected on 28 January - 27 January 2011:
Provisional results of the countries presidential elections are expected to be announced tomorrow. Three of the five candidates have described the vote as a "masquerade" amid claims of corruption and fraud.
Unrest reported ahead of presidential elections - 17 January 2011:
There are reports of civil unrest in the capital, Bangui, in the lead up to presidential elections scheduled to be held on 23 January. The elections have already been delayed twice due to rebel activity and organisational problems.
Rebels control town after battle with government forces - 25 November 2010:
A group of CAR rebels have taken control of the town of Birao in the north-east of the country following a deadly battle with government forces. The Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) killed at least four government troops and are reported to have taken an unknown number hostage. The CAR government has claimed that the CPJP were assisted by other rebel groups from neighbouring Chad.
Rebels kidnap 21 census agents - 31 October 2010:
Members of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) have kidnapped 21 census agents near Birao, in the north-east of the country.