AFRICOM cancels annual ‘African Lion’ military exercises

AFRICOM cancels annual ‘African Lion’ military exercises

The United States says it has decided to cancel an annual military exercise held in partnership with African nations, out of concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made Monday by the U.S. Africa Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany. AFRICOM said the decision was taken in careful consideration…

Africa records at least 229 COVID cases in 23 nations

There are now at least 229 positive cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent, according to health officials, with the first confirmed cases in Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Rwanda and Seychelles among them. The Department of Health on Seychelles said two of its citizens returned to the Indian Ocean…

Africa records at least 159 COVID cases in 17 nations

There are now at least 159 positive cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent, according to health officials, with the first confirmed cases in Ethiopia and Kenya among them. The Ethiopian case involves a 48-year-old Japanese citizen who traveled from Burkina Faso on March 4 but is isolated…

Hamdok back to work as Sudan reviews security threats

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was back to work on Tuesday, joining with leaders of Sudan’s transitional government to review the country’s security situation and vowing to prevent terror attacks one day after a failed assassination attempt targeted Hamdok in Khartoum. Mohammed Al-Fakki, spokesman for the government, said the meeting focused…

SADC cancels its in-person meetings as DRC reports first COVID-19 case

The Southern African Development Community has recommended temporary suspension of all in-person SADC meetings in its 16-nation region, urging instead the use of video conferencing, webinars and other tech-based solutions during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The decision was announced during a COVID-19 meeting of health ministers held in Tanzania on…

U.S. thanks Tunisia for bombing response near embassy

United States diplomats thanked the government of Tunisia on Friday for their rapid response and investigation, following an attempted bomb attack near the U.S. embassy in Tunis. “We are outraged by the attack and saddened to learn of the loss of Lt. Taoufik Missaoui,” said Ambassador Donald Blome in a…

UN Security Council turns attention to South Sudan

South Sudan’s leaders are moving forward on the path to peace but “the new government faces a daunting array of challenges that will test its unity,” said David Shearer, the United Nations representative, during updates delivered Wednesday to the UN Security Council. “Our actions can push South Sudan further towards…

China to spotlight African issues at UN Security Council

China says it will maintain focus on the African continent, as it assumes leadership of the United Nations Security Council for the month of March. Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday that Somalia and Sudan’s Darfur region are top priorities as China leads discussion on…

Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia add to Africa’s COVID19 count

Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia announced Monday that they are among dozens of countries around the world reporting positive coronavirus cases as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads beyond China. The Moroccan Ministry of Health said its confirmed case was a Moroccan citizen with ties to Italy who is being treated in an…