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Africa airline industry lost $55 billion from virus shutdowns

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The African Union says 'there are airlines that may not survive COVID-19'

CRUCIAL CARGO. A consignment of masks, testing kits, and protective gear, a donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, are unloaded from an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane on March 24, 2020, after it arrived in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Africa 'elbowed out' in quest for tools to fight coronavirus – AU

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:44 PM

The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr John Nkengasong, laments the continent's limited testing capacity and says other essential tools are similarly lacking

PROTECTION. In this file photo, a hygienist working with the Senegalese Ministry of health with help from The Alliance for International Medical Action, waits for his turn to take off his Personal Protective Equipment ahead of disinfecting the area housing patients infected with the COVID-19 at the Fann Hospital in Dakar on April 1, 2020. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

Coronavirus threatens nearly 20 million African jobs – study

Apr 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

An African Union study notes that countries relying heavily on tourism and oil production stand to be hit especially hard

An elderly man at a SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) pay-point in Soweto covers his mouth on March 30, 2020 while queuing. - South Africa came under a nationwide lockdown on March 27, 2020, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus across the continent. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

U.N. report calls for political mission in Darfur

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The United Nations Security Council will meet on March 26 to decide whether or not to gradually withdraw by the end of October some 7,800 troops from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur

PEACEKEEPERS. A handout picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) shows a UNAMID peacekeeper marking with branches the location of a mortar projectile recently abandoned in the Alabassi camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP), in Mellit, North Darfur, on March 25, 2014. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/AFP

AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Calls for the African Union to take action have mounted after the crackdown on June 3 on protesters who had camped outside army headquarters in Khartoum

CRACKDOWN. Members of Sudan's security forces patrol on June 6, 2019 in Khartoum. AFP PHOTO

African summit urges Sudan 'democratic transition' within 3 months – Egypt

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:56 PM

African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo agree on 'the need for more time' for Sudanese authorities and political actors 'to implement peaceful, organized and democratic transition measures'

AFRICAN SUMMIT. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency on April 23, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) hosting African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, in the Egyptian capital Cairo. AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) 'The principle of African solutions to African problems is the only way to deal with common challenges facing us,' Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says in his opening remarks

ABDEL FATTAH AL-SISI. Egyptian President and African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi give a joint press conference with the Ivorian president at the presidential palace in Abidjan, on April 11. Photo by Issoue Sanogo/AFP

Central Africa peace deal calls for truth commission, joint patrols

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The accord is the eighth attempt in nearly 6 years to forge peace in the war-ravaged country, where human rights groups have documented a long list of murders, extra-judicial killings, torture and rape

PEACE DEAL. A participant signs the so-called 'Khartoum Agreement' peace agreement during a ceremony in Bangui on February, 6, 2019. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Central African peace deal still not fully signed – minister

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'There are still 3 signatures' needed, government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui says, without identifying the individuals or their affiliation

PEACE DEAL. Central African president Faustin-Archange Touadera (L) and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attend the inking of a peace deal between the government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups in Khartoum on February 05, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Central Africa government inks peace deal with militias

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:12 PM

The accord is initialled by President Faustin Archange Touadera for the CAR government and representatives of militias which control most of the chronically-troubled country

NEW PEACE ACCORD. In this file photo, the President of Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

DR Congo court confirms Tshisekedi winner of disputed presidential election

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Constitutional Court says Felix Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from longterm leader Joseph Kabila

WINNER. In this file photo, presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo court to rule on disputed poll, snubbing African Union

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The dispute over the December 30 presidential vote has raised fears that the political crisis could turn into a bloodbath

DISPUTED POLLS. A supporter of Felix Tshisekedi, DR Congo's opposition politician declared winner of the December's presidential poll, demonstrates in the streets of Kinshasa on January 19, 2019 as they wait for an expected ruling in a case of another opposition candidate challenging the controversial result announced by the Commission electorale nationale independante (CENI). Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

44 African nations sign pact establishing free trade area – African Union

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:35 PM

'The agreement establishing the CFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) was signed by 44 countries,' says Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the AU commission

FREE TRADE AREA. Photo from Twitter account of Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Trump says U.S. 'deeply respects' Africa in letter to African Union

Jan 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

The letter was not made public, but Chris Meade, a diplomat with the US delegation to the AU, confirms its existence

cREMARKS. President Trump came under fire after calling several African countries "shithole countries" during immigration talks. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Africans outraged over 'racist' Trump remarks

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The comments were 'clearly' racist, Ebba Kalondo, the spokewoman for African Union chief Moussa Faki says, but stressed the US was 'much stronger than the sum total of one man'

DONALD TRUMP. This file photo taken on January 10, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Europe-Africa summit aims for evacuation of 3,800 migrants risking abuse

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:33 AM

A top African Union official says there could be as many as 700,000 Africans stranded in Libya, where many have suffered atrocities and even been sold into slavery

A migrant holds his head as he stands in a packed room at the Tariq Al-Matar detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli on November 27, 2017. Photo by Taha Jawashi/AFP

