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Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

2015-02-01 09:00

As Africa's leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic.

Zuma congratulates Karim on AU award

2015-01-31 21:14

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Professor Salim Abdool Karim for receiving a science award from the African Union, the presidency says.>

UN chief backs African force to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-31 14:04

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed an African Union proposal to set up a regional five-nation force of 7 500 troops to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

2015-01-30 15:30

A Chadian warplane and ground troops have driven Boko Haram fighter from a Nigerian border town, leaving its strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses say.

Don't cling to power, UN chief tells African leader

2015-01-30 12:46

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people.

AU seeks multinational force against Boko Haram

2015-01-30 11:19

The AU is planning to deploy a 7 500-strong multinational military force to fight the Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram, a report says.

Mugabe: African Union kow-tows to West

2015-01-30 08:20

President Robert Mugabe believes African Union policies aim to please the West, and says he will make the body a global leader if he becomes its chairperson.

Mali leader pulls out of AU summit after deadly violence

2015-01-29 17:54

Mali's president has pulled out of attending the AU summit to visit the restive city of Gao following the deaths of protesters in violent demonstrations against the UN, aides say.

Mugabe: Europe shouldn’t tell Africans about women

2015-01-29 15:39
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Zimbabwe president and soon-to-be-elected AU chairperson, Robert Mugabe, says the representation of women in European parliaments isn’t good enough to warrant them advising Africans about the issue.

AU 'mixed signals' as Mugabe tipped for top job

2015-01-29 14:19

African leaders are expected to elect Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe to the 54-member AU’s rotating chair, a choice critics say risks tarnishing the organisation’s reputation.

No military solution to Libya: AU

2015-01-29 05:00

Ending conflict in Libya can only be achieved through a political deal, Libyan and regional leaders say.

Arrest SA ‘mercenaries’ on Boko Haram mission – Mapisa-Nqakula

2015-01-28 21:15
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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the “mercenaries” from South Africa helping to train Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram should be arrested on their return.

Dlamini-Zuma says she's deeply horrified by Boko Haram

2015-01-28 10:04

AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she is "deeply horrified" at the rise of Boko Haram, warning the group is "not just a threat to some countries, it is a threat to the whole continent".

AU, China agree big infrastructure deal

2015-01-27 22:23

China and the African Union have agreed an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent.

AU urges action against Boko Haram attacks

2015-01-21 15:49

Defeating Nigeria’s "dastardly" Boko Haram insurgents requires support from across the continent, the AU chief says, urging increased backing for Nigeria and affected neighbouring countries.

Boko Haram attacks: Nigeria, AU 'must take urgent steps'

2015-01-16 12:15

The General Council of the Bar of SA has called on Nigeria and the AU to take urgent steps against Boko Haram for its mounting crimes against humanity.

AU troops take Uganda rebel chief for ICC transfer

2015-01-14 17:50

Captured Lord’s Resistance Army rebel chief Dominic Ongwen has been handed over to African Union troops to be sent to trial at the ICC for crimes against humanity, Uganda’s army says.

Ugandan rebel commander to face ICC

2015-01-14 09:02

A top commander in a rebel group that has terrorised east and central Africa for decades is to face justice at the International Criminal Court, the US says.

UN: Ethnic cleansing but no genocide in CAR

2015-01-09 09:15

Christian militia in CAR have carried out ethnic cleansing of the Muslim population, but there is no proof there was genocidal intent, a UN commission has determined.

AU: Ebola challenge will promote unity in west Africa

2015-01-07 07:31

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic could have a positive side by uniting the region’s countries in their response to the “serious challenge”, the acting head of the African Union says.

Dlamini-Zuma calls for calm after failed coup in Gambia

2015-01-01 09:05

African Union commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called for calm in Gambia following a failed coup in the west African country.

7 Somali women killed in 'barbaric' attacks

2014-12-11 09:43

At least seven women have been killed in "barbaric" attacks in Somalia after Shabaab insurgents beheaded a soldier’s wife prompting revenge executions of women close to the Islamists, elders say.

African Union welcomes new Burkina Faso leader

2014-11-17 11:30

The AU has welcomed the appointment of career diplomat Michel Kafando as Burkina Faso’s interim president following the ousting of its veteran leader.

Burkina army, civil groups agree transition pact

2014-11-14 09:26

Burkina Faso's army has reached an agreement with opposition parties, civil groups and religious leaders for a transition to civilian rule, after the ouster of president Blaise Compaore.

