Central African Republic -
  • Sudanese humanitarian aid delivered to CAR
    10 november 2018 11:04:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A Sudanese convoy of humanitarian aid has been delivered in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), ahead of peace negotiations between the feuding CAR parties. Full text...

  • International neglect of CAR will lead to new catastrophe, warns NRC
    09 november 2018 05:08:50
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A humanitarian charity is warning that an international neglect of Central African Republic (CAR) will lead to new catastrophe in country where internal displacement, war and conflict have made life bearable for the citizens. Full text...

  • NRC calls for bolstered global response to CAR crisis
    08 november 2018 14:15:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Humanitarian organization, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) on Thursday warned that the slow international response to the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is a recipe for failure. Full text...

  • Peace and reconciliation remain key to CAR’s economic growth - IMF
    07 november 2018 10:26:01
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Economic growth in Central African Republic (CAR) is projected to reach 4.3 percent in 2018, and 5 percent in the medium term, but the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned that the projections were predicated on the peace and reconciliation efforts under the African Union Initiative. Full text...

  • Rights group urges next Malagasy gov't to end human rights violations
    03 november 2018 04:25:32
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The next government of Madagascar must bring an end to the brutal suppression of human rights in the country, Amnesty International said ahead of the island nation’s upcoming election. Full text...

  • More than 10,000 seek refuge in medical charity's hospital in CAR
    03 november 2018 04:15:14
    Batangafo, CAR (PANA) - Following clashes between armed groups that took place last Wednesday in the north and centre of the Central African Republic (CAR), more than 10,000 people have fled to seek refuge in the compound of a hospital supported by medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Full text...

  • 'Reasons to hope’ for sustainable peace in Central African Republic – UN Mission chief
    23 october 2018 19:22:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR), said on Tuesday he is “hopeful that the necessary foundations to build sustainable peace” have been established and that long-lasting stability will depend on the will of its people, and support from the international community. Full text...

  • Rights body decries lengthy pre-trial detention of sick, poor petty offenders in Madagascar
    23 october 2018 10:20:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - People who have not been found guilty of any crime are dying in Madagascar’s prisons due to appalling conditions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday in a report, which highlights how the authorities' excessive use of pre-trial detention is harming the poorest people in society. Full text...

  • Sudan to mediate for peace in CAR
    17 october 2018 07:45:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Central African Republic (CAR) warring factions and government have agreed to meet in Khartoum under Sudanese President Omar Bashir’s mediation to end the conflict in their country. Full text...

  • EU appeals for support to get CAR on road to stability
    15 october 2018 17:51:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has emphasized the need for international actors to help the Central African Republic (CAR) get back on the road to stability, peace and development and to meet the aspirations of the population as a whole for lasting peace and reconciliation. Full text...

  • 'Parents should let their children begin their soccer careers early'
    02 october 2018 14:19:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Chinedu Ezirim, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Yagazie Foundation, an NGO, has appealed to parents to allow their children to start their football careers from the age of five. Full text...

  • AfDB investments transform Madagascar’s key rice regions
    02 october 2018 13:36:01
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Madagascar’s three key rice farming regions have witnessed an unprecedented transformation, with yields per hectare virtually tripling over the past five years, thanks to investments totalling US$148.28 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) in the region’s agriculture infrastructure. Full text...

  • Mauritius health authorities to develop strategies for reducing salt intake
    01 october 2018 17:47:49
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian health ministry will develop strategies to cut down salt intake in diets as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), an official source told PANA Monday in the capital Port Louis.Full text...

  • First time in 10 years Madagascar eyes above 5 percent growth in 2018
    27 september 2018 11:22:32
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – Driven by a rebound in agricultural production as well as increased public investment, Madagascar’s economic growth is expected to exceed 5 percent this year, the highest level in 10 years, according to the latest review by the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • Central African Republic leader appeals for lifting arms embargo
    27 september 2018 06:18:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Central African Republic (CAR) Head of State Faustin Touadera on Wednesday thanked the world body for helping to restore stability in his country, but also called for the complete lifting of the UN Security Council arms embargo affecting its army. Full text...

  • CAR leaders set for better governance, business environment
    15 september 2018 11:35:14
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The authorities in Central African Republic (CAR) have agreed on the need to accelerate the efforts to strengthen governance and transparency and sustain structural reforms aimed at improving the business environment, according to a statement released on Saturday by the Communications Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...

  • UN Secretary-General reaffirms support for Madagascar's electoral process
    09 september 2018 07:29:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has welcomed the appointment on 7 September of Rivo Rakotovao, President of the Madagascar Senate, as acting president of the country. Full text...

  • UN police investigating killing of displaced people in CAR
    08 september 2018 05:01:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Perpetrators behind the killing of a number of people displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be brought to justice, the UN peacekeeping operation in the country said on Friday. Full text...

  • Malagasy national nabbed with heroin at Mauritius airport
    05 september 2018 17:05:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) has arrested a female Malagasy national at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport, Plaisance, carrying 216g of heroin. Full text...

