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Rwanda: Karenzi in court

Photos©Denyse Uwera/Ap/SipaThe arrest of the spy chief in London has stirred up a diplomatic storm

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Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza's friends can't disagree with him

Photo©MARCO LONGARI/AFPBurundi's leader has thrust the country to the forefront of the debate about presidential term limits. With few friends in the region but a divided opposition, will he be able to stave off the threat of instability?

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Green diplomacy wanted

Photo©Alexander Joe/AFPThis has been a busy start to the summer for diplomats. There was a breakthrough on the Iran deal, a new bailout for Greece and the US-EU trade deal was reignited. But they will not be heading for the beach just yet.

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Barack Obama on Africa's fragile foundation

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the African Union. Phtoto©REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNSTUS President Barack Obama advised African leaders to respect their constitutions and condemned those who refuse to step down when their terms end, in an historic address to the African Union, in Addis Ababa, on Tuesday.

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Ethiopia gets local European Investment Bank office

Photo©ReutersThe European Investment Bank (EIB) opened an office on Thursday in Ethiopia, where the economy is expected to grow by 10 percent this year and whose capital hosts the African Union headquarters and some regional U.N. offices.

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South Africa's president Zuma calms down under siege judiciary

South African President Jacob Zuma has maintained that his government respects the independence of the judiciary amid concerns over a spate of public attacks of judges by his administration.

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Burundi elections: International community will not recognise results

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. Photo©ReutersThe African Union has written off Burundi's parliamentary and presidential elections after it refused to send observers for the disputed Monday polls.

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Barack Obama to visit Ethiopia and AU headquarters

Photo©ReutersUS President Barack Obama will next month travel to Ethiopia, making him the first sitting president of that country to visit the Horn of Africa nation and the African Union headquarters.

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Somalia gets first IMF review of its economy in 25 years

The International Monetary Fund has completed its first economic consultation on Somalia in more than 25 years, saying the economy of the nation that is rebuilding after decades of conflict grew by 3.7 percent in 2014.

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South African court orders Sudanese leader not to leave

Omar al-Bashir, president of SudanA South African court on Sunday ordered Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to remain in the country pending a ruling in a case where a group wants Pretoria to enforce an International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant arrest against him.

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Concerns with ICC must be tackled at AU Summit

Photo©ReutersA leading rights group has urged African leaders to resolve the continent's uneasy relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) when they meet for the African Union (AU) summit this week.

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ECOWAS has played a stronger role as a political organisation

Hanna Tetteh, Foreign minister, Ghana. Photo©TIBOR ILLYES/EPA/MAXPPPAlthough the body was founded to spur West Africa's economic integration, over the years it has worked more effectively to resolve political and military crises.

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UN to approve African Union proposed creation of a West African force

Photo©ReutersThe African Union (AU) has proposed the creation of a 10 000 strong force to fight Nigerian Islamist cult Boko Haram in a plan backed by the United States.

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South Sudan: Mediators express concern about ceasefire violations

The conflict has rumbled since December 2013 despite several commitments President Salva Kiir’s government and rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar. Photo©ReutersSouth Sudan peace talks mediators have expressed concern about ceasefire violations in the war-torn country saying they threaten prospects of peace.

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China signs deal with AU to connect Africa's big cities

African Union chief, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the commitment of the AU and China to develop the continent's transportation infrastructure. Photo©ReutersThe African Union has planned to connect major capital cities across the continent with road, rail and air transport routes to be built by China.

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South Sudan conflict could cost up to $28bn in five years

File photo©ReutersThe price of failing to bring about lasting peace in South Sudan could rise up to $28 billion over the next five years, according to a new study.

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Sudan warns South Sudan against hostile moves by rebels in its territory

Sudan's National Security and Intelligence chief Mohamed Atta Al-Moula has warned against hostile moves by its southern neighbor. Photo©ReutersSudan's intelligence chief warned South Sudan against "hostile moves from its territory", saying any incursion by rebel forces based in its neighbour would be treated as an "assault" by Juba.

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Burkina Faso: Military-civilian power sharing arrangement

Burkina Faso's interim government has been completed with the appointment of an army officer, Lt Col Isaac Zida, as transitional prime minister, a day after former foreign minister, Michel Kafando, was sworn in as interim president.

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Burkina Faso: Military to transfer transitional government to civilian

Burkina Faso's new (interim) Head of State. Photo©ReutersBurkina Faso main opposition leader have met with Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida to discuss the transfer of power to a civilian transitional government.

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Horn of Africa Initiative gets $8bn commitment from leaders

United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon (L) and the World Bank Group president, Jim Yong Kim (R). Photo©ReutersLeaders of global and regional institutions have announced a new commitment worth $8 billion to Horn of Africa countries, as the region receives an influx of investors.

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