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Addis-Abeba 2012
  • 'Election of new AU Commission Chairperson to hold in six months'
    30 january 2012 14:06:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following the failure of AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping to win a second term after four rounds of voting at the ongoing AU Summit here Monday, indications are that the leaders will make another attempt to elect the chairperson in the next six months. Full text...

  • 'Nigeria's President did not contest AU Chairmanship'
    30 january 2012 13:42:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian presidency on Monday described as false and sensational some media reports that President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated by President Yayi Boni of Benin Republic in the contest to elect a new African Union (AU) Chairman at the current AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Failed AU Commission Chairmanship election disappoints Mbeki
    30 january 2012 13:38:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is disappointed at Monday's election of a new Chairperson of the African Union Commission, which ended inconclusive. Full text...

  • No winner at AU Commission top post poll
    30 january 2012 10:37:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Monday's election of the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson has been suspended after no winner emerged despite several rounds of voting. Full text...

  • AU Summit shuns “Brother Leader” in death
    30 january 2012 07:37:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - In his lifetime, he was widely regarded, rightly or otherwise, as a pillar of the African Union (AU), but 'Brother Leader' Mouammar Kadhafi was largely ignored by African leaders who gathered in Addis Ababa at the weekend for the 18th AU Summit. Full text...

  • Obiang Nguema urges consensus in appointment of AU Commission chair
    29 january 2012 16:29:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The president of Equatorial Guinea and the immediate past chairman of the African Union (AU), Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Sunday called on fellow African leaders, meeting in the Ethiopian capital for their 18th Summit, to appoint by consensus the future President of the Commission of the Pan-African organization. Full text...

  • UN Chief tries to mend ties with Africa after Ivorian, Libyan crises
    29 january 2012 15:26:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, made a formal plea to African leaders gathered here Sunday for a Summit, to excuse the differences in approach to the crises in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire and mend fences for the sake of future relations. Full text...

  • 'Forty African leaders are attending 18th AU summit'
    29 january 2012 12:50:45
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Some 40 Heads of State and Government are participating in the 18th African Union (AU) summit which opened Sunday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, with the President of the National Conference of the Chinese People's Consultative Political Conference (CPPCC), Jia Qinglin, attending as special guest. Full text...

  • Yayi Boni succeeds Obiang Nguema as AU Chairman
    29 january 2012 10:23:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The President of Benin, Yayi Boni, has taken over the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) following his nomination at a mini-Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Full text...

  • AU Peace, Security Council gets new members
    29 january 2012 08:18:42
    Addis Ababa , Ethiopia (PANA) - At an election conducted during the ministerial level of the African Union Summit here, Angola, Egypt, Guinea, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire and Congo Republic were Saturday elected to the executive body tasked with spearheading peace and security matters in Africa. Full text...

  • 18th AU Summit opens in Addis Ababa
    29 january 2012 08:05:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders kicked off a two-day Summit here Sunday, to discuss pressing continental matters and seek new ways to boost regional trade, credited with current economic growth in most countries. Full text...

  • Libya to play 'fair game' with AU - Abdulaziz
    28 january 2012 09:48:59
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The willingness shown by the new Libya to ensure the continuity of its existing relationships is accompanied by the need to affirm its sovereignty, as much as it respects the sovereignty of the others. Full text...

  • New Libya govt. attends AU Summit; pledges to maintain African ties
    28 january 2012 09:25:35
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The presence of an official delegation from the new Libya will not go unnoticed in Addis Ababa, where the 20th ordinary session of the Executive Council Thursday opens, ahead of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government. Full text...

  • Madagascar calls continued suspension by AU 'double standard'
    27 january 2012 08:10:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Madagascar, which was suspended from the African Union (AU) in March 2009 after a military-backed coup, has complained about what it considers the 'double standard' on the part of the continental organization. Full text...

  • AU Commission Chairperson defends record
    26 january 2012 21:46:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Jean Ping, Thursday defended his record, saying his first four-year term contributed to the repositioning of Africa on the global scene. Full text...

  • AU raises US$ 50 million to tackle famine in Horn of Africa region
    26 january 2012 20:43:21
    Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Nearly US$ 50 million was raised by the African Union (AU) to assist the countries in the Horn of Africa, threatened by famine, the AU Commissioner for the rural economy and agriculture, Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, announced Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Elections dominate AU summit
    26 january 2012 18:16:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ahead of the summit of African leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this weekend, the election of the African Union Commission Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, as well as that of the eight commissioners, have dominated proceedings. Full text...

  • '2011 is AU's worst political year'
    26 january 2012 14:55:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The crises in Cote d'Ivoire and Libya as well as the popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia made 2011 the worst "political year" for the African Union (AU), Chairperson of the AU Commission, Jean Ping, said Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Full text...

  • North Africa dominates African ministerial meeting ahead of AU Summit
    26 january 2012 11:03:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers kicked off the high-level segment of the African Union Summit on Thursday, urging the continent to move rapidly to end a looming economic crisis and address youth unemployment, to avoid a continuation of the Arab revolts across the continent. Full text...

  • Developing story: Meeting of African Ministers opens ahead of AU Summit
    26 january 2012 10:42:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African ministers kicked off the high-level segment of the African Union Summit on Thursday, urging the continent to move rapidly to end a looming economic crisis and address youth unemployment, to avoid a continuation of the Arab revolts across the continent. Full text...

  • 18th AU summit to hold in new headquarters built by China
    25 january 2012 17:24:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The 18th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) will hold from 28 to 30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the new headquarters of the Panafrican organization, built by China Full text...

  • Top officials appraise AU's first decade in existence
    25 january 2012 16:54:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Reviewing the first 10 years of existence of the African Union (AU) at a meeting of its Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) here, top officials say the organisation had faced ‘serious challenges, regional dynamics and economic upheavals,’ which climaxed with the Arab rebellion in North Africa’in 2011, but which have given the continent a better chance to grow.Full text...

  • 'African women want to contribute to development of intra-African trade'
    24 january 2012 22:31:26
    Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African women want to bring real added value to the development of intra-African trade by implementing their sense of innovation and their dynamism, a spokesman of African women, Algerian Fatima Karadja, declared on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Tight race for AU Commission Chairperson's slot
    24 january 2012 21:11:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A tough diplomatic battle has taken shape at the African Union (AU) ahead of the Presidential session to elect the Chairperson of the Commission, diplomats said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU candidate-commissioner to revitalize conflict response plan
    24 january 2012 06:41:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A candidate for the post of the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Hesphina Rukato, has vowed to introduce a new plan to revitalize continental efforts to curb conflicts. Full text...

  • AU urges Sudan, South Sudan to stop 'unilateral actions'
    23 january 2012 20:08:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Monday urged Sudan and South Sudan to end what it calls their current unilateral action, saying it threatens to bring the two countries to confrontation. Full text...

  • Ping says raw materials boom could boost intra-Africa trade
    23 january 2012 17:02:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African countries should use the growing international demand for commodities and raw materials to boost trade among themselves and avert a looming crisis from the possible decline in trade with Europe, senior African Union (AU) officials said on Monday. Full text...

  • AU moves to create Central Bank, single currency in 2020
    23 january 2012 16:33:37
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has decided to create an African Monetary Institute to study policies that must be put in place before an African Central Bank and a single currency can be created for the continent, a senior AU official said here Monday. Full text...

  • AU condemns rebel attacks in northern Mali
    23 january 2012 15:08:01
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the attacks perpetrated by armed groups in the towns of Ménaka, Aguelhok and Tessalit, in northern Mali, affirming its support to the Malian government, according to a communiqué issued here Monday.Full text...



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