Senior AU official says decision taken because militant "threat is expanding" in Sahel, a semi-arid strip below Africa's Sahara desert.
An escalating war of words is taking place between Eritrea and Ethiopia, as the two countries face-off over a flaring border dispute that historically claimed the lives of over 100,000 people.
The incident occurred in the town of Ambo, located roughly 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of the capital, Addis Ababa.
The Kremlin is positioning itself as indispensable to Sudan while it bids to increase its sway over Africa and Muslim countries.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo aims to promote US cooperation in Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia amid Chinese influence and a growing Russian presence in Africa.
President Salva Kiir says he was cutting number of states from 32 to 10, unlocking a stalled peace deal and paving way for formation of long-awaited unity government.
Somali presidential spokesman Abdinur Mohamed confirms meeting, saying "It was behind closed doors and no communique is being released. It was an ice-breaking one."
African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat says US President Trump's controversial plan "trampled on the rights of the Palestinian people" –– a line that drew applause in main hall at AU headquarters in Ethiopia.
The two-day summit has taken as its theme "Silencing the Guns", yet AU officials are well aware of their failure to achieve the goal adopted in 2013 of ending "all wars in Africa by 2020".
Food sources for people and their livestock "at risk," agriculture ministry warns, as locust infestation sweeps Horn of Africa.
A growing social media campaign echoes the #BringBackOurGirls activism in Nigeria over the mass kidnapping there of scores of schoolgirls in 2014 as Ethiopians attempt to pressure the government for answers over the abduction in the Oromia region.
For more than a decade, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has devoted a lot of his time to cultivating friendly relations with African countries, and his 2020 tour to the continent is part of that long-standing approach.
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