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  • IFAD boosts Madagascar food, nutritional security
    14 december 2017 14:54:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new financial agreement has been signed between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Madagascar to sustainably improve incomes and food and nutrition security in the island nation. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmet’ in east CAR
    05 december 2017 05:38:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing on Monday of a Mauritanian peacekeeper and the wounding of three others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by anti-Balaka militia in Bria in the country’s east. Full text...

  • UN agriculture agency helps CAR ex-fighters start life anew
    02 december 2017 12:13:35
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Over 1,000 ex-fighters in the conflict-riddled Central African Republic (CAR) have traded their weapons for farming equipment, as part of a United Nations initiative, according to the UN agriculture agency. Full text...

  • UN 'strongly condemns' attack that kills peacekeeper in CAR
    27 november 2017 18:49:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council have strongly condemned Sunday's attack allegedly perpetrated by the anti-Balaka group against a convoy of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, in which one peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and three others were injured. Full text...

  • CAR president on working visit in Brussels
    22 november 2017 19:08:16
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Central African Republic’s President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who is in Brussels for a working visit, on Wednesday took part in a high-level debate held at the European Parliament, on a renegotiated strategic partnership between the European Union and Africa. Full text...

  • UN mission in CAR mandate extended, additional ‘blue helmets’ authorised
    16 november 2017 06:36:36
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday extended the mandate of the Organization’s peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2018 and increased the mission’s troop level by 900 military personnel. Full text...

  • Civilians must be protected against brutal attacks in CAR - NRC pleads
    14 november 2017 10:46:24
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Marianne Irion has again urged the United Nations to strengthen UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) to protect civilians in the troubled country. Full text...

  • ‘Leave no stone unturned’ to secure aid funding for CAR, senior UN official urges
    10 november 2017 06:19:13
    New York, USA (PANA) – One out of every four people in Central African Republic (CAR) is either displaced or living as a refugee in another country, a senior United Nations official said on Thursday, urging the international community to provide more resources for a humanitarian plan that up to now is only partially funded. Full text...

  • Humanitarian group warns of surge in barbaric attacks against civilians in CAR
    07 november 2017 08:01:18
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - An international humanitarian organisation, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), along with 27 organisations, is calling on the UN Security Council to undertake stronger efforts to protect civilians in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • UN Security Council considers boost in UN peacekeepers numbers in CAR
    07 november 2017 06:36:28
    New York, US (PANA) – The Security Council is deciding whether to increase the number of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the recommendations put forward by Secretary-General António Guterres for strengthening the operation, which was discussed at Monday’s meeting in New York. Full text...

  • IRCR condemns killing of staff in Central African Republic
    06 november 2017 12:12:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed shock and sadness at the killing of one of its staff in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Madagascar plague: Mitigating the risk of regional spread (A WHO Feature)
    05 november 2017 06:06:55
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - This year plague came early to Madagascar and spread quickly. When it began to move out from the areas where it traditionally occurs, people became increasingly alarmed – both within the island nation and in neighbouring territories and countries. Full text...

  • WHO sees drop in cases of plague in Madagascar
    03 november 2017 20:40:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – While progress has been made in response to the plague outbreak in Madagascar, and the number of suspected new cases continues to decline, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that sustaining operations through the remainder of the plague season will be critical as there is still a risk of potential further spread of the disease. Full text...

  • UN chief pays tribute to courage, resilience of people of Central African Republic
    28 october 2017 14:23:45
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Addressing lawmakers in Central African Republic, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Friday stressed the international community's commitment to helping tackle the myriad challenges plaguing the conflict-torn country, and strongly defended the role of the UN peacekeeping force there. Full text...

  • Rights group says civilians targeted in CAR as violence surges
    27 october 2017 05:32:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Violence threatening civilians has surged in recent months in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) south-central and southeastern regions, a human rightswatchdog said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN chief stresses need to support CAR's peacebuilding strategy
    27 october 2017 05:03:45
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – On the third day of his visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called on the international community to support the conflict-ravaged country’s peacebuilding and recovery strategy. Full text...

  • Antonio Guterres pays tribute to Moroccan, Cambodian soldiers killed in CAR
    26 october 2017 15:40:52
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is visiting the Central African Republic, on Wednesday paid tribute to Moroccan and Cambodian peacekeepers killed in the year in the exercise of their mission of peacekeeping and protection of the local population, according to his spokesman Farhan Haq. Full text...

