UN migration agency welcomes new director

UN migration agency welcomes new director

The UN agency for migration has a new director general, with António Vitorino of Portugal taking the helm this month as former United States diplomat William Lacy Swing steps down after two five-year terms. The 61-year-old Vitorino is a former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs, and was Portugal’s…

U.S. diplomat killed in Madagascar

U.S. diplomat killed in Madagascar

The United States Department of State has confirmed the weekend death of one of its diplomats in Madagascar, where a man was detained after he was caught scaling the fence of the diplomat’s home in Antananarivo. “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a U.S. Foreign Service Officer was found…

Smoke and Mirrors: Can South Africa’s cigarette tax collector save itself?

Smoke and Mirrors: Can South Africa’s cigarette tax collector save itself?

It’s a story with all the hallmarks of a supermarket tabloid: sex, betrayal, spies and smuggled cigarettes. Yet the turmoil at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has resulted in a very real crisis, centering on a deluge of illegal cigarettes which, according to a new report, have cost the…

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

More than a dozen die in Mogadishu car bomb attack

The death toll in Saturday’s bombing attacks in downtown Mogadishu, which targeted the complex where the country’s ministries of interior and security are housed, has risen to 13. More than 21 people were injured, many of them seriously, according to local news outlets who reported the initial car bomb blast…

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

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.

African nations well represented at Olympic Opening Ceremony

Awash in symbolism, the Olympic Games began in PyeongChang with opening ceremonies focused on peace and reconciliation – the themes of these 2018 Winter Games. The athletes took center stage with their national teams and flags during the Athletes Parade, with all eyes on Korean solidarity, while officials praised the…

South Sudan: Troika nations warn of action on ceasefire violations

Ongoing violations of South Sudan’s ceasefire agreement have prompted the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to speak out in concern, and now the troika governments of the United Kingdom, United States and Norway have joined them. South Sudanese leaders agreed to a ceasefire on December 21 following negotiations with IGAD,…

Macron’s Sahel trip spotlights security, migration investments

President Emmanuel Macron of France has announced €400 million (USD$474 million) in financial aid to Niger during his weekend press conference with President Mahamadou Issoufou in Niamey. Macron said the funding, planned through 2021, will support development in Niger and security in the Sahel. His remarks alongside Issoufou, who Macron praised…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Amnesty: Europe complicit in Libya’s migrant human rights crisis

European governments share responsibility in the exploitation and torture of thousands of African migrants trapped in Libya, driven by “a policy of containment” that leaves them at the mercy of Libyan authorities and human traffickers they actively support, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The human rights organization released a new report,…

UN’s Guterres wraps up visit to Central African Republic

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres will wrap up his visit to Central African Republic on Friday after meetings this week with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, African Union ambassadors and other key stakeholders. In Bangui, the UN chief highlighted four linked components – security, state-building, national reconciliation and development – he…

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…