The new rules are an improvement, but proper implementation is vital, writes Murray Hunter and Cherese Thakur.
The African Union says it is recalling a team to observe a constitutional referendum and legislative elections in Guinea on Sunday that have been overshadowed by fears of violence.
Togolese opposition leader Agbeyome Kodjo says he has filed a suit to overturn the result of presidential elections in which he placed a distant second to incumbent Faure Gnassingbe.
The African Union has vowed to boost efforts to end the crisis in Libya and support a faltering UN-led peace process, the AU's Peace and Security Council chief says.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says it has received reports that some African countries are refusing entry to their own citizens returning from China in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has identified the "intractable conflicts" in Libya and South Sudan as a focus for South Africa when it will be chairing the African Union (AU) this year.
South Africa's foreign policy will place greater emphasis on the African continent, the minister said.
The African Union (AU) suspended Sudan demanding a "civilian-led transitional authority" to resolve an entrenched and bloody crisis.
An official in Burundi says the withdrawal of 1 000 Burundian soldiers from the African Union regional force in Somalia has begun.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been elected chairperson of the African Union at the continental body's summit in Ethiopia.
A statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie has been unveiled at the headquarters of the African Union.
The African Union says that it expects to send a temporary deployment of 3 000 troops to West Africa's Sahel region, where regional forces are struggling to respond to a nearly eight-year-old insurgency by armed Islamists.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has had a rough debut as chair of the African Union, even threatening to leave an ordinary session before it concluded.
The African Union gears up to send its own observer mission with cooperation from the United Nations to war-torn Libya. It also calls for an end to sanctions against Zimbabwe and Sudan.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to be a more vigilant in monitoring countries who fail to implement recommendations taken by the Africa Peer Review Mechanism.
The African Union (AU) has lifted its suspension of Sudan's membership in the bloc, ending a three-month freeze that had been in place pending the installation of a civilian-led government after the removal of long-term President Omar al-Bashir.
African nations officially launched a landmark trade agreement at the African Union summit in Niger on Sunday, with the long sought-after agreement hailed as a historic step towards "peace and prosperity" across the continent.
The African Union on Thursday criticised the military ouster of Sudan's veteran president Omar al-Bashir and called for calm and restraint.
The goal of the summit would be to set the framework for nationwide polls to take place in October.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, on Sunday passes the baton to Egypt, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the powers of the body.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that a slew of peaceful elections and truces in Africa were signs of a "wind of hope" on the continent.
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