U.S. to ID Wagner Group as transnational criminal org, add new sanctions

U.S. to ID Wagner Group as transnational criminal org, add new sanctions

The United States plans to identify the Wagner Group, a Russian private military company active on the African continent, as a significant transnational criminal organization. The U.S. Treasury also plans to impose additional sanctions against Wagner this week, according to John Kirby, the National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications….

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Uganda declares end to Ebola outbreak

Uganda declares end to Ebola outbreak

Uganda declared an end to its Ebola outbreak on Wednesday, after completing a 42-day waiting period in which no new cases emerged. The announcement came less than four months after the first case was identified in September. “Uganda put a swift end to the Ebola outbreak by ramping up key…

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IGAD, UNMISS press Kiir to end South Sudan fighting

Regional authorities warn that renewed fighting in parts of South Sudan presents a serious danger to humanitarian aid and stability, with at least 50,000 people already displaced by deadly attacks in the Upper Nile and Jonglei states bordering Ethiopia. Workneh Gebeyehu, head of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Leaders meet for ‘milestone’ talks on implementing Tigray ceasefire

Ethiopian leaders representing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government met with Tigrayan officials on Monday in Mekelle, for talks viewed as a milestone in ending more than two years of catastrophic conflict in which up to 600,000 people have died. The delegation led by Tagesse Chaffo Dullo, speaker of Ethiopia’s parliament,…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ghana mends fences with Burkina Faso over Wagner claims

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has smoothed over a rift with Burkina Faso after allegations that its northern neighbor is the latest African nation to enlist Wagner Group mercenaries to maintain security and counter its terrorism threats. A diplomatic mission led by national security minister Albert Kan-Dapaah met with Burkinabé leader…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Gambia arrests four in coup attempt against Barrow

Gambian authorities say they’ve thwarted a coup attempt directed at the president and taken members of the military behind the plot into custody. “Based on intelligence reports, some soldiers of the Gambian army were plotting to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Adama Barrow,” said Gambian spokesman Ebrima G….

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

IMF: Climate plays a role in up to 38% of Africa’s communal conflicts

Many studies of climate and its relationship to conflict have been inconclusive, with mixed results on how drought or deforestation might be driving tensions that can lead to violence. A new International Monetary Fund working paper, seeking to shed light on climate-conflict dynamics specifically on the African continent, details how…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

São Tomé’s Trovoada: ‘This is an attack with war weapons’

Eric Overvest, the United Nations coordinator for São Tomé and Príncipe, thanked authorities on Friday after an attack on a military barracks, part of a reported coup attempt, was shut down. Overvest said military and judicial authorities acted swiftly and appropriately transferred the detainees after the attack. He appealed for…

Lourenço announces ceasefire in Rwanda, DR Congo fighting

Angola’s President João Lourenço announced that negotiations between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, held in Luanda on Wednesday, resulted in a ceasefire agreement among parties who have been fighting in eastern DR Congo and along the border near Goma. Lourenço, heading up a peace talk process meant to end…

Côte d’Ivoire, UK latest to pull troops out of Mali

Côte d’Ivoire has been one of the Top 10 nations to contribute troops to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, but the government has announced it’s pulling out of the mission in a letter sent to the UN. The letter, according to Radio France International (RFI), confirms Abidjan’s decision…

Calls for diplomacy as Rwanda, DR Congo fighting escalates

The Democratic Republic of Congo has expelled Rwandan ambassador Vincent Karenga, the latest move in escalating tensions between the neighboring Central African nations. Karenga was told to leave by Tuesday following the capture of Kiwanja and Rutshuru, towns in the volatile eastern DR Congo, by March 23 (M23) rebels over…