 

Mugabe shrugs off concerns over AU-West relations

2015-01-31 22:23
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has shrugged off concerns that his appointment as new African Union chairman will harm relations between the pan-African bloc and the West.

AU threatens South Sudan factions with sanctions

2015-01-31 19:38

The African Union has joined regional and international organisations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions with sanctions.

Chad: 123 Boko Haram militants killed in Cameroon

2015-01-31 10:12

Three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon, the Chadian military says.

Robert Mugabe takes over as new AU chair

2015-01-30 13:00
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has taken over the post of African Union chair, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Boko Haram a clear danger, says UN chief

2015-01-30 12:08

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says Nigeria’s militants Boko Haram is “a clear danger to national, regional and international peace and security”.

Sisi pulls out of AU summit after deadly Sinai attacks

2015-01-30 11:19

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has cut short a visit to the Ethiopian capital for an AU summit, following a wave of deadly attacks in Sinai claimed by ISIS’s Egypt wing.

Nigeria fighter jets bomb town held by Boko Haram

2015-01-29 21:46

Nigerian fighter jets have bombed the northeast town of Malam Fatori, controlled by Boko Haram Islamists, the military says.

Peace agreement expected in South Sudan talks

2015-01-29 15:52

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s sudden illness was not serious enough to cancel crucial peace talks on the sidelines of the AU summit in Addis Ababa, a report says.

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at AU meet

2015-01-29 14:19

A spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he will be attending the AU heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and that the threat posed by Boko Haram in Nigeria will be a focus.

War, Ebola, elections top AU summit

2015-01-29 08:41

Conflict in Africa and efforts to stem Ebola will top the agenda of the AU annual summit this week, with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe expected to be enthroned the next chair of the bloc.

Zuma in Ethiopia for AU summit

2015-01-28 21:15

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ahead of the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly.

AU pledges Ebola fund

2015-01-28 19:07

The African Union plans to launch an Ebola Solidarity Fund as aid agency Oxfam warned the continent's leaders needed to keep their promises to boost healthcare.

AU may mandate regional force against Boko Haram

2015-01-28 08:32

The AU might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a diplomat says.

Electing Mugabe AU chair 'will send a wrong message to Africa'

2015-01-27 18:19
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Electing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to the African Union chairmanship would send a wrong message to African citizens, civil society organisations have reportedly said.

South Sudan warring rivals in Tanzania for peace talks

2015-01-21 18:04

Warring South Sudanese factions have gathered in Tanzania in the latest peace efforts to end over a year of civil war which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

West African leaders consider new force to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-17 10:33

West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next week to discuss the issue.

Ex-African Union head charged with torture

2015-01-16 09:00

Gabon's leading opposition figure and former AU head has been charged with imprisoning and torturing people who attacked his home, risking up to 10 years in prison and possible elimination from the 2016 presidential election.

SA warned against fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria

2015-01-14 11:15
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A military expert has reportedly warned that South Africa would be under threat if SA soldiers join African Union forces in the fight against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.

Cameroon appeals for aid in Boko Haram fight

2015-01-09 20:55

Cameroon's President Paul Biya has appealed for international military help to fight Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which this week threatened to step up its cross-border raids into the country from Nigeria.

Mali appeals for international intervention in Libya

2015-01-07 12:27

Mali’s foreign minister has told the UN Security Council that an international force could help stabilise Libya and the entire Sahel region and check the threat from Islamist groups.

Huge 'suicide attack' rocks Somali capital

2015-01-04 18:27

A huge car bomb blast shook Somalia's capital Mogadishu after a suicide bomber struck an area close to the heavily-fortified international airport where AU peacekeepers are based.

Sudan steps up pressure on UN

2014-12-27 18:51

Sudan's government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations on the future of a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in the country's violence-wracked Darfur region.

AU, Ecowas welcome new Burkina Faso leader

2014-11-17 22:29

The African Union and the West African regional bloc have welcomed the appointment of diplomat Michel Kafando as Burkina Faso's interim president.

Sudan warplanes bomb South Sudan border zones

2014-11-14 13:16

Sudanese warplanes have bombed South Sudan, wounding six civilians in areas bordering war zone regions where Khartoum is trying to crush rebel fighters, reports said Friday.

Burkina deadline dropped

2014-11-11 22:37

The African Union is still urging a transfer of power from the army to a transitional government in Burkina Faso, but is no longer threatening the country with sanctions if the handover is not done within two weeks.

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