Central African Republic -
  • 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...

  • 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...

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