UN, EU push back on Trump decision to leave arms trade treaty

UN, EU push back on Trump decision to leave arms trade treaty

The European Union says that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will fail to “contribute to the ongoing efforts to encourage transparency in the international arms trade, to prevent illicit trafficking and to combat the diversion of conventional arms.” The statement from EU…

Trump backs down on deadline for U.S. deportation of Liberians

The United States has issued a one-year extension for Liberians living in the country under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) provisions that have been in place for decades but were set to expire on Sunday. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he reconsidered the deadline set last year after the administration…

U.S. appoints Pham as Special Envoy to Great Lakes region

The United States has appointed a new special envoy for the Great Lakes Region, the U.S. Department of State announced Friday. Dr. J. Peter Pham, most recently director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington DC, was named to the post and will continue the work of…

HRW calls out both Nigeria and U.S. over Trump remarks

Campaigners with Human Rights Watch in both Africa and the United States expressed concern late Friday over the Nigerian army’s use of President Donald Trump’s remarks, specifically about responding with lethal force to any migrants throwing rocks at U.S. troops staged on its southern border. Trump’s remarks Thursday, which he…

U.S. to revoke Mauritania trade status over slavery

President Donald Trump said the United States will revoke Mauritania’s preferred trade status in January because of its failure to make progress on human rights – namely, slavery. The West African nation will no longer be eligible for benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which affects market…

Melania Trump wraps up Africa tour in Cairo

First Lady Melania Trump of the United States wrapped up a four-nation tour of Africa on Saturday with a visit to Egypt, where she was greeted by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his wife, Entissar. Trump, married to controversial U.S. President Donald Trump, began her tour in Ghana, and traveled to…

Melania Trump visits Malawi on Africa goodwill tour

First Lady Melania Trump of the United States continued a four-nation tour of Africa with a visit to Malawi on Thursday, where she was greeted by Gertrude Mutharika, wife of Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika, at the airport in Lilongwe. Trump, married to controversial U.S. President Donald Trump, is making her…

Melania Trump begins 4-nation African tour in Ghana

First Lady Melania Trump of the United States begins her four-nation tour of Africa with events in Ghana Tuesday. She is expected to meet with Rebecca Akufo Addo, wife of Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo, to help promote initiatives for children’s education, and maternal and child health. Trump, the wife…

UNGA: Trump speaks 35 minutes, never mentions Africa

President Donald Trump of the United States spoke for 35 minutes at the United States General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, and never once mentioned Africa or its people. Trump’s speech drew laughter at the outset as he bragged about U.S. achievements under his administration – laughter the…

Kenyatta touts trade, investment during U.S. visit

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya met with United States President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington on Monday, in a visit focused on boosting trade and continued security cooperation. “We’ve had strong relations that stretch back – all the way back to our own independence. And we are…