Central African Republic -
  • 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...

  • South Africa: State required to present arguments over Oscar Pistorius's sentence
    04 november 2016 12:59:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday said the State must argue why it thinks the six-year jail sentence for convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is lenient, following an appeal by the prosecution against the sentence that was handed down by the North Gauteng High Court in July.Full text...

  • CAR: Deputy UN chief urges CAR MPs to act as ‘defenders of dialogue and reconciliation’
    03 november 2016 07:11:51
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has told legislators of the Central African Republic (CAR) that the country’s people had given them a clear mandate and urged them not only to play their traditional role as parliamentarians, “but also as defenders of dialogue and reconciliation”. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights group accuses rebels of 'deadly raid' on displaced people
    02 november 2016 10:48:42
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) killed at least 37 civilians, wounded 57, and forced thousands to flee when they razed a camp for displaced people in the country on 12 October, 2016, Human Rights Watch, a human rights group, has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns killings, violence in Central African Republic
    29 october 2016 19:07:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Saturday denounced recent violence and increasing tensions in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the town of Bambari, resulting in the deaths of 25 individuals.Full text...

  • UN: FAO warns on drought, hunger in southern Madagascar
    27 october 2016 17:23:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The impact of severe El Nino-induced drought on crop production in southern Madagascar, where nearly 850,000 people are acutely food insecure, is likely to persist into 2017 and requires an intensified humanitarian response, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Thursday. Full text...

  • US: US condemns violence in Central African Republic
    27 october 2016 05:29:49
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned the violence surrounding protests on 24 October in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR), that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others and called on all Central Africans to reject violence and refrain from rhetoric that could incite violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns violence, attacks in CAR
    26 october 2016 13:45:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the outbreak of violence on 24 October in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others. Full text...

  • US: Top UN official holds out hope for CAR if investments are made in peace
    22 october 2016 06:55:43
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has said that the Central African Republic (CAR) can focus on stabilization, reconciliation and reconstruction now that the country has emerged from one of the worst crises of its history and was trying to establish legitimate institutions. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies scale up relief assistance in southern Madagascar
    20 october 2016 18:51:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a report that more than half of the population in southern Madagascar, about 840,000 people, are experiencing alarming rates of food insecurity, UN agencies are responding to the most severe cases of malnutrition and acute hunger to prevent a catastrophe.Full text...

  • UN: WFP provides emergency food aid to 8,000 persons in CAR
    20 october 2016 16:34:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said it is providing emergency aid to 8,000 people affected by an upsurge in violence in the north of Central African Republic (CAR), in addition to regular food and nutrition support for some 120,000 people.Full text...

  • UN: ICC finds DRC rebel leader, 4 others guilty of tempering witnesses
    19 october 2016 15:26:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday found former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba and his four close aides, Aime Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidele Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido, guilty of various offences against the administration of justice. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR condemns attacks against peacekeepers
    17 october 2016 19:18:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Monday strongly condemned repeated assaults against its peacekeepers, following two attacks over the past five days.Full text...

  • UN: UN rights office urges armed groups in CAR to exercise restraint
    14 october 2016 18:23:39
    New York, US (PANA) - In the wake of a number of killings and attacks on civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on all actors in the country to exercise restraint and prevent further escalation in violence.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR condemns rising violence against civilians in CAR
    13 october 2016 16:52:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday condemned attacks on civilians in Central African Republic (CAR), where clashes between rival groups have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations.Full text...

  • US: CAR needs support to tackle ‘spoilers,’ other challenges – UN
    11 october 2016 05:24:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Recent unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) demonstrates that the situation there remains fragile, and “spoilers are still active, on both sides,” the United Nations peacekeeping chief said on Monday in New York, telling the Security Council that the international community must stand firm and support the Government’s efforts to ensure lasting peace. Full text...

  • Italy: Pope Francis names 17 new Cardinals, three from Africa
    09 october 2016 17:25:04
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Pope Francis at the end of his Angelus on Sunday announced the creation of 17 new Cardinals, three of them from Africa. Full text...

