African Union Summit

Africa leaders agree to immediately set up a military rapid reaction force

A delegate takes photo at the closing ceremony of the 21st African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: Xinhua

African leaders decided yesterday to immediately establish a military rapid reaction force to deal with regional security emergencies, moving to reduce the continent's reliance on outside forces and funds for its defence.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 4:11am

Looting in Timbuktu as donors pledge US$455 million for Mali

Looters crowd to get into a shop in the streets of Timbuktu on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Malians looted Arab-owned shops on Tuesday in Mali’s fabled Timbuktu, newly freed from Islamists, as global donors pledged over US$455 million.

29 Jan 2013 - 9:24pm

International donor conference for war-torn Mali opens

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

An international donor conference to drum up funds and troops to help the military operation in Mali opened on Tuesday at the African Union headquarters.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:03pm

Mali crisis to dominate AU summit

African Union peace and security commissioner Ramtane Lamamra (left) and commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Photo: AFP

Efforts to end conflict across Africa, especially in Mali, dominated the African Union summit opening on Sunday, with the 54-member bloc’s chief saying greater efforts are needed to build peace.

“Much still needs to be done to resolve ongoing, renewed and new conflict situations in a number of countries,” AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in her opening speech.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Talking points

China gets moving ahead of holiday

China gets moving ahead of holiday

26 Jan 2013 - 5:27am