Laureen Fagan

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Laureen is a freelance journalist creating high-quality, informed content on international affairs, politics and technology. She has worked both in and out of newsrooms since 2000. She is a former paramedic with significant experience in community resilience and nonprofit community development initiatives, and maintains "a passion for action" on sustainability and climate change. She also is trained in conflict resolution and diversity, and has special interests in science and medical reporting, and culture and religion issues. Laureen received her MSJ from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in the United States, and completed additional graduate study in theology at University of Notre Dame.

On the eve of Algerian elections, no one appears the winner

On the eve of Algerian elections, no one appears the winner

Algerians are headed to the polls on Thursday for a presidential election postponed since April 18, but after a long year of heady highs and disappointing lows, in the end there are real questions about who will even be participating – and worse, how the country will recover from yet…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Aid agencies say Angola’s drought affects 2.3 million people

Aid agencies say Angola’s drought affects 2.3 million people

Aid workers in Angola are appealing for help in the country’s south, where they say climate change is causing a crisis for up to 2.3 million people. Paolo Balladelli of the United Nations said that’s how many people were affected at the height of this year’s drought. “Temperatures in 2019…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

IOM: Dozens of migrants die off coast of Mauritania

At least 58 people have died off the coast of Mauritania as a boat loaded with migrants destined for Spain sank in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Another 83 were able to swim to shore near the city of Nouadhibou, where authorities and NGO…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Pan-African climate leaders demand action for continent

Leading climate activists with the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance presented the continent’s concerns during a COP25 panel discussion in Madrid on Tuesday, underscoring the priority that Africa must be during climate negotiations. Eugene Nforngwa, the Cameroonian environmental journalist and development specialist, led the panel of five African leaders calling on…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ghana delivers fishing gear to help reduce IUU practices

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo delivered thousands of outboard motors and other fishing gear to the country’s coastal residents on Tuesday, while encouraging them to end illegal practices and pursue a sustainable industry. Akufo Addo, along with other agency leaders including fisheries minister Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, made the presentation during…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

China refutes U.S. claims on Huawei, derides unilateralism

The Chinese government took a forceful position against the United States on Tuesday, denying the claims of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his warnings against trusting Beijing or the Huawei firm in Europe or in Africa. “The company, based in Shenzhen, maintains links to the Chinese People’s Liberation…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

UNMISS hopes to end violence flaring in South Sudan

The United Nations mission in South Sudan said Tuesday it is sending 75 Nepalese peacekeepers to the Western Lakes region of the country because of continued violence, despite a peace agreement marked by slow implementation and its history of past failures. The decision followed reports that some 80 people have…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ahead of 2021 elections, Zambian court won’t block reforms process

Opponents of a bill to amend Zambia’s constitution were dealt another setback on Friday, as the country’s Constitutional Court ruled against a legal team hoping to interrupt a process many believe is meant to consolidate power for President Edgar Lungu and his ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party. The court ruled…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

SA plans memorial for SADR ambassador Bachir

South Africa’s foreign minister will deliver the eulogy on Monday during a memorial service for Radhi-Sghaiar Bachir, the ambassador for Western Sahara in Pretoria. Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said she was shocked and saddened to learn of Bachir’s death following a short illness while in…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

International aid arrives as Djibouti cleans up from floods

Japan and the European Union are among those supporting Djibouti after severe flooding hit the Horn of Africa nation, affecting some 250,000 people according to latest numbers from the EU. The United Nations office in Djibouti said the equivalent of two years of rainfall fell in a single day last…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

China again denies recycled AU spying claims

China delivered a blistering retort on Monday to new remarks about spying at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, a claim that has circulated in recent years but was recently referenced by a U.S. official seeking to persuade nations not to use China’s Huawei firm and its equipment. Spokesman…

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Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

The Gambia presses Rohingya ‘genocidal acts’ case with ICJ

Authorities in The Gambia filed a case with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to begin proceedings against Myanmar for alleged crimes against humanity and “genocidal acts” against the Rohingya people. The case, according to the ICJ, argues that Myanmar military and security forces systematically used mass murder, rape and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

The Morales departure in Bolivia: A familiar story for many Africans

Embattled President Evo Morales has stepped down in Bolivia, where the dramatic developments since the country’s October 20 election have implications for the wider Global South – among them Africans concerned about the competing narratives emerging from the small but resource-rich nation. “The coup plotters who raided my house and…

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Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ramaphosa kicks off Africa Investment Forum

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa delivered opening remarks Monday to the Africa Investment Forum, hosted this year in Johannesburg. “Africa has come into its own, is pursuing growth and development in the interests of its people, and is charting its own course. And now we stand on the cusp…

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