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Yellen says Africa to shape world economy as US reengages

Jan. 26, 2023 13:33 PM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen watched Ford cars and pickup trucks being assembled at a plant in South Africa on Thursday, citing it as an example of cooperation between Washington and Africa as she begins the Biden administration's big push to reengage with a...

Yellen visits Zambian farm to showcase Africa's ag potential

Jan. 26, 2023 11:35 AM EST

CHONGWE, Zambia (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen traveled from a small farm on a rural red clay road to a ramen noodle manufacturing plant in Zambia's bustling capitol of Lusaka on Tuesday to showcase Africa's potential to help solve the world's problems with food shortages. ...

Germany apologizes for leopard jibe that upset some Africans

Jan. 26, 2023 08:56 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Germany apologized on Thursday for using a leopard emoji in a jibe at Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Twitter that ended up offending some Africans. The German foreign ministry poked fun at Russia's top diplomat during his tour of Africa...

Yellen tours wildlife reserve to start South Africa visit

Jan. 25, 2023 09:22 AM EST

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen used a tour of a wildlife park in South Africa on Wednesday to announce a joint initiative to combat wildlife trafficking and related criminal activities in both countries. Yellen said during a visit to the...

Report: Much of Africa less safe, democratic than in 2012

Jan. 25, 2023 06:19 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A new report on African governance released Wednesday finds much of the continent is “less safe, secure and democratic” than it was 10 years ago, citing a surge in military coups and armed conflicts. The democratic backsliding now threatens to reverse...

China cites US debt issue to deflect pressure on Africa debt

Jan. 25, 2023 04:12 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government says the United States should stop pressuring it on debt relief for Zambia and focus on averting a government default at home with possible repercussions for the global economy. The Chinese embassy in Zambia responded Tuesday to remarks by U.S....

Yellen pushes for China to address Zambia's big debt burden

Jan. 23, 2023 12:46 PM EST

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, on the second leg of an African tour aimed at promoting American investment and ties, said on Monday it's crucial to immediately address Zambia's heavy debt burden with China. Yellen was in Lusaka, a capital city that's...

US ambassador heading to Africa as part of Biden's big push

Jan. 22, 2023 05:40 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is the second Cabinet member heading to Africa as part of President Joe Biden’s big push to engage with the world’s second-largest continent. The U.S. Mission to the U.N. said Sunday she...

Door of No Return: Yellen visits onetime slave-trading post

Jan. 21, 2023 13:31 PM EST

GOREE ISLAND, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen paid a solemn visit Saturday to the salmon-colored house on an island off Senegal that is one of the most recognized symbols of the horrors of the Atlantic slave trade that trapped tens of millions of Africans in bondage for...

In Senegal, Yellen talks about future of US-Africa relations

Jan. 20, 2023 12:23 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen caravanned from a government building to a business incubator in Dakar on Friday and was set to end her day at the president's residence, spreading a message of mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations. She came to talk...