US Private Investment Initiatives Pump Billions Into Africa

JOHANNESBURG – How big is the U.S. commitment to Africa? Let us count the ways, says Victoria Whitney, chief operating officer of the Prosper Africa initiative, launched in 2018.  She says that in the past year, the initiative, which spans

Sudan, US Sign Agreement Restoring Sudan’s Sovereign Immunity

KHARTOUM – Sudan and the United States signed an agreement to restore the African country’s sovereign immunity, the Sudanese Ministry of Justice said Friday. The ministry said in a statement the agreement would settle cases brought against Sudan in U.S.

At Least 140 Migrants Drown Off Senegalese Coast

At least 140 migrants drowned after a boat carrying more than 200 people sank off the coast of Senegal, the U.N. migration agency said Thursday. The boat caught fire at sea and capsized Saturday, shortly after leaving the coastal Senegalese

La Nina Seen Continuing Into 2021, Affecting Temperature, Weather Patterns

GENEVA – The World Meteorological Organization predicts La Nina will continue through January and is expected to usher in drier and wetter conditions than normal in different parts of the world. The latest seasonal forecasts indicate the La Nina event

UN Calls On Tanzania to Avoid Violence as Citizens Vote

GENEVA – The United Nations is calling on all governmental and civil society actors in Tanzania to refrain from violence, and ensure people can safely cast their votes in Wednesday’s general election. Following weeks of bitter political strife, U.N. monitor

UN Rights Office Condemns ‘Merciless’ Attack on Cameroon School

GENEVA – The U.N. human rights office has joined a chorus of voices in strongly condemning what it calls the vile, merciless attack on a private school Saturday in southwestern Cameroon. The attack killed at least six children and injured

New Seychelles President Calls for National Unity

The Seychelles’ new president, Wavel Ramkalawan, is calling for national unity as he becomes the first opposition candidate in 43 years to lead the East African island nation. Ramkalawan was sworn into office Monday at the state house after his

UN Urges End to Violence, Intimidation in Run-Up to Ivory Coast Elections

GENEVA – The U.N. human rights office is urging the government of Ivory Coast to restrain its security forces and curb violent inter-communal clashes and political protests in the run-up to Saturday’s presidential elections. At least 20 people reportedly have

Peace, Development at Stake in Ivory Coast Election

ACCRA – The West African nation of Ivory Coast is seeing pockets of violence ahead of an October 31 election, with analysts worried about further clashes. Opposition parties announced a boycott of the election and urged civil disobedience among their

UN Says Poor Countries a Dumping Ground for Used Cars

GENEVA – A United Nations report finds millions of substandard cars that pose safety, health and environmental hazards are exported every year from developed countries to developing countries, largely in Africa. The U.N. Environment Program reports 14 million used cars,