North Africa, Middle East see HIV ‘hidden epidemic’

North Africa, Middle East see HIV ‘hidden epidemic’

There’s well-deserved praise for sub-Saharan African countries like Botswana, eSwatini and Namibia in making strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. On this December 1, the thirtieth anniversary of World AIDS Day, the eastern and southern regions of Africa still remain most affected by the HIV epidemic. It’s where 45 percent of…

Sudan confirms it has missing opposition activist detained

Authorities in Sudan confirmed they are holding Mohamed Boshi, a vocal critic of the government who was forcibly disappeared in Egypt last month despite seeking asylum in Cairo, the Human Rights Watch organization said Thursday. The 35-year-old Boshi has been missing since October 10. Witnesses reported five armed men, believed to be…

Egypt’s latest antiquities find is the cat’s meow

Dozens of cat mummies, along with 100 wooden gilded statues of cats and a bronze one dedicated to a cat goddess, have been unearthed in a new archaeology find in Egypt – demonstrating once again that the ancients adored their cats as much as modern humans do.   The find was…

Ramaphosa addresses G20 Africa summit hosted by Merkel

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa was among leaders, including host German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered keynote addresses to the G20 Investment Summit in Berlin on Tuesday. Ramaphosa praised the success to date of the G20’s Compact with Africa program, which was launched last year in Hamburg. Since then,…

Earthquake in Greece felt across the Mediterranean

A strong earthquake struck the Ionian islands of western Greece early Friday, with people in at least eight countries saying they felt the shaking across southern Europe and North Africa. The United States Geological Survey said the 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit just before 2 a.m. local time, about 33 kilometers from…

South Africa, Somalia make statements on Khashoggi case

The South African government has joined the global community in pressing for answers on what happened to Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even as new details provided by Turkey added information about the suffering in Khashoggi’s final moments. South Africa’s foreign affairs ministry, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), issued…

Khashoggi, the Gulf’s Qatar crisis and implications for Africa

Twelve days after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, there are still no definitive answers about what happened to the widely respected critic of Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the kingdom. What is clear is that what began as an incident involving Riyadh and Ankara after Khashoggi’s fateful visit to an…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Vietnam begins two-day funeral honors for President Quang

Funeral services were held in Hanoi on Wednesday to honor President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam, who died on Friday after a serious illness. He was 62. The ceremonies began at 7 a.m. local time, with Acting President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh burning ceremonial incense and leading state officials to…

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…

Egypt arrests 7 for illegal archaeology and antiquities removal

Egyptian officials arrested seven men on Tuesday after they discovered an antiquities site dating to the Greco-Roman era and were illegally excavating and removing artifacts from the site. The site near Minya, along the Nile River south of Cairo, was an ancient city with archaeological structures including tombs and a…