President Barack Obama delivers a speech to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tuesday, July 28, 2015.(AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
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Barack Obama Tuesday condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end "the cancer of corruption," in the first ever address to the African Union by a U.S. president.But Obama said the rest of the world also needed to change its approach to Africa by boosting fair trade and not just providing aid handouts, and vowed that the United States stood with the region to defeat terrorism and end conflict.Both are key security allies in the fight against Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabab militants, but they were also challenged on concerns over democracy, human rights and graft.Obama also outlined how American businesses were increasing U.S. trade with the continent.Playing up his position as the first-ever African-American U.S. president, he also cast Washington as a trusted partner of the continent, and took a veiled swipe at resource-hungry China – which has massively stepped up its presence in Africa, symbolized by the Chinese-built African Union headquarters where he gave the speech.Obama said the United States was also a solid security partner that would stand by Africa in dealing with terrorism and end conflict.Many audience members emerged impressed – even if several African leaders may be less happy.
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