Sat02242018

LAST_UPDATESat, 24 Feb 2018 9pm

Viral Videos Insinuating Public Disorder Are GE14 Simulation Exercise - Police

Viral Videos Insinuating Public Disorder Are GE14 Simulation Exercise - Police

KUALA LUMPUR: T...

BN Gov't Will Not Allow Attempts To Sabotage M'sia-China Ties: Najib

BN Gov't Will Not Allow Attempts To Sabotage M'sia-China Ties: Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: The ...

Quinoa Vs Rice In GE14: The Empire Strikes Back

Quinoa Vs Rice In GE14: The Empire Strikes Back

KUALA LUMPUR: No, ...

Muafakat Kedah Expo A Showcase Of Kedah Achievements And The Way Forward, MB Bashah

Muafakat Kedah Expo A Showcase Of Kedah Achievements And The Way Forward, MB Bashah

ALOR STAR: The ina...

Strong Ties With China Should Be Defended

Strong Ties With China Should Be Defended

KUALA LUMPUR: Mala...

Rescuers Say Cannot Keep Up With Air Strikes Battering Syria's Ghouta

Rescuers Say Cannot Keep Up With Air Strikes Battering Syria's Ghouta

BEIRUT: Rescuers in ...

Canadians Call For Return Of Relative Held In Ethiopia

Canadians Call For Return Of Relative Held In Ethiopia

A Canadian family ...

Myanmar Accused Of ‘Bulldozing' Proof Of Crimes Against Rohingya

Myanmar Accused Of ‘Bulldozing' Proof Of Crimes Against Rohingya

Myanmar's governme...

'Survive Or Die Together': More Than 400 Killed In Eastern Ghouta

'Survive Or Die Together': More Than 400 Killed In Eastern Ghouta

More than 400 peop...

South Sudan Officials May Be Guilty Of War Crimes: UN Report

South Sudan Officials May Be Guilty Of War Crimes: UN Report

More than 40 South...

FGV Not Affected By EU Ban On Palm Oil

FGV Not Affected By EU Ban On Palm Oil

KUALA LUMPUR -- Th...

Malaysian Companies Urged To Use LCS To Facilitate Trade With Indonesia

Malaysian Companies Urged To Use LCS To Facilitate Trade With Indonesia

JAKARTA -- Malaysi...

South Korea's SK Group Says In Talks With Petronas For Joint Ventures

South Korea's SK Group Says In Talks With Petronas For Joint Ventures

KUALA LUMPUR: South ...

Airbnb CEO Pledges To Take More Responsibility For Impact To Housing

Airbnb CEO Pledges To Take More Responsibility For Impact To Housing

SAN FRANCISCO: Home-...

India's Modi Meets Canada PM Trudeau Amid Controversy

India's Modi Meets Canada PM Trudeau Amid Controversy

Indian Prime Minis...

Girl, 12, Is 'Torn To Pieces And Eaten' By Pack Of Stray Dogs On Her Walk Home From School In Ukraine Before Her Parents Find Her Dismembered Body

Girl, 12, Is 'Torn To Pieces And Eaten' By Pack Of Stray Dogs On Her Walk Home From School In Ukraine Before Her Parents Find Her Dismembered Body

A 12-year-old girl...

[MD Music Review] Vance Joy Running Away From The Riptide, And Dives Into The Depths Of Love In His Latest Album

[MD Music Review] Vance Joy Running Away From The Riptide, And Dives Into The Depths Of Love In His Latest Album

He may have needed...

Dog That Stayed Faithfully At Owner's Grave Since 2007 Finally Dies Of Old Age

Dog That Stayed Faithfully At Owner's Grave Since 2007 Finally Dies Of Old Age

They say that dogs...

Mahathir, When He Was PM, Labeled The Corruption Index As Another Example Of Western Cultural Imperialism

Mahathir, When He Was PM, Labeled The Corruption Index As Another Example Of Western Cultural Imperialism

This happened more...

Oprah Responds To Trump’s Tweet Claiming Bias In ’60 Minutes’ Segment

Oprah Responds To Trump’s Tweet Claiming Bias In ’60 Minutes’ Segment

In a visit to “The...

BANGUI: Rebels in Central African Republic said they had halted their advance on the capital on Wednesday and agreed to start peace talks, averting a clash with regionally backed troops in the mineral-rich nation.

The Seleka rebels had pushed to within striking distance of Bangui after a three-week onslaught and threatened to oust President Francois Bozize, accusing him of reneging on a previous peace deal and cracking down on dissidents.

Their announcement on Wednesday only gave the leader a limited reprieve as the fighters told Reuters they might insist on his removal in the negotiations.

"I have asked our forces not to move their positions starting today because we want to enter talks in (Gabon's capital) Libreville for a political solution," said Seleka spokesman Eric Massi, speaking by telephone from Paris.

"I am in discussion with our partners to come up with proposals to end the crisis, but one solution could be a political transition that excludes Bozize," he added.

The rebel advance was the latest in a series of revolts and coups in a country at the heart of one of Africa's most turbulent regions.

CAR remains severely underdeveloped despite its rich deposits of gold, diamonds and other minerals. French nuclear energy group Areva mines the Bakouma uranium deposit in CAR's south - France's biggest commercial interest in its former colony.

Diplomatic sources have said talks organized by central African regional bloc ECCAS could start on January 10.


Relief in Bangui

The United States, the European Union and France have called on both sides to negotiate and spare civilians.

News of the rebel halt eased tensions in Bangui, where residents had been stockpiling food and water and staying indoors after dark.

"They say they are no longer going to attack Bangui, and that's great news for us," said Jaqueline Loza in the crumbling riverside city. "It is best for everyone if all sides go to the negotiating table."

ECCAS members Chad, Congo Republic, Gabon and Cameroon have sent hundreds of troops to reinforce CAR's army after a string of rebel victories since early December.

Chad President Idriss Deby, one of Bozize's closest allies, had warned the rebels the regional force would confront them if they passed the town of Damara, about 75 km (45 miles) from the capital.

Bozize came to power in a 2003 rebellion whose fighting force was equipped and trained in Chad.

Central African Republic is one of a number of countries in the area where US Special Forces are helping local soldiers track down the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel group which has killed thousands of civilians across four nations.

About 1,200 French citizens live in CAR where they mostly work for aid groups or mining firms, and France has a 600-strong force in the country which it says it is using only to protect its nationals.

Paris used airstrikes to defend Bozize against a rebellion in 2006. But French President Francois Hollande turned down a request for more help, saying the days of intervening in other countries' affairs were over.


- Reuters


http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKBRE90105G20130102