Kamala Harris announces Tanzania trade boost on Africa tour

DAR ES SALAAM, March 30 (Reuters) – US Vice President Kamala Harris announced plans to boost trade and investment in Tanzania during a visit there on Thursday, part of an African tour aimed at strengthening ties with a continent where China and Russia are increasingly in control. Harris began her trip in Ghana on Sunday … Read more

Protests in Kenya turn violent again as government vows to ‘stop the descent’

NAIROBI, March 30 (Reuters) – New demonstrations organized on Thursday by opponents of Kenyan President William Ruto were again marked by violent clashes, as stone-throwing protesters battled police and a local office belonging to Ruto’s party was set on fire. Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s earlier outcry on Monday against the high cost of living and … Read more

Research shows that China has spent $240 billion on bailing out Belt & Road countries

JOHANNESBURG, March 28 (Reuters) – China has spent $240 billion between 2008 and 2021 to bail out 22 developing countries, with the amount soaring in recent years as more people have struggled to repay loans spent on building of “Belt & Road” infrastructure, according to a study published Tuesday. Nearly 80% of bailout loans were … Read more

Kamala Harris kicks off Africa tour in Ghana, announces security support

US Vice President kicks off three-country tour of Africa Washington is trying to counter Chinese, Russian influence Harris says she raised the issue of LGBT rights ACCRA, March 27 (Reuters) – The United States will provide $100 million to Ghana and four other West African countries to help them deal with violent extremism and instability, … Read more

Burkina Faso suspends France 24 broadcasts in the country after an interview with Al Qaeda

NAIROBI, March 27 (Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s military government on Monday suspended France 24 broadcasts in the country after the TV station aired an interview with the head of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM. Relations between Paris and Ouagadougou have deteriorated sharply since Burkina Faso’s army seized power in a coup d’├ętat last October. … Read more

Banksy’s migrant rescue vessel has been seized by the Italian Coast Guard in Lampedusa

MILAN, March 26 (Reuters) – A rescue ship funded by British street artist Banksy was seized in Lampedusa on Sunday after the Italian Coast Guard said the boat had failed to follow its instructions to sail to Sicily after carrying out a migrant rescue operation . The Coast Guard said it ordered the vessel MV … Read more

Ethiopia drops bid to end UN-mandated Tigray abuses probe early – sources

GENEVA, March 23 (Reuters) – Ethiopia has dropped a draft motion seeking an early end to a UN-mandated investigative inquiry into the Tigray war, diplomats and observers told Reuters, under pressure from Western countries. The International Commission for Ethiopia, the only independent investigation into the two-year conflict between Ethiopia’s military and troops in the northern … Read more

Israel, Palestinians vow steps to curb violence ahead of Ramadan

The parties will report on progress in April Emphasize the need to prevent disturbances in Sacred Sites The West Bank has experienced a wave of confrontations CAIRO, March 19 (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian officials on Sunday agreed to establish a mechanism to curb violence and incitement, in talks that highlighted the need to prevent … Read more

Vaccine-derived poliovirus detected in Burundi, Congo

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Health officials in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have discovered cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus, according to the World Health Organization and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The WHO said the Burundian government had declared the discovery of the virus a national public health emergency after cases were … Read more