Blinken Gives US-Africa Strategy Address in Pretoria

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken gave a speech on the key U.S. strategy for sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Pretoria on Monday, on the first leg of his Africa trip.Blinken stressed the value of democracy and the threats to it in his address, saying Africa was an “equal partner” that the U.S. wanted to work with and would not “dictate to.”“By 2050, 1 in…

Five Southern African Countries Kick-Start Elephant Census

GABORONE — Five southern African countries, with more than half the continent's elephants, are conducting a first-ever aerial census to determine the elephant population and how to protect it.Light aircraft will fly simultaneously across the plains of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe — in a conservation area known as the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) — in an exercise that will run until October 20.KAZA is home to an…

National Consensus leading member rejects “People of Sudan” initiative

A leading member of the National Consensus coalition rejected the initiative “People of Sudan” initiative launched by a religious leader, saying that it reflects the ousted regime and its supporters.Last July, Tayeb al-Jed a Sufi dignitary proposed to hold an inclusive conference to discuss the way out of the current political crisis in Sudan and adopt a roadmap to be implemented by a government of technocrats before general elections.The initiative,…

Sudan arrests key rebel officers, hands them to South Sudan

Sudan on Sunday arrested key rebel officers and handed them to South Sudanese. Their group confirmed the arrest saying it was coordinated between the security services in the two countries.Three senior military officers, identified as Major Nyuon Garang Kuol, Major General Pur Aruop Kuol, and Brigadier General Gatluak Majiok Liey were arrested on Sunday by members of Sudan’s Rapid Support Force (RSF) in the Al-Fula town of West Kordofan in…

African Union head condemns Israeli ‘attacks’ in Gaza

The chairman of the African Union commission condemned Israeli “air strike attacks” in the Gaza Strip as violence escalates in the troubled region, with 41 Palestinians reported dead.“Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the continued air strike attacks by Israel on Gaza that have killed more than 41 Palestinian civilians, including 15 children and four women, and 311 have been injured,” an AU statement said.The “targeting of civilians and the continued…

Healthy life expectancy in Africa grows by nearly 10 years: WHO

Healthy life expectancy among Africans living in mainly high and upper middle-income countries on the continent, has increased by almost 10 years, the UN health agency, WHO, said.The World Health Organization announced the good news after examining life expectancy data among the 47 countries that make up the WHO African Region from 2000 to 2019, as part of a continent-wide report into progress on healthcare access for all a key…