Takwa Zebulon of the African Union addresses former presidents Thabo Mbeki (South Africa) and Pierre Buyoya (Burundi) before the AUHRM foundation stone. Left to right, front row, Abdul Mohammed, Buyoya, Mbeki, Mukoni Ratshitanga, and Alex de Waal Smith. (AU headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 30, 2012).
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US President-elect Donald Trump © George Skidmore, Flickr
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The $200 million AU HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia © Albert Gonzàlez Farran/UNAMID
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