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  • 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...

  • Switzerland: Half the population of CAR needs humanitarian support - UN
    29 november 2016 05:41:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With nearly half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) in need of humanitarian assistance, some US$400 million is required over the coming year to shore up relief efforts that will be critical “to save the lives of people who are among the poorest and most forgotten on this planet”, a senior United Nations official has said. Full text...

  • CAR: UN envoy demands protection of civilians as scores killed in CAR violence
    26 november 2016 04:57:09
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has condemned the recent outbreak of ethnic violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) that has killed scores of people.Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan daily blames internal procedure for erroneous advert on corruption
    25 november 2016 17:09:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's leading national newspaper, Daily Nation, has apologised to readers for running an advertisement seeking to recruit members of a corruption cartel to join government in order to continue benefiting from tenders after public fury over the announcement. Full text...

  • CAR: UN mission in CAR steps up patrols after armed groups clash
    23 november 2016 05:38:58
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has called for an immediate end to violence after the clashes that broke out on Monday in Bria town between armed elements of the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC). Full text...

  • UN: FAO, WFP urge action on food insecurity in southern Madagascar
    18 november 2016 18:26:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Farmers in southern Madagascar, hit by three years of devastating drought, urgently need more support so they can plant crops in time for the December and January planting season, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.Full text...

  • Belgium: Donors pledge €2.06 billion to support CAR at Brussels conference
    18 november 2016 09:23:34
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Donors have pledged €2.06 billion (US$2.28 billion) to support the Central African Republic's efforts to achieve peace, security and reconciliation, as well as to promote development and economic recovery, while continuing with the provision of humanitarian assistance.Full text...

  • Belgium: UN deputy chief urges donors to support peace consolidation in CAR
    18 november 2016 05:58:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has urged an international conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) to show solidarity and pledge the necessary financial support to the Government-identified priorities and reforms needed for the African country’s rehabilitation and stabilization. Full text...

  • US: 'Brussels conference to play ‘significant role’ in supporting CAR's recovery'
    17 november 2016 06:02:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of Thursday's Brussels conference for the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Security Council has emphasised the “significant role” the gathering will play in expressing the firm political support of international community. Full text...

  • US: US to attend CAR donors' conference
    17 november 2016 05:41:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will lead the U.S. delegation to the Brussels Conference for Central African Republic (CAR), co-hosted by the European Union and the CAR government, that will take place in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday.Full text...

  • UN: UN expert says justice, reconciliation key to peace in CAR
    16 november 2016 19:00:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN expert on the situation of human rights in Central African Republic (CAR), Ms. Marie-Therese Keita, has said the justice system in CAR must be urgently strengthened if the country is to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation.Full text...

  • CAR: Nearly one in five children in CAR is a refugee or internally displaced - UNICEF
    16 november 2016 05:54:23
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – As aid officials prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday to seek funding to continue their programmes in Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that more than 850,000 people there – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says Central African Republic cannot face another year abandoned
    15 november 2016 10:04:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ahead of an international donor meeting in Brussels on Thursday, global humanitarian agency Oxfam has warned that the people of Central African Republic (CAR) cannot face another year of the present dire situation which has left half of the 4.8 million population in need of humanitarian assistance. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights group says EU donors must prioritise accountability
    11 november 2016 15:02:36
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - European Union (EU) member states and all donors attending the Brussels Conference for the Central African Republic (CAR) on 17 November must take concrete steps to end impunity in the country, as a deteriorating security situation threatens to plunge the country into yet more deadly violence, Amnesty International said today. Full text...

  • US: UN allocates US$12 million in humanitarian funding to support CAR
    11 november 2016 05:37:18
    New York, US (PANA) – A senior United Nations relief official has announced the release of US$12 million from the Humanitarian Fund in Central African Republic (CAR) for 26 projects for national and international non-governmental organizations and UN agencies in the sub-Saharan country. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: Weak security environment takes toll on CAR economy
    04 november 2016 19:34:08
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Deterioration in the security environment, despite the ongoing dialogue with armed groups in Central African Republic, has taken a toll on the country’s economic activity, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team said Friday at the conclusion of a week-long visit to Bangui.Full text...

Special File - Central African Republic

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