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.

German Federal Minister Gerd Muller visits African Union

German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller visits the African Union in Addis Ababa. IMAGES

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.

Ethiopia: 29th AU summit begins

The 29th African Union summit begins in Addis Ababa, with heads of state meeting to discuss the issues, conflicts and crises affecting the continent. IMAGES of the family photo

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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