Libya slavery scandal overshadows EU-Africa summit

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:19 AM

The summit comes just two weeks after US network CNN aired footage of black Africans sold as slaves in Libya, sparking outrage around the world

SUMMIT PREPS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) arrives to greet Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara (2L) and Guinea's President and African Union (AU) chairman Alpha Conde (2R) next to African Union (AU) Commission chairman Moussa Faki (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk during the 5th African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, on November 29, 2017. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

African Union calls for Libya 'slave market' probe

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400

International quartet backs Libya's unity government

Mar 19, 2017 - 1:02 AM

The Cairo meeting by representatives of the United Nations European Union Arab League and African Union comes a day after gunmen opened fire at demonstrators protesting against militias in Libya s capital

African Union re-admits Morocco after 33-year absence

Jan 31, 2017 - 8:55 AM

This despite stiff resistance from some member states over the status of Western Sahara

Delegates arriving to attend the 28th African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit are pictured against a background of the AU headquarters prior to the opening ceremony on January 30, 2017 in Addis Ababa.  Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

African troops on standby as Gambia deadline passes

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

UPDATED Jammeh was given a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action but diplomats say he remained in The Gambia by 2330 GMT

EVACUATION. Tourists prepare to leave their hotel in Banjul on January 18, 2017 after the British Government changed the travel advisory for Gambia to amber due to the state of emergency issued by Gambian President Jammeh. Stringer/AFP

Gambia's president declares state of emergency

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declares a state of emergency just two days before he is due to step down

This file photo taken on March 28, 2014 shows outgoing President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia attending the 44th summit of the 15-nation west African bloc ECOWAS at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation in Yamoussoukro. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

South Sudan struggles to avert 'catastrophe'

Jul 18, 2016 - 11:12 AM

The violence which dominated an African Union summit on Sunday July 17 is the latest in a war that broke out in December 2013

A picture taken on July 16, 2016 in Juba shows a row of numbered body bags with the remains of victims of the past days violence waiting to be collected by a South Sudanese team of the ICRC (International Red Cross Committee). Charles Atiki Lomodong/AFP

South Sudan violence tops African Union summit agenda

Jul 17, 2016 - 10:14 AM

South Sudan is just one of the crises shaking the continent that African leaders will address during the summit

Politicians attend a meeting of the African Union's (AU) economic development program New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) on July 16, 2016 at the Kigali Convention Center during the 27th AU Summit. Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

Seychelles decriminalizes gay sex

May 19, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Seychelles which belongs to the 54 member African Union bloc becomes one of the very few AU members to allow homosexuality

The President of the Seychelles, James Michel addresses a meeting on December 18, 2015 in Victoria, Seychelles.   Votes are counted in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles with incumbent president James Michel facing the first serious challenge to his decade-long rule. / AFP PHOTO / RASSIN VANNIER

More help needed to defeat Boko Haram, rebuild, summit told

May 15, 2016 - 8:29 AM

The final communique in the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja says a global approach is required comprising hard and soft power to end the threat

COUNTERING EXTREMISM. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja on May 14, 2016. Photo by Stephanie De Sakutin/ Pool/ AFP

UN, France vow zero impunity in C. Africa sex abuse scandal

Apr 02, 2016 - 12:20 PM

We cannot – and I cannot – accept the slightest stain on the reputation of our armed forces or of France says French President Francois Hollande

FRENCH FORCES. In this file photo, French President Francois Hollande (2-R), French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) inspect arms confiscated from ex-Seleka rebels and Anti-balaka militia by the French military of operation Sangaris at a French military base in Bangui in Bangui, Central African Republic, February 28, 2014 File photo by Sia Kambou/EPA

'More than 150' Shebab fighters killed in US strike in Somalia

Mar 08, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis says the strike occurred Saturday March 5 on a camp called Raso about 120 miles 195 kilometers north of Mogadishu

Somali, AU troops retake key port from Shebab – army, witnesses

Feb 06, 2016 - 7:37 PM

UPDATED Several Shebab fighters and one Somali soldier are killed in the clashes in the city of Merka says a Somali military official

Islamist Shebab fighters seize Somali port: governor

Feb 05, 2016 - 8:33 PM

The historic port captured in August 2012 by African Union troops is one of the first major towns the Shebab have seized back and it gives them access to a sea port again

South Sudan troops 'suffocated 50 people in container' – report

Feb 01, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Ceasefire monitors also list other truce violations and crimes including rape

Internally displaced women and children wait for their food ration after an humanitarian airdrop by World Food Programme (WFP) in a small locality in Mayendit County of Unity State on July 25, 2015. Mayendit county was projected to be in phase 4 (Emergency) between May and July according to the integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report which was released in May 2015. It was also one of the areas which saw fighting and displacements in recent months. AFP PHOTO / CHARLES LOMODONG / AFP / CHARLES LOMODONG

UN backs Burundi force as Africa leaders debate on troops

Jan 30, 2016 - 10:16 PM

Chad s leader Idriss Deby the new African Union chairman also tells fellow presidents that conflicts across the continent had to end

