Under the watch of UN peacekeeping troops, voters in the Central African Republic waited hours to cast ballots in a historic presidential election. The poll is being seen as a step toward stability in a country torn by brutal sectarian violence.
The UN's aid chief has alerted member states of the "early warning signs of genocide" amid increasing violence. The African nation has seen the worst sectarian violence since the overthrow of the government in 2013.
The Red Cross said that six volunteers were killed in an attack on a health clinic. A recent uptick in attacks in the country's southeast sparked renewed fears of conflict akin to 2013's civil war.
Armed rebel groups have agreed to an "immediate" nationwide ceasefire in exchange for political representation. Sectarian violence has plagued the African country since Muslim militias overthrew the government in 2013.
Some 100 people have been killed after fresh fighting broke out in a small town in the Central African Republic. On Monday, the government signed its latest peace deal with 13 armed groups.
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