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AU Urged To Intensify Efforts On African Integration Process

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32nd AU Summit To Address Forced Displacement In Africa - Faki Mahamat

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has urged AU members to intensify efforts for the realization of the African integration process.

Faki made the call during the thirty-fourth ordinary session of the AU’S executive council,   in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, within the framework of the 32nd ordinary session of the AU assembly.

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The AU chief said realizing the integration process is extremely urgent because of the current rise of unilateralism in the world.  He said the African continent must complete the integration process as soon as possible, to achieve the common development of the entire African continent.

Faki also urged AU member countries to intensify efforts for the realization of the African continental free trade area agreement.

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AU figures show 49 of its 55 member states have so far signed the agreement, while 13 countries have ratified the agreement.
A minimum of 22 ratifications are required for the AFCFTA to come into force, 12 other AU member countries are in advanced stages of obtaining parliamentary approval for ratification.
During the two-day meeting, the executive council is expected to consider key recommendations ahead of the session of the au assembly of heads of state and government, as African leaders are set to gather at the au headquarters from next week.

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Withdrawal Of Burundian Soldiers In Somalia Begins

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AU Begins Withdrawal Of 1,000 Burundian Soldiers From Somalia

A Burundian official says the AU`s decision to withdraw a thousand soldiers from the regional force in Somalia has begun.

The official, said on Thursday at least 200 soldiers have boarded a flight from Somalia to Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. He says, more soldiers are expected to be flown back from Burundi in the coming weeks.

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The African Union says it plans to withdraw thousands of its troops from Somalia by the end of 2020. The AU force, made up of soldiers from several African countries, has tried for years to secure the horn of Africa country against Al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebel.

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Kenya Court Delays Ruling On Gay Sex Till May

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Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s high court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

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The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until late May to reach a decision.

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Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted in the case.

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Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa.

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

Gunmen in Northern Mozambique have attacked a convoy of vehicles belonging to an American oil and gas company, Anadarko – the first such attack in an area where an Islamist militant group is active.

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Anadarko is expected to spend more than $20 billion dollars on the gas project close to the Tanzania border.

At least four persons from the firm were injured when more than a dozen unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy in Cabo Delgado province.

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A jihadist group, Al-Shabab, with no known links to the Somali jihadist group of the same name, has carried out frequent attacks on isolated villages since 2017.

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Correspondents say if the same group was behind this attack, it could mark a significant shift in its tactics and threaten Mozambique’s fledgling gas industry.

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