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Landmark trade deal tops African Union summit agenda

Niamey - Heads of state will meet for an African Union (AU) summit in Niger Sunday to usher in a landmark free trade agreement and consider looming security and migration crises.

Sudan generals say AU, Ethiopian plan basis for talks with protesters

Khartoum - Sudan's ruling generals said Friday that a new, joint proposal drafted by Ethiopia and the African Union could be a base to resume negotiations with protesters on forming a transitional administration.

AU leaders agree reforms to reduce donor dependence

Addis Ababa - African Union leaders on Sunday finally agreed measures compelling members states to pay their dues as part of a drive to reform a body often seen as toothless and donor-dependent.

Kagame highlights reform 'urgency' at special AU summit

Addis Ababa - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Saturday urged African heads of state to come to an agreement on long-debated reforms to their continental body at a special summit in the Ethiopian capital.

UN-AU envoy urges 'stern action' against Darfur rebel chief

New York - A special envoy urged the UN Security Council on Monday to consider "stern action" against rebel chief Abdul Wahid Nur for resisting efforts to bring peace to Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

C.Africa armed groups present peace demands to AU panel

Libreville - Armed groups in the Central African Republic have presented nearly 100 demands, including a general amnesty, to an African Union expert panel seeking to broker peace in the country.

Factfile on G5 Sahel force

Bamako - Following is a factfile on the G5 Sahel anti-terror force:- What is it?

AU launches ambitious bid for world's largest free trade area

Addis Ababa - Africa's leaders will gather in Rwanda Wednesday to launch what they say will be the world's largest free trade area but Nigeria has already pulled out, highlighting the challenge in getting the continent to sign up.

Nigeria skips African summit in blow to free trade deal

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will not attend the African Union summit in Rwanda this week, an official statement said Sunday, in a blow to plans to launch a major free trade treaty across 54 countries.

Africa, US move on from 'shithole' remarks as Tillerson starts tour

Addis Ababa - Washington's top diplomat began his first Africa tour Thursday by meeting with the African Union chief, who said the continent had moved on from a reported insult by President Donald Trump.

AU chief meets Tillerson, says Trump slur 'in the past'

Addis Ababa - Washington's top diplomat began his first Africa tour Thursday by meeting with the African Union chief, who said the continent had moved on from a reported insult by President Donald Trump.

Trump says US 'deeply respects' Africa in letter to AU

Addis Ababa - President Donald Trump said the United States "deeply respects" Africans and will dispatch its top diplomat to the continent, in a letter to African leaders seen by AFP on Sunday.

6,000 IS jihadists could return to Africa, AU warns

Alger - Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

Tall order to repatriate distressed migrants from Libya

Grand-bassam - European and African leaders have set themselves a tall order to stamp out horrific abuse of African migrants in Libya, where thousands are suffering in a vast, lawless territory.

AU, EU summit winds up after anti-slavery initiative

Abidjan - A summit gathering European and African leaders from more than 80 countries drew to a close Thursday with plans for the immediate evacuation of some 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya.

Libya allows emergency migrant 'evacuations' amid slave scandal

Abidjan - Libya agreed Wednesday with EU and African leaders to allow migrants facing abuse in detention camps to be evacuated within days or weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron said.

Libya allows emergency migrant 'evacuations' after slavery uproar

Abidjan - Libya agreed Wednesday with key EU and African leaders to allow migrants facing abuse in detention camps to be evacuated within days or weeks, mostly to their home countries, French President Emmanuel Macron said.

AU to reduce troops in Somalia by 1,000 this year

Nairobi - The African Union's mission in Somalia has said it will withdraw 1,000 troops fighting jihadists in the country this year, as part of plans to pull out all soldiers by December 2020.

Moo-gabe's gift: Zimbabwe leader sells cows to fund AU

Addis Ababa - As the African Union struggles to get members to pay dues, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe took the bull by the horns and sold his own cattle for a sizeable donation to the body.

German FM says Libya camps no solution to migrant woes

Addis Ababa - Germany will not back a proposal establishing camps in Libya to corral migrants heading for Europe, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday at the African Union's headquarters.

Chad's Hissene Habre awaits appeal verdict for war crimes

Dakar - Chad's former president Hissene Habre will Thursday hear the final decision on an appeal against a life sentence for war crimes, crimes against humanity and rape, following his landmark conviction last year.

Morocco's king hails 'return home' to AU after 33 years

Addis Ababa - "I am finally home," King Mohammed VI said Tuesday as the African Union readmitted Morocco after a 33-year absence, deferring the issue of Western Sahara for another day.

African Union re-admits Morocco after 33-year absence

Addis Ababa - The African Union decided Monday to allow Morocco back in the fold after a 33-year absence, despite stiff resistance from some member states over the status of Western Sahara.

Chad's foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat named AU chief

Addis Ababa - Chad's foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was named Monday as the new AU Commission chairperson, beating four others to succeed South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, diplomats told AFP.

UN chief slams border closures in 'developed countries'

Addis Ababa - UN chief Antonio Guterres criticised Monday the closure of borders "even in the most developed countries in the world", after US President Donald Trump slapped a ban on travellers from seven Muslim countries.

African Union to debate Morocco's bid to rejoin bloc

Addis Ababa - African Union leaders meet Monday for a summit that has exposed regional divisions as they mull whether to allow Morocco to rejoin the bloc, and vote for a new chairperson.

AU asks Gambian President Jammeh to step down

Nairobi - The African Union (AU) Friday urged Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh to respect last month's election results and quit power peacefully, warning of "serious consequences" if his actions cause a crisis.

Morocco king seeks support for AU bid in east Africa

Kigali - Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Wednesday began a tour of east Africa to shore up support for a historic bid to rejoin the African Union after more than three decades.

Ugandan AU soldiers convicted for running fuel racket

Kanpala - Nine Ugandan soldiers have been jailed for illegally selling fuel meant for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), an army spokesman said Wednesday.

Sudan rebels sign AU-brokered peace roadmap

Khartoum - Prominent Sudanese rebel groups said Tuesday they have signed a roadmap brokered by African Union mediators to end deadly conflicts in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions.
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