EFFORTS FOR PEACE. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaks at the 26th presidential summit of the African Union on January 30, 2016, at the organization's headquarters in Addis Ababa. Tony Karumba/AFP

UN council makes little headway in Burundi crisis talks

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Burundi has been gripped by violence since April and more than 400 people have died since then and at least 230 000 have fled the country

Burundi rebels announce force to oust president

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:23 PM

This comes amid mounting regional pressure on the government to accept African Union peacekeepers which it calls an invasion force

Burundi rejects African Union peacekeepers as 'invasion force'

Dec 20, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The Burundi government so far dismissed proposals for any peacekeeping force on its territory

How the EU plans to tackle the migrant crisis

Sep 25, 2015 - 2:42 PM

There are plans to set up reception centers to separate genuine refugees fleeing war from economic migrants who will be sent back home

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant holds his child and looks for relatives in front of the train heading for the Serbian border, near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, September 23, 2015. File photo by Georgi Licovski/EPA

African Union suspends Burkina Faso and slaps sanctions on coup junta

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:03 AM

UPDATED The 54 member bloc imposes a travel ban and asset freeze on the junta s leaders

SANCTIONED. A sign reads, 'Collective against the confiscation of democracy in Burkina Faso' gather to protest against the military coup in Burkina Faso, which halted preparations for the west African nation's first democratic election, on September 18, 2015, outside the nation's embassy in Paris. Photo by Francois Guillot/AFP

South Sudan's Kiir signs peace deal despite doubts

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The signing ceremony is held in the capital Juba under the threat of UN sanctions if Kiir fails to put his name to the accord

In this file photo, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (L) looks on during a peace meeting held with regional leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 10, 2014. Daniel Getachew/EPA

No South Sudan peace but president dodges sanctions for now

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED South Sudan s government refuse to sign a peace deal with rebels despite the threat of international sanctions but will return to finalize an agreement within 15 days

MEETING FOR PEACE. Rebel chief Riek Machar (L) and South Sudan's President (C) attend peace deal talks in Addis Ababa on August 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Obama says the rest of the world also needs to change its approach to Africa by boosting fair trade and not just providing aid handouts

TALKING TO AFRICA. US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015. Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama challenges Ethiopia on democracy but praises Shebab fight

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Rights groups have complained that Obama s visit to Addis Ababa could add credibility to a government they accuse of suppressing democratic rights

CHALLENGE TO ETHIOPIA. US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (not pictured) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 27, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Obama in Ethiopia, focus on South Sudan peace bid

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:13 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama heads to Ethiopia the first American president to visit Africa s second most populous nation and a key but much maligned ally in the fight against terrorism

OBAMA IN KENYA. US President Barack Obama smiles during the official opening of the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Somalia's Shebab kill at least 6 in Mogadishu hotel car bombing

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:35 AM

The suicide attack the latest in a string of bomb blasts and killings in the war torn Horn of Africa nation comes as US President Barack Obama left neighboring Kenya and headed to Ethiopia

GUTTED. Somali security officers gather around Jazeera Palace Hotel which was attacked by Islamist militant group Shebab in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 26, 2015. Said Yusuf Warsame/EPA

Obama in Kenya for security, human rights talks

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Excitement has been building in Kenya for weeks with the visit seen as a major boost for the east African nation s position as a regional hub

FIRST VISIT. US President Barack Obama waves after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

African Union deploys military and rights observers to Burundi

Jul 22, 2015 - 10:02 PM

The AU teams are aimed to prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi and to facilitate the completion of efforts to resolve the serious crisis in the country

Senegal tries Chad dictator in test for African justice

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Once dubbed Africa s Pinochet 72 year old Hissene Habre has been in custody in Dakar since his arrest in June 2013

DEFIANT. Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre (C) reacts as he is escorted in to stand trial by Senegalese police at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, July 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Senegal to stage 'historic' trial of Chadian former despot Habre

Jul 19, 2015 - 11:56 AM

The landmark trial will set a historic precedent as until now African leaders accused of atrocities have been tried in international courts

DICTATOR. This is a portrait of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Obama to visit Ethiopia, African Union in July

Jun 20, 2015 - 7:28 AM

US President Barack Obama s trip to Addis Ababa will come directly after an already announced trip to Kenya his first as president to his father s homeland

VISITING ETHIOPIA. US President Barack Obama, the first American chief executive with an African parent, is set to visit Ethiopia in July. File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

Sudan's Bashir flies out of South Africa, defying court order

Jun 16, 2015 - 8:16 AM

The International Criminal Court ICC said it is disappointed at South Africa s failure to heed its calls to detain Bashir on long standing arrest warrants over the Darfur conflict

BACK HOME. Supporters of Omar al-Bashir cheer as the President returns from South Africa to Khartoum, Sudan, June 15, 2015.  Marwan Ali/EPA

Burundi focus of talks as African leaders meet

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:53 PM

African leaders will talk about the political unrest in Burundi and the regional migration crisis at an African Union summit