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A Trump visit to Africa is important—and carries some urgency

Landry Signé Ivanka Trump landed in Ethiopia recently to promote the Trump administration’s $50 million Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative, funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The goal of the initiative is to empower 50 million women through employment and economic stability by 2025. She has met with women working

US treasury’s David Melpass named world bank president

David Malpass, a senior United States Treasury official in President Donald Trump’s administration, was unanimously chosen Friday as the next president of the World Bank. The selection of Malpass by the bank’s board of directors followed an “open, transparent” nomination process in which citizens of all membership countries were potentially eligible,

Drone strikes a growing threat to African civilians

By zachary Donnenfeld Since 2016, Donald Trump has loosened the reins on the US drone programme by lowering the standards for who can be targeted and where. This has severe consequences for counter-terrorism operations in Africa – particularly in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. On the eve of the 2016 US

US-China trade talks begin on positive note, but tech tensions loom

Joe Macdonald China has sounded a positive note ahead of trade talks this week with Washington, but the two sides face potentially lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship. Both sides have expressed an interest in settling their tariff fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance

US deploys troops to DR Congo amid fear of violence

The United States (US)military has deployed soldiers to Gabon amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after its presidential election. US President Donald Trump told US Congress on Friday that the first of about 80 troops had arrived in Gabon on Wednesday to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities

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