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African Union accuses International Criminal Court of racial bias

Hailemariam Desalegn

The African Union has accused the International Criminal Court of targeting Africans on the basis of race, and is demanding that it end proceedings against Kenya's president, who is facing charges of crimes against humanity.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 2:43am

African Union celebrates 50th anniversary

A South Sudanese tradtional dancer entertains guests during the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the African Union in Addis Ababa yesterday. Photo: AFP

China was thanked yesterday for its massive wave of investment across Africa as the continent's leaders opened extravagant celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the African Union.

26 May 2013 - 8:58am

John Kerry urges Nigeria to respect human rights in rebel crackdown

John Kerry. Photo: AP

Making his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday demanded that Nigeria respect human rights as it cracks down on Islamist extremists and pledged to work hard to ease tensions between Sudan and South Sudan.

26 May 2013 - 7:29am

Sudan, South Sudan leaders agree to implement oil deal

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (left) greets the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, ahead of a Presidential summit between Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart. Photo: AFP

The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have agreed on Saturday, to demilitarise their shared borders and revive a stalled oil exportation deal that has lagged for months over disputes on the setup of security arrangements in the border regions.

6 Jan 2013 - 11:13am

South Africa’s Dlamini-Zuma takes over African Union top job

South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photo: AFP

South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma took over as head of the African Union Commission on Monday, becoming the first woman at the helm of the pan-African bloc’s executive committee.

AU chairman and President of Benin Thomas Yayi Boni wished Dlamini-Zuma “great success” at the inauguration ceremony in the Ethiopian capital.

16 Oct 2012 - 11:25am

African troops enter Somali port of Kismayo

Soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia sit in a watch tower in Dhobley, southern Somalia. Photo: EPA

Kenyan troops from the African Union force in Somalia entered the southern port of Kismayo for the first time on Monday, witnesses said, three days after launching a beach assault that led Islamist insurgents to pull out.

“They arrived from the west of the city and are taking up positions,” Aden Ismail, a local trader said. The report was confirmed by at least two other residents.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China expands its African ties

China is expected to cement political ties with more African countries after more than a decade of massive investment, making itself an important player in the continent's security issues, when leaders and ministers meet today for a co-operation forum, analysts said.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ex-audit official found dead in Mid-Levels

The former deputy director of audit, Johnsman Au Chung-man, 58, was found dead yesterday, hanging in a storeroom at the Mid-Levels block where he lived.

Police said they discovered nothing suspicious and no note was found at the scene.

6 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

I have a dream...the African Union

'Before you put a roof on a house, you need to build the foundations,' South African President Thabo Mbeki reportedly told diplomats at the meeting of the African Union in Ghana last weekend.

Others were just as quick to ridicule the summit's declared goal of creating a unified African government by 2015, and it certainly isn't going to happen fast.

5 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Show that the world cares

One year ago, British Prime Minister Tony Blair established a top-level commission on Africa, calling the continent's problems a scar on the world's conscience. Recently, the commission - whose members include prime ministers, presidents, experts and even a saint (Sir Bob Geldof) - made public its findings.

23 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

OAU shock

CAIRO: Eritrea, Africa's newest independent state, stunned the opening session of the Organisation of African Unity summit yesterday by declaring the group had been a failure for 30 years.

29 Jun 1993 - 12:00am