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  • 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...

  • UN: UN official tasks CAR leaders on inclusive, transparent govt
    09 july 2016 07:35:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous late on Friday in New York said Central African Republic’s (CAR) considerable progress over the past two years risks being reversed unless national leaders demonstrate commitment to inclusive and transparent governance, and address the root causes of the crisis afflicting the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Thousands flee to Chad, Cameroon to escape CAR violence - UNHCR
    08 july 2016 12:02:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Thousands of people from Central African Republic (CAR) have crossed the border into Chad and Cameroon to escape renewed tension and fighting since mid-June in their fragile country, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said on Friday. It says it is feared that more will come.Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief warns on re-escalating violence in CAR
    04 july 2016 15:38:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights chief Zeid Al Hussein on Monday warned that the security and human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be starting to deteriorate again, after a series a major incidents in the capital Bangui and rural areas. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council denounces killing of UN peacekeeper in CAR
    29 june 2016 17:02:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned the killing of a peacekeeper serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), warning that attacks against UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes. Full text...

  • Brussels: OIF condemns attack on Antananarivo Stadium
    29 june 2016 14:05:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mrs Michaelle Jean, has "strongly" condemned the terrorists attack on the municipal stadium of Mahamasina, in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, according to a communiqué issued here and received Wednesday by PANA. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns killing of UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic
    27 june 2016 21:40:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late Monday in New York condemned the recent killing in Bangui of a peacekeeper serving with the UN operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: UN rights expert stresses need to protect civilians in CAR
    22 june 2016 15:45:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Marie-Therese Keita, the UN expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), on Wednesday expressed concern about the threats from armed groups and large-scale banditry to the protection of civilians, natural resources and to the crisis recovery process in the country. Full text...

  • US: US expresses concern about increase of violence in CAR
    22 june 2016 05:53:46
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has expressed deep concern about a recent increase in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged all players to work together for peace. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief officer concerned over attacks on aid vehicles in CAR
    21 june 2016 07:13:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The interim UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic (CAR), Dr. Michel Yaa, has condemned an armed attack on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as "Doctors Without Borders", convoy transporting medicines and fuel from the capital, Bangui, to the south-eastern city of Bangassou on 17 June.Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns escalation of violence in CAR
    17 june 2016 16:44:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Friday expressed deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in Ngaoundaye, Ouham Pende Prefecture, in the west of the country following attacks and retaliation between groups backed by Christian militias and herders supported by Muslim fighters, since 10 June. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says LRA threatens security, stability in CAR
    15 june 2016 21:07:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is concerned about the impact of Uganda’s potential withdrawal from military operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN envoy in CAR, Abdoulaye Bathily said on Wednesday, stressing that a departure of Ugandan troops must be well-coordinated. Full text...

  • UN: ICC to sentence CAR rebel leader on 21 June
    10 june 2016 14:55:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday announced that it will sentence Central African Republic (CAR) rebel leader, Jean-Pierre Bemba, on Tuesday, 21 June 2016, at The Hague, Netherlands. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says UN following up on human rights allegations in CAR
    08 june 2016 18:48:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said Full text...

  • Central African Republic: IMF team cautions CAR on slow recovery
    27 may 2016 19:09:58
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Despite commendable efforts made by Central African Republic (CAR) to revamp the economy under difficult circumstances, "security remains fragile, the economic recovery slow, and domestic revenue largely insufficient to cover wages, pensions, and other priority spending," according to an International Monetary Fund team that on Friday concluded a 10-day visit to Bangui, the country's capital. Full text...

  • UN: FAO. WFP provide seeds, tools, food to break hunger cycle in CAR
    25 may 2016 15:36:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have begun providing seeds, hand tools and food to nearly 50,000 hungry farming families for this year's planting season in the most food-insecure areas of the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges end to corruption in Madagascar, launches report on hunger
    11 may 2016 17:33:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday Full text...

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