  • UN chief seeks global solidarity to rebuild CAR
    25 october 2017 22:01:50
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – On the second day of his visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday called on the international community to show solidarity in helping the crisis-torn country chart a new future while warning against religious divide. Full text...

  • Marking UN Day in CAR, Secretary-General honours peacekeepers
    25 october 2017 05:26:19
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Commemorating United Nations Day alongside UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday paid tribute to the sacrifices made by uniformed personnel in the service of peace. Full text...

  • UN chief announces trip to Central African Republic
    18 october 2017 22:05:38
    New York, USA (PANA) – Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic (CAR) early next week. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia condemns massacre of Muslims in CAR mosque
    17 october 2017 14:45:21
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (PANA) - Saudi Arabia has vigorously condemned the massacre of 26 Muslims by the anti-Balaka militias in a mosque in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • CAR: UN Special Adviser condemns incitement of violence and hatred in CAR
    14 october 2017 06:54:33
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has strongly condemned provocation of ethnic and religious hatred armed groups and politicians in the Central African Republic and called for the need for urgent, concerted and coordinated steps to end violence, defuse inter-community tensions and alleviate the suffering of the civilian population. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body wants UN peacekeepers probed for drugging, rape in CAR
    12 october 2017 15:03:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) wants the United Nations to take firm action in response to new evidence linking UN peacekeepers to drugging and raping a young woman in the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius takes steps to prevent pneumonic plague
    12 october 2017 07:04:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has taken all precautionary and control measures at its air and sea ports, and reinforced surveillance at all levels in a bid to prevent transmission of pneumonic plague which is currently affecting the near-by island of Madagascar. Full text...

  • US: New allegation of sexual abuse surfaces at UN mission in CAR
    11 october 2017 22:34:13
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said on Wednesday that the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported it had received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that took place in Bambari by UN peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Madagascar: WHO ramps up response as bubonic, pneumonic plagues spread in Madagascar
    07 october 2017 10:13:06
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – The United Nations health agency is rapidly scaling up response to a plague outbreak in Madagascar that has spread to the capital and port towns, infecting more than 100 people in just a few weeks. Full text...

  • Cameroon: More aid needed in CAR amid deteriorating security, UN relief official warns
    06 october 2017 19:39:43
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) – In spite of humanitarian access to help tackle some of the most critical needs in several Central African Republic (CAR) hotspots, eroding security since the beginning of 2017 has sparked additional needs, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported on Friday. Full text...

  • US: Rights group accuses CAR armed groups of using sexual violence as weapon of war
    05 october 2017 11:58:29
    New York, US (PANA) – A human rights group has accused armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) of using rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war across the country during nearly five years of conflict.Full text...

  • Central African Republic: Peace, decisive reforms remain key to CAR’s recovery - IMF
    04 october 2017 19:13:03
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Restoration of peace, redeployment of the state, and decisive implementation of reforms will be key to achieve sustained economic recovery and medium term growth in Central African Republic (CAR) above the projected 4 percent for this year, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team that on Wednesday concluded its visit to the capital, Bangui. Full text...

  • South Africa: Xhosa initiation film nominated for Academy Awards
    02 october 2017 15:23:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A 2017 drama film about a Xhosa initiation has been selected as South Africa’s Oscars bid. Full text...

  • Gabon: China's floating hospital ship offers medical care to Gabonese people
    02 october 2017 12:42:24
    Libreville, Gabon (PANA) - The Chinese floating hospital ship, "the Arch of Peace", with a crew of more than 600 doctors and nurses, Monday began consultations and free treatments to approximately 2,000 patients enrolled in local hospital facilities in Libreville, the Gabone capital. Full text...

  • US: Civilians pay ‘very heavy price’ amid unfolding violence in western CAR – UN
    26 september 2017 19:52:07
    New York, (PANA) – Since the beginning of September, the humanitarian situation in western Central African Republic (CAR) has deteriorated as armed groups have taken over several localities – particularly Bocaranga and Niem – which has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush where they cannot access aid, the United Nations relief wing reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: At UN, CAR President outlines country’s peace, reconciliation process
    22 september 2017 20:09:14
    New York, US (PANA) – The President of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Archange Touadéra, reaffirmed on Friday at the United Nations General Assembly his determination and that of his Government to make the peace efforts succeed, but stressed that the country suffers from limited capacity as it continues to cope with a raft of post-conflict challenges. Full text...

