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South Sudan’s President Criticizes World’s Stance on Heglig Dispute

South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday strongly criticised international community including the United Nations and African Union for showing "deliberate" failure to...

African Union Calls For End to Sudanese Bombing, Troop Withdrawals

The African Union has called on Sudan to stop its aerial bombardment of South Sudan and expressed "dismay and deep disappointment" with both countries...

African Union Game Changer

South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be an unexpected beneficiary of the death of Malawi's Bingu wa Mutharika last week, and of the consequent major...

Are The Two Sudans Heading for War?

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayadrit brushed aside calls to withdraw his army from the oil-rich region of Heglig after being asked to do...

African Leaders Agree to More Infrastructure Spending

Africa's quest for greater connectivity and improved intra-regional trade could soon become a reality after the continent's leaders agreed to increase public spending on...

South Sudan Asserts its Sovereignty Over its Economic Future

Few outside the Juba government had expected it to start shutting down oil production on 22 January. Warnings from the Government of South Sudan...

Africa Targets Continent-Wide Free Trade Area by 2017

Africa will target the establishment of a continental free trade area by 2017, according to a document issued at the closing of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. "The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) should be operationalised by the indicative date of 2017," the document said.

African Union Must Be More Independent Says Ping

The year 2011 was a year of trials and tribulations marked by many political and humanitarian crises, said African Union Chairman Jean Ping as he opened the African Union high-level summit of heads of state on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital. He stressed that the AU needs to stand on its own two feet.

The African Renaissance Is Beginning’ Says Ethiopian Prime Minister

"The African Renaissance that we all dreamed of is beginning to happen", claimed Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Saturday, at the inauguration of the new African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. "We are now seeing the results of our struggle for survival", he declared. "Our economies have been growing at a respectable pace for nearly a decade. We have managed to overcome and manage many of the conflicts that ravaged our continent and have overhauled our conflict resolution capacity".

China Committed to Stronger Economic Ties With Africa

China has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen its cooperation with Africa, stressing that ties will focus on respect for human rights and mutual benefit, a top Chinese official said in Addis Abeba on Sunday at the opening of the 18th Ordinary session of the African Union Assembly.

Benin President Yayi New African Union Chairman

Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi was elected the African Union Chairman Sunday, taking over the one-year post from Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, officials said. "I want to congratulate the new chairman of the African Union... Boni Yayi," said Obiang, the outgoing chairman, speaking after the official announcement at the AU summit meeting in the Ethiopian capital.

Oil Talks Collapse Between North and South Sudan

The presidents of Sudan Omer Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan Salva Kiir failed to reach an agreement on the terms by which Juba can export its oil through the north's pipelines despite pressure mounted by African leaders present at the summit in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is the current chair of the African Union (AU) spent several hours of the day in Sheraton hotel desperately trying to convince Bashir and Kiir to reach common grounds on the issue of oil.

African Union – The Power To Resist Foreign Intervention (II)

AFRICANGLOBE - Of course we can also cite other very negative developments which took place in Africa during the period of the Cold War, where these developments must be attributed to administrations which the Soviet Union supported as progressive representatives of what was characterised as the 'non-capitalist path of development'. In this regard we can mention specifically the Sekou Toure administration in Guinea Conakry, and the Ethiopian 'Dergue', led by Mengistu Haile-Mariam.

EALA Calls for Independent African Parliament

Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Abdirahin Abdi has called for the establishment of a fully fledged independent African parliament. "The entire East African Community (EAC) fraternity fully supports the efforts towards the development of a fully - fledged continental parliament that has greater autonomy and legislative leverage," he said at the opening of the sixth ordinary session of the second Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week.

Slow But Steady Steps to Recovery for Somalia’s Capital

Surveying Somalia's war-torn and dangerous capital from his office, the commander of the African Union force here Fred Mugisha is optimistic: "98 percent of Mogadishu is free." Assessments are relative. That day a double explosion hit the city: hand grenades were hurled close to UN offices, and another blast killed at least six people near a camp for the thousands displaced by drought and famine.

African Union – The Power to Resist Foreign Intervention (I)

AFRICANGLOBE - A decade ago an academic then at one of the South African Universities, Xavier Renou, wrote: "There is a permanent reluctance among academics to call a spade a spade and a predatory (or imperialist) policy as such. In the case of French Foreign policy in Africa, very few academics have pointed at its dramatic consequences, and even fewer have been prepared to describe them as resulting from deliberate criminal choices aimed at fostering a small minority's interest, at any cost."-Xavier Renou: "A Major Obstacle to African Unity: the New Franco-American Cold War on the (African) Continent", 2000?)