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July 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
October 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
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 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
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.
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 | From the Associated Press
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 | From Associated Press
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 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
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.
March 7, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Amid a surge of Islamic militancy in North Africa, a team of fewer than 50 U.S. special operations troops with a single helicopter arrived at a remote base in western Tunisia last month. Their mission: train Tunisian troops in counter-terrorism tactics. The operation was one of dozens of U.S. military deployments in Africa over the last year, often to tiny and temporary outposts. The goal is to leverage American military expertise against an arc of growing instability in North Africa and many sub-Saharan countries, from Mali in the west to Somalia in the east.
February 16, 2014 | By Michael O'Hanlon
For decades, one golden rule has guided America's military involvement in Africa: Stay out. Generally speaking, the reason was a sense that the strategic stakes did not justify the risk. When we deviated from this rule, we often learned lessons the hard way that seemed to reinforce its validity, as in Somalia in 1993. And while presidents often profess a stronger interest in Africa than their actions would imply, they tend to say such things when not in the White House - witness Bill Clinton calling the nonintervention in Rwanda's 1994 genocide his greatest regret as president, or Sen. Barack Obama calling for more assertiveness in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, and Sudan six to eight years ago. But, in fact, now is the time to reassess this long-standing American anathema to military involvement in Africa's terrible wars.
February 26, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
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.
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