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Africa: G7 Finance Ministers Support Debt Relief for Poor Countries Combating COVID-19 Crisis
by U.S. Treasury on 28/09/2020 at 10:39
[U.S. Treasury] The G7 supports a process for debt cancellation for vulnerable countries, they announced this morning after Treasury convened a special Finance Ministers meeting. In a G7 statement, the ministers also encouraged an extension of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) into next year for the world's 73 poorest countries.
Africa: G7 Finance Ministers' Statement on the Debt Service Suspension Initiative and Debt Relief for Vulnerable Countries
by U.S. Treasury on 28/09/2020 at 10:36
[U.S. Treasury] We remain committed to working together to support the poorest and most vulnerable countries as they address health and economic challenges associated with COVID-19. The pandemic has significantly disrupted global growth and necessitated extraordinary fiscal policy efforts, exacerbating existing debt vulnerabilities in many low-income countries. We commend the efforts of the international financial institutions (IFIs) to rapidly scale up financial and technical assistance to these countries.&nb
Africa: Millions Displaced By U.S. Post-9/11 Wars
by AfricaFocus on 28/09/2020 at 06:48
[AfricaFocus] "Wartime displacement (alongside war deaths and injuries) must be central to any analysis of the post-9/11 wars and their short- and long-term consequences. Displacement also must be central to any possible consideration of the future use of military force by the United States or others. Ultimately, displacing 37 million--and perhaps as many as 59 million--raises the question of who bears responsibility for repairing the damage inflicted on those displaced." - Brown University Costs of War Projec
Africa: China Pledge and Biden Win Could Move Climate Goals Into View, Scientists Say
by Thomson Reuters Foundation on 28/09/2020 at 06:17
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -- If a Biden-promised U.S. net-zero pledge comes on top of new EU and China commitments, "there's real hope" climate goals can be met, experts say
Africa: Trump Pitched His Vision of a Global Order - At Odds With the UN Charter
by IPS on 28/09/2020 at 06:16
[IPS] New York -- Abby Maxman, in a response to President Donald Trump's UN General Debate remarks.
Ethiopia: Suspension of U.S. Aid Is Yet Another Example of Trump's Disregard for the Continent
by The Conversation Africa on 28/09/2020 at 04:54
[The Conversation Africa] America's Department of State recently suspended $130 million worth of aid to Ethiopia because of "a lack of progress" on negotiations pertaining to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the River Nile.
Malawi: Minister Sendeza Wants Killed Daughter Repatriated From U.S. for Burial in Malawi
by Nyasa Times on 27/09/2020 at 08:06
[Nyasa Times] Deputy Minister of Defence Jean Sendeza has said she desperately wants the remains of her 29-year-old daughter reportedly shot dead on Friday in Indiana, USA by his boyfriend after she ended an affair, to be repatriated for burial in Malawi.
Sudan: Normalizing Sudan-Israel Relations Now is a Dangerous Game
by USIP on 26/09/2020 at 14:54
[USIP] Washington, DC -- As Sudan is mentioned among the next states to normalize relations with Israel, concerns about what that would do to the democratic transition arise.
Kenya: Nyashinski - Life in the U.S. Was Too Harsh, I Had to Return Home
by Nairobi News on 26/09/2020 at 07:43
[Nairobi News] When the family of Nyamari Ongegu, who is popularly known by the stage name Nyashinski, got a chance to relocate to Delaware, USA, the then 21-year-old was excited, but he did not know what lay ahead.
South Sudan: The U.S. Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Crisis Response
by State Department on 25/09/2020 at 14:37
[State Department] Today, at the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting, "A Dialogue with the World's Top Ten Donors on Global Humanitarian Needs," hosted by the United States, we announced nearly $108 million in humanitarian assistance for the people South Sudan, including South Sudanese in neighboring countries. This funding includes nearly $97 million from the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and more than $11 million from the U.S. Agency for International
Burundi: President Ndayishimiye Rejects Diplomatic Aggression Against Burundi
by UN News on 25/09/2020 at 13:43
[UN News] The "indiscriminate consequences" of the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the importance of multilateralism and how the world handles global challenges and contradictions, the President of Burundi told world leaders gathered virtually for the UN General Assembly.
Nigeria: U.S. Announces Proposed Rule Establishing Fixed Period of Stay for International Students
by This Day on 25/09/2020 at 12:33
[This Day] The United States has announced a proposed rule establishing a fixed period of stay for international students, exchange visitors and foreign information media representatives to encourage programme compliance, reduce fraud and enhance national security.
Africa: Overhauling U.S. Foreign Policy
by AfricaFocus on 25/09/2020 at 12:18
[AfricaFocus] The most consequential election year in most of our lifetimes has featured stark crises unspooling against a backdrop of vigorous activist mobilizations and simmering public outrage. While the first essential step for progressives is to prevent the reelection of President Trump, that will not be enough. We need fundamental change rather than a return to the status quo ante.
Zimbabwe: U.S. Pledges Support for Striking Public Health Workers
by New Zimbabwe on 25/09/2020 at 10:05
[New Zimbabwe] THE United States has pledged support for Zimbabwe's public health sector now crippled by an over two-month long strike by health workers including nurses and doctors.
