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UN to cut 1,000 troops from Somalia force

New York - The United Nations Security Council decided Friday to cut 1,000 troops from a regional peacekeeping force in Somalia, despite a rise in attacks by the Al-Shabaab militia in Mogadishu.

AU seeks delay in final announcement of DR Congo vote results

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Thursday for the final announcement of last month's disputed presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be suspended due to "serious doubts".

AU calls for eSwatini to end ban on political parties

Mbabane - African Union election observers urged eSwatini Saturday to lift a ban on political parties and allow candidates to campaign freely in the tiny country, which went to the polls this week.

UN, AU call for transfer of power in DR Congo

New York - The top security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union on Thursday called for a peaceful transfer of power following elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

South Sudan troops suffocated 50 people in container: Monitors

Addis Ababa - South Sudan government troops killed about 50 people by stuffing them into a shipping container in baking heat, ceasefire monitors said in a report noting the latest atrocities in two years of war.

African Union buckles as Burundi force blocked by government refusal

Addis Ababa - African leaders failed on Sunday to authorise a proposed peacekeeping force to stem violence in Burundi in the face of vehement opposition from the government in Bujumbura.

UN backs Burundi force as Africa leaders debate troops

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned African leaders Saturday of the need for action in troubled Burundi at a summit aiming to end armed crises across the continent.

Burundi president vows to fight African Union peacekeepers

Nairobi - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Wednesday he would fight proposed African Union peacekeepers if they set foot on Burundian soil, defying intense global pressure to accept the force."Everybody should respect the borders of Burundi.

African Union threatens Burundi sanctions

Addis Ababa - The African Union on Wednesday threatened to sanction Burundi's rival factions if they failed to attend peace talks next month, as it pushes the government to accept a peacekeeping force.

Rwanda says won't join African Union force for Burundi

Kigali - Rwanda will not contribute troops to a peacekeeping mission in neighbouring Burundi, President Paul Kagame said, as he rejected claims his country was arming refugees as rebels.

Burundi parliament slams 'invasion' peacekeeper force

Nairobi - Burundi's parliament criticised a proposed African Union peacekeeping mission already dismissed by the government as an "invasion force".

Burundi rejects African Union peacekeepers as 'invasion force' 

Nairobi - Burundi's government said Sunday it would not agree to the deployment of African Union (AU) peacekeepers, warning that they would be seen as "an invasion force".

African Union to send 5,000-strong force to troubled Burundi

Addis Ababa - The African Union will send a 5,000 strong force to stop violence in troubled Burundi, giving Bujumbura a four-day deadline to agree but warning it would send troops anyway.

African Union agrees in principle to send troops to Burundi

Addis Ababa - The African Union has agreed to send troops to stop violence in Burundi, a senior official said Friday, after talks in which the 54-member bloc warned it would not allow "another genocide".

Burundi 'genocide' will not be allowed to happen: African Union

Addis Ababa - The African Union said violence in Burundi must end, warning it would not allow a genocide to take place, the 54-member bloc said on Thursday.

Africa blasts ICC as world crimes court members meet

Den Haag - The African Union blasted the world's only permanent war crimes court Wednesday for its unrelenting focus on the continent, as it called for a case against Kenya's deputy president to be dropped.

Burundi crisis poses 'devastating' risk for region: AU

Addis Ababa - The African Union has warned of its "deep concern" for troubled Burundi and the wider region if rivals do not resolve political differences peacefully.

Burundi crisis poses 'catastrophic' risk for region

Addis Ababa - The African Union warned Sunday of potential "catastrophic consequences" for troubled Burundi and the wider region if rivals do not resolve political differences peacefully.

Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Addis Ababa - Barack Obama condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end "the cancer of corruption", in the first ever address to the African Union by a US president.

African Union demands South Sudan sanctions, arms embargo

Addis Ababa - The African Union has demanded sanctions and an arms embargo be imposed on South Sudan's warring leaders to stem an escalation in the country's 17-month-old civil conflict.

UN chief backs regional African force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday backed an African Union proposal to send a regional force to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria, as warplanes from Chad carried out airstrikes against the Islamists.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe named new African Union chairman

Addis Ababa - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants.

African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

Addis Ababa - African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants, AU Commission Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.

Nigeria needs regional force to defeat Boko Haram

Addis Ababa - Nigeria must accept it cannot defeat Boko Haram fighters alone and work with regional armies in a new multinational force, the United Nations envoy for the Sahel region said Wednesday.

Uganda suspends officers over Somalia conduct, sex abuse

Kampala - Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army said Thursday.

UN-funded African troops raped vulnerable Somalis: HRW

Nairobi - Internationally-funded African Union troops in war-torn and impoverished Somalia have gang raped women and girls as young as 12 and traded food aid for sex, Human Rights Watch said in a report Monday.

African Union meets for Ebola crisis talks

Addis Ababa - African Union chiefs held an emergency meeting Monday to hammer out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic, which has killed over 2,000 people in west Africa.

AU hits back at 'skewed' world justice with African court

Addis Ababa - Complaining of bullying in the international justice arena, African leaders are forging ahead with plans to set up their own regional court -- and give themselves immunity in the process.
 

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