African Union - the best personalized free web-based Email en en African Union US sends dozens of troops to Somalia, 1st time in decades MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. military is sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment to the Horn of Africa country in roughly two decades. The United States pulled out of Somalia after 1993, when two helicopters were shot down in the capital, Mogadishu, and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets. Even now, Somalia's fragile ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-04-14T16:50:00Z US wants 'proof' of progress by Sudan's government on Darfur UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday the Trump administration wants to see "proof" from Sudan's government — not more words — that it is making progress toward peace and protecting civilians in its vast and troubled Darfur region. A review of the 17,000-strong joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, which... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 23:11:00 GMT 2017-04-04T23:11:00Z Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has surrendered to Ugandan forces, the military said Thursday, shortly after the U.S. indicated it was pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most notorious fugitives. Michael Omona's surrender to Ugandan forces in Central African Republic "shows the degraded capacity" of the L... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:44:00 GMT 2017-03-30T16:44:00Z Kenya says its army killed 31 extremists in Somalia NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's military says it has killed 31 al-Shabab extremists in a raid in Baadhade district in southern Somalia, but the Islamic militant group denies it. The Kenyan military said Monday that its ground troops were supported in the Sunday raid by helicopter gunships and artillery fire to strike two al-Shabab bases. ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:16:00 GMT 2017-03-27T17:16:00Z African Union force in Somalia needs troop surge, chief says MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The head of the African Union mission in Somalia is seeking a surge in troops to help the country's military control areas won back from extremist group al-Shabab, saying the Somali National Army has been unable to take charge as expected. Francisco Caetano Madeira's request for an unspecified number of extra AU troops comes amid... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:13:00 GMT 2017-03-11T09:13:00Z UN chief: Steady funding needed for AU troops in Somalia NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday urged more funding for African Union troops in Somalia battling Islamic extremists trying to take over the country. The African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, needs consistent funding in order to meet its objectives in fighting terrorism and stabilizing the country, Antonio Guterres said. ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:43:00 GMT 2017-03-08T16:43:00Z At least 57 al-Shabab extremists killed in Somalia assault NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 57 members of the al-Shabab extremist group were killed Thursday as African Union and Somali forces attacked one of its camps, the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia announced. It was one of the deadliest assaults on the al-Qaida-linked group by the joint forces. The multinational force said on Twitter that vehicles and equi... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:52:00 GMT 2017-03-02T16:52:00Z 2 mortar rounds hit near voting site day before Somalia vote MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two mortar rounds fired by suspected extremists hit near Mogadishu's international airport Tuesday night, close to the heavily guarded venue where Somalia's presidential election will be held on Wednesday, police said. There were no immediate reports of deaths, Capt. Mohamed Hussein said. Separately, residents in a town outside M... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:38:00 GMT 2017-02-07T19:38:00Z UN chief commends African countries for accepting refugees ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The U.N. Secretary General has commended African countries for opening their borders to refugees and people fleeing violence while other parts of the world, including the developed West, close boundaries and build walls. Antonio Guterres made the remarks Monday in Addis Ababa where several dozen African leaders are attending t... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:14:00 GMT 2017-01-30T19:14:00Z Morocco rejoins the African Union after 32 years ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Western Sahara and African Union sources have told the Associated Press that Morocco has officially been admitted back in to the continental body after 32 years of isolation. The decision for Morocco to rejoin the AU came Monday at the African leaders summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. "Morocco has been admitted to join the AU w... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:10:00 GMT 2017-01-30T19:10:00Z Al-Shabab, Kenya claim dozens of deaths in Somalia attack MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The al-Shabab extremist group attacked a Kenyan military base inside Somalia with a car bomb and machine guns early Friday, and both the insurgents and Kenya's military claimed dozens of deaths on the opposite side. Nine soldiers — two officers and seven servicemen — were killed and more than 70 al-Shabab extremists died in the b... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:57:00 GMT 2017-01-27T20:57:00Z No deal in talks to persuade Gambian leader to step down DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — No deal was reached Friday in last-ditch attempts by a regional mediation team to persuade Gambia's longtime leader to step down, and while mediation will continue, the inauguration next week of the elected opposition coalition leader will go forward, the spokesman for coalition said. "This crisis has not been solved by these talks,"... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:53:00 GMT 2017-01-13T23:53:00Z Suicide car bomber outside Mogadishu airport kills 3: Police MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu's international airport Monday, killing at least three people, a Somali police officer said. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomb detonated as security forces were searching cars at the checkpoint, a few hundred meters (yards) from the m... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 12:54:00 GMT 2017-01-02T12:54:00Z African Union forces in Somalia kill 11 civilians: Residents MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — African Union soldiers killed 11 civilians in two separate incidents over the weekend, Somalia residents told The Associated Press on Monday. Traditional elder Mohamed Hassan said the first occurred when troops opened fire on a minibus in Qoryooley town in Lower Shabelle region on Sunday. All six passengers were killed, he said. ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:36:00 GMT 2016-12-19T12:36:00Z