Muslims living in Boda, 140km from Bangui. Most Muslims have fled the south of the country, creating a de facto partition. Photograph:Thierry Bresillon/Getty Images

Central African Republic’s mainly Muslim Seleka rebels have signed a ceasefire with the “anti-balaka” Christian militia, after dropping their demand f(...)

A June 11th photograph of Seleka fighters  sitting on a pick-up truck in the town of Goya in Central African Republic, where fighting between Christian and Muslim groups has left at least 50 people  dead. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

More than 50 people have been killed in two days of clashes in Central African Republic, witnesses and officials said today, with foreign troops stru(...)

Afghan refugees pose for a photograph as they wait to leave for Afghanistan, at UNHCR registration centre  in Chamkani, on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan. Photograph: Arshad Arbab/EPA

The number of people forced to flee their homes worldwide has exceeded 50 million for the first time since World War II. A report released toda(...)

Seleka fighters stand in line at a Seleka base in Bambari, Central African Republic on  May 31st. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Central African Republic authorities have told mobile phone operators to suspend text messages following calls on services for a nationwide civil diso(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Against the background of a sunny blue sky and in a St Peter’s Square decked out with thousands of blooming flowers, Pope Francis this morning (...)

Central African Republic’s foreign minister Toussaint Kongo Doudou arrives to the podium to speak with the media after voting on a resolution approving UN peacekeepers for the Central African Republic, at UN headquarters in New York. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has authorised the creation of a nearly 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic(...)

Rwanda remembers

Twenty years ago the genocide that took the lives of up to one million of Rwanda’s 12 million people saw the benighted country reduced to among(...)

Chadian soldiers sit with guns on a vehicle as they drive in Bangui at the weekend. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon stopped in the Central African Republic (CAR) on his way to today’s commemoration in Kigali of the 20th annive(...)

Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the self-proclaimed emperor of the Central African empire, after crowning himself in 1977. Photograph: Pierre Guillaud/AFP/Getty Images

He was the Nero of equatorial Africa, the ogre of Berengo. Jean-Bedel Bokassa has been dead for 18 years, but even as the Central African Repub(...)

Habiba (7), who was shot in the leg when her family sought shelter in a mosque. She does not know where her parents are. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

One doesn’t easily forget the look in Habiba’s eyes. It’s the look of a seven-year-old child prematurely aged, of an innocent hurled into the v(...)