Withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from Somalia begins
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Burundi says the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from the African Union regional force in Somalia has begun.
Egypt’s el- Sisi elected new chairman of African Union
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been elected chairman of the African Union at the continental body's summit in Ethiopia.
Also at the African Union meeting Sunday, a statue of Ethiopia's last emperor was unveiled. Afterward a scuffle erupted between security guards for some African leaders and African Union guards, causing a delay in the entry procession of the heads of state into the main meeting.
African leaders unveil statue of Ethiopia’s last emperor
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haileselassie has been unveiled at the headquarters of the African Union on Sunday.
The statue is the second to be erected inside the continental body's offices in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, after one of Ghana's first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, who championed pan-Africanism.
Several African leaders at the current African Union summit and relatives of the emperor attended the statue unveiling ceremony.
EU, AU urge Congo leader to unite country after tense polls
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and African Union on Tuesday committed to work closely with Congo's president-elect Felix Tshisekedi, backing off reservations about the disputed vote.
Speaking after a meeting of EU-AU government ministers, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Tshisekedi, the son of the late opposition leader Etienne, to help heal divisions in the turbulent central African country. He faces inauguration on Thursday.
The Latest: AU ‘postpones’ urgent trip to Congo over vote
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's election results (all times local):
The African Union says it has "postponed" its urgent mission to Congo planned for Monday after the country's Constitutional Court did not heed its unprecedented request to delay the final results of the disputed presidential election.
The AU Commission statement notably does not name or congratulate the declared winner, Felix Tshisekedi. It merely "takes note" of the court's decision.
Ethiopia readies ‘massive offensive’ on al-Shabab in Somalia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian National Defense Force on Saturday confirmed an ambush by al-Shabab extremists on an Ethiopian peacekeeping convoy in neighboring Somalia and said Ethiopian forces are preparing a "massive offensive" in response.
The statement rejected an al-Shabab claim that several Ethiopian troops were killed.
Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule on a challenge to the presidential election, with the government on Friday dismissing an unprecedented request by the African Union continental body to delay releasing the final results because of "serious doubts" about the vote.
The Latest: UN: 34 killed in Congo since vote results issued
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's disputed presidential election (all times local):
The U.N. human rights office says at least 34 people have been killed in Congo since disputed provisional election results were announced on Jan. 10.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani tells reporters in Geneva that the U.N. rights office in Congo also has documented 59 people wounded in that time, along with 241 "arbitrary arrests."
African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing "serious doubts."
The Latest: AU urges Congo to suspend final election results
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's disputed presidential election (all times local):
An African Union statement backed by heads of state is calling on Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final presidential election results because of "serious doubts" about the vote.
Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seized
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials said at least eight people have been killed so far as angry supporters take to the streets and clash with police.
Top al-Shabab defector-turned-Somalia candidate is arrested
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The former No. 2 leader of Somalia's al-Shabab extremist group, who is now a top candidate in a regional election next week, was arrested on Thursday, prompting violent protests in which four people were killed, officials said.
African Union urges EU to lift sanctions on Congo candidate
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African Union Peace and Security Council is urging the European Union to lift sanctions on Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor less than a month before a historic election.
Ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary was sanctioned by the EU last year for obstructing the electoral process and related human rights violations.
Sexual harassment widespread at African Union, inquiry says
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An internal investigation into sexual harassment claims at the African Union has found widespread reports of mistreatment of women, especially interns, youth volunteers and short-term staffers who are "exploited for sex in exchange for jobs."
The continental body will create a sexual harassment policy in response, a statement released late Thursday said, pointing out that the lack of a policy kept people from reporting mistreatment.
African Union force says key al-Shabab commander killed
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A "chief finance controller" for the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group has been killed after an ambush on a meeting of its fighters in southern Somalia, the African Union peacekeeping mission announced Thursday.
The unnamed commander, the head of tax collection in Lower Shabelle region, was killed on Monday in the town of Bariire, the AU mission said.
UN-AU envoy urges UN to consider action against Sudan rebel
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The joint U.N.-African Union envoy for Darfur urged the Security Council on Monday to consider "stern measures" — likely sanctions — against Sudan Liberation Army founder Abdul Wahid Elnur, who has refused to join the peace process.
Jeremiah Mamabolo told the Security Council that "from all accounts, he prefers belligerence and armed struggle to cessation of hostilities and a political process" and "it is highly unlikely that he would change this position any time soon."
UN delays troop reduction in Somalia force
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted Monday to delay the reduction of troops in the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia from October to February and its target date for Somali forces to take the lead in the country's security to December 2021.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday that will dramatically cut the United Nations-African Union military force in Sudan's vast western Darfur region by more than half in response to reduced fighting and improved security conditions.
The resolution adopted by a vote of 15-0 also looks ahead to "the eventual exit" of the joint force known as UNAMID.
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — African heads of state have pledged to coordinate efforts to improve the continent's security and defeat jihadist organizations, particularly in Nigeria and the Sahel region, during talks Monday at the 31st African Union summit held in Mauritania's capital.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Nouakchott Monday to discuss the battle against Islamic extremism and ways to finance counterterrorism and peacekeeping operations.
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Thirty African leaders began a closed-door meeting Sunday to discuss ways to fight extremism and corruption at the 31st African Union summit being held in Mauritania's capital.
As the meeting is being held, neighboring Mali has had three extremist attacks on military targets in three days.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Monday the situation in Sudan's troubled Darfur region "has changed radically for the better" and the United Nations and the African Union are recommending new sharp cuts in their joint security force.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A bomb exploded at a packed football stadium in southern Somalia and killed five spectators while wounding several others, police said Thursday evening.
The Somalia-based, al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion in the port town of Barawe. Witnesses said the bomb had been buried in the sandy stadium and went off during the local-level match.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic extremists on Sunday launched an attack on a base for African Union troops in the country's south, killing four Ugandan peacekeepers, said Ugandan army spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire.
Four other Ugandans were injured, Karemire told The Associated Press. At least 22 of the attackers were killed and the rest were repelled, he said.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat and a top African official tried Thursday to move past President Donald Trump's slur about Africa, deeming it a closed matter that need not be revisited.
"I believe that this incident is of the past," African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki said at a news conference with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Ugandan peacekeepers said to kill 2 Somali soldiers
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says two Somali soldiers were killed in a confrontation with African Union peacekeepers from Uganda.
Col. Ahmed Mohamed says the firefight occurred when the AU troops tried to force their way through a security checkpoint manned by Somali soldiers.
He says the confrontation occurred in the capital, Mogadishu, after two deadly explosions rocked the city on Friday evening.
China, African Union deny report bloc’s building was bugged
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and African officials on Thursday denounced a report alleging Chinese construction workers bugged the African Union headquarters, suggesting it was a ploy to destabilize relations.
African Union chairman Moussa Faki told reporters in Beijing he didn't believe China would spy on the bloc's headquarters in Addis Ababa.
The allegations are "all lies," Faki said after meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
African leaders nearly demanded public apology from Trump
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders this week came close to demanding that President Donald Trump publicly apologize for his vulgar remark about the continent "that defies all forms of diplomatic etiquette," according to a draft declaration obtained by The Associated Press.
The draft, created during an African Union summit on Sunday and Monday, says heads of state and government are "deeply appalled" by Trump's reported comparison of African countries to a dirty toilet.
Africa’s leaders choose diplomacy to Trump’s toilet remarks
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The 55-nation African Union appears to have decided to react diplomatically and strategically to President Donald Trump's alleged vulgar remarks about the continent.
Rather than issuing an angry condemnation of Trump's reported comments in which he likened Africa to a filthy toilet, the African Union may decide to follow the advice of its new chairman, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, to deal with the U.S. president as the leader of a country elected by his people.
UN chief met Sudan’s president who is accused of genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met with Sudan's president, who is accused of genocide by the International Criminal Court, on the sidelines of the African Union summit on grounds of "operational necessity," the United Nations said Monday.
UN, African Union leaders praise international cooperation
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The leaders of the United Nations and the African Union urged stronger international cooperation at the opening Sunday of the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Trump letter to African leaders: Tillerson to make 1st visit
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Donald Trump in a new letter to African leaders says he "deeply respects" the people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an "extended visit" to the continent in March, his first in that role.
The letter dated Thursday is addressed to African leaders as they gather for an African Union summit this weekend in Ethiopia's capital.
Urgent help sought for AU force’s planned Somalia withdrawal
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union mission in Somalia's planned withdrawal of 21,000 troops from the extremist-threatened Horn of Africa nation by 2020 cannot be met without urgent help from the international community, the mission's chief said Saturday.
In an interview, Francisco Madeira told The Associated Press he fears all gains made in the past decade could be lost in an abrupt departure.
Trump praises African leader after White House dustup
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to mend relations Friday with a key African leader in the aftermath of his controversial comments about African nations, praising the U.S. partnership with Rwanda along the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum.
Africa cannot keep quiet about ‘shocking’ Trump remark
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Africa's leaders cannot stay silent after President Donald Trump's vulgar remarks about African countries and Haiti, the chairman of the African Union Commission said Thursday, a day before Trump was set to meet with Rwanda's president.
Moussa Faki Mahamat told African foreign ministers ahead of an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital that many are still digesting Trump's comment that the continent's countries are like a filthy toilet.
The Latest: US embassy tries to calm Africa’s Trump outrage
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's comments on Africa and Haiti (all times local):
The U.S. Embassy in South Africa says the United States "deeply respects the people of Africa" as President Donald Trump's remark about immigrants from Africa causes outrage across the continent.
The U.S. embassy says on Twitter "there has been no change in our dedication to partners and friends across the continent."
South Sudan’s warring sides warned by UN, AU: Stop fighting
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The heads of the United Nations and African Union are warning South Sudan's warring sides to immediately stop violating a cease-fire or face "consequences."
The joint statement by Antonio Guterres and Moussa Faki Mahamat comes after South Sudan's government and armed opposition traded multiple accusations of attacks since the cease-fire came into effect on Dec. 24.
The Latest: South Africa leader doesn’t endorse a successor
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's ruling party meeting (all times local):
South Africa's president says he has met with all of the candidates to succeed him as ruling party leader and that all agreed to abide by the choice made by thousands of delegates this weekend.
President Jacob Zuma spoke after warnings that the decision could split the African National Congress. The new party leader is expected to become South Africa's next president in the 2019 elections.
Dozens of Ugandan troops withdrawn from Somalia duty
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military has begun withdrawing dozens of its troops from a regional force in Somalia, a military official said Thursday, marking the beginning of the end of an African Union team that has battled violent Islamic extremists.
Some 281 troops will leave Somalia by Dec. 31, said Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, deputy spokesman for the Ugandan military.
A borderless Africa? Some countries open doors, raise hopes
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — For years African leaders have toyed with the idea of free movement by citizens across the continent, even raising the possibility of a single African passport.
Now some African countries are taking bold steps to encourage borderless travel that could spur trade and economic growth on a continent in desperate need of both.
AU to help evacuate 15,000 migrants from Libya this year
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The African Union and member states will repatriate more than 15,000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year amid outrage over recent footage that showed migrants being auctioned off as slaves, the AU's deputy chairman said Tuesday.
A recently launched initiative aimed at ending HIV/AIDS, as a public health crisis in Africa, could be a catalyst to trigger discussions about HIV in the African-American and African diaspora communities in the United States.
Between 400,000 and 700,000 African migrants in Libya: AU
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Between 400,000 and 700,000 African migrants are living in camps in Libya, often under "inhuman" conditions, the chairman of the African Union Commission said Thursday at the close of a summit of European and African leaders.
The Latest: Nigeria begins repatriating hundreds of migrants
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The Latest on the European Union-African Union summit (all times local):
Nigeria's government says it has already begun repatriating hundreds of migrants who had been stranded in Libya, with the help of international migration authorities.
The government said on Twitter that 242 Nigerian migrants returned home on Tuesday and that more than 4,000 who had been stranded in Libya have "safely retuned home" this year.
Rwanda is offering refuge to enslaved African migrants trapped in Libya, following a CNN investigation.
A CNN team traveled to Libya and witnessed a dozen men being sold for as little as $400 each.
The Latest: African Union backs regional efforts in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):
The head of the African Union Commission is backing efforts by the Southern African Development Community to resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe.
Moussa Faki Mahamat tells The Associated Press that the AU is working with the regional group. He says he believes a solution will be found that's within "constitutional legality."
African Union force begins troop withdrawal from Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The African Union says it has begun its withdrawal from Somalia and will cut 1,000 troops by the end of this year as security responsibilities start to shift to the local military.
The continental body said Tuesday that the move comes at a critical time, less than a month after the country's worst attack killed more than 350 people. The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group has been blamed.
Thousands of Ethiopia troops enter Somalia to hunt al-Shabab
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Thousands of Ethiopian troops have crossed into Somalia to join a large-scale offensive against al-Shabab extremists just weeks after Somalia's worst attack left more than 350 people dead, border residents said Thursday.
Somalia's president, vowing a "state of war," has visited countries in the region to seek more military support since the massive truck bombing Oct. 14 in the capital, Mogadishu.
Morocco holds regional meeting on migration
SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is hosting a regional meeting on migration aiming at developing an African agenda on the issue.
The three-day meeting gathers representatives of African states, the United Nations, the African Union, NGOs and academics.
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said during the opening speech Monday that the set of informal sessions aims to "open the dialogue between the diplomat and the civil society, the researcher."