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UN considers withdrawing peacekeepers from Darfur

The UN Security Council on Monday said it plans to reduce troops from its joint peacekeeping force with the African Union in Darfur. About 4,050 to 8,735 troops will exit the peacekeeping mission by June 2019, while police would be reduced from 2,500 to 1,870. According to UN Under-Secretary General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, […]

Single African Air Transport Market agreement signed by 26 countries

Twenty-six African countries out of the 55 members of the African Union have committed to the establishment of the concept of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), the African Union Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Monday during a meeting of the working group in the Togolese capital, Lome. According to the list […]

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Free Zone: AU seeks aid to compensate countries that agree to cut tariffs

The African Union is seeking to create an “adjustment mechanism” to compensate governments whose revenues will suffer from cutting tariffs to join the continent’s free trade area. According to the continental bloc’s trade commissioner, Albert Muchanga, the mechanism would be used to provide budget support, improve officials’ competence and develop infrastructure during the period of […]

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Somalia ready to take over security tasks from AU

Somalian government has called on African Union (AU) and United Nations to believe in the country’s ability to take over security responsibilities. The war-torn nation’s government trough the voice of its National Security Advisor, Abdi said Musse Ali, asked a joint team of the African Union and the United Nations to not judge the country […]

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UN resumes evacuation of migrants from Libya

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started the evacuations of migrants from Libya to Niger for resettlement in third countries. The UN agency has started the operation with a flight of 132 mostly Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers. The Agency evacuated about 1,020 refugees and asylum seekers to Niger last year. The […]

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Algeria: African Union’s body criticizes African migrants’ expulsion

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights condemned the arbitrary measures that the Algerian authorities are taking against migrants through widespread arrest campaigns, violence and deportations. In a statement released on Wednesday in Nouakchott, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), which reports to the Assembly of Heads of State and Government […]

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AU calls for a lasting political solution in Syria

The African Union commission in a strongly worded statement on Monday condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria but cautioned against responding without ‘undeniable evidence’ and compliance with international law. The statement released by the continental body comes days after the United States, Britain and France launched military air strikes on multiple government targets […]

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African leaders to sign the Continental Free Trade deal in Kigali

The Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) will hold an extraordinary meeting this week for the official launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, the Continental bloc said in a statement. The 250-page agreement that seeks to create the largest free-trade area in the world is expected […]

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US Secretary Tillerson warns African countries against Chinese loans

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday advised African countries to be careful not to forfeit their sovereignty when they accept loans from China. Tillerson arrived in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, on Wednesday on the first leg of his African visit. He visited the African Union headquarters on Thursday. Speaking after a […]

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China to sponsor (again) African Union office in Beijing

China will help the African Union establish a representational office in its capital, Beijing, said a communique issued by the AU following a two-day official visit to the country by Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat. According to Mahamat, China has welcomed the planned establishment of an African Union Office in Beijing to […]

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