Malawi: EU election observers robbed, injured in Chikwawa

Malawi: EU election observers robbed, injured in Chikwawa

Two members of the European Union’s election observation mission in Malawi became crime victims early Sunday after a robbery where the team was staying. The EU observers, in Malawi ahead of the country’s May 21 presidential election, said the incident happened overnight in Chikwawa, about 50 kilometers southwest of Blantyre….

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…

EU, Arab states complete historic summit

EU, Arab states complete historic summit

Following its first-ever summit with the League of Arab States (LAS), the European Union says it intends to work more closely with its members, and the African Union and United Nations, on security, migration and other shared concerns. The summit was co-chaired by European Council President Donald Tusk and Egyptian…

UN Security Council’s African members support Venezuela’s Maduro

A sharply divided United Nations Security Council discussed the political crisis in Venezuela during an emergency meeting called by the United States on Saturday, with the council’s African members pressing for a national dialogue and respect for Venezuelan sovereignty rather than the forced removal of President Nicolás Maduro. The contentious…

So far, African leaders are silent as world weighs in on Venezuela

African nations have thus far remained silent on Venezuela, as global leaders declare their loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro or offer their recognition of a new government under Juan Guiado, the national assembly leader who declared his own interim presidency on Wednesday. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended his congratulations…

Report: Poll chief killed near Timbuktu during Mali runoff election

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali was expected to win Sunday’s second-round runoff election, as he faced Soumaila Cissé, the main URD opposition candidate, to determine the country’s final presidential election result. Keïta, the EPM party’s incumbent candidate, received 41.4 percent of votes cast in the July 29 election, according…

Zimbabwe election updates: Mnangagwa declared winner

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared the victor in Zimbabwe’s presidential election, after results released late Thursday showed him with 50.8 of the votes – just enough above the required threshold to avoid a September 8 runoff. Mnangagwa received 2,460,463 votes compared with challenger Nelson Chamisa, the MDC Alliance candidate who received 2,147,436…

Mali elections: Keïta, Cissé head to August 12 runoff

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali will face Soumaila Cissé, the main URD opposition candidate, in a second-round runoff to determine the country’s final presidential election result. Keïta, the EPM party’s incumbent candidate, received 41.4 percent of votes cast on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Territorial Administration responsible for…

UN chief praises Madagascar government, election decisions

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the news of a new cabinet established late Monday in Madagascar, following a May 25 court order to form a national unity government in hopes of ending the island nation’s political crisis. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina’s picks include Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, both of…

EU signs new economic agreement with Liberia

The European Union has signed a new Economic Cooperation Agreement with Liberia, and provided an initial €27 million in funding for the West African nation’s budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The commitment follows President George Weah’s trip to attend the annual European Development Days (EDD) Summit, held this week…

HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

The European Union’s dicey migration deal with Turkey is causing untold misery among migrants and refugees trapped on Greek islands, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Wednesday. The HRW organization conducted research in May and June on the island of Lesbos that “documented the deteriorating mental health…

Climate goals: Time to end the East v. West narrative over Africa

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday that the United States was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, there was no shortage of responses from the international community or, for that matter, from American business leaders and local and state governments. The rest of the world expressed…

Laureen Fagan

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Benin, Mozambique airlines cleared for takeoff to EU nations

The European Commission has updated its EU Air Safety List, which now includes 181 airlines in countries outside the EU that are either banned or restricted from flying to member nations because of safety or regulation issues. All air carriers certified in Benin and Mozambique were removed from the EU Air…