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  • Rights group blames UN peacekeepers for CAR massacre
    14 december 2018 21:52:11
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Human rights group, Amnesty International, has asked the United Nations to carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops’ response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Rising insecurity in CAR threatens wider region, Security Council told
    14 december 2018 04:47:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Rising violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security. Full text...

  • Human rights groups want CAR government to take legal action against ex-Seleka rebels
    13 december 2018 19:45:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – The international Federation of Human rights (IFHR) and its partner organisation in Central African Republic, the CAR league of human rights (OCDH), on Thursday called on the CAR authorities to take legal proceedings against the leaders of the ex-Seleka, after the arrests of Alfred Rombhot Yekatom and Patrice Edouard Ngaïssona, two senior CAR anti-Balaka ex-war leaders. Full text...

  • France nabs Anti-Balaka senior official for trial at ICC over war crimes in CAR
    13 december 2018 16:58:51
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – A senior leader of the Anti-Balaka, a predominantly Christian counter-movement in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was arrested on Wednesday by the authorities in France pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court. Full text...

  • Malagasy president points to Africa's untapped opportunities
    09 december 2018 16:25:34
    Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (PANA) - Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina said here on Sunday that Africa has important opportunities that should be exploited for the continent's development. Full text...

  • IOC sues for dialogue, ahead of run off vote in Malagasy presidential polls
    08 december 2018 12:46:50
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is suing for dialogue among stakeholders in Malagasy as the country braces up for a second-round of voting in the Malagasy presidential election. Full text...

  • Malagasy woman jailed 18 years in Mauritius for drug trafficking
    02 december 2018 06:24:05
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A Malagasy woman who was arrested in Mauritius five years ago for drug trafficking has been jailed for 18 years, PANA has learnt from a judicial source in the Mauritian capital.Full text...

  • Armed groups threaten every child in Central African Republic, UNICEF warns
    30 november 2018 04:35:21
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - A new study released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows that the deteriorating crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), five years into the latest civil conflict to hit the country, has left practically every child needing protection from armed groups, which now control four-fifths of the country’s territory. Full text...

  • UN chief commends Madagascar on first round of peaceful elections
    29 november 2018 19:43:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The results of the first round of voting to choose Madagascar’s next President were announced on Wednesday, prompting the UN chief to commend the peaceful nature of the vote, which now moves to a second round run-off next month. Full text...

  • Libyan authorities discuss medical bills for citizens undergoing treatment abroad
    27 november 2018 19:04:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's President of the Presidential Council of the National Unity Government, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Tuesday chaired a meeting to discuss money deposits for the treatment and care of Libyans abroad and the necessary procedures to accelerate their transfer, as well as the record of accumulated debts owed to the Libyan State. Full text...

  • Stade Malien and Djoliba of Bamako to play in Africa clubs competitions
    27 november 2018 11:30:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Stade Malien of Bamako will play Stade Centrafricain on Tuesday in Bangui in the first-leg preliminary match of the African Champions League. Full text...

  • Former military commander in CAR makes first appearance before ICC
    23 november 2018 16:50:40
    The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) will on 30 April 2019 open hearing for the confirmation of charges against Alfred Yekatom in The Hague for his alleged criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in western Central African Republic (CAR) between December 2013 and August 2014. Full text...

  • UN warns that more than 60% people now need urgent humanitarian assistance in CAR
    22 november 2018 06:11:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - People’s needs in Central African Republic (CAR) have increased significantly in recent months, the top United Nations aid official in the country warned on Wednesday, amid worsening localised violence that has included the recent torching of two camps for displaced people. Full text...

  • Rights group lauds arrest of CAR militia leader
    19 november 2018 10:21:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Human Rights Watch says the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a new opportunity to deliver justice to victims in the Central African Republic (CAR) as it takes its first suspect into custody in its investigation of serious crimes committed in the country since 2012. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Commission lauds Malagasy for 'successful' first round presidential vote
    19 november 2018 09:48:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission has lauded the successful first round of Madagascar's presidential election held on 7 November, citing the exemplary behaviour of Malagasy voters who exercised their civic right in dignity. Full text...

  • 'UN mission commits to protecting civilians, helping stabilize CAR, as violence flares'
    18 november 2018 11:32:14
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Amid a recent uptick in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Saturday said he stands in solidarity with the crisis-torn African country and warned that attacks against defenceless civilians and UN ‘blue helmets’ may amount to war crimes. Full text...

  • 'More than 5,000 people sheltering in MSF-supported hospital after violent CAR clashes'
    15 november 2018 05:15:48
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Fighting between two armed groups in Batangafo, in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR), in late October drove more than 10,000 people to seek shelter in Batangafo hospital, medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Central African Republic

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