Foreign donors are ramping up aid to remote, neglected Central African Republic because they fear cross-border conflicts in neighboring Sudan’s Darfur and Chad could expand and feed on a vacuum of state authority there. Plagued by decades of dictatorship, unrest, coup attempts and rebellions, the vast but sparsely populated former French colony is ranked among the world’s least developed states. Basic infrastructure is in ruins, bandits roam the bush unchecked by the army or police and borders are left unguarded. (Reuters)

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