Central African Republic -
  • CAR: WFP sends rations to war-torn Central African Republic
    20 may 2017 08:04:19
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations emergency food agency has started dispatching supplies by air and road to the Central African Republic (CAR), where violence erupted in March and has since claimed the lives of more than 120 people, it was announced on Friday. Full text...

  • US: UN human rights chief concerned about increasing violence in Central African Republic
    16 may 2017 16:53:56
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday expressed grave alarm over the spread of violence by armed groups against the civilian population in several parts of Central African Republic (CAR) in recent months, as well as attacks against UN peacekeepers in the country's southeast. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says Ugandan troops sexually abused CAR women
    15 may 2017 07:04:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Ugandan soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have sexually exploited or abused at least 13 women and girls since 2015, including at least one rape, and threatened some victims to remain silent, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN chief 'outraged' by latest attacks in CAR, warns they could be war crimes
    14 may 2017 19:49:59
    New York, US (PANA) – Strongly condemning the latest attacks against civilians and the United Nations in Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday urged authorities to investigate and bring those responsible to justice. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: Armed group attacks civilians, UN in CAR
    14 may 2017 06:50:23
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic is sending reinforcements to the south-eastern town of Bangassou, where an armed group opened fire on civilians overnight on Friday killing an undisclosed number and at least one UN peacekeeper. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: UN honours fallen ‘blue helmets’
    13 may 2017 07:47:55
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) held a memorial ceremony on Friday in honour of five peacekeepers who lost their lives after their convoy was attacked in the south-eastern part of the country earlier this week. Full text...

  • CAR: UN releases new CAR funding to support critical aid operations
    11 may 2017 19:17:13
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Against the backdrop of a growing complex humanitarian scenario in the Central African Republic (CAR) – marked by multiplication of hotspots, increased displacement and growing needs – the head of United Nations humanitarian operations in the country on Thursday released US$9 million for the most urgent and critical relief operations. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights groups, public demand accountability for crimes in CAR armed conflict
    11 may 2017 06:57:24
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International and civil society organisations in Central African Republic (CAR) are on Thursday launching a national campaign urging authorities in the country to tackle a deeply entrenched culture of impunity which has prevented thousands of victims of human rights abuses and crimes under international law from receiving any form of justice. Full text...

  • US: UN boss Guterres condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    10 may 2017 19:04:50
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack against a convoy of the UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) that left four dead, one missing and 10 others evacuated. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: UN Mission condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers
    09 may 2017 18:24:36
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has strongly condemned Monday's attack on one of its convoys in the country’s south that killed one Cambodian peacekeeper. Full text...

  • CAR: Four humanitarian organizations temporarily suspend aid work in CAR
    05 may 2017 17:58:00
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Four international humanitarian organizations have temporarily suspended activities in northern Central African Republic (CAR) after dozens of attacks on aid workers in the region, the United Nations humanitarian office said on Friday. Full text...

  • CAR: Urgent action needed to protect children in ‘forgotten crisis’ in CAR - UNICEF
    05 may 2017 15:44:01
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Without increased support, the lives and futures of more than 1 million children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are under threat, UNICEF said on Friday. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: Rights group says armed groups target civilians in CAR
    02 may 2017 06:23:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Armed groups fighting for control of a central province in the Central African Republic (CAR) have targeted civilians in apparent reprisal killings over the past three months, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cartoonist hits a nerve with Zuma rape image
    13 april 2017 07:09:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Controversial Cape Town cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro has once again hit a nerve with an explosive cartoon of President Jacob Zuma that has been hailed and condemned.Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council pledges support for CAR president
    05 april 2017 09:39:26
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday expressed its support for the efforts of President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic (CAR) to restore State authority as well as for the African Union-led mediation initiative to find a political solution to the situation in the crisis-torn country. Full text...

  • Central Africa Republic: Half of Central African population goes hungry
    30 march 2017 18:54:43
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - One year after the Central African Republic elected President Faustin Archange Touadera to power, violence and insecurity remain unchecked and half the population is going hungry, warned Oxfam on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Civilian protection, aid access at risk as violence flares in CAR'
    30 march 2017 16:54:02
    New York, US (PANA) - With a new outbreak of violence erupting in Central African Republic (CAR), acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Michel Yao, on Thursday urged warring parties to protect vulnerable civilian populations as a matter of priority and ensure free movement of relief aid workers.Full text...

