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.

Obama says US stands with Africa against terror, conflict

President Barack Obama said today that the United States stood with Africa to defeat terrorism and end conflict, warning that the continent's progress will "depend on security and peace".

Obama at African Union for historic address

Barack Obama arrived at African Union headquarters Tuesday, where he will become the first US president to address the 54-member continental bloc, at the end of a tour focused on corruption, rights and security.

Obama to give keynote address to African Union
Obama to give keynote address to African Union

Barack Obama will be the first-ever US president to address the African Union on Tuesday, in the culmination of a short tour of the region that has seen him focus on security and human rights.

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.

Senegal puts ex-Chad dictator on trial for atrocities

Senegal prepared Monday to begin the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, 25 years after he fled there following an eight-year bloodsoaked reign of terror at home.

African Union troops retreat in Somalia as Shebab attack
African Union troops retreat in Somalia as Shebab attack

The African Union troops fighting Somalia`s Shebab insurgents have pulled back from several key towns following a series of attacks by the al Qaeda-affiliated fighters, local officials said Friday.

EU says Burundi decision to hold vote will worsen crisis
EU says Burundi decision to hold vote will worsen crisis

 The European Union on Monday condemned Burundi`s "grave" decision to hold elections despite ongoing violence sparked by the president`s bid for a third term, saying it would worsen the situation.

Burundi: Key facts about a troubled country
Burundi: Key facts about a troubled country

The small, landlocked African country of Burundi holds parliamentary and local elections on Monday after weeks of unrest, recalling its long history of conflict and ethnic massacres. 

African Union demands Britain release Rwanda spy chief

The African Union has called for the "unconditional and immediate" release of Rwanda`s intelligence chief arrested in Britain, Rwandan`s foreign minister said Friday after meetings with the 54-member bloc.

Shebab militants `overrun` African Union base

Shebab militants claimed to have overrun an African Union army base in a village in southern Somalia on Friday, in the latest attack during the insurgents` annual Ramadan fighting season.

Somali militants attack African Union base south of capital

Somali al Shabaab militants fought a gunbattle with African Union troops after ramming a car laden with explosives into their base south of the capital Mogadishu early on Friday, military officials and a spokesman for the group said.

South African court wants criminal charges over Bashir escape

A South African court on Wednesday urged prosecutors to consider criminal charges over the government`s failure to prevent Sudanese President Omar Bashir from leaving the country in defiance of a court order.

Bashir fiasco highlights world powers` failure: Experts

South Africa`s refusal to hand over Sudan`s President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court was a fresh snub for the Dutch-based tribunal, highlighting its reliance on support from world powers to do its job, experts said.

African Union to send military experts to Burundi: Official

African leaders meeting at a summit in Johannesburg on Monday agreed to send military experts to Burundi, which has been rocked by weeks of violence over the president`s controversial bid for a third term.

Failure to arrest Bashir violated South Africa constitution: Judge
Failure to arrest Bashir violated South Africa constitution: Judge

A South African judge on Monday criticised the government for allowing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), to leave the country in defiance of a court order.

'Sudan`s Bashir arrives in Khartoum from South Africa'
'Sudan`s Bashir arrives in Khartoum from South Africa'

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Khartoum from Johannesburg Monday, an AFP correspondent said, after a court ordered him not to leave as it decided whether to arrest him over alleged war crimes.

Sudanese president's whereabouts unknown

 As a judge here prepared to rule on Monday on whether South African authorities must arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for "crimes against humanity", confusion prevailed about his whereabouts.

Sudan says all `normal`, Bashir to return after AU summit
Sudan says all `normal`, Bashir to return after AU summit

Sudan insisted President Omar al-Bashir`s visit to Johannesburg for a summit was proceeding normally and he would return after its main meeting, despite a court order Sunday banning him from leaving South Africa.

International court calls for South Africa to arrest Sudan president
International court calls for South Africa to arrest Sudan president

The International Criminal Court has called for South Africa to arrest Sudan`s President Omar al-Bashir, who is reported to have arrived in Johannesburg for a summit of the African Union that starts Sunday.