Sudan, Egypt send condolences as Iraq-Iran quake toll passes 500

The governments of Egypt and Sudan joined the international community in extending condolences to Iraq and Iran following a devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck a border region Sunday. Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country stands in “solidarity and sympathy” with both nations, and “with the people of Iran…

The Sahel’s Stubborn Tradition of Slavery

Many Europeans were disturbed to discover last week that a 2015 EU fund established to pay for border security, including measures aimed at keeping African citizens from leaving their own borders, is fast running out. Despite pledges from Germany and Sweden to stem shortfalls, the President of the European Commission…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Changes for Chad, Sudan as U.S. rolls out new travel ban rules

Citizens of Chad now face travel restrictions to the United States, following a Sunday announcement by President Donald Trump that names eight countries on a new list of suspensions – but removes the previous restrictions against citizens of Sudan. Chad, along with Libya and Somalia, are the three African nations…

Libya’s Sarraj heads to Sudan for state visit

Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council for Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), begins a two-day state visit Sunday to Sudan. Sarraj visits Khartoum at the invitation of President Omar Al-Bashir, and will be accompanied by a delegation of ministers and Libyan officials to discuss issues shared by…

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force today, following a 90-day period since the necessary threshold of 51 ratifications was achieved in May. The Minamata Convention enters into force with 128 signatory nations and 74 ratifying countries, including the most recent addition of Brazil last week. Among the countries…

Air pollution and the impact on public health in Africa

Air pollution has increased significantly in the last 25 years, and that’s having health consequences especially in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in The Lancet medical journal. Researchers found that air pollution – specifically, the small particles measured as less…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times