  • UN condemns attack that leaves one ‘blue helmet’ dead in Central African Republic
    25 august 2018 19:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attack on 23 August by presumed anti-Balaka elements on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in which one peacekeeper from Burundi was killed. Full text...

  • HRW says there should be no amnesty for atrocity crimes
    25 august 2018 06:40:07
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – A general amnesty as part of the political dialogue in the Central African Republic (CAR) would be incompatible with the government’s duty to bring those responsible for grave international crimes to justice and with victims’ rights to accountability, five Central African and international human rights organizations have said. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity organises 'catch-up classes' for CAR children
    22 august 2018 10:58:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is facilitating "catch-up classes" for displaced children in the Central African Republic (CAR) to help them remedy deficiencies in their academic work. Full text...

  • Severe food insecurity stalks two Madagascar regions
    09 august 2018 09:30:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - About 1.26 million people are expected to be severely food insecure in the Grand Sud and Grand Sud-Est regions of Madagascar between July and September 2018, according to the results of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) food insecurity analysis conducted in June 2018. Full text...

  • WB report says inclusive growth essential for poverty reduction in Madagascar
    01 august 2018 18:29:14
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Overall, Madagascar’s economy has been performing well, with growth estimated at 4.2 % in 2017 and projected at 5.0 % in 2018, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Economic Update. Full text...

  • EU military training mission in CAR extended
    31 july 2018 06:39:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has extended the mandate of its military training mission in Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) by two years until 19 September 2020, the EU Council has announced. Full text...

  • Medical charity raises raises red flag on children missing vaccinations in CAR
    22 july 2018 05:40:47
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A medical charity is warning that children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are missing out on routine vaccinations. Full text...

  • CAR relies on grant financing due to debt distress risk - IMF
    04 july 2018 10:19:46
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – Continued reliance on grant financing is essential to support debt sustainability in Central African Republic (CAR), the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said while approving a disbursement of US$32.1 million for the country. Full text...

  • Restoring gov't control across CAR is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability – UN envoy
    22 june 2018 07:28:09
    New York, US (PANA) - While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence”, the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term. Full text...

  • Persistent conflict and instability hamper economic recovery of CAR
    19 june 2018 19:00:32
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Deterioration in security conditions and the humanitarian situation is dampening hopes for a robust economic recovery in Central African Republic (CAR), according to the first issue of the CAR Economic Update published Tuesday by the World Bank Full text...

  • Experts gather in Madagascar to discuss Quality Physical Education in Africa
    14 june 2018 14:14:05
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The government of Madagascar, in partnership with UNESCO, the African Union (AU) and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), is organizing the First Regional Conference of Experts on the Implementation in Africa of a Quality Physical Education and the Kazan Action Plan. Full text...

  • ICC launches fund to assist victims of atrocities by Bemba's militia in CAR
    13 june 2018 19:20:44
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to launch an assistance fund for victims of former vice president of DR Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, following his acquittal by the ICC Appeals Chamber on 8 June on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Guterres welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar
    13 june 2018 05:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the formation on Monday of a government of national unity in Madagascar led by a non-partisan Prime Minister, as requested by the nation’s leading constitutional court. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of second peacekeeper in CAR in a week
    12 june 2018 05:53:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations chief has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR), the second ‘blue helmet’ to lose his life there in the space of a week. Full text...

  • UN humanitarian coordinator condemns CAR hospital attack as 'inhuman and unworthy'
    10 june 2018 07:14:42
    Bambari, CAR (PANA) - Weapon-toting intruders at a hospital in war torn Central African Republic (CAR) drew grave condemnation from the United Nations humanitarian coordinator on the ground, calling it “an outrageous violation of international humanitarian law”. Full text...

  • AI says Bemba’s acquittal blow to victims
    08 june 2018 19:13:10
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) on Friday decried the acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on charges relating to war crimes saying the move was “a blow to victims”.Full text...

  • Malagasy Customs seize drugs destined for Mauritius
    08 june 2018 11:35:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA)on Friday said that 80.2 kg of cannabis, 35.5 kg of hashish worth and 25.5 kg of heroin were seized by Malagasy Customs on Thursday in Madagascar, following intelligence shared by the MRA’s Customs Department to its Malagasy and Reunion Island counterparts. Full text...

  • CAR calls for assistance from ILO to build peace through job creation
    08 june 2018 05:05:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Central African Republic (CAR) has called on the United Nations labour agency to provide special assistance to the conflict-torn nation and make it a “pilot-country” for the implementation of a programme to build peace and resilience through job creation. Full text...

  • UN chief strongly denounces latest attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    05 june 2018 04:07:25
    New York, US (P) ANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a UN peacekeeper from Tanzania and injured seven others while they were patrolling in the west of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • CAR crisis ‘breaks my heart’, says senior UN aid official
    29 may 2018 06:03:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The already serious humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has worsened amid a spike in violence which threatens to overtake almost every area of the country, a top UN aid official said on Monday. Full text...

  • ‘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...

Special File - Central African Republic

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