  • Madagascar: Prudent fiscal policy helps Madagascar keep rein on inflation
    22 september 2017 07:10:16
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – Prudent monetary policy has enabled Madagascar to contain inflation which ticked up earlier this year due to weather-related shocks, a staff team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) observed at the end of a mission to the island nation’s capital, Antananarivo. Full text...

  • US: Madagascar president thanks international community for support
    21 september 2017 09:13:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of Madagascar Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana has thanked the international community for its support her in the country's key poverty alleviation initiatives, Full text...

  • CAR: Fresh violence in CAR leads to more displaced persons – UN agency
    16 september 2017 06:37:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Expressing concern over continued violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the resulting “massive new levels” of displacement, the United Nations refugee agency has underscored the need to ensure that relief workers are not made targets of hostilities and are given the humanitarian security they need to carry out their mission. Full text...

  • CAR: Amnesty says civilians facing atrocities in CAR town as UN protection proves ineffective
    08 september 2017 07:11:00
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A wave of brutal attacks in the Central African Republic, including the systematic rape and murder of civilians, highlights the urgent need for stronger UN action to protect civilians, Amnesty International said on Friday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNICEF warns on ‘dramatic’ rise in CAR violence
    15 august 2017 17:47:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children's agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • CAR: UN peacekeeping chief underscores political solution to end CAR violence
    01 august 2017 06:03:19
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The top United Nations peacekeeping official is in the Central African Republic where he on Monday discussed the security situation and the political process, while paying homage to three UN 'blue helmets' killed in the line of duty in recent days. Full text...

  • US: UN peacekeeping chief warns Security Council about insecurity in CAR
    28 july 2017 19:32:57
    New York, US (PANA) – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations has warned that the increased intensity of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers is bringing Central African Republic (CAR) to the tipping point. Full text...

  • US: UN condemns killing of two peacekeepers in Central African Republic
    26 july 2017 19:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) – Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council have condemned Tuesday's killing of two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic's (CAR) south-eastern city of Bangassou. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB, Madagascar to cooperate on energy, agriculture
    25 july 2017 05:09:55
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has announced plans by the Bank to deepen cooperation with Madagascar over the next three to four years, with emphasis on the development of the energy and agriculture sectors. Full text...

  • CAR: UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in Central African Republic
    24 july 2017 13:17:47
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing of a UN peacekeeper on Sunday in the Central African Republic (CAR), urging the country's authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. Full text...

  • CAR: Children increasingly targeted for murder, rape in CAR – UNICEF
    18 july 2017 19:56:33
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – Renewed fighting in Central African Republic (CAR) is increasingly targeting children, while there are concerns that the humanitarian needs in the country could escalate to levels not seen since the crisis four years ago, United Nations humanitarian officials said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: CAR violence driving more refugees into northern DRC - UNHCR
    18 july 2017 11:09:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Recent violence in southern border areas of Central African Republic is driving more people to flee, including into remote areas of northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, putting immense pressure on difficult-to-reach local communities close to the border, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • CAR: IMF approves US$31.8m for CAR's macroeconomic stability
    18 july 2017 07:05:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Along with ongoing efforts to promote dialogue and national reconciliation in Central African Republic (CAR), sustained implementation of the country's programme on entrenching macroeconomic stability is critical to create fiscal space for development spending, improve the business environment, and foster higher and more inclusive growth, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • CAR: Humanitarian group warns CAR 'spiralling into devastating crisis'
    17 july 2017 10:42:24
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Three years after armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) signed a ceasefire agreement, more than one million people are still displaced, an international humanitarian organisation said on Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council deplores ongoing violence, attacks on civilians in CAR
    14 july 2017 05:26:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday expressed concern at the ongoing clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and deplored that civilians from some communities, UN peacekeepers and aid workers continue to be targeted. Full text...

  • CAR: Former UN envoy urges continued vigilance in fight against sexual exploitation, abuse
    05 july 2017 19:17:27
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – While a number of steps have been taken to address the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), the former deputy head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has urged continued vigilance to ensure that the world body’s personnel do no harm while carrying out their duties. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says civilians targeted in CAR war
    05 july 2017 06:33:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed civilians with wholesale impunity, spurring more violence in the war-torn country, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday. Full text...

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