The United Nations on Monday took over a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic previously run by the African Union, a move that rights groups said must lead to more action to protect civilians from attack.
The African Union (AU) executive council Monday began its emergency meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa to consolidate collective continental efforts against the deadly disease.
Facing competition from China and other emerging powers, US President Barack Obama is hosting leaders of over 50 African countries in an unprecedented high- powered summit here, aimed at strengthening ties with Africa - home to some of the world`s fastest growing economies.
Armed rebels who humiliated Mali`s army in a deadly offensive across the northern desert agreed to a ceasefire Friday after talks with African Union chairman Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a diplomatic source said.
United Nations and African Union officials sounded an alarm on Thursday over the worsening violence in Sudan`s western Darfur region, which has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people this year in the remote, conflict-torn territory.