African Union

  • Chairman Sep 6, 2019

    Robert Mugabe, Longtime Zimbabwe Leader, Dies at 95

    Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power when the African country shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, has died in Singapore. He was 95. Mugabe enjoyed strong support from Zimbabwe’s people soon after he became the first post-colonial leader of what had...

  • Canada Mar 25, 2019

    ‘Egg Boy’ Teen Defends Egging Anti-Muslim Australian Senator

    An Australian teen known around the world as “Egg Boy” conceded on Monday that egging a far-right senator was not the right thing to do, but said the gesture united a world reeling from a white supremacist’s alleged massacre of 50 Muslims in New Zealand. Will Connolly, 17, gave his first television interview since becoming an online hero among many...

  • Asher Klein Mar 22, 2019

    New Zealand Prays Together 1 Week After Mosque Attacks

    New Zealand joined together in prayer one week after an attack on two mosques killed 50 people and injured dozens more.

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 16, 2018

    US Airstrike in Somalia Kills About 60 Al-Shabab Fighters

    The U.S. military on Tuesday announced its deadliest airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia in nearly a year, killing about 60 fighters. The U.S. Africa Command said Friday’s airstrike occurred near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province in the central part of the country. According to its assessment no civilians were injured or killed, the statement...

  • Hawaii Oct 2, 2018

    Scrawny Dwarf Planet, Named Goblin, Found Well Beyond Pluto

    A scrawny dwarf planet nicknamed the Goblin has been discovered well beyond Pluto. A round frozen world just 186 miles (300 kilometers) across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name. But it wasn’t publicly unveiled until Tuesday following further observations with ground telescopes.

  • JUDGE Jul 12, 2018

    Rebel Wilson Back in Australian Courts in Defamation Appeal

    Rebel Wilson has applied to Australia’s highest court to increase the comic actress’s payout from a defamation case against a magazine publisher. The 38-year-old, best known for parts in the “Pitch Perfect” and “Bridesmaids” movies, was awarded in September an Australian record 4.6 million Australian dollars ($3.5 million) in damages.

  • actress Jun 14, 2018

    Rebel Wilson $3.5M Australian Defamation Payout Slashed to $454K

    An appeals court on Thursday slashed Rebel Wilson’s record $4.6 million Australian dollar ($3.5 million) damage award to AU$600,000 ($454,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of its payout in a defamation case.

  • San Diego Jun 8, 2018

    1 U.S. Special Ops Soldier Killed, 4 Wounded in Attack in Somalia

    One U.S. special operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members wounded in an “enemy attack” Friday in Somalia, the U.S. military said — casualties that are likely to put renewed scrutiny on America’s counterterror operations in Africa. It’s the first public announcement of a U.S. military combat death on the continent since four U.S. service members were killed...

  • DONALD TRUMP Apr 30, 2018

    Trump: Some African Nations Are ‘Very Tough Places to Live’

    President Donald Trump on Monday did not deny having used a vulgar term to describe countries in Africa earlier this year. He also did not apologize for the comment as he stood in the Rose Garden alongside Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the first African leader to visit him at the White House. In fact, Trump seemed to double down on...

  • actress Apr 18, 2018

    Rebel Wilson Fights Appeal of Her $3.6M Defamation Win

    Rebel Wilson returned to court on Wednesday to fight a magazine publisher’s appeal of an order to pay the Australian actress a record 4.6 million Australian dollars ($3.6 million) in damages for defamation through articles that claimed she lied about her age, the origin of her first name and her upbringing in Sydney.

  • DONALD TRUMP Jan 26, 2018

    Trump Praises African Leader After White House Dustup

    President Donald Trump sought to mend relations Friday with a key African leader in the aftermath of his controversial comments about African nations, praising the U.S. partnership with Rwanda along the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum. Trump’s meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame came shortly after Trump drew widespread condemnation for allegedly referring to African nations as “sh–hole...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jan 27, 2018

    Trump Letter to African Leaders: Tillerson to Make 1st Visit

    President Donald Trump in a new letter to African leaders says he “deeply respects” the people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” to the continent in March, his first in that role. The letter dated Thursday is addressed to African leaders as they gather for an African Union summit this weekend in...

  • DONALD TRUMP Mar 8, 2018

    Africa Moving Past Trump’s Slur, Says African Union Official

    The top U.S. diplomat and a top African official tried Thursday to move past President Donald Trump’s slur about Africa, deeming it a closed matter that need not be revisited. “I believe that this incident is of the past,” African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki said at a news conference with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jan 18, 2018

    Ex-US Envoys to Africa Urge Trump to Reconsider Comments

    Dozens of former U.S. ambassadors to African countries have written to President Donald Trump expressing “deep concern” over his comments about the continent and warning that respectful engagement is crucial to protecting American interests. The letter to Trump is signed by 78 former envoys including former assistant secretaries of state for African affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Johnnie Carson. The letter,...

  • Associated Press Jan 16, 2018

    Homeland Security Secretary Shies from Trump Racism Charges, Says President Used ‘Strong Language’

    Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen shied away from accusations of racism against President Donald Trump levied by Democratic lawmakers, saying Trump was using “strong language,” along with other lawmakers present at a bipartisan meeting at the White House.

  • Chairman Nov 17, 2017

    Mugabe Emerges From House Arrest Amid Pressure to Exit

    Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe emerged for the first time Friday from military-imposed house arrest, presiding at a university graduation ceremony in a fragile show of normalcy even as former loyalists across the country demanded that he resign after nearly four decades in power. In an extraordinary evening newscast, state broadcaster ZBC — for decades, a mouthpiece for the Mugabe government...

  • priest Nov 17, 2017

    Doing Nothing, Trump May Witness US Goal in Mugabe’s Ouster

    Without lifting a finger, the Trump administration may be witnessing the culmination of nearly two decades of U.S. efforts to pry Zimbabwe from the powerful grasp of its authoritarian President Robert Mugabe. Yet with Mugabe’s fate and Zimbabwe’s political future in limbo, neither Trump nor previous administrations can claim credit or celebrate. The past three American leaders have actively and...

  • Chairman Nov 15, 2017

    Zimbabwe Military: This Is Not a Military Takeover of Government

    A spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Defence Forces said President Robert Mugabe and his family were safe after the military took control of the African nation.

  • Captain Oct 29, 2017

    Somalia Police End Night-Long Siege of Hotel; 23 Dead

    Somali security forces have ended a night-long siege by at a Mogadishu hotel by five extremist attackers who stormed the building after a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the entrance gate on Saturday afternoon. The attack killed 23 people. Troops regained control of the Nasa-Hablod hotel on Sunday morning, having killed three attackers and captured two alive,...

  • director Oct 16, 2017

    After Bombing, Somalia Fears Renewed Al-Shabab Onslaught

    As the toll rises above 300 from one of the world’s deadliest attacks in years, the al-Shabab extremist group has sent a powerful signal that the international focus on extremism can’t afford to overlook the African continent. Saturday’s truck bombing on a crowded Mogadishu street showed that al-Shabab, targeted for years by U.S. airstrikes and tens of thousands of African...

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