Lavrov: Russia supports AU call for UN Security Council reforms

Lavrov: Russia supports AU call for UN Security Council reforms

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his nation supports United Nations Security Council reforms that would expand representation of nations in the developing world, including Africans. His remarks came alongside Moussa Faki Mahamat, head of the African Union (AU) Commission, during a press conference following Lavrov’s visit to AU headquarters…

Terror and targets: What’s behind the Ouagadougou attacks?

Terror and targets: What’s behind the Ouagadougou attacks?

The terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou on Friday were by no means the first in Burkina Faso, where people were gunned down in the Aziz Istanbul restaurant while dining in August or died at the Splendid Hotel, a site popular among Westerners that was targeted by car bomb attacks in January…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Burkina Faso: JNIM claims responsibility for Ouagadougou attack

Burkina Faso: JNIM claims responsibility for Ouagadougou attack

The al Qaeda-affiliated militant group JNIM (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims) has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks in Ouagadougou, in a statement released to a Mauritanian media outlet. The message to Al Akhbar said the separate but simultaneous attacks on Burkina Faso’s military headquarters and the Embassy of…

Far from the spotlight, Somaliland makes its case for independence

Aspiring nations like Catalonia and Kurdistan captured global headlines last year in their high-profile bids to secede from Spain and Iraq. Far from the spotlight, another would-be country in the Horn of Africa continued its ongoing struggle for independence and held democratic elections in November. Despite its successes, Somaliland maintains…

Giacomo Tognini

Giacomo Tognini is a London-born Italian journalist

Nigerian forces ramp up effort to find 110 missing Dapchi girls

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said Sunday it is expanding efforts to locate more than 100 missing girls abducted from the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi last week. Spokesman Olatokunbo Adesanya said additional air assets including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and helicopters were deployed to Yobe…

SADC peacekeeper chief says Lesotho is making progress

The Angolan leader of a peacekeeping operation deployed to Lesotho in late November by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said he’s pleased with the progress to date. Matias Bertino Matondo, head of Preventive Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL), told Angop that the political climate was tense when he arrived with…

UN report points to South Sudan war crimes

A United Nations report on human rights violations in South Sudan released Friday concludes that some violations against civilian populations may constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, established by the Human Rights Council in March 2016, said it has identified at least 40…

Brussels conference boosts G5 Sahel force funding to $509 million

The international community has pledged more than USD$500 million to support the regional G5 Sahel security force, the European Union said following a high-level conference hosted in Brussels Friday. The funding for the joint military force of the five nations – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger – includes…

EU reiterates G5 Sahel support ahead of Brussels conference

The European Commission, speaking ahead of a Friday conference on the Sahel, reiterated its support for the G5 nations and the regional security initiative launched this year. “The EU has fully supported this African led initiative from the very beginning and provided an initial contribution of €50 million to help set it…

Ethiopia declares new state of emergency after PM’s resignation

Ethiopia declared a three-month state of emergency beginning today, the state Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) announced Friday. The move follows the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and his departure from the chairman role of the EPRDF party on Thursday. The state of emergency will leave the military in…

South Sudan’s Dak draws death penalty despite refugee status

In South Sudan, the SPLM-IO has called shameful the decision to condemn James Gatdet Dak, a former spokesman for exiled opposition leader Riek Machar, to death by hanging on charges of treason. “When the regime should be working to create a conducive environment for negotiations, they are instead handing down…