China denies bugging African Union HQ, which it built

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"The African Union center was built at the AU's request with Chinese government assistance", Hua Chunying said during a reporters' briefing in Beijing.

China's ambassador to the African Union has described as "absurd" the result of an investigation by the French newspaper Le Monde, according to which Beijing has spied, at least from 2012 to 2017, on the seat of the Union in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

China's relationship with Africa and the AU will go on and be further strengthened, Kuang said.

He spoke out three days after the newspaper published an article claiming data from the Chinese-built AU building was being copied to Shanghai.

The AU has declined to respond to the story.

Buhari expressed Nigeria's grave concern over the increasing threats posed by transnational terrorism and the attendant humanitarian crisis and also condemned in the strongest terms the continued activities of the terrorist groups in Africa, and around the world and called for more concerted action by the African body and the worldwide community to address the global scourge.

It was earlier reported that 23 African countries including Nigeria sealed a deal to operate a single air aviation market.

"The Kenya Government continues to appeal to our brothers and sisters on the continent to also collectively address the root cause and development of violent extremism in the different regions in Africa", President Kenyatta told leaders who attended the Peace and Security Council meeting.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit said the common convergence between the Arab world and the African continent remains a "theater for multiple tensions and instability". Asked who, he said: "People in the West".

On Monday, January 29, the African Development Bank, together with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners launched the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) initiative at the AU Headquarters. I hope within this week, you will hear from me on where we are.

"We have also facilitated humanitarian relief by securing the main supply routes to enable safe delivery of humanitarian assistance to most of the affected populations", the President added.

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