Top U.S. diplomat Blinken set for three-nation African tour

Top U.S. diplomat Blinken set for three-nation African tour

South Africans will welcome United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken next week, as he begins a three-nation tour meant to strengthen U.S. relationships with African nations. While in Pretoria, Blinken plans to present the U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa. It reaffirms the U.S. position that “African countries are geostrategic…

Lesotho drops charges against former PM Thabane, wife

Lesotho drops charges against former PM Thabane, wife

The government of Lesotho announced Tuesday that it has dropped charges against former prime minister Tom Thabane and his wife, Maesiah, in connection with the murder of Thabane’s former wife, Lipolelo Thabane. The Lesotho Times reports that lead prosecutor Gareth Leppan withdrew the charges because a key witness in the…

WHO declares global health emergency over monkeypox

WHO declares global health emergency over monkeypox

The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency because of the monkeypox outbreak now affecting 75 countries and territories. The decision by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus follows an emergency committee meeting held Thursday, in which the committee remained split on a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)…

Malaysia’s $18m illegal wildlife seizure traced to Africa

Malaysian authorities say they’ve made the largest seizure of elephant ivory and other illegally trafficked wildlife parts in the nation’s history. The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) statement said the agency found US$18 million in tusks, rhino horn, pangolin scales and related items while tracking a shipment of timber to…

Former Angolan president dos Santos dies in Spain

Former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has died, according to a statement from government officials issued Friday. The ailing 79-year-old leader had remained on life support for days in a Barcelona hospital, and his death was not unexpected. The statement from Angolan President João Lourenço called dos Santos “a…

African leaders express shock, sorrow over Shinzo Abe death

Condolences poured in from across the world over the death of Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, with the leaders of African nations expressing sorrow over the tragic shooting Friday during Abe’s speech in the city of Nara. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, prime minister of Mauritius, said he was deeply shocked…

Pope cancels trip to DR Congo, South Sudan

Pope Francis has canceled a trip to African nations that was set for early July due to health reasons, according to a Vatican spokesman. “At the request of his doctors, and in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee, the Holy…