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2014-10-24 Bemba's Lawyer, Aides Released
[Bemba Trial Website]Today, Jean Pierre Bemba's former lead defense lawyer and two associates were released from International Criminal Court (ICC) detention. The trio, along with another former lawyer to the Congolese opposition leader, had been held in The Hague for nearly a year on accusations of bribing witnesses and forging evidence.

2014-10-23 Recalled Witness in Bemba Trial to Testify in Closed Session
[Bemba Trial Website]All testimony by a prosecution witness who was recalled by International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to give evidence on issues of witness credibility in the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba will be heard in closed session.

2014-10-22 Judge Orders Interim Release of Bemba Lawyers
[Bemba Trial Website]An International Criminal Court (ICC) judge has ordered the release of the former head of Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba's defense team, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, and former case manager Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo.

2014-10-20 Belligerents' Intransigence to Blame
[Cameroon Tribune]The Seleka and anti-Balaka rebel groups and government hardly agree on peace measures.

2014-10-17 Militia Target Hospitals
[UN News]Armed groups must respect medical facilities and allow patients and medical staff unhindered and safe access to hospitals, two United Nations officials in the Central African Republic (CAR) urged as fighting continued in the embattled nation.

2014-10-17 Hearing of Recalled Prosecution Witness in Bemba Trial Postponed
[Bemba Trial Website]The hearing scheduled for this week to consider additional evidence from a witness who previously testified for the prosecution in Jean-Pierre Bemba's trial has been cancelled due to undisclosed logistical reasons.

2014-10-15 French Military Cuts Exclude Operational Forces
[RFI]France is to slash 7,500 jobs in its military as part of make major cuts to defence spending. An artillery regiment is to be scrapped, five warships are to be decommissioned and a military hospital to be restructured.

2014-10-15 UNHCR Calls for Unhindered Humanitarian Access to Assist Displaced Persons in CAR
[UNHCR]This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 14 October 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

2014-10-15 Violence Surges in Bangui
[UN News]The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed alarm at the recent outbreak of violence in parts of the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, targeting civilians, humanitarian workers and UN peacekeepers.

2014-10-14 UN Wants CAR Citizens to Sink Differences
[Cameroon Tribune]The Head of the UN Mission to the country had discussions with Foreign Affairs Minister.

2014-10-13 Flare-Up in Central African Republic - Yet Another Setback for a Peace Process Going Nowhere
[Daily Maverick]For a few months, Bangui has been calm - even the refugees had started to go home. Last week, however, the relative peace was shattered in a new bout of violence that left more than a dozen dead and the interim government looking even more out of control than before. This country has a long, long way to go.

2014-10-13 New Explosion of Violence in Central African Republic
[HRW]Horrific bloodshed has returned to the streets of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, just weeks after the United Nations took over peacekeeping responsibilities from the African Union. It's the first real test of whether the UN mission, MINUSCA, can bring some relief to the war-torn country following 18 months of bloodcurdling sectarian violence that has left many thousands dead and nearly a quarter of the population homeless and displaced.

2014-10-13 U.S. Deeply Concerned by Ongoing Violence in the Central African Republic
[State Department]STATEMENT BY MARIE HARF, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON

2014-10-13 U.S. Deeply Concerned By Ongoing Violence in the Central African Republic
[State Department]Press Statement

2014-10-10 Security Council Condemns Deadly Attack On UN Peacekeepers
[UN News]Strongly condemning the recent deadly ambush of a convoy of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today deplored all attacks and provocations by armed groups against the UN stabilization mission in the country, known as MINUSCA, and underlined that such attacks may be considered war crimes.

2014-10-10 UN Condemns Fatal Attack Against Peacekeepers
[UN News]The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR) today condemned a deadly ambush against peacekeepers serving there that left one "blue helmet" dead, one severely wounded and seven others slightly injured.

2014-10-10 Red Cross Relief Efforts Hindered
[IFRC]Bangui/Geneva -A new wave of violence has engulfed the capital Bangui, causing many casualties. In addition, houses and businesses have been ransacked and set on fire. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is calling for respect and protection for the lives and dignity of civilians.

2014-10-10 Bemba Trial - Prosecution Witness Recalled to Testify About Payments
[Bemba Trial Website]International Criminal Court (ICC) judges have reopened the presentation of evidence in Jean-Pierre Bemba's trial in order to hear the testimony of a prosecution witness on issues of witness credibility.

2014-10-09 Land Can Knit the CAR Together
[Africa In Fact]The problem with land, or rather "space", in the Central African Republic (CAR) becomes apparent immediately upon leaving the airport. On the apron side, where shiny planes with acronyms emblazoned on their tails wait for take-off, all is tended planters and graded asphalt. On the far side of the terminal building, Bangui begins: tens of thousands of men, women and children--all belonging to a cohort that human rights organisations term "internally displaced persons", or IDPs.

2014-10-10 SA Muslims Will Have to Wait for CAR Booty
[The Daily Vox]Hundreds of South African Muslim men have made enquiries into marrying destitute refugee women from the Central African Republic, a well placed sourced at the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has said.

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