  • UN: UN appeals for US$20 million to help affected populations in Madagascar
    23 march 2017 20:30:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and humanitarian partners are appealing for US$20 million to address the devastating consequences of "Cyclone Enawo" in Madagascar. Full text...

  • South Sudan: Hungry people abandon homes in South Sudan's Imatong state
    23 march 2017 19:16:45
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Up to 75 per cent of people living in Imatong state of South Sudan may have left their homes because they cannot get enough to eat, the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, was told by community leaders in Torit on Thursday. Full text...

  • Madagascar: IMF says public investment props up Madagascar's growth
    23 march 2017 17:52:22
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Though the impact of a drought in the central plateau and the cyclone that hit the northeast of Madagascar is not clear, the recent economic performance of the Indian Ocean island nation off the coast of southeast Africa has been encouraging, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • UN: 'Warming earth threatens to release huge amounts of carbon' - FAO
    21 march 2017 20:16:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Rising temperatures could release massive amounts of carbon trapped in the Earth's soil, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) reporterd on Tuesday, warning that soil management could make or break climate change response efforts. Full text...

  • UN: UN says half of CAR population urgently needs humanitarian support
    16 march 2017 21:04:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Thursday said that half of the population in Central African Republic (CAR) urgently needs aid despite a huge funding gap. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airlines wins cargo award for network expansion
    13 march 2017 17:11:05
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s largest cargo operator, Ethiopian Airlines, has won the Cargo Airline Award for Network Development at the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards held on 9 March, the company's CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said on Monday. Full text...

  • Egypt: FAO says water scarcity in North Africa needs 'urgent, massive response'
    09 march 2017 16:43:44
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Access to water is a fundamental need for food security, human health and agriculture, and its looming scarcity in the North Africa and Middle East region is a huge challenge requiring an "urgent and massive response," FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said on Thursday in Cairo. Full text...

  • Canada: UN global aviation body adopts new carbon emissions standards for aircraft
    07 march 2017 05:42:26
    Montreal, Canada (PANA) - The United Nations aviation body on Monday adopted new aircraft emissions to curb the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate. Full text...

  • Botswana: Cyclone Enawo to deprive Botswana rain
    06 march 2017 19:32:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s meteorological services department has said tropical cyclone Enawo is expected to hit Madagascar and deny Botswana some rains. Full text...

  • CAR: UN condemns threats by armed group against civilians, peacekeepers
    06 march 2017 06:56:46
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) is warning a rebel movement against impeding humanitarian access, saying any threats to peacekeepers, aid workers or civilians are “unacceptable” and could be tried as warm crimes. Full text...

  • CAR: Senior UN relief official urges access to civilians in north-eastern provinces
    24 february 2017 06:27:10
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The most senior United Nations relief official in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called for free and unhindered access to civilians impacted by the clashes between rival armed groups.Full text...

  • UN: Armed group attacks UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic
    23 february 2017 05:33:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA) says its peacekeepers on patrol were attacked on Tuesday outside of Ippy in Ouaka prefecture in an ambush.Full text...

  • CAR: UN, international organisations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of CAR
    20 february 2017 11:08:01
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Voicing deep concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), in particular in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto prefectures five organisations have condemned the acts of violence by armed groups that have exasperated an already alarming humanitarian situation. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR reinforces presence in restive Bambari
    18 february 2017 07:05:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Following ongoing rebel activity in and around Bambari in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), the UN mission in the country has reinforced its presence in the city with the arrival of additional troops, including a quick reaction unit and Special Forces.Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says CAR rebel group 'executed at least 32 civilians'
    16 february 2017 11:17:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A human rights group says a rebel group in the Central African Republic (CAR) executed at least 32 civilians and captured fighters after clashes in December 2016 with another rebel group in the Ouaka province. Full text...

  • US: Situation in CAR warrants continued international attention, Security Council told
    16 february 2017 05:53:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite improving security situation in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), concerns remain in other parts of the country, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Wednesday, underlining the need for continued international attention. Full text...

