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World’s ‘fastest woman’ racing driver dies trying to break own record

Racing driver Jessi Combs, considered the “fastest woman on four wheels,” was killed in a car accident trying to break her own record, police said Wednesday. Combs’s jet car crashed Tuesday in the Alvord Desert where she was pronounced dead at the scene, officers in the northwestern US state of Oregon said in a statement. Combs, 39, earned her “fastest woman” title in 2013 when she hit 641 kilometres per hour, and police said the fatal crash occurred while attempting to break the record. “Jessi Combs was pronounced deceased at…

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Central African Republic: UN credibility at stake amid rising attacks against civilians

Central african RepublicThe UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic must take bold measures to protect civilians amid an escalating wave of sectarian attacks in the central regions of the country, said Amnesty International after visiting some of the most affected areas.

Despite the deployment of a new UN peacekeeping mission on 15 September, dozens of civilians, including several children, have been killed and thousands more displaced in recent weeks.

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French journalist Camille Lepage killed in CAR

Ms Lepage had been working in CAR for several months French photojournalist Camille Lepage has been murdered while working in the Central African Republic, presidential officials in Paris say. The body of Ms Lepage, 26, was found when a French patrol stopped a car driven by Christian anti-balaka militia in the Bouar region, a statement said. She had reportedly been travelling near the CAR border with Cameroon when she became caught up in fighting. Camille Lepage’s work has been widely published, including by the BBC. She had also worked for…

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Three MSF Staff Among 16 Civilians Killed at Central African Republic Hospital

AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK, April 28, 2014 – Sixteen civilians, including three national staff members of the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), were killed during an armed robbery on MSF hospital grounds in the northern town of Boguila in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday, April 26. The incident occurred when armed ex-Seleka members surrounded Boguila’s hospital grounds, where a meeting was taking place with forty community leaders invited by MSF to discuss medical access and care. MSF strongly condemns the unprovoked killing of unarmed civilians…

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CAR refugees in Chad: “What’s happening right now is unacceptable”

  “It is critical to recognise that the vast majority of these persons have fled violent situations in order to save their own lives” SARAH CHATEAUHEAD OF MISSION, CHAD 18.03.2014 Refugees fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) have to endure a long and torturous journey to escape the violence in their home country. Unfortunately once they reach Chad, their struggles continue.  Bitoye Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been in Bitoye for the past three weeks, setting up a primary health facility in the small town of 10,000 which has…

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CAR: Machete Wielding Youths Lay Corpses In Bangui Streets

The United Nations was alarmed yesterday when dozens of dead bodies were found lying all over the streets in Bangui town in the Central African Republic. The dead bodies are a reflection of the work being done by youths armed with machetes and grenades who have embarked on a career of mass massacre. The Archbishop and the Imam of Bangui came out recently and warned over the terror being spread by these youths but his warning was not head. “There is a complete disorder. Young people are carrying grenades and…

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Looting, killing of Christians, churches set on fire in CAR – UN

  People are pictured at a refugee camp set in the garden of Notre Dame de Fatima church, in Bangui, Central African Republic on December 16, 2013. Picture: FRED DUFOUR / AFP GENEVA  – Some 210,000 people have been uprooted from their homes by violence in the Central African Republic capital in the past two weeks alone, the United Nations said on Tuesday. “The situation is very serious and appears to be worsening,” UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told AFP. About 210,000 people fled their homes in Bangui after…

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Central African Republic: Tragedy At the Imam’s House

Photo: Voxcom/IRIN Some of the LRA soldiers sit outside, Sudan, April 2007. On Thursday morning, the photographer Marcus Bleasdale and I went to see the imam of Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CAR), at his home in the Muslim Boro district of the town. The situation in Bossangoa was tense as word spread of heavy fighting in the capital, Bangui, between the mostly Muslim ex-Seleka forces that now rule the country, and the Christian anti-balaka militias backed by defecting soldiers still loyal to the president ousted in March, Francois Bozizé. At the…

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What’s at stake in the Central African Republic?

 Recent events in the Central African Republic (CAR) provides a test-case for the future of the continent and the role of imperialist governments in their ongoing interventions into the internal affairs of various nation-states. Threatened with a rebel alliance, known as Seleka, the regime of President Francois Bozize has been making an effort to remain in power by requesting the assistance of France as well as regional states in and around central Africa.

Bozize’s government has enjoyed French support for many years. A former colony of Paris, the country of 4.4 million is rich with mineral resources that have not been effectively utilized for the benefit of the majority of people inside

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