Ghana President seeks transformation of Pan African Parliament

Ghanaian President John Dramani MahamaGhanaian President John Dramani Mahama has advocated for the transformation of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) from that of a deliberative one to a legislative one, with legislators being elected to the body.

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Mugabe slams west over Africa's conflicts at security meet

Photo©SipaZimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has told heads of intelligence services in Africa that scores of brutal conflicts in the continent are bankrolled by Europeans whose motive is to plunder vast mineral resources.

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The Addis Ababa doctrine

Marking half a century of history in Addis Ababa this month amid fireworks and international dignitaries, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Hailemariam Desalegn are nevertheless eager to press on with the next 50 years.

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China, Africa's confusing puzzle

The New African Union building in Addis Ababa, EthiopiaNot all Africans have welcomed China's gift. West African political commentator Chika Ezeanya considers it an "insult to the AU and to every African that in 2012 a building as symbolic as the AU headquarters is designed, built and maintained by a foreign country."

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A Timbuktu moment for the African Union

Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn (L) and AU Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (R) at the closing ceremony of the 20th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Jan, 2013/Photo©ReutersThe standing ovations and the glad-handing were genuine.

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Ethiopia: Hailemariam Desalegn - The first steps of a quiet man

Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma AU Commision Chairperson/Photo©ReutersOnly six months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was serving as a discrete vice premier to the late omni-present Meles Zenawi.

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The South heads North

South Africa is preparing to host what could prove to be a critical summit for the future of the continent.

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African Union: It's never too late to avoid war! - Dlamini Zuma

NKOSAZANA DLAMINI-ZUMA Chair, African Union Commission/Photo©Vincent Fournier for JAThe new chair is taking a leading role in negotiating an intervention force for Mali. Expectations are high that she will reform the institution and push development projects, but she cannot do so without the approval of member states.

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Mali, America's new Afghanistan

The hostile nature of the Malian terrain could make anti-terrorists efforts as difficult as Afghanistan/Photo©ReutersAs the United States forces gradually withdraw from Afghanistan after closing shop in Iraq, Mali could become the next frontier for the so called war on terror.

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Mozambique war fears shakes Zimbabwe politicians

Afonso Dhlakama, who is camped at his former military base in Gorongosa, is demanding a share of Mozambique’s wealthPolitical parties in Zimbabwe have expressed concern that threats by former Mozambique rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama to wage war in his country will spark fresh instability in the region.

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Sudan and South Sudan get AU ultimatum

September 2012, South Sudan and Sudan signed nine agreements related to economic and oil issues in Addis Ababa/Photo©ReutersThe African Union has given Sudan and South Sudan a further six weeks to reach consensus on the Abyei region and disputed border areas under the facilitation of the AU High-Level Implementation panel (AUHIP).

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African Union gives Mali rebels carrot and stick

 is currently under the control of Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb/Photo©ReutersThe African Union has lifted the suspension it imposed on Mali but endorsed a continental military force to battle al-Qaeda-affiliated groups controlling the northern parts of the West African country.

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AU condemns killing of Nigerian peacekeepers

AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has condemned the killingsThe African Union (AU) Commission on Friday condemned the killing of four Nigerian peacekeepers in Sudan's troubled Darfur region early this week.

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The 50 most influential Africans: El-Ghassim Wane

El-Ghassim WaneEl-Ghassim Wane - Spokesman and behind-the-scenes negotiator.

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Doublethink in DRC: Kabila and Kagame at the AU

President Kagame's defence minister and senior intelligence officials were accused, in an investigation presented to the UN Security Council in June, of arming and supporting the M23 rebels/Photo/ReutersThe DRC's President Joseph Kabila walked the gauntlet of journalists, then Rwanda's Paul Kagame followed 50 paces behind. Neither leader acknowledged the other.

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Morocco, France seek tough action against Mali Islamists

The Islamists have embarked on a campaign to destroy historic shrines and World Heritage sites/Photo/ReutersMorocco and France have called on the African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to consider taking action against Malian Islamists should diplomacy fail.

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