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Kaboré re-elected in Burkina Faso

Kaboré re-elected in Burkina Faso

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has been re-elected to a second term in Burkina Faso, according to provisional results released Thursday by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). Kaboré received 58 percent of the vote, while nearest challenger Zéphirin Diabré came in with 12 percent of the vote. The CENI…

U.S. to require pricey visa bonds in 15 African nations

U.S. to require pricey visa bonds in 15 African nations

A new program in the United States will require nonimmigrant visitors from 23 foreign countries – most of them African – to post a US$10,000 bond when applying for travel visas. The U.S. pilot program targets citizens of nations with high visa overstay rates, according to the U.S. Department of…

G20 wraps up with African debt relief a priority

With Zambia’s recent default on debt repayment and global concern over pandemic-related economic impacts, the G20 meeting in Riyadh wrapped up Sunday with a commitment through June for the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) to allow developing nations to defer debt payments. “The coronovirus pandemic is not only the greatest…

Mauritius PM calls for equal access to COVID vaccines

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius has called for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, saying the pandemic has made painfully clear the inequities that exist between the world’s richer nations and their impoverished counterparts around the globe. “Such an access is key to change the course of the pandemic and…

Ebola outbreak declared over in DR Congo

Health experts on Wednesday declared an end to the most recent Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo, some six months after the first cases were reported in Equateur Province in the country’s northwest. The World Health Organization announced the waiting-period window, usually 42 days since the last confirmed…

Ethiopia’s Abiy warns time is up for a Tigray ceasefire

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday that a three-day window extended to Tigray forces in the country’s northern border region has expired, setting the stage for the Ethiopian military to end the ongoing conflict by force in the coming days. Abiy’s warning comes amid regional and international calls for…

BRICS leaders focus on COVID challenges

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa joined China’s Xi Jinping in calling for cooperation and unity in the fight against COVID as leaders of the five developing BRICS economies met Tuesday in a virtual meeting hosted by Russia. Ramaphosa’s focus on trade disruptions, supply chain challenges and African debt follows…

U.S. identifies soldiers killed in Sinai crash

The United States Army identified on Saturday the names of five soldiers who died while supporting a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai region of Egypt this week. The soldiers died when a UH-60 helicopter crashed on Thursday. They are: Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, from Katy, Texas. Chief Warrant Officer…

UN’s Bachelet warns Tigray attack may amount to war crimes

The United Nations human rights chief warned Friday that allegations about mass killings in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia, if confirmed, may amount to war crimes. Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for a full inquiry as the fighting between the Ethiopian military and Tigray’s…

Global calls for action on Cabo Delgado grow louder

World leaders are speaking out against the violence in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, which has escalated since a first attack in October 2017 made clear that Islamic extremists were active in a region where foreign energy investments have helped to make it a target. President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe said…

Logistics challenges put the chill on COVID vaccine ‘good news’

The world has met news of a successful COVID-19 vaccine candidate with guarded optimism, but a number of challenges remain in producing, storing and distributing the treatment – and that’s assuming the vaccine and others in development are successful in preventing COVID. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced Monday that there’s a…

African leaders congratulate Biden on U.S. election win

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was among world leaders to congratulate United States presidential election winner Joe Biden and his Democratic Party running mate on Saturday, after Biden – the former U.S. vice president under Barack Obama – was assured of victory. “We congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President…