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Capoeira helps unite the Central African Republic

Every Sunday, young people from all walks of life gather at Bangui’s “20,000 Places Stadium” in the Central African Republic to learn Capoeira and rebuild bonds that have been damaged by war and violence that has plagued their country for years.

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Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankcruptcy case

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker is claiming diplomatic immunity from ongoing bankruptcy proceedings in the UK on the basis that he is an ambassador for the Central African Republic.

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ICC acquits DR Congo’s Bemba on appeal

International war crimes judges acquit former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba on appeal, overturning an 18-year sentence for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic in 2002-3. SOUNDBITE

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Down but not out: Lord’s Resistance Army haunts C.Africa

There were several thousand of them before 2011, and only a hundred today, yet the Lord’s Resistance Army continues to claim victims in Obo, in the extreme southeast of the Central African Republic. Since the departure of US and Ugandan troops who considerably weakened Joseph Kony’s notorious militia, the LRA no longer encounters any resistance.

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Nigeria where over 30,000 Cameroonians from English-speaking regions have fled regime repression, we meet the Congolese seeking refuge in neighbouring Uganda, and we go to Central African Republic where, in a country of thousands of ethnic groups gripped by conflict, dance is proving a unifying force. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Liberia’s longstanding land dispute, one of the key challenges facing George Weah’s nascent presidency, we meet the first cohort of former rebels to join the national army in Central African Republic and we travel to Chad where families are feeling the pinch of austerity measures. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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Starry-eyed C. Africa cyclists ‘race to forget’

The Central African Republic’s cycling federation is struggling to survive in the war-torn country. But the hopes of Bangui’s youth are riding on a revival of the competitive sport.

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Starry-eyed C. Africa cyclists ‘race to forget’

The Central African Republic’s cycling federation is struggling to survive in the war-torn country. But the hopes of Bangui’s youth are riding on a revival of the competitive sport. A voiced AFPTV report

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In ravaged CAfrica, a quest to turn swords into ploughshares

Bambari, a town in the Central African Republic, was at the heart of an armed conflict which caused thousands of casualties. Now that a relative peace has come, some former fighters are trying to reintegrate into civilian life, thanks to a FAO post-conflict reintegration program. But there’s no certainty about their future.