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Northern Mozambique town attacked by rebels for third day

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The town of Palma in northern Mozambique remained under attack from insurgents for a third day Friday, with residents trying to...

South Africa’s ex-president should be jailed, argues lawyer

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for a commission investigating corruption in South Africa have asked the country’s highest court to jail former president Jacob Zuma...

Protest in South Africa over conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Members of Ethiopia's Tigrayan community in South Africa demonstrated in the capital in a bid to bring international attention to the...

Jihadi rebels hit town in north Mozambique near gas project

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jihadi rebels are fighting to capture Palma, a strategic town in northern Mozambique where fighting continued Thursday after launching a three-pronged...

Africa’s elephants now endangered by poaching, habitat loss

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Increasing threats of poaching and loss of habitat have made Africa's elephant populations more endangered, according to a report released...

Liz Mills takes big step for female basketball coaches

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Liz Mills’ decision to look more professional when coaching basketball games by wearing high-heeled leather boots instead of...

The Latest: Australia seeks vaccine aid for Papua New Guinea

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is working with U.S., Indian and Japanese partners to provide emergency coronavirus vaccine to...

South Africa’s Zulu king is buried amid praise, controversy

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The traditional leader of South Africa’s 12 million Zulu people, King Goodwill Zwelithini, has been laid to rest in a private...

Death of Tanzania’s Magufuli draws sorrow but ire from some

NAKURU, Kenya (AP) — News of the death of Tanzania's President John Magufuli drew mixed reactions; sorrow from many but bitterness from a critic...

South Africa headmaster charged for sending boy into latrine

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A...

The end approaches for Chile’s military-era constitution

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The cool kids. The usual suspects. The ones everyone knows about. ...

McLaughlin, nun who exposed abuses in Rhodesia, dies at 79

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Sister Janice McLaughlin, a Maryknoll Sisters nun who was jailed and later deported by white minority-ruled Rhodesia for exposing human rights...

Children among victims of jihadi rebels in Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Northern Mozambique's humanitarian crisis is growing rapidly, with nearly 670,000 people displaced by the Islamic extremist insurgency in Cabo Delgado province,...

Hope that South Africa’s COVID-19 corruption inspires action

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — There's some hope in South Africa that this time the outrage against corruption inspires effective action. ...

South Africa’s Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini dies, aged 72

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — King...

South African official pledges to fund university students

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In an effort to quell violent protests at universities, South Africa's education minister has vowed to make more money available to...

Africa seeks ‘continental capacity’ to produce vaccines

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — As Africa lags in its efforts to vaccinate 60% of its 1.3 billion people as quickly as possible, the continent...

South African university students clash with police, 1 dead

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least one person has died and two students have been injured in clashes between South African university students and police...

Royals’ comments raise race issue in Commonwealth nations

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In countries with historic ties to Britain, allegations by Prince Harry and Meghan that an unnamed member of...

Crocodile hunt: Search on for escaped reptiles in S. Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Police and conservation officers were searching Friday for an unknown number of young crocodiles that escaped earlier in...

Tributes as leading South African reporter dies of COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tributes from journalists and politicians are coming in for prominent South African journalist Karima Brown who died of COVID-19 on Thursday. ...

All sides commit abuses in Mozambique conflict, says report

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — War crimes have been committed by all sides fighting in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado province, including jihadi rebels, government forces and...

Countries urge drug companies to share vaccine know-how

PARIS (AP) — In an industrial neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s largest city lies a factory with gleaming new equipment imported from Germany,...

US is ‘gravely concerned’ by reports of abuses in Ethiopia

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States is “gravely concerned by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation” in Ethiopia's Tigray region, U.S. Secretary of...

Semenya taking case to European Court of Human Rights

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya is going to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge “discriminatory” rules that prohibit her...

FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that...

South Africa to spend $712 million on mass vaccination drive

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa plans to spend $712 million to vaccinate some 67% of its 60 million people to control the country's COVID-19...

South African ex-president’s corruption trial set for May

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former...

Influential mayor of Mozambique city dies of COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Daviz Simango, the leader of Mozambique's opposition MDM party and the mayor of the major port city of Beira, died Monday...

Exiled Rwandan opposition figure shot dead in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are investigating the death of exiled Rwandan opposition politician Seif Bamporiki who was killed in Cape Town. ...

South Africa’s president