Marc Ravalomanana's son alleges he is being forcibly held while SADC condemns his surprise return.
The AU said lifting the travel ban would ease the economic impact of the restrictions, which add to continent's woes.
The African Union will have to deal with a crisis of another colour altogether, even as a continental response strategy to illness takes shape.
The league's already delayed national conference will take place even later than expected amid concerns that the organisation is losing its relevancy.
In five years' time, South Africa will be led by Baleka Mbete or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – that's if the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) has its way.
Following reports that Baleka Mbete is earmarked for a top position in the ANC, Jacob Zuma says SA could see a woman president sooner than expected.
Although Jacob Zuma supporters are trying to secure the presidency for Cyril Ramaphosa, there is a group that wants Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to return.
The nation's healthcare system reflects the actions of the ministers responsible for it over the years.
How will Africans achieve a more prosperous and peaceful continent in 50 years' time?
What if we were to appoint an all-female Cabinet, with a woman president at the helm? Here's who would rule, according to Richard Calland.
With many observers barred from covering Zimbabwe's election, the AU and SADC are becoming the world's eyes and ears in a test of their credibility.
African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has flown into Harare to assess Zimbabwe's preparedness for next week's elections.
Zimbabweans themselves must resolve a row over President Robert Mugabe's decision to call an election on July 31, says the head of the AU commission.
The establishment of the AU in 2002 renewed hope that it would be a more robust and effective continental organisation than its predecessor.
As the fallout regarding misinformation about vaccines and antiretrovirals shows, words can kill.
Hackers have been "masquerading" as Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the African Union doesn't like it one bit.
Influential KwaZulu-Natal politicians have been implicated in a probe into election irregularities by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Efforts to end conflict across Africa, especially in Mali, dominated the African Union summit opening on Sunday.