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  • 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...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR condemns attack on staff in Central African Republic
    04 july 2017 09:29:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has strongly condemned an attack against its staff and premises that took place on Saturday, 1 July, in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • US: 'Promote growth, invest in infrastructure, human capital' - IMF tells Madagascar
    29 june 2017 08:43:41
    Washington D.C., US (PANA) - Completion of the first review of Madagascar’s economic performance under a programme supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has enabled the immediate disbursement of US$86 million to the country striving to recover from political instability. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Stakeholders commit to work toward universal health care for all in Africa
    28 june 2017 18:26:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The World Health Organization’s inaugural Africa Health Forum has concluded in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, with a resounding call to action that all stakeholders in Africa must work together to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a key aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Benin: AfDB-backed 9th African Carbon Forum holds in Cotonou
    28 june 2017 13:37:38
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with members of the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), is showcasing the 9th African Carbon Forum (ACF) in Cotonou, Benin, from 28-30 June, 2017.Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says people with disabilities at high risk in CAR's conflict
    21 june 2017 07:52:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – People with disabilities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have faced violent attacks, forced displacement, and ongoing neglect in the humanitarian response, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • CAR: With armed groups spreading in CAR, UN expert urges action
    20 june 2017 21:12:18
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is “unsustainable,” an independent United Nations expert on Tuesday warned, urging the Government to stop the spread of armed groups and increasing human rights violations. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR 'determined to fulfil mandate despite attacks on peacekeepers'
    13 june 2017 05:42:04
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations envoy for the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday warned against increasing attacks on civilians and peacekeeping personnel while stressing the need to reenergise the political process to achieve sustainable peace in the conflict-torn country. Full text...

  • Zambia: Leaders of Zambia, Madagascar commit to Paris Agreement
    07 june 2017 17:38:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia and Madagascar have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change due to the devastating adverse effects that the the two countries, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region and the entire African continent, have experienced.Full text...

  • 2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Rwanda coach names squad against CAR
    07 june 2017 15:02:01
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's national football coach, German Antoine Hey, has unveiled a provisional list of 19 players that will take on Central African Republic (CAR) on Sunday in Bangui in a Day 1, Group H match of the 2019 AFCON qualifier, the final of which will be hosted by Cameroon.Full text...

  • CAR: Peace dialogue with armed groups likely to boost CAR's economic growth
    02 june 2017 08:25:16
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Economic growth of Central African Republic (CAR) in 2017 is projected at 4.7 percent, assuming the ongoing dialogue with armed groups helps to reduce violence and destruction of property, and public and private investment rebound, according to a staff team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that visited the country's capital, Bangui, from 26 May to 1 June.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN urges aid for CAR civilians swept up in escalating violence
    01 june 2017 19:00:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Warning that violence in Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly escalating, the top United Nations aid official in the country on Thursday urged the international community to assist the tens of thousands of newly displaced civilians.Full text...

  • CAR: 'Warning signs are flashing’ in CAR, warns senior UN official
    01 june 2017 05:26:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Despite “vast improvement” in security in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), there are still deep tensions and some fear of a sudden relapse, a top United Nations human rights official said while visiting the strife-torn country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agencies rally support for people fleeing escalating CAR violence
    30 may 2017 15:40:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - United Nations agencies are seeking to rally support for the people fleeing escalating violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), while the Organization's human rights office has called for the establishment of a strong justice system in the country.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN rights report maps 13 years of violence, impunity in CAR
    30 may 2017 11:38:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Mass killings and other serious human rights violations have been documented in an extensive UN mapping report covering the multiple conflicts in the Central African Republic (CAR) between 2003 and 2015. Full text...

  • CAR: UN official calls for more aid as fresh violence empties CAR city
    26 may 2017 15:35:39
    Bria, Central African Republic (PANA) - A senior UN official has called for additional humanitarian aid in the Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly the entire population of the city of Bria was forcibly displaced last week. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Central African Republic

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