Ghanaian President arrives in Mali as African Union lifts post-coup suspension | AFP

Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo, current chairman of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, is greeted by interim Malian president Bah Ndaw as he arrives in Bamako for an official visit to meet the post-coup government. On Friday, the African Union lifted its suspension of Mali which went into effect after a military coup toppled the West African nation’s government in August.

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AU to play more prominent role in resolving Libya conflict | AFP

Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, says during a two-day African Union summit in Addis Ababa that the AU seeks to play a more prominent role in the resolution of the ongoing conflict in Libya. SOUNDBITE

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African Union member states gather in Niamey to talk free-trade deal | AFP

The African Union gathers in Niamey, capital of Niger, for a summmit which the organisation hopes will pave the way towards a continent-wide free trade agreement. The AU envisions a free trade zone driving economic integration across a single African market of 1.2 billion people, expected to reach 2.5 billion by 2050. IMAGES

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African Union Ministers meet in Ethiopia to discuss situation in Sudan | AFP

Ministers of the African Union meet in Addis Ababa to discuss the situation in Sudan. IMAGES

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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi takes over as AU chairman

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, passes the baton to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the powers of the body. IMAGES of Kagame passing handing over the chairmanship to el-Sisi

AU Summit opens with Egypt set to lead

The African Union summit opens in Addis Ababa and will see Rwandan President Paul Kagame transfer the baton to Egypt meaning Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will officially take over the post of ceremonial head. IMAGES

Leaders arrive for AU summit as Kagame steps down

African leaders arrive in Addis Ababa for the African Union summit which will see Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, pass the baton to Egypt, which is expected to focus more on security issues than expanding the powers of the body. IMAGES of arrivals

African Union meeting in Ethiopia to discuss DRC situation

Continental leaders gather at a meeting of the African Union in Addis Ababa to discuss the disputed election in the DR Congo. The DR Congo election commission declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner last Thursday. But a different opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, has appealed the result, saying it was an “electoral coup” forged in backroom dealings between Tshisekedi and outgoing President Joseph Kabila.

Head of States arrive at the 30th annual African Union summit

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, Ali Bongo of Gabon and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya were among the presidents arriving at the 30th annual African Union summit on Monday. IMAGES

275 Nigerians are repatriated from Libya to Benin City

275 Nigerians are repatriated from Libya to Benin City, their home town in Nigeria. A special programme set up by the State of Edo awaits them to help them reintegrate. It’s part of an urgent repatriation plan being announced by the African Union, which will see up to 20,000 people evacuated.

Race to succeed S.Africa’s Zuma heats up

The battle to lead South Africa’s ruling ANC party has intensified in recent weeks and the fight to replace controversial President Zuma, in December this year, is sure to be a bloody one. The leading contenders are deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chairwoman of the African Union — and the president’s ex-wife.

Drought Forces Carnival Cancellations Across Brazil: VICE News Capsule, February 5

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Chad’s military claims it killed some 200 Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria, Mexico deported a record number of Central American women and children last year, Japan’s biggest bank will deploy robots to greet customers, and drought forces some Brazilian towns and cities to cancel upcoming Carnival festivities.

NIGERIA
Chadian Troops Clash With Boko Haram Militants
The African Union has authorized a 7,500-strong force to battle the extremist group.

MEXICO
Record Deportations of Central American Women and Children
The measures are attributed to pressure from the U.S. to stem the flow of migrants trying to reach the border.

JAPAN
Tokyo Banks to Deploy Robots to Greet Customers
Equipped with a camera, the NAO humanoid can speak 19 languages, analyze facial expressions and behavior.

BRAZIL
Drought Forces Cities to Cancel Carnival Festivities
​Rio de Janeiro, which puts on the most famous version of the annual parade, will make modifications to avoid wasting water.​

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 6, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: tens of thousands rally against IVF and surrogacy in France, Mexican authorities discover mass graves in Guerrero state, Somali troops recapture coastal town from Al Shabaab, and former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies of a heart attack aged 63.

FRANCE
Thousands Protest in Two Cities for ‘Traditional Family Values’
Group ‘La Manif Pour Tous’ organized rallies in Paris and Bordeaux against surrogacy and medically assisted conception for gay and lesbian couples.

MEXICO
Mass Graves Found in Guerrero State
DNA tests will determine if the remains belong to some or all of the university students who went missing in the area more than a week ago.

SOMALIA
Coastal Town Recaptured From Militants
Soldiers backed by African Union forces seized control of the town, which served as a key supply route for Al Shabaab fighters.

HAITI
Ex-Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Dies Aged 63
After 25 years in exile, Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to the country in 2011, where he was accused of human rights crimes during his brutal 15-year rule.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 9, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Human Rights Watch accuses African Union troops of raping Somali women and girls, Israeli court convicts cult leader and polygamist of sex crimes, Italian navy rescues more than 1,600 migrants over the weekend, and Japanese fishermen set off for seasonal whaling hunt.

SOMALIA
AU Troops Accused of Raping Vulnerable Women and Girls
Soldiers from Burundi and Uganda allegedly coerced displaced Somalis into sexual activity in exchange for food, water and medical aid.

ISRAEL
Court Finds Cult Leader Guilty of Sex Crimes
Goel Ratzon kept 21 wives and 38 children in a number of homes across Tel Aviv.

ITALY
Navy Rescues More than a Thousand Migrants
The EU has finally decided to take over rescue operations this November, as a growing number of refugees attempt the dangerous trip across the Mediterranean.

JAPAN
Whalers Kick off Seasonal Hunt in the Pacific Ocean
Government’s official reason is to observe contents of whales’ stomachs, but activists say it’s a front to feed a growing appetite for whale meat.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 31, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: protesters in Haiti call for the president’s resignation, fresh reports of violence in Darfur, Spanish journalists released by Syrian militants and a Ukrainian former boxer withdraws from the presidential race.

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Haitian Protesters Demand President’s Resignation
Thousands of protesters rallied on the streets of the Haitian capital Port-Au-Prince over the weekend, calling for the resignation of president Michel Martelly.

Violence in Darfur
The United Nations and the African Union have voiced increasing concern over recent violence in South Sudan’s Darfur region.

Spanish Journalists Held in Syria Freed
Two Spanish journalists who were kidnapped 6 months ago by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have returned to Spain where they were finally reunited with their families.

Former Boxer Withdraws from Presidential Race, Endorses Billionaire
Former heavyweight boxer Vitaliy Klitschko has announced that he is withdrawing from the Ukrainian presidential elections.

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