AFRICAN UNION

  • Egypt: Huge crowds rally in Cairo, political process blocked July 8, 2013

    Cairo: Thousands of supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi protested outside his place of detention in Cairo on Sunday while a militarydriven plan to resolve the political crisis remained mired in mistrust and confusion. Demonstrators at the Republican Guard barracks, where three people were killed on Friday, shouted "Morsi,...
  • Rights groups decry Egyptian media crackdown July 5, 2013

    Cairo: Egyptian authorities shut down four Islamist TV stations, banned the Muslim Brotherhood's newspaper and raided the office of AlJazeera's Egypt affiliate in crackdown on media considered sympathetic to ousted President Mohammed Morsi, bringing an outcry Thursday from rights groups. Rights groups said the moves appeared to be an attempt to...
  • African Union to meet on Egypt political crisis July 5, 2013

    Addis Ababa: The African Union says the removal of Egypt's president was in violation of the country's constitution. The continental body said late Thursday that the removal of President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday falls under the AU doctrine on unconstitutional changes of government. The AU usually suspends the membership of countries...
  • India will remain trusted partner of Africa, says Ansari May 27, 2013

    Addis Ababa: India will remain a trusted partner of Africa, working with it for the "economic and social empowerment" of its people, Vice President Hamid Ansari said in Addis Ababa on Sunday. "Our approach is not intrusive and nonprescriptive but consultative and above all, responsive to Africa's assessment of its...
  • South Sudan joins African Union as 54th member July 29, 2011

    Johannesburg: The African Union (AU) has admitted South Sudan as its 54th member, marking another recognition for the world's newest nation. The African Union said it received the requisite number of written communications, including from Sudan, supporting the admission of South Sudan to the continental body as the 54th AU Member...
  • PM congratulates people of South Sudan July 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday greeted the people of South Sudan on their proclamation of independence and extended all possible assistance from India. In a letter to President General Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, he also applauded the new nation s commitment...
  • Somalia: AU force on alert after minister killed June 11, 2011

    Mogadishu: A spokesman for African Union peacekeepers backing Somalia's fragile government says his forces are on high alert a day after a suspected female suicide bomber killed the country's interior minister. Maj Paddy Ankunda said on Saturday that the AU force is on alert after alQaidalinked militants of alShabab vowed to...
  • China calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya June 9, 2011

    Beijing: China on Wednesday called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and the initiation of political measures to resolve the crisis in the country, Xinhua reported. "It is a top priority for related parties to reach a ceasefire to avoid greater humanitarian disasters and solve the Libya crisis through political means...
  • Gaddafi ready for truce: South African president May 31, 2011

    Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in his country, visiting South African president said on Monday after meeting the Libyan ruler, but he listed familiar Gaddafi conditions that have scuttled previous ceasefire efforts. The South African president. Jacob Zuma, said Gaddafi is ready to accept...
  • African Union says Libya accepts ceasefire plan April 11, 2011

    Tripoli: A delegation of African leaders said on Sunday that their Libyan counterpart, Muammar Gaddafi, accepted their "road map" for a ceasefire with rebels, whom they will meet on Monday. They met hours after NATO airstrikes battered Gaddafi's tanks, helping Libyan rebels push back government troops who had been advancing quickly...
  • Militants storm hotel, kill 15 MPs in Somalia August 24, 2010

    Mogadishu: Somali gunmen disguised in army uniforms stormed a hotel popular with government officials on Tuesday and a legislator said at least 15 parliamentarians were killed. Hardline al Shabaab Islamists linked to al Qaeda have waged a threeyear insurgency against the fragile Westernbacked government and control most of Mogadishu. There was...
  • Former UN secygen, Annan to mediate in Kenya January 11, 2008

    New Delhi: Kofi Annan will leave to Kenya to mediate the crisis between the rival parties after President John Kufuor of Ghana failed to do so. The African Union has decided to send the former UN General Secretary to solve the Kenyan crisis and broker a truce between the government...