China again denies recycled AU spying claims

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…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Uganda’s Byanyima takes the helm at UNAIDS

Uganda’s Winnie Byanyima begins her role today as the new executive director for UNAIDS, overseeing the efforts of some 11 different United Nations agencies and their global partners united in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Byanyima said she’s pleased to accept the position at such a critical time for UNAIDS,…

African heads front and center for ‘Davos in the Desert’

Four African presidents will lead the discussion Wednesday on “what’s next for Africa” as global government and corporate leaders in Riyadh meet this week at Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative, often known as “Davos in the Desert.” The four – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou and…

UberBOAT pilot program sets sail in Lagos

Global rideshare company Uber is testing out its boat-commute service in the Nigerian city of Lagos for the next two weeks, expanding a concept the company’s tried in Mumbai, Istanbul and elsewhere. The UberBOAT will run on weekdays from Ikorodu Ferry Terminal to the LASWA Boat Jetty near the Falomo…

Facebook expands fact-checking to 15 African nations

Facebook’s latest move in seeking to address misinformation and political “fake news” on the African continent is to expand its efforts into 10 sub-Saharan countries, working in local languages – as well as with news outlets – to better monitor Facebook post content. The social media giant announced this week…

Planned bank strike looms over South Africa

Anxious South Africans are watching to see if a planned banking strike on Friday goes forward, with union supporters vowing that it will – and warning them to make sure they have the cash they need before there’s no money at the ATM kiosks. The South African Society of Bank…

DR Congo to use 2nd experimental Ebola vaccine

Beginning in mid-October, a second experimental vaccine will be used in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the central African nation shifts strategy in seeking to end a yearlong Ebola outbreak that has claimed 2,115 lives. “The DRC authorities, in deciding to deploy the second experimental vaccine to extend…

SA’s Mail & Guardian fights back over DMCA complaint

The Mail & Guardian is one of South Africa’s most widely respected news organizations, but now it’s reporting that it’s been censored following a June 2019 investigation into an oil deal involving South Sudan and the man who arranged it. The publication was taken offline on Friday by Internet service…

Two scientist-farmers share African Food Prize

Two leaders who share a vision for African agriculture from opposite sides of the continent have been named the winners of the 2019 African Food Prize, awarded this week at the African Green Revolution Forum in Ghana. Dr. Emma Naluyima of Uganda, a smallholder farmer and veterinarian, and Baba Dioum…