Subscribe to our mailing list. || Free Mobile App   
^ Back to Top

Font Size

Profile

Menu Style

Ergonomy

1st Progress Report of the Commission of the African Union on the situation in the Central African Republic and the activities of the Afican-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic AMANI AFRICA II Cycle Women and children in armed conflicts/ Gender mainstreaming AU Policy Framework on Security Sector Reform (SSR) The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) Make Peace Happen Campaign

Africa Brief - Compiled by situation room

Thursday 21 August 2014
WASHINGTON, August 21 (RIA Novosti) Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, two American medical workers who got infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in Liberia, have been released from Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Bruce Ribner, the medical director of the hospital, said Thursday. “Dr. Brantly has recovered from the Ebola virus infection and can return to his community and to his life without public health concerns to the general public and poses no public health threat,” said Dr. Ribner. Writebol was discharged from Emory Hospital on Tuesday, Dr. Ribner added. “We are tremendously pleased with Dr.

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
Doctors at a Donegal hospital are carrying out tests on a person who has died over fears they were carrying the deadly Ebola virus. Tests are being carried out on a person - named locally as Dessie Quinn (44) - who was found in Donegal early this morning. The man's body was brought to Letterkenny General Hospital where doctors are carrying out laboratory tests. His body has been placed in isolation as a precaution. It is understood the 44-year-old - who was being treated for malaria prior to his death - was recently working with a number of people in Sierra Leone who have contracted the virus.

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
Concerns over Ebola are prompting a growing number of African countries to tamp down on travel, a move the World Health Organization says could worsen the outbreak. South Africa announced Thursday that all noncitizens traveling there from three of the virus- stricken countries will be turned away, and that South African citizens arriving from the “high-risk” countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be subject to strict screening, including temperature checks. A fourth nation affected, Nigeria, was listed by South Africa as a “medium-risk” country, along with Kenya and Ethiopia,....

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
19:33 Outgoing UN rights chief rebukes UN Security Council. Navi Pilay, the outgoing UN rights chief, has rebuked the UN Security Council for failing to stop intolerable human suffering and serious breaches of global peace and security and accused it of putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrow national interests first. She said crises in Syria, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Gaza Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Ukraine are all examples of the international community’s failure to prevent conflict.

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates has toughened anti-terrorism laws, local media reported Thursday, as concerns mount worldwide about increasing violence being committed by radical Islamist groups. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahaan “enacted federal law number seven of 2014 on terrorist crimes,” the official WAM news agency said, without providing further details. Newspapers said the law allows for the death sentence, life imprisonment, and fines up to 100 million dirhams ($27 million) for those found guilty of terror-related crimes. “The law stipulates that those found guilty of....

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
In a strong signal that eliminating Palestinian militant commanders has become Israel’s top priority in this new phase of fighting in the Gaza Strip, three senior Hamas commanders and two with the smaller group Islamic Jihad were killed in airstrikes Thursday, according to officials and media reports. The latest strikes in Gaza appeared to be in keeping with a tactical shift on the part of Israel, which until this week had mainly targeted infrastructure such as infiltration tunnels and rocket-launching sites. That changed Tuesday, when the Israeli force tried to assassinate Hamas’ top....

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe: Quinton de Kock’s quickfire 84 led South Africa to a crushing 3-0 series victory over Zimbabwe as they won the third One-Day International by seven wickets on Thursday. De Kock wasted little time in his 75-ball innings and was aided by 40 off 33 balls by stand-in captain Faf du Plessis as the Proteas chased down a target of 166 in just 27.2 overs. The heavy defeat came after both sides made three changes, with the most notable arguably being Zimbabwe’s decision to drop their premier batsman Brendan Taylor. Taylor had scored just 20 runs in the first two games, but his....

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
Davutoglu was named by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as its sole candidate to be new leader and prime minister to replace Erdogan. He will take office on August 28. He will be just the third prime minister since the AKP came to power in 2002 after outgoing president Abdullah Gul and Erdogan, who has been premier sice 2003. Davutoglu's mild-mannered and smiling demeanour belies his abilities as a tough negotiator and strategic thinker, who has been at the heart of government since Erdogan first came to power. His foreign policy defined Ankara as a regional power broker but....

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
Spent bullet shells litter the ground as a member of the Islamist-linked militia walks past following three days of battles in the area of Tripoli’s international airport yesterday. CAIRO: Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport halted most flights to and from Libya yesterday for security reasons, officials said, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli. Flights from Tunisia and Egypt to Libya had been operating on an almost daily basis until now, a vital link to the outside for Libyans and foreigners alike as fighting between rival factions in the capital escalated.

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
DAKAR, Aug 21 (Reuters) - At least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, denying that the illness was Ebola. "This is not Ebola," a WHO spokesman said in an email to Reuters on Thursday. A WHO report dated Thursday and seen by Reuters said that 592 people had contracted the disease, of whom 70 died. (Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Daniel Flynn) We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data.

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste and two other Al-Jazeera journalists jailed by Egypt for alleged ties with Islamists have filed appeals against their convictions, their network has said in a statement. Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted in June of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news that portrayed Egypt as being in a state of "civil war". Greste and Fahmy received seven-year terms, while Mohamed was jailed for 10 years, in a case that sparked international outrage.

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
Prabhjot Singh In Sub-Saharan Africa, any child with a fever should receive immediate medical care to prevent death from malaria or pneumonia. But, as panic about the spread of Ebola grips Liberia, as well as Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria, people there are increasingly associating clinicians and health-care facilities with exposure to the disease. Ensuring that they continue to seek care when they need it requires improvements to frontline clinics and investment in locally hired community health workers (CHWs) to reach the vulnerable in their homes.

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
Super sub Erik Lamela inspired a comeback victory for Tottenham last night - and saved his fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino's from defeat in his first European match as a coach. Spurs had trailed to a first-half strike from AEL Limassol and were in danger of becoming But the Spurs boss , who had made seven changes to his side, acted by sending on £30m-man Lamela after 72 minutes. Within 120 seconds the former Roma star had set up a super Roberto Soldado volley for the equaliser. And after 80 minutes, he neatly released Harry Kane to crash home the winner in this Europa League playoff first leg.

Read more...


Thursday 21 August 2014
Peter Mwangi took over in 2008 and is retiring after serving two terms of three years. NSE chairman Eddy Njoroge said the board had already opened the search for Mr Mwangi’s replacement. Mr Mwangi earned an average of Sh1.1 million per month last year, making the NSE chief executive post one of the best paid jobs in corporate Kenya. Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) chief executive Peter Mwangi is set to quit in November, calling time on a six-year tenure at the helm of the region’s biggest bourse. Mr Mwangi, who took over at the NSE in 2008, said he was retiring from the exchange after completing two terms of three years each.

Read more...


Upcoming Meetings

Aug
21
Peace and Security Council Meeting, 10:00 a.m., Plenary Hall, Old AU Conference Centre[Read More ...]
Aug
22
Peace and Security Council Meeting, 10:00 a.m., Plenary Hall, Old AU Conference Centre[Read More ...]
Aug
25
Peace and Security Council Meeting, 10:00 a.m., Plenary Hall, Old AU Conference Centre[Read More ...]

All meetings ...

 

Publications

African Union Peace and Security Publications

Multimedia channel

African Union Peace and Security Videos