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

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…

France appeals for dialogue to resolve Cameroon crisis

France appeals for dialogue to resolve Cameroon crisis

The French government on Thursday said it remains concerned about the political crisis in Cameroon, but did not announce any specific initiatives to engage in mediating the conflict between President Paul Biya’s government, and the opposition activists and separatists from its Anglophone regions. “We are closely monitoring the situation in…

Burundi term limits referendum draws U.S. criticism

Officials in Burundi verified on Monday the final vote tally on a referendum, initiated by President Pierre Nkurunziza, which extends presidential term limits to allow him to run for and remain in the office through 2034. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said the referendum passed with 73 percent of…

Tensions in Djibouti over U.S. claim of China’s laser use

Authorities in the United States have filed a formal complaint with China over the reported use of lasers directed at U.S. pilots in Djibouti, where both countries have military bases near each other. Four laser incidents occurred over the last several weeks at Djibouti, U.S. military officials said. Three involved…

Nigeria: Buhari, Trump talk trade and counterterrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria became the first leader of a sub-Saharan African nation to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington, where the two discussed counterterrorism and security concerns, bilateral trade and humanitarian issues on Monday. “Nigeria and the United States share a long history of close and cordial…

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…

China, the U.S. and Africa: Measuring corn by whose bushel?

China again defended its record on Africa Friday, this time while taking a volley of questions from reporters during a routine press briefing with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang. It’s the latest round of responses as Beijing has pushed back in recent weeks against comments, primarily from the…

Laureen Fagan

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U.S. ends protected status policy for Liberians

The United States said Tuesday it is ending its long-standing protected status policy for Liberians, one that allowed them to continue living in the U.S. under one of two programs dating back to 1991 and the civil war. “I have been informed that conditions in Liberia have improved,” said President…

China scoffs at news of U.S. inquiry into its African influence

China has defended its role on the African continent, following word that United States lawmakers plan to investigate Beijing’s expanding footprint in African nations and across the globe. Devin Nunes, a Republican member of Congress from California and Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that as part…