The African Union Foundation

In the week prior to the 24th AU Summit, on January 24, 2015 at the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, launched the African Union Foundation. The AU Foundation –an institution emerging from the African Union, operating as an autonomous entity–…

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Erdogan: The hero of Somalia

There was never any doubt that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would receive a hero’s welcome in Somalia. On Thursday, he vowed to go ahead with the trip despite a bomb attack at a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on the eve of his planned visit. Later his office announced he would delay it by…

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Mugabe Takes Over as New AU Chair

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairperson on Friday, replacing Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Mugabe was elected by his fellow heads of state to replace Abdel Aziz in the role, which rotates between the continent’s five regions. “By electing me to preside over this august body, with full knowledge…

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Libyan Talks Get off to Positive Start in Geneva

A new round of peace talks between Libya’s warring factions has kicked off in Geneva with all parties showing a “constructive spirit”, the United Nations has said. “I am confident that Libyans participating and those who hopefully will join the talks have a very clear determination to reach an agreement, to pacify the country and…

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Anti-Charlie Hebdo protests continue in Niger

At least five people in Niger’s capital Niamey have been killed in protests against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, AFP news agency reported, quoting the country’s President Mahamadou Issoufou. “In Niamey, the tally is five dead, all civilians,” said Issoufou. He added that the toll from protests in Niger’s second city of Zinder…

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UPND Officials Nearly Cause Confusion as Early Results Show Lungu Leading

Confusion at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, the national results center, almost erupted as some opposition political party representatives demanded to know why the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was not announcing the results. By 03:40, the ECZ had not made any official announcement regarding the results for the presidential by-election which angered the opposition political…

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