Nigeria: Nigerians to Be Affected As U.S. Moves to Ban 4-Year Student Visa for Some Countries
by Vanguard on 25/09/2020 at 09:04
[Vanguard] The United States is seeking new guidelines that could restrict some international students, including those from Nigeria, from admission of more than two-year period.
Kenya: Tough Visa Rules for Students Seeking to Study in U.S.
by Nation on 25/09/2020 at 08:40
[Nation] President Donald Trump's government is planning to bar Kenyan students from pursuing degrees in the US through limiting their stay in the country.
South Sudan: United States Announces Nearly $108 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance to Help the People of South Sudan
by USAID on 25/09/2020 at 08:23
[USAID] Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa
West Africa: U.S. Announces Nearly $152 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance
by USAID on 25/09/2020 at 08:13
[USAID] Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa
Somalia: Why US Diplomatic Muscle Could Achieve More in Somalia Than Drone Strikes
by The Conversation Africa on 25/09/2020 at 06:23
[The Conversation Africa] The United States has used airstrikes against al-Shabaab forces in Somalia since January 2007, including armed drone strikes from June 2011. From early 2017, Donald J. Trump's administration loosened the targeting rules and significantly increased the number of strikes in Somalia, apparently with the consent of the Somali federal government.
Namibia: Geingob Urges US to Lift Sanctions On Zimbabwe
by Namibia Economist on 25/09/2020 at 06:10
[Namibia Economist] In his address to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the President HE Dr. Hage Geingob called on the United States of American to lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and Cuba.
Nigeria: U.S. to Assist Nigeria With $50m Planned Security Assistance
by This Day on 25/09/2020 at 05:15
[This Day] The United States will assist Nigeria with roughly $50 million in planned security assistance under its "global train and equip" programme, a new report by the Congressional Research Services (CSR) has revealed.
Africa: USAID Awards $2.6m Grants to Solar Energy Companies in Sub-Saharan Africa
by Premium Times on 24/09/2020 at 15:29
[Premium Times] Power Africa, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced grants totalling $2,620,650 to solar energy companies in sub-Saharan African countries.
Sudan: Payment to U.S. for USS Cole, Embassy Bombings 'Ready' - PM Hamdok
by Radio Dabanga on 24/09/2020 at 15:26
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -- Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has announced that the amounts required to compensate the families of the victims of the bombing of the destroyer USS Cole* in Yemen in 2000, and the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Dar El Salaam in Tanzania and Nairobi in Kenya, are ready for payment.
Zimbabwe: U.S. Insists Zimbabwe Should End Repression, Corruption
by New Zimbabwe on 24/09/2020 at 10:43
[New Zimbabwe] THE US government has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration to uphold constitutional rights and end ongoing political repression and corruption in Zimbabwe.
Africa: What is the Fundamental Difference Between Cigarette Smoke and Heated Tobacco Aerosol?
by allAfrica on 24/09/2020 at 10:37
[allAfrica] On September 15th, 2020, Tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris International (PMI) held a scientific online conference on the fundamental difference between cigarette smoke and heated tobacco product aerosol. Scientists of PMI presented some of the latest fundamental scientific evidence on the harm caused by combustion and innovative, less harmful, aerosols chemistry.
Morocco: RSF Appeals Urgently to UN to Condemn Use of Trumped-up Sex Charges Against Journalists
by RSF on 24/09/2020 at 07:57
[RSF] After the appearance of Moroccan journalist Omar Radi in court on rape charges, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the United Nations to take a stand publicly against the misuse of sex charges against journalists by the Moroccan authorities in an attempt to silence them.
Sudan: EU, U.S. Diplomats Briefed On UNITAMIS
by SNA on 24/09/2020 at 07:52
[SNA] Khartoum -- The Chairman of the Executive Committee for Coordination with the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, ambassador Omer Al- Sheikh Al-Hussein, in the presence of Sheikh Khidr, the Senior Advisor of the Prime Minister, and Dr. Amjad Farid from the PM's Office, has briefed today the group of ambassadors of the European Union and the United States of America about the mission's work and its basic objectives of assisting the political transition, the progress towards democratic gove
Libya: European Union Sanctions Three Companies
by Cameroon Tribune on 24/09/2020 at 07:39
[Cameroon Tribune] During a meeting in Brussels, it was agreed that assets of the said companies as well as that of two persons be freeze for violating arms embargo and human rights.
Kenya: Four Kenyans Die in Car Accidents in U.S.
by Nairobi News on 24/09/2020 at 05:19
[Nairobi News] Four Kenyans living in the United Sates have died in separate accidents in the past week.
Malawi: Malawi's President Appeals to Investors, Implores South African Farmers to 'Invest In Our Soil'
by allAfrica on 22/09/2020 at 20:15
[allAfrica] New York -- With the world focused on fighting the pandemic, a remarkable achievement went largely unnoticed in Africa. A court in Malawi annulled a rigged election and a peaceful rerun ushered into power a popular opposition.