August 5, 2005 |
The African Union suspended Mauritania after army officers seized power in an apparently bloodless coup. The 53-nation African Union firmly denounced the coup and demanded the "restoration of constitutional order." The United Nations, former colonial power France and the United States have all condemned Wednesday's takeover. The U.S. has been training Mauritania's troops to fight Islamic militants thought to be operating in the Sahara desert.
July 3, 2006 |
African leaders agreed to extend their military mission in Darfur after U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan failed to persuade Sudan to allow in international peacekeepers. But Annan said he expected a United Nations peacekeeping force to be deployed eventually. Annan met Sudanese leader Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir on the fringes of an African Union summit in Gambia.
September 5, 2006 |
Sudan gave African Union troops a one-week ultimatum to accept a deal blocking a proposed U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur or leave the war-torn region, a step that would probably worsen the humanitarian disaster there. The deadline escalates the Khartoum regime's standoff with the United Nations over Darfur to a crisis point, pitting Sudanese determination to resist possible war crimes investigations against a U.N. push to take on a new, tough peacekeeping mission.
October 2, 2005 |
The African Union on Saturday accused Sudanese government forces of attacking civilians in the country's Darfur region and committing acts of "calculated and wanton destruction" that have killed at least 44 people and displaced thousands over two weeks.
October 1, 2007 |
Armed men killed at least 10 African Union soldiers and seriously wounded seven others in the deadliest strike against peacekeeping troops in Darfur since they deployed in 2004. A faction of Darfur rebels was believed responsible for the assault, which began shortly after sunset Saturday. Rebel groups had been fighting Sudanese government troops nearby in recent days. But AU officials said they could not comment on the suspected identity of the gunmen until a formal investigation was concluded.
September 10, 1999 |
With acts of largess, grand visions and nitty-gritty politicking, Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi is working hard to position himself as the new moral voice of Africa after the retirement of South Africa's Nelson Mandela. Of course, it doesn't hurt to be the richest player on an impoverished continent. This week, the flamboyant and much-vilified Libyan leader--celebrating his 30th anniversary in power and the recent suspension of a U.N.
September 25, 2006 |
The African Union said Sunday that it would send more peacekeeping troops to Sudan's Darfur region and strengthen the soldiers' role in protecting civilians. The underfunded and ill-equipped African Union force has had little success in halting ethnic fighting that has killed at least 200,000 people and chased 2.5 million from their homes in the last three years. Aid groups say continued fighting is worsening a humanitarian disaster.
July 10, 2001 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told African leaders Monday that they will need courage and leadership to rebuild the continent and transform the loose-knit Organization of African Unity into a stronger, European Union-style organization, to be known as the African Union. Plans for the union include a central bank, a court of justice, a single currency and a parliament. The union was proposed in 1999 by Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.
January 10, 2008 |
As the head of the African Union met with Kenya's political rivals here Wednesday to try to get them talking, opposition supporters waited tensely on the streets for news and warned of more violence if President Mwai Kibaki stays in power. John Kufuor, the AU chairman and Ghana's president, met separately with Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, trying to help steer them toward a political resolution to end tribal violence that followed their disputed presidential contest.
February 26, 2005 |
The African Union suspended Togo on Friday, increasing pressure on the tiny West African country for a democratic solution to its leadership crisis and perhaps pushing the era of the "big man" in African politics nearer to a close.