Thursday, February 13, 2014

CAR President Vows War on Militias


Top news: A top U.N. diplomat on Wednesday called the crisis in the Central African Republic "a humanitarian catastrophe of unspeakable proportions." Despite the presence of an African Union peacekeeping force and some 1,600 French troops, Christian militias are forcing tens of thousands of Muslims to flee the country.
"Massive ethno-religious cleansing is continuing," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement. "Shocking barbarity, brutality and inhumanity have characterized this violence."
Originally formed as self-defense brigades, the Christian militias, known as anti-balaka (anti-machete), have gone on a murderous rampage since the largely Muslim Seleka rebel group was ousted from power last month.
Also on Wednesday, the country's new transitional president, Catherine Samba Panza, vowed to "go to war" against the anti-balaka, saying they have "lost their sense of mission" and become "the ones who kill, who pillage, who are violent."

Geneva: The Syrian opposition on Wednesday laid out its most detailed vision yet for how to end the bloody civil war in Syria, calling for a transitional governing body with full executive authority that would oversee a U.N. monitored ceasefire. Strikingly, the 24-point plan makes no mention of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "I think that the opposition has come to the obvious conclusion that the best way to deal with Assad is to avoid mentioning him," an unnamed Middle Eastern diplomat told Reuters.

Middle East
  • A humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs has been extended for three more days, the provincial governor announced on Thursday.
  • Egyptian authorities detained an Egyptian employee of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, local news outlets reported on Wednesday.
  • Fighting between Sunni militants and Iraqi security forces has displaced as many as 300,000 people in Iraq's Anbar province, the U.N. said on Wednesday.
  • A car bomb exploded outside the international airport in Mogadishu, Somalia on Thursday, killing at least seven people.
  • Boko Haram militants on Wednesday killed at least 51 people in an attack on the Konduga local government area of Nigeria's Borno state.
  • Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday fired four ministers in his latest cabinet shakeup.
  • The Afghan government on Thursday released 65 detainees designated by the United States as serious security threats.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to arrive in South Korea on Thursday as part of a five-day Asia trip aimed at easing tensions in the region.
  • Afghan men wearing military uniforms killed two U.S. troops on Wednesday in the Kapisa province of Afghanistan.
  • Brazilian authorities on Wednesday arrested the man thought to be responsible for the death television cameraman Santiago Andrade.
  • Clashes in Caracas between supporters and opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro left at least two people dead on Wednesday.
  • A severe drought has caused a drop in Brazil's hydroelectric power output and could require the government to revise its primary budget surplus target downward.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced his support for Egyptian Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's expected run for the presidency.
  • Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is expected to meet with Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi on Thursday as pressure mounts for the prime minister to step aside.
  • French President Francois Hollande met with Silicon Valley executives and California state officials on Wednesday in San Francisco.

-By Ty McCormick

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