South Sudan government to continue peace talks, but not president

South Sudan`s government said Saturday it would continue with peace talks to end a 20-month civil war, but without President Salva Kiir attending, his spokesman said.

Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end "the cancer of corruption", in the first ever address to the African Union by a US president.

Time for world to `change approach to Africa`: Obama
Time for world to `change approach to Africa`: Obama

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that it was time for the world to change its approach to Africa, as he made the first address to the African Union by a US leader.

US and Turkey agree to forge 'IS-free zone' in Syria
US and Turkey agree to forge 'IS-free zone' in Syria

The United States and Turkey have agreed to work together to clear the Islamic State group from northern Syria, a senior US official said on Monday.

Obama in Ethiopia, focus on South Sudan peace bid
Obama in Ethiopia, focus on South Sudan peace bid

Barack Obama on Monday officially begins a two-day visit to Ethiopia, the first-ever trip by a US president to Africa`s second-most populous nation and the seat of the African Union.

Five Ethiopian bloggers, journalists released from custody

Five Ethiopian journalists and bloggers who were at the centre of a long-running criminal case that government critics say was meant to silence them have been released, while four others remain in custody, rights group said on Thursday.

Djibouti opposition claim government deal "deadlocked"

The main opposition coalition in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti said Monday that a key agreement with the government following contested elections in 2013 had reached "deadlock".

Ethiopia readies for elections but outcome not in doubt

Ethiopia, Africa`s second-most populous country, readied Saturday for the first general election since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi, whose successor Hailemariam Desalegn is all but certain to stay in office.

Eritrea says rights activists to blame for migrant crisis

 The secretive Horn of Africa state of Eritrea claimed Monday that human rights activists were partly to blame for the hordes of migrants heading to Europe.

South African woman held at IGIA for concealing drugs in cricket gear

A 22-year-old South African woman was held at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here for allegedly trying to smuggle out Rs 1.18 crore worth narcotic drugs, neatly concealed inside cricket gear and shoes.

South Sudan rivals agree to ceasefire deal: Reports

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar late Sunday signed a deal to end more than 13 months of fighting in a civil war that has left tens of thousands dead, an AFP reporter saw.

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

African Union official says African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria.

UN chief tells African leaders not to `cling to power`

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people.

Boko Haram a threat for Africa: AU chief
Boko Haram a threat for Africa: AU chief

Nigeria`s Boko Haram militants are a threat beyond Nigeria`s borders and the crisis requires a "collective, effective and decisive response" by African nations, the African Union`s Commission chief said Friday.

Fire guts Ethiopian hotel made famous by 'Scoop'

Fire has badly damaged a historic hotel in Ethiopia`s capital made famous as the setting for Evelyn Waugh`s 1938 satirical novel "Scoop".

Briton killed in Ethiopian shooting 'accident': Official

A 47-year-old British tourist was killed in a church in a northwestern Ethiopia after a man accidentally fired a gun, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Africa sets up USD 28 million Ebola crisis fund

The African Union, African Development Bank and regional business leaders have set up a crisis fund to help areas hit by the Ebola outbreak, the AU said in a statement.

South Sudan rivals told to end war or face sanctions

East African nations have told South Sudan`s government and rebels to immediately halt their nearly 11-month-old civil war or else face sanctions and even a regional intervention.

African Union probes rape claims by troops in Somalia

The African Union on Friday said it has launched a probe into claims that its internationally- funded troops in Somalia have gang raped women and girls as young as 12, and traded food for sex.

South Sudan mediators condemns renewed fighting

Mediators of the conflict in South Sudan say there is renewed fighting there between government and rebel troops.