African Union summit focuses on ‘Silencing the Guns’

African Union summit focuses on ‘Silencing the Guns’

The African Union has long held a goal of establishing peace and security on the continent by 2020, though clearly the AU has fallen short of its worthy ambitions. Leaders attending the AU Summit in Addis Ababa have not forgotten, with “Silencing the Guns” as the central theme of the…

Somalia responds to Mogadishu terror attack

Somalia responds to Mogadishu terror attack

The death toll in Mogadishu stands at 90 following a truck bomb attack in Mogadishu, likely the work of al Shabaab extremists in what is the latest in a string of terror attacks that have rocked Somalia’s capital for years. The explosion happened Saturday morning on a busy street crowded…

Niger’s Issoufou returns home after 70 fighters die at Inates

Niger’s Issoufou returns home after 70 fighters die at Inates

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, attending the Aswan Forum on African peace and security, has instead returned from Egypt to Niamey to deal with one of the worst extremist attacks on the nation’s military in modern history. Some 71 Nigerien fighters were killed at a military camp near Inates on Tuesday,…

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AU leaders, EU press for partnership in Vienna

African Union leaders in Vienna to attend the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe on Tuesday urged their European counterparts to view African nations as equals as they move forward on technology, trade and other key issues. Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the AU Commission, delivered forceful remarks that highlighted the continent’s expectations…

AU calls for calm in Gabon over interim Bongo replacement

The head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said Saturday that he is deeply concerned about instability in the West African nation of Gabon as its leader remains hospitalized. Faki, alongside AU President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, wished President Ali Bongo a full recovery in an announcement made…

African Union approves $681.5 million 2019 budget

The African Union has approved a USD$681.5 million budget for 2019 during its extraordinary summit in Addis Ababa, which began Wednesday. The details include $273.3 million for financing the peacekeeping budget, with another $249.8 million to the AU program budget and $158.5 million for the operational budget. There are now…

SA diplomat in Western Sahara for talks on Sahrawi issue

South Africa’s deputy foreign minister met with the prime minister of Western Sahara on Sunday as part of a four-day visit to the long-disputed government seeking independence from Morocco. The visit by Llewellyn Landers aims to deepen diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), according to…

Turkey-Africa Economy and Business Forum set for Istanbul

Turkey is set to welcome ministers and business representatives from 49 African countries as the two-day Turkey-Africa Economy and Business Forum begins in Istanbul on Wednesday. This year’s forum is jointly organized by the African Union Commission, the Turkish Ministry of Commerce and Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK). Participants…

The Tillerson farewell: Does U.S. even care about Africa?

Former United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Nigeria and landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C. shortly after 4 a.m. local time on Tuesday. He cut short a high-visibility trip to five African nations, meant to assure African partners that the U.S. is committed to their…

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Lavrov: Russia supports AU call for UN Security Council reforms

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his nation supports United Nations Security Council reforms that would expand representation of nations in the developing world, including Africans. His remarks came alongside Moussa Faki Mahamat, head of the African Union (AU) Commission, during a press conference following Lavrov’s visit to AU headquarters…