  • UN: WFP to scale up emergency operations in southern Madagascar
    05 october 2016 21:07:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin said the agency will scale up its humanitarian operations in response to rising levels of hunger and malnutrition. as a third consecutive year of drought deepens the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people in the south of the island nation. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians urged to take responsibility for their own health
    29 september 2016 14:34:37
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - On the World Heart Day, celebrated worldwide Thursday, the Mauritian Health Minister, Mr Anil Gayan, has called on Mauritians to take responsibility for their health and well-being by adopting healthier lifestyle, including eating nutritious foods, exercising daily and avoiding risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns attacks on relief workers in Central African Republic
    27 september 2016 17:50:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday condemned the recent attacks on humanitarian workers in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, located in the Nana Gribizi prefecture in the Central African Republic (CAR).Full text...

  • UN: Touadera lauds int'l community for stability in CAR
    23 september 2016 18:36:24
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Archange Touadera, on Friday paid tribute to the entire UN system and the wider international community for helping the country to return to stability and constitutional legality. Full text...

  • UN: WFP, FAO partner on food insecurity in southern Madagascar
    22 september 2016 19:05:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The Emergency Coordinator of the World Food Programme (WFP), Denise Brown, and the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Dominique Burgeon, have began a week-long joint mission to Madagascar to address teh food insecurity in southern part of the country. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to deliver verdict on Bemba, others on 19 October
    21 september 2016 20:23:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver its verdict on 19 October against former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba, and four others, in relation to crimes committed in Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Rwanda: 420 Rwandan police officers set for UN peacekeeping mission in CAR
    21 september 2016 16:18:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A group of 420 Rwandan police officers is ready for deployment on peacekeeping duties in Central African Republic (CAR), according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali Wednesday.Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in CAR condemns attack on villages
    19 september 2016 20:27:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA) on Monday condemned recent violence in Ndomete and Kaga Bandoro in the country, calling on local communities to remain calm and teh mission's right to take appropriate measures to prevent destabilization of the situation. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: IMF team finds CAR's growth constrained by low public investment
    13 september 2016 19:56:26
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Though the economy of Central African Republic (CAR) has been on a strong recovery path since the beginning of the year, its growth remains constrained by low public investment spending, weak infrastructure and continued weaknesses in the banking sector, a staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed Tuesday.Full text...

  • Kenya: Volkswagen South Africa to assemble cars in Kenya
    07 september 2016 18:37:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - German car maker, Volkswagen, has announced plans to establish an assembly plant in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta, said Wednesday, after talks with visiting executives of Volkswagen Group . Full text...

  • US: UN force detains 10 armed men, recovers weapons cache in CAR
    16 august 2016 08:05:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has reported that after a standoff with a convoy of heavily-armed men near Sibut, the capital of Kémo Prefecture, UN forces detained 10 of the suspects and recovered a “significant quantity” of weapons and munitions. Full text...

  • UN: WHO steps up cholera response in Central African Republic
    12 august 2016 16:39:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are stepping up efforts to respond to a recent cholera outbreak in villages along the Oubangui River in Central African Republic (CAR), and have stressed the urgent need for more resources and support for the country.Full text...

  • Madagascar: IMF Board approves US$304.7m credit for Madagascar
    29 july 2016 11:40:08
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a US$304.7 million 40-month Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement for Madagascar to help reinforce macroeconomic stability and boost sustainable and inclusive growth in the Indian Ocean Island. Full text...

  • US: Security Council extends UN CAR Mission through 2017
    27 july 2016 06:11:04
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 November 2017, keeping an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact and providing time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints deputy UN envoy in Central African Republic
    23 july 2016 09:21:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mr. Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as new UN Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...

  • Belgium: EC launches military training mission in CAR
    16 july 2016 08:57:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council (EC) on Saturday announced the launch, on 16 July 2016, of European Union military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) to contribute to EU's comprehensive approach and security sector reform in the country.Full text...

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