Mugabe steals spotlight in Europe

Fanuel Jongwe

His arrival may have been low-key, but veteran Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is likely to steal the spotlight at this weekend's European Union-Africa summit with his first trip to Europe in more than two years. Usually the subject of a travel ban from the EU, Mugabe touched down in Lisbon late on Thursday.

AU seeks to improve conflict-solving

Emmanuel Goujon

The African Union starts a heads-of-state summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday seeking to bolster the body's capacity to solve conflicts such as the crises in Darfur and Somalia. Since its inception in 2002, the pan-African body has lacked the funds and political drive to take effective action on the continent's flashpoints.

Senegal seeks pressure for Chad-Sudan peace

Pascal Fletcher, Diadie Ba

Senegal wants the international community to guarantee a peace accord between Chad and Sudan to end years of conflict between the two feuding neighbours, President Abdoulaye Wade said. The Senegalese leader will host the signing of a peace pact on Wednesday between Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir

'Future of Darfur sits on a knife-edge'

Celean Jacobson

A delegation of the world's elder statesmen on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire in Sudan's Darfur and for the international community to urgently honour its pledge to send in a peacekeeping force. "The future of Darfur, and indeed the whole of Sudan, sits on a knife-edge," said a report following a fact-finding mission.

African Union hails success of Comoros operation

Aaron Maasho

The military operation to oust the rebel leader of the Comoros island of Anjouan was hailed on Friday as a success by the African Union, in dire need of a boost to its conflict-resolution record. The first ever AU-backed plan to remove a renegade leader came after failed negotiations.

Comoros says troops have taken Anjouan capital

Ahmed Ali Amir

The Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Comoros said it had captured the capital and airport of the rebel island of Anjouan on Tuesday in a African Union-backed seaborne assault. "Our troops have their feet on the ground ... The assault has started well and good," Mohamed Bacar Dossar, a presidential official in charge of defence, said.

SA aims to strengthen UN, AU security ties

Staff Reporter

South Africa said on Wednesday it plans to use its presidency of the United Nations Security Council in April to enhance security cooperation between the world body and the African Union on the continent. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said that South Africa would call a summit this month at the UN to discuss conflict resolution in Africa.

SA urges rich nations to equip Darfur force

Staff Reporter

South Africa urged rich countries on Tuesday to provide the hardware required for the deployment of a hybrid United Nations-Africa peacekeeping force in the strife-torn Darfur region of western Sudan. The Darfur conflict between rebels and a pro-government militia has claimed an estimated 200 000 lives in the past four years.