South Sudan president warns sanctions will worsen war

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has warned that proposed international sanctions will only worsen the civil war ravaging his country.

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.

Al Shabaab stopped from taking two Somalian towns

 The Africa Union`s peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Amisom, has said that its forces repulsed militants of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab who attempted to recapture two government bases in the country`s southern region.

Burundi rivals talk in bid to end political violence

 Government and opposition rivals are meeting in Burundi on Friday seeking a deal after days of deadly demonstrations against a third term bid by the president, as international pressure mounts to end the crisis.

AU says Somalia sex abuse allegations largely unproven

 Allegations implicating African Union troops in Somalia in many cases of rape and sex abuse are largely unproven, the pan-African body insisted Tuesday in a long-awaited reply to a damning rights report.

International pressure mounts to end South Sudan war: Diplomats

Heavyweight international powers will pressure South Sudan`s leaders to end civil war, diplomats said Thursday, with the African Union, United Nations, United States and China to kickstart stalled peace talks.

African Union welcomes Buhari`s Nigeria win

African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday congratulated Muhammadu Buhari for winning Nigeria`s presidential election, praising outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan for "graciously accepting the results."

Somalia, AU troops `retake strategic island` from Shebab

Somali government forces backed by African Union troops have recaptured a strategic island on the country`s south coast from Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, officials and witnesses said Monday.

Somalia`s Shebab militants attack in central town of Baidoa

Somalia`s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants on Thursday attacked a fortified area in the central town of Baidoa, home to a key regional government headquarters, United Nations compound and airport, security officials said.

UN moves to revamp AU-UN mission in Sudan`s Darfur

The United Nations is working on a roadmap to streamline its joint mission with the African Union in Sudan`s Darfur and transfer some of its tasks to a team solely under UN control, a report said Friday.

African Union endorses plan for anti-Boko Haram force

The African Union has endorsed the creation of a regional force of up to 10,000 men to join the fight against the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, diplomats said Friday.

Forum to discuss fund to fight Boko Haram

Cameroon will hold a three-day forum starting Thursday in Yaounde to discuss the establishment of a fund to aid the international force that will be involved in fighting against the Boko Haram militant group, official sources said Wednesday.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe may be allowed in to EU in new role

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe may be allowed in to the European Union to attend high-level meetings in his new role as chairman of the African Union, despite a long-standing travel ban, the EU said on Tuesday.

African Union seeks financial independence

African leaders have agreed in principle to impose a flurry of taxes in a bid to finance their pan-African bloc, set up to push the continent`s diplomatic agenda but dependent on foreign handouts.

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.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union called on Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria`s Boko Haram Islamist militants.

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.

Egypt's Sisi cuts short Ethiopia visit after deadly Sinai attacks

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, following a wave of deadly attacks in the Sinai Peninsula claimed by Islamic State`s Egyptian wing.

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.

War, Ebola, elections top African Union summit

 Conflict in Africa, especially the violence of Nigeria`s Boko Haram insurgents, and efforts to stem Ebola will top the agenda as African leaders gather for their annual summit this week.