  • UN: UN official condemns armed attack on CAR hospital
    09 february 2017 18:09:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Denouncing forceful entry by armed individuals into a hospital in Central African Republic's restive PK5 neighbourhood with the intention to kill some of the patients, the Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Mr. Michel Yao, has said such incidents are in violation of the international humanitarian law. Full text...

  • CAR: 'Fresh violence in Central African Republic displaces thousands'
    04 february 2017 09:52:08
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Condemning attacks on civilians and non-governmental organizations in a town in Central African Republic (CAR)’s Ouham-Pendé province, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called for the protection of civilians as well as for unhindered relief access to the affected areas. Full text...

  • CAR: UN fund allocates US$6 million to help thousands in violence-hit parts of CAR
    01 february 2017 09:10:16
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The top United Nations relief official on Tuesday approved an allocation from the organization’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support response to assist the response to new emergencies triggered by a surge of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR)’s Kaga Bandoro, Bambari and Bria areas. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official urges calm in Central African Republic town
    25 january 2017 19:02:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Following rising tensions in Central African Republic’s Ouaka prefecture and in and around its town of Bambari, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Michel Yao, has appealed for calm and refraining from any act that could further increase the fragility of an already vulnerable population.Full text...

  • Central African Republic: IMF chief encourages CAR to promote peace
    25 january 2017 17:07:15
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - While facing a legacy of fragility, authorities in Central African Republic (CAR) must have a concrete focus on building peace, restoring social cohesion, and assembling a working government, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, CAR govt appeal for US$400mln for humanitarian needs
    14 january 2017 06:25:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the UN humanitarian country team have launched a US$400 million response plan for the 2017-2019 period to meet the basic needs of 2.2 million Central Africans. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights group calls for urgent need to rebuild CAR justice system
    11 january 2017 06:44:30
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says individuals suspected of committing war crimes including killing and rape during the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) are evading investigation and arrest, and in some cases live side by side with their victims. Full text...

  • Belgium: EC appoints new commander of its training mission in CAR
    10 january 2017 12:36:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Tuesday appointed Brigadier General Herman Ruys, a Belgian national, as Commander for the European Union (EU) military training mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA). Full text...

  • US: UN condemns deadly ambush against MINUSCA in Central African Republic
    08 january 2017 10:54:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the ambush, by unknown attackers late last week against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in Bokayai, in northwest part of the country, in which one Bangladeshi peacekeeper was killed. Full text...

  • UN: Two UN peacekeepers killed, others injured in Central African Republic
    04 january 2017 17:59:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Wednesday condemned a deadly ambush on a convoy in the south-eastern part of the country which killed two blue helmets from Morocco and wounded two others. Full text...

  • UN: UN expresses concern over attacks on relief workers in CAR
    30 december 2016 07:10:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday voiced concern at the resurgence of attacks against humanitarian workers in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR).Full text...

  • UN: WFP may end assistance to 150,000 IDPs in Central African Republic
    22 december 2016 21:05:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Due to a lack of funding, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) may soon halt its aid to 150,000 people in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) who have been displaced by violence. Full text...

  • Kenya: New armed group in CAR causes mayhem - Rights group says
    20 december 2016 09:33:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog has disclosed that a recently formed armed group called “Return, Reclamation, Rehabilitation,” or 3R, has killed civilians, raped, and caused large-scale displacement over the past year in northwest Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: UN report cites arbitrary killings, sexual violence, abuses in CAR
    15 december 2016 05:37:15
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN human rights report released on Wednesday says arbitrary killings, sexual violence and other human rights violations and abuses have continued to plague the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • US: Recent violence in CAR spotlights subregion's volatility, Security Council told
    08 december 2016 05:35:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite a peaceful and successful transition in the Central African Republic (CAR) earlier in 2016, the recent outbreak of violence there had demonstrated the extremely fragile situation in the country, the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CAR: UN completes investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers
    06 december 2016 13:23:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations announced here on Monday that it has completed an internal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Burundian and Gabonese peacekeepers deployed in Dekoa, Kemo prefecture, in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: UN chief expresses concern over renewed violence in CAR
    29 november 2016 15:40:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing concerns over last week's renewed violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), which reportedly claimed dozens of lives and displaced more than 11,000 persons, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on the armed groups to immediately and "genuinely" commit to peace. Full text...

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