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African Leaders: North Mali Crisis Threatens Continent

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping says the situation in Mali, where al-Qaida and its allies are attempting to set up a sanctuary, is one of the “most serious crises to confront the continent.” Ping spoke at an AU summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Saturday where Mali topped the agenda. Ivory Coast President […]

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Malawi Cancels AU Summit Over Bashir Controversy

Posted June 8th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi says it will not host an upcoming African Union summit, after the AU insisted on inviting Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes. Speaking on state radio, Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali said the cabinet met Friday and decided not to host the summit. He said ministers based their decision on […]

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AU Extends Ping Mandate After Election Deadlock

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union has extended the mandate of its top official, Jean Ping, after an election for the post ended in deadlock. Ping, the incumbent chairman of the AU Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, did not win enough votes to defeat a challenge by a South African official in four rounds of voting by AU […]

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AU Leaders Fail to Choose Top Official

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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An African Union summit on Monday failed in its efforts to elect the head of the organization’s important commission, the union’s executive arm and public face. The contest was between the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s former foreign minister and the ex-wife of South African President Jacob Zuma. Both candidates […]

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AU Leaders Fail to Choose Top Official

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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African Union leaders failed to elect a new chairman of the AU Commission Monday at the African summit in Addis Ababa. The election in the Ethiopian capital set the incumbent chairman, Jean Ping of Gabon, against South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. There was a deadlock after three rounds of voting, with neither candidate […]

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AU Leaders Fail to Choose Top Official

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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African Union leaders have failed to agree on a new head for the bloc’s main decision-making body, after neither of the two candidates earned enough votes on the final day of a two-day summit. The election Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia set incumbent AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping of Gabon against South African Home Affairs […]

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Tight Race as AU Leaders Choose Top Official

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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African Union leaders are trying to choose the head of the bloc’s main decision-making body during a vote on the final day of a two-day summit. The contest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia pits incumbent AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping of Gabon against South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. There was a deadlock after three […]

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Sudan-South Sudan Dispute Dominates African Summit

Posted January 29th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan has followed through on its threat and shut down all oil production as its dispute with Sudan shows no sign of resolution. The leaders of both countries held talks in Addis Ababa late last week on the sidelines of the annual gathering of African leaders to work on a deal to share oil […]

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African Union Summit Opens in Ethiopia

Posted January 29th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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African Union leaders opened a two-day summit in Addis Ababa Sunday with the election of a new chairman for the pan-African organization. Benin’s President Thomas Yayi Boni was selected chairman for the next year, taking over from Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was among the first speakers in the new […]

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AU Unveils New Headquarters in Ethiopia Ahead of Summit

Posted January 28th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A contest for the job of Africa’s top diplomat is expected to be the highlight of a continental summit opening Sunday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. On the eve of the summit, the African Union inaugurated its new headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, built and donated by China at a cost of $200 million. […]

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