US takes helm at UN Security Council with focus on Africa

US takes helm at UN Security Council with focus on Africa

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday that African affairs will be a priority as the U.S. takes up the presidency role for the United Nations Security Council this month. A briefing on South Sudan is set for Wednesday, followed by a Sudan briefing…

U.S. adds South Africa to COVID travel restrictions list

U.S. adds South Africa to COVID travel restrictions list

The United States said Monday that it is adding South Africa to the list of countries subject to travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic and the emergence of a new strain of COVID in the African nation. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary for the new Biden administration,…

U.S. charges Kenyan accused of Shabaab ties, hijack terror plot

U.S. charges Kenyan accused of Shabaab ties, hijack terror plot

A Kenyan arrested in the Philippines has been transferred to custody in the United States, where authorities say he faces terrorism-related charges after planning another September 11-like aircraft attack in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that Cholo Abdi Abdullah, 30, was part of a plot directed by senior…

U.S. to require pricey visa bonds in 15 African nations

A new program in the United States will require nonimmigrant visitors from 23 foreign countries – most of them African – to post a US$10,000 bond when applying for travel visas. The U.S. pilot program targets citizens of nations with high visa overstay rates, according to the U.S. Department of…

African leaders congratulate Biden on U.S. election win

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was among world leaders to congratulate United States presidential election winner Joe Biden and his Democratic Party running mate on Saturday, after Biden – the former U.S. vice president under Barack Obama – was assured of victory. “We congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President…

Biden edges forward as Trump claims fraud in U.S. election

All eyes remain on the United States following Tuesday’s presidential election, which remained too close too call late Wednesday even as President Donald Trump claimed a premature victory and prepared to challenge the results. Trump, the Republican Party candidate, said in the wee hours of Wednesday morning that he had…

U.S. seeks to block Nigerian leader’s bid for WTO chief

The World Trade Organization says it is standing by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the most likely selection for the director general position, but that support comes as the United States seeks to block the accomplished Nigerian from becoming the first African woman to lead the WTO. “The candidate that had…

ICC pushes back against U.S. sanctions decision

The International Criminal Court based in The Hague has condemned a United States decision to impose economic sanctions on Gambian native Fatou Bensouda, the ICC prosecutor, and an associate in retaliation for the ICC’s plans to investigate possible U.S. war crimes. The ICC said the decision, announced Wednesday by U.S….

Shoukry, Lavrov call focuses on Libya ceasefire

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry urged the need for a ceasefire in Libya in order for political negotiations to move forward during his Tuesday telephone call with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, but he also warned that Egypt makes its own security situation a priority. Shoukry’s comments come one day after…

U.S. says Russian Wagner Group is sabotaging Libyan peace process

The United States says it has clear evidence that the Wagner Group of mercenary fighters, linked to Russia, is responsible for landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) laid in and around Tripoli in violation of a United Nations arms embargo. “Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around…