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South Africa: U.S. Set to Impose Ban on Travellers from South Africa - Report

[allAfrica] Cape Town -- United States President Joe Biden is set to ban most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in South Africa from entering the country, in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of Covid-19, a senior U.S. public health official has told the Reuters news agency. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: In Secret Action, Trump Administration Granted License to Sanctioned Mining Billionaire Dan Gertler

[The Sentry] Washington, DC -- Experts Recommend Banks Maintain Blocks on Gertler-Linked Assets and Transactions (AllAfrica)

Africa: Biden, Democracy, and Africa

[Brookings] Editor's Note: Below is a Viewpoint from Chapter 6 of the Foresight Africa 2021 report, which explores top priorities for the region in the coming year. This year's issue focuses on strategies for Africa to confront the twin health and economic crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge stronger than ever. Read the full chapter on good governance. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Rwanda Eyes Stronger Ties With Biden Administration

[New Times] The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, has said that Rwanda is ready to strengthen ties with the administration of the new President of the United States, Joe Biden. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: We Can Finally Breathe, Kenyans in U.S. Say of Biden Foreign Policy

[Nation] News reports early this week that the Trump administration had made a hurried 'dump' of African illegal migrants and other asylum seekers in Nairobi just days before his term came to an end were hardly surprising. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Somali Stability Depends On More Than Just Counterterrorism

[CFR] Among the Trump administration's many eleventh hour decisions that will require quick review by President Biden's team was the choice to withdraw nearly all U.S. military personnel from Somalia. The move left some deeply concerned that the absence of U.S. training and advice would leave Somali security forces unable to counter terrorist organizations at a time when the future of the African peacekeeping force, AMISOM, remains uncertain. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa Cheers After U.S. Returns to World Health Organization

[Nation] African countries say the US' return to the World Health Organization will be crucial to the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and other future infections. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Biden to End Trump-Era Anti-Abortion 'Global Gag Rule'

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] The new president will revoke a policy which prevents foreign groups providing abortion services or counselling from receiving U.S. funding (AllAfrica)

Africa: How Biden Can 'Build Back Better' U.S. Africa Policy

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -- The direction that President Joe Biden will give to the U.S.-Africa relationship will be highly scrutinized as he brings America's diplomacy back to the global stage. Democracy and the economy are the two fundamental areas of cooperation that he can use to rebuild ties. (AllAfrica)

Africa: What Might Biden's U.S.-Africa Policy Look Like?

[DW] US President Joe Biden's decision to lift the ban on travel to the US by citizens of majority-Muslim countries has already won praise in Africa. But governments aren't expecting miracles from the new administration. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Former U.S. Officials Call on Biden to Back WTO Selection for Okonjo-Iweala

[allAfrica] A cross-section of former senior U.S. government officials, including a Nobel Laureate, along with academicians and civil society leaders, have written to President Biden in support of the election of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Opposition from the Trump administration has stalled her selection which requires consensus according to WTO procedures. Here is the text of the letter that was delivered after Biden took office on January 20. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Western Media and Distortion of Nigeria's Chibok Kidnapping

[CFR] Washington, DC -- Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, writing for the BBC, argues that Western media distorted the 2014 Boko Haram kidnapping of more than two hundred girls sitting for high school examinations. Based on conversations with some of the freed schoolgirls, she argues that the episode was not so much an attack on female education, as portrayed in Western media, but rather banditry gone wrong. A consequence of Western media attention was that it inflated Boko Haram's prestige and set the stage for its later use of female sui (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Parting of Ways - Secretary Pompeo Announces Sanctions On Tanzania

[CFR] On January 19, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo--on his last full day in the position--announced visa restrictions on "Tanzanian officials responsible for or complicit in undermining" the general elections held in late October last year. As of yet, none of the individuals to be sanctioned have been identified publicly. In announcing the measures, Secretary Pompeo asserted that "there are consequences for interfering in the democratic process," while the U.S. embassy in Tanzania said it had "kept its (AllAfrica)

Africa: Readout of Vice President Harris's Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus JAN

[White House] Washington, DC -- Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone today with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss the decision by the United States to reverse its withdrawal from the WHO in one of the first acts following inauguration, fulfill its financial obligations, and work as a constructive partner to strengthen and reform the WHO. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nation's Human Rights Record in 2020

[allAfrica] An excerpt on Nigeria from the annual Human Rights Watch publication, World Report 2021: (AllAfrica)

Africa: Joe Biden Sends a Clear Message to the Watching World - America's Back

[The Conversation Africa] Politics doesn't have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Americans in Rwanda Look to Biden Presidency With Hope

[New Times] Americans living in Rwanda say they are optimistic that the new administration of President Joe Biden will ensure good relations with Africa and the rest of the world. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Americans in Rwanda Welcome Biden Presidency With Optimism

[New Times] Americans living in Rwanda say they are optimistic the new administration of President Joe Biden will ensure good relations with Africa and the rest of the world. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Remarks at the World Health Organization Executive Board Meeting

[HHS] Director-General Dr. Tedros, distinguished representatives, friends and colleagues: (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Elections - Museveni Tests Patience of International Allies

[DW] After world leaders watched the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, secure a victory in the presidential election last week, questions are being raised over the international community's relations with Uganda. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Joe Biden and Counter-Terrorism on the Continent - More of the Same?

[ISS] President Joe Biden's promise to restore the United States' global relations and alliances renews hope of America's wider embrace of multilateralism. It is anticipated that deeper US engagement will also entail greater security cooperation with Africa, of which counter-terrorism is key. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Joe Biden's Presidency Marks Strong Point for Nigeria-Us Ties - Buhari

[Leadership] Abuja -- President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hailed Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris on their inauguration as president and vice president of the United States of America (US), expressing hope that their presidency would mark a strong point of cooperation and support for Nigeria as well as the African continent. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Biden Vows to Repair Relations With Allies As He Takes Over Power

[Nation] New US President Joe Biden took over power on Wednesday with a vow to repair broken relations with allies across the world. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Outgoing U.S State Department's Top Africa Official Cites 'Significant' Achievements

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -- At the end of his tenure as the top Africa policymaker in the State Department, Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy says the legacy of the outgoing administration includes a number of 'concrete achievements' that have strengthened U.S. ties to Africa. Nagy, who assumed the post in June 2018 nearly two decades after retiring as a career foreign service officer, which included ambassadorial tours in Guinea and Ethiopia under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, was interviewed by AllAfrica's Reed Kram (AllAfrica)

Africa: What Janet Yellen Can Do About Climate Change As U.S. Treasury Secretary

[The Conversation Africa] Janet Yellen is poised to be the next U.S. Treasury secretary, and her inbox will require every ounce of her vast experience to pilot the economy through a daunting confluence of challenges. How the U.S. manages the economic recovery from COVID-19, the financial risks from climate change and inequality together will determine the chances of American prosperity over the coming decades. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigeria Looks Forward to Working With Biden, Harris - Buhari

[Premium Times] President Buhari congratulates the leaders, and entire country on the successful transition, which marks an important historical inflection point for democracy. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Joe Biden's in-Tray for Africa As He Takes Power Today

[Nation] Africa may be looking up to Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris to right the wrongs of Donald Trump as the pair take power following a chaotic political season in the US. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Trump Imposes Visa Restrictions on Officials Over Vote

[East African] The US government has imposed visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials for "undermining" a free and fair election. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Biden Can Transform U.S. From Humanitarian Laggard to Global Leader - Here's How

[The Conversation Africa] Even after the Trump administration's repeated efforts to slash foreign aid and global partnerships, the United States remains the world's largest source of official development assistance for low-income countries. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Govt to Continue Pursuing Trade Deal With U.S.

[Nation] Kenya will keep pursuing free trade deal with the United States during Joe Biden's era, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Minister Sendeza Wants Killed Daughter Repatriated From U.S. for Burial in Malawi

[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. (AllAfrica)