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

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…

Communal violence still plagues Darfur, UN Security Council told

It’s been 15 years since civil war broke out in Sudan’s Darfur region, but people still living in displaced person (IDP) communities say attacks and harassment are still cause for concern. That’s according to Jeremiah Mamabolo, the head of the African Union-United Nations mission (UNAMID), during a briefing to the UN…

South Sudan rivals trade accusations over ceasefire violation

The opposing factions in South Sudan’s civil war traded accusations on Saturday over violations of a ceasefire agreement that was supposed to be in force beginning at midnight. The spokesman for the SPLA IO said government forces working with militia groups launched an attack against the opposition in Wau state…

U.S. court upholds travel ban for Libya, Somalia

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial travel ban affecting citizens of Libya and Somalia hoping to enter the U.S. will stand, despite legal challenges dating to the first days of President Donald Trump’s administration. The 5-4 ruling keeps in place a reworked version of the ban…

Erdoğan declared winner in Turkey’s critical election

Election officials in Turkey say President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has an absolute-majority win in Sunday’s presidential election with 99 percent of the votes counted. The Supreme Election Council announcement, reported by Turkey’s state-aligned Anadolu news agency, countered claims by the opposition that Erdoğan would need to compete in a runoff…

IMF adopts CPIFR assessment standard for Islamic banking

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced Thursday that it will integrate Islamic banking, which now has a presence in more than 60 countries, into its financial stability assessments in nations where Islamic finance commands at least 15 percent of the banking sector market. Beginning in 2019, they’ll use the Core…

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…

Qatari diplomat says Suakin Island work to begin this month

Qatar’s ambassador to Sudan said Tuesday that work to restore the port at Suakin Island will begin this month, following the USD$4 billion deal between the two countries to develop the Red Sea site. Rashid Abdul Rahman Al-Nuaimi said the work will begin in the first of three stages, the…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Sudan, world’s last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya

Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino, has died following a series of age-related health complications and infections. The 45-year-old rhino has been at the center of global attention because unless science can perform a technological miracle, the northern white rhino – which once roamed East and Central Africa…