U.S. lifts travel ban for Chad

U.S. lifts travel ban for Chad

The United States has lifted its travel ban for Chad, citing a positive review of the Sahel nation’s identity-management and information sharing practices. “Chad is a critical and vital partner to the U.S. counterterrorism mission. Chad has made significant strides and now meets the baseline criteria,” the U.S. Department of…

U.S. ends protected status policy for Liberians

U.S. ends protected status policy for Liberians

The United States said Tuesday it is ending its long-standing protected status policy for Liberians, one that allowed them to continue living in the U.S. under one of two programs dating back to 1991 and the civil war. “I have been informed that conditions in Liberia have improved,” said President…

The Tillerson farewell: Does U.S. even care about Africa?

The Tillerson farewell: Does U.S. even care about Africa?

Former United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Nigeria and landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C. shortly after 4 a.m. local time on Tuesday. He cut short a high-visibility trip to five African nations, meant to assure African partners that the U.S. is committed to their…

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Philanthropist Gates weighs in on Trump, foreign aid policy

For this year’s annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates took on 10 tough questions people ask about their philanthropy work. Here’s what the Microsoft founder, shown here in Tanzania, said about President Donald Trump and the impact on United States foreign aid policies: How are President Trump’s policies affecting your…

Will Africa’s Davos delegates walk out on Trump?

African participants attending the World Economic Forum have been promoting the continent’s development success and business opportunities – but come Friday afternoon, they may be promoting a protest walkout too. President Donald Trump of the United States is expected to speak at 2 p.m. at Davos, and there’s already a…

U.S. must step up and own appalling disregard for African partners

One can’t help but wonder what was going through the minds of Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs staff this week, as they prepared the official response to United States President Donald Trump’s reported remarks about African nations. It’s hard to imagine, without wincing, any real-life scenario in which thoughtful diplomats…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

With MP approval, Egypt’s space and satellite plans move ahead

Egyptian lawmakers on Monday approved a long-awaited law formally establishing the nation’s space agency, while announcing a planned research satellite launch with partners Japan and China. Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, showed MPs a model of the satellite and said its components will be built…

Ramifications for Africa in the diplomatic crisis over Jerusalem

It’s the time of year when the world’s 2.3 billion Christians, alongside those of other faith affiliations warmed by the Christmas tradition, turn toward the city of Bethlehem. Among them are millions of believers across the African continent whose fast-growing faith is centered on the Church of the Nativity and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times