Diplomat returns to Zimbabwe after U.S. arrest

Diplomat returns to Zimbabwe after U.S. arrest

Zimbabwe’s government has recalled a diplomat serving in the United States, following an incident in which he tried to break in to a home in suburban Washington D.C. in January. Constance Chemwayi, a spokeswoman for Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry, said Macmillan Moyana was granted diplomatic immunity in the U.S. but his…

Ethiopia hosts Pompeo with economy, security top of mind

Ethiopia hosts Pompeo with economy, security top of mind

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Ethiopia’s progress on important economic reforms, but said there is much work to do on regional security as well as the unresolved impasse over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Pompeo made his remarks during a press conference Tuesday alongside Ethiopian…

U.S. announces new counterterrorism task force in Kenya

U.S. announces new counterterrorism task force in Kenya

Officials in the United States have announced a new counterterrorism partnership with Kenya, in what they say is the first such Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) involving American partners to be located outside of the United States. The U.S. Department of State and Federal Bureau of Investigation say the Kenyan-led…

Kenyatta says U.S. trade deal won’t undermine AfCFTA

The president of Kenya said Friday that a new bilateral trade deal with the United States won’t threaten the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) or reduce the country’s commitment to the African common market. President Uhuru Kenyatta met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday…

African nations respond to U.S. Mideast Peace Plan

African governments and their Arab counterparts weighed in Wednesday on a new Middle East Peace Plan proposed jointly by United States President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and they’ve stressed the importance of Palestinian self-determination in the process. “South Africa believes that it is only initiatives developed…

Benin’s Talon talks security, development during U.S. visit

President Patrice Talon of Benin met with United States diplomats and World Bank executives during his trip to Washington D.C., with his discussions focused on investment and the West African nation’s economic development. Talon also met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday to discuss regional security cooperation…

Ethiopia dam talks move closer to final agreement

Ethopia, Egypt and Sudan have made progress in the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will provide a much-needed 15,000 GWh per year in energy for Ethiopia but threatens Nile River water resources on which the other nations depend. The foreign affairs and water resources ministers of…

Ramaphosa joins talks over Ethiopia’s GERD dam project

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he’s invited South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to help mediate talks in the stalemate over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project. Abiy made the announcement during an official visit to South Africa at the weekend, where he and Ramaphosa discussed how the latter might…

Trump vows new sanctions, NATO involvement on Iran

United States President Donald Trump said the U.S. will impose new and harsher sanctions on Iran following Tuesday night’s missile attacks on two military bases used by Americans in Iraq, while urging other nations to align with the U.S. position on Iran and its nuclear ambitions. Trump said no U.S….

U.S. releases name of soldier killed in Kenya attack

The United States Department of Defense has identified the soldier killed Sunday during an al-Shabaab attack on an airfield at Manda Bay in Kenya as Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., a 23-year-old from metro Chicago, Illinois. The U.S. added that the death of Mayfield remains under investigation. He was one…

Egypt, South Africa join nations urging restraint in Iraq

African leaders are among those calling for calm in the Middle East following a United States airstrike on Thursday that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force. The controversial military action authorized by U.S. President Donald Trump followed escalation in recent weeks…

Cameroon, three other nations see U.S. AGOA status changes

Cameroon will lose its preferred trade status under the United States African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 1, following the U.S. decision to revoke its status because of its human rights record. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision in October, but confirmed it by a proclamation issued…

Congolese migrant dies at U.S. border hospital

United States authorities say a Congolese woman died at a hospital in the state of Texas on Christmas Day after seeking entry at the U.S. border with Mexico. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said the 41-year-old woman from Democratic Republic of Congo arrived with her family at…

Rwanda becomes 15th nation in U.S. AFRICOM program

Rwanda is the latest African nation to join in a U.S. military program that partners members of its National Guard units from specific U.S. states with governments around the world. The signing ceremony pairing the Nebraska National Guard with Rwandans took place Thursday in Kigali. “State partnerships are integral to…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times