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  • ‘Healthcare under attack in Libya’, says UN human rights office
    22 may 2018 18:24:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Violence in Libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according to a paper published Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Full text...

  • Violence drives thousands of CAR refugees into neighbouring DR Congo
    19 may 2018 04:05:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Mauritius, Madagascar set up Joint Commission to expand cooperation
    18 may 2018 12:10:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and Madagascar have embarked on a new path of bilateral cooperation and expanding the existing collaboration with the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack against ‘blue helmets’ in CAR
    17 may 2018 20:25:33
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned an attack against UN peacekeeping troops in southeastern Central African Republic (CAR) that claimed the life of one peacekeeper, and wounded eight others – all from Mauritania. Full text...

  • Rights group says CAR special court should offer justice to victims of brutal crimes
    17 may 2018 06:43:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights watchdog says recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country’s new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country’s conflicts. Full text...

  • UNICEF calls for urgent protection of children in CAR
    14 may 2018 08:04:57
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - A dramatic increase in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the first part of 2018 has forced at least 55,000 people, including 28,600 children to flee because of brutality and violence in their communities. Full text...

  • Security volatility, high oil prices up downside risks to CAR’s economic reforms
    10 may 2018 09:17:30
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – Macroeconomic performance of Central African Republic’s (CAR.) remains favourable, although downside risks have increased due to a deteriorating and volatile security environment and rising oil prices, according to a senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Rights group tells Madagascar gov't mot to criminalise right to protest
    10 may 2018 05:19:59
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has told the Malagasy government that the right to protest should not be criminalised in the country. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns violence in Bangui
    04 may 2018 05:19:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Voicing concern over inflammatory rhetoric in the wake of widespread violence in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all actors to remain calm and to work together to bring peace to the country. Full text...

  • UN urges calm in wake of violence in Bangui
    03 may 2018 06:26:09
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has appealed for calm following fresh violence in the capital Bangui which claimed the lives of several civilians, including a religious leader. Full text...

  • SADC presses DRC to stick to electoral calendar, ensure credible polls
    24 april 2018 19:31:20
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday called on all stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to remain committed to the implementation of the country’s electoral calendar and ensure a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful credible elections, scheduled to take place on the 23 December 2018. Full text...

  • Red Cross says trauma unit of Bangui's major hospital 'completely full'
    13 april 2018 10:14:14
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The trauma unit at a major hospital in the Central African Republic (CAR) is filled to capacity after an outbreak of fighting in the capital, where ambulances transporting the wounded have often been delayed because of street battles and barricades.Full text...

  • UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    11 april 2018 22:26:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations chief has condemned the latest killing and wounding of the world body’s peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) during an exchange of fire with armed groups on 10 April. Full text...

  • Chadian refugee camp in Sudan closed down
    09 april 2018 20:20:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Monday said a major refugee camp on the border between the Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR), has been close down, after all refugees voluntarily returned to their home areas in neighbouring Chad. Full text...

  • ‘Blue helmet’ killed in CAR; UN mission condemns attack
    04 april 2018 05:29:15
    New York, US (PANA) - One United Nations peacekeeper was killed and 11 others were wounded early on Tuesday morning when the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was attacked by rebel fighters. Full text...

  • CAF Bureau in Madagascar inaugurated
    31 march 2018 15:11:47
    Mahajanga, Madagascar (PANA) - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has opened its bureau in Madagascar, located in Mahajanga, a city in the northwest coast of the country. Full text...

  • IMF staff review progress of Madagascar’s economic programme
    28 march 2018 20:43:52
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – Despite the effects of a major cyclone early this year and drought on agriculture and hydro power, as well as an outbreak of the plague on tourism in Madagascar, the country’s economic conditions remain favourable, with sustained growth and macroeconomic stability, according to a team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that visited Antananarivo from 14 -28 March 2018. Full text...

  • ICC Prosecutor underlines cooperation with CAR authorities to restore justice
    27 march 2018 19:53:33
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – Justice and accountability are necessary to successfully surmount the recurring cycle of violence in Central African Republic (CAR), International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said, reiterating her Office's commitment to the pursuit of accountability for atrocity crimes in the country. Full text...

  • 'Funding shortfall threatens CAR refugees'
    16 march 2018 10:52:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly alarmed at the plight of thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees who have fled to southern Chad since late last year, many of whom lack food, shelter and access to medical care. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns attack on education workers in CAR
    07 march 2018 06:51:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday denounced an attack against education workers that killed six, including one UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) consultant, who were traveling in the north-western prefecture of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Lack of funding for aid operations means ‘people will die’ in CAR – UN official
    23 february 2018 06:42:05
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A senior United Nations relief official is urging the international community to boost support for humanitarian efforts in crisis-gripped Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly half the population requires assistance. Full text...

  • Road to peace in CAR remains ‘long and difficult,’ - UN envoy
    23 february 2018 06:15:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The violence plaguing communities across the Central African Republic (CAR) is a reminder that despite the efforts of all stakeholders, the path to peace, stability and reconciliation in the country remains long and difficult, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council in New York on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenya's new sports minister vows to uproot cartels
    20 february 2018 14:20:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's newly appointed Sports and Heritage minister Echesa Mohammed on Tuesday promised to lift the standard of sports in the country while uprooting cartels. Full text...

  • UN, partners seek US$515 million in humanitarian aid for CAR in 2018
    24 january 2018 16:42:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – With more than half the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) projected to need humanitarian assistance in 2018, the United Nations, the Government and partners are seeking US$515.6 million in contributions to address the crisis. Full text...

  • CAR displacement reaches unprecedented levels in 2017 - UNHCR
    23 january 2018 11:34:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ongoing violence in Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the country’s north-west, has pushed forced displacement to the highest levels that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen since the start of the crisis in 2013. Data as of the end of December shows that 688,700 people were displaced internally – 60 percent more than just a year ago. Full text...

  • UN mission issues 48-hour ultimatum to CAR armed groups
    18 january 2018 07:09:29
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Mission in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR), known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, has given armed groups in the north of the country 48 hours to clear out. Full text...

  • Violence fuels 'Neglected Humanitarian Tragedy' in CAR
    17 january 2018 12:58:19
    Geneva,Switzerland (PANA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is warning that humanitarian conditions in the Central African Republic (CAR) are rapidly deteriorating, with half of the population in need of humanitarian aid. Full text...

  • Violent clashes in CAR displace thousands of people - MSF
    09 january 2018 16:25:10
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - About 30,000 people have fled violent clashes between two groups in the the Paoua region of Central African Republic (CAR), a medical charity said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • WHO chief urges Madagascar to invest in health to end plague epidemics
    09 january 2018 07:47:18
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation that started on 7 January 2018. Full text...

  • President Buhari bemoans lingering fuel scarcity in Nigeria
    24 december 2017 15:06:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said he regretted the lingering fuel scarcity currently being experienced across the country, saying he has directed relevant regulators to step up “surveillance and bring an end to hoarding and price inflation by marketers”. Full text...

  • UNICEF says 2017 has been a ‘very difficult year’ for children in CAR
    19 december 2017 20:17:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – For children and women in the Central African Republic (CAR), 2017 has been a very difficult year and sadly, the situation is not expected to improve in the coming months, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • CEMAC’s financial sector shows signs of persistent weaknesses - IMF
    19 december 2017 18:41:39
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Due to the sharp decline in oil revenues since 2014 which continues to impair the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) member countries, regional economic growth has turned negative, with fiscal and external imbalances widening in the past two years, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Central African Republic

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