Nigeria Vote Delay Upsets Locals in Boko Haram Areas

Residents and officials in Nigeria’s northern Borno state have expressed their disappointment after the electoral commission announced it would postpone elections until March 28, six weeks later than planned. Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said late on Saturday that security chiefs advised a postponement as troops would not be…

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The African Union Summit

24th AU Summit ends with strong call for women Empowerment in Africa as a step towards achieving the goals of Agenda 2063 The 24th Session of the Summit of the African Union, held in Addis Ababa, concluded on January 31, 2015. According to a press release issued by the African Union, it concluded with closing…

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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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