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African Union to deploy troops to South Sudan

United Nations soldiers patrol Juba for security protection of civilians with the Mission's Nepalese Force Protection. Photo: Eric Kanalstein/AP/SIPAThe African Union (AU) has agreed to send a regional force to South Sudan after a recent outbreak of fighting left the country in danger of returning to civil war.

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AU launches African passport

File photo©ReutersThe African Union (AU) on Monday launched its continental passport at a ceremony witnessed by over 40 heads of state meeting at the 27th AU summit in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.

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AU elects Dlamini-Zuma's successor

Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, African Union Commission Chairperson. Photo©Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP/SIPAAfrican leaders are set to elect the next chairperson of the African Union Commission during their meeting in Kigali, Rwanda from July 10 to 18.

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African Union to launch e-passport in July

File photo©ReutersThe African Union will launch an electronic passport (e-passport) at its next summit in July as it prepares for a unified travel document for the continent.

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110 Al Shabaab fighters killed in foiled Somalia attack

File photo©Stuart Price/AP/SIPAThe African Union's peacekeeping force in Somalia said it repelled an attack by Islamist militant group al-Shabaab on Thursday, killing 110 of their fighters.

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Spotlight on South Sudan's Riek Machar

Riek Machar. Photo©CorbisSouth Sudan's fragile peace deal depends on how Riek Machar, the vice-president, and his erstwhile enemy, President Salva Kiir, can get along and build a framework for the country's future.

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African Union's Dlamini-Zuma on security and her political future in South Africa

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission. Photo©Vincent Fournier for JANkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair of the African Union Commission talks to The Africa Report about security hotspots, the need for more African funding for the continental body and her political future.

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Dlamini-Zuma turns from Addis Ababa to South Africa

Chair of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says she will step down at the end of July. Photo©Elias Asmara/AP/SIPAAfrican Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she will step down at the end of July, fuelling speculation that she will run for president in her native South Africa in elections slated for 2019.

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African Union: All about number one

Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, at the centre of the AU summit group shot – and of unofficial speculation. Photo©ReutersThe AU goes into election mode as member states decide who to back for AU Commission chair at the next summit in July. The big question is whether Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will stand again or repair to South Africa to join the race for the presidency.

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South Africa government loses Sudan's al Bashir court appeal

Sudanese President Al-Bashir has an ICC arrest warrant hanging over his head for alleged crimes against humanity. Photo©ReutersThe South African government on Tuesday lost an appeal against a High Court judgement that condemned its failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a visit to the country last year, as unlawful.

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Mugabe speaks his mind to rapturous applause at African Union

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Photo©ReutersZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe handed over the chairmanship of the African Union to the Chad President Idriss Déby at the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

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AU is watching ex-Cote d'Ivoire president's case at the ICC

The African Union says it is following Cote d'Ivoire's ex-President Laurent Gbagbo's case at the ICC. Photo©ReutersThe African Union says it does not condone impunity and is following the Ivory Coast's ex-President Laurent Gbagbo's case at the International Criminal Court.

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Where is the voice of Africa?

Thabo Mbeki Former president of South Africa. Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's former President Thabo Mbeki talks to The Africa Report about African diplomacy, the economic slowdown and the fight against illicit financial flows. 

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Zimbabwe: An improbable second term push for Robert Mugabe as AU Chair

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe. Photo©ReutersA Zimbabwean legislator has claimed some African countries are pushing for an unlikely second term for President Robert Mugabe as the chairman of the African Union (AU).

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Burundi: Troop deployment to take centre stage at AU meeting

File photo©ReutersThere is an expectation Burundi's Pierre Nkurinziza will have no choice but accept the deployment of African Union troops to his country when the powerful African Peace and Security Council meets at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa next week.

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Africa to get $3.8 bn to stem migrants crisis

File photo©ReutersAfrican countries will receive $3.8 billion in aid from Europe in exchange for help to tackle the migration crisis affecting rich countries, it has been revealed.

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South Africa-Nigeria security: guns, sadza and plantain

Photos© All rights reservedOf all the grand plans minted by Thabo Mbeki and Olusegun Obasanjo during the golden years of the South Africa-Nigeria partnership, military cooperation has seen the least progress. On conflict resolution, the two sides rarely pull their weight together. They often divide their labour or differ fundamentally on strategy.

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South Sudan: AU investigators find evidence of forced cannibalism and torture against president

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir. Photo©ReutersThe African Union (AU) has released a damning report on South Sudan's leader, Salva Kiir, following a two-year long investigation into the causes of the on-going civil war and atrocities perpetrated.

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Libya: Rival parties refuse deal to form unity goverment

File Photo©ReutersA United Nations proposal for a power-sharing arrangement between Libya's internationally recognised government and the rival Islamist-led government, has been rejected by both parties.

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AU gets more EU funds in al-Shabaab offensive

The fund will cover AMISOM's budget for troop and police allowances and death and disability compensation for military and police personnel. Photo©ReutersThe European Union has committed €165 million in additional funding to support the African Union's fight to 'liberate' Somalia from Al Shabaab fighters.

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