U.S. Suspends Central African Rep. Embassy

Things are appearing to be more volatile in the Central African Republic. The United States announced it was suspending operations at its embassy in the country, as rebels appear to be on the cusp of a capital takeover. They have already seized at least 10 towns throughout the country. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the U.S. ambassador and embassy staff had exited the country. “This decision is solely due to concerns about the security of our personnel and has no relation to our continuing and long-standing diplomatic relations with the CAR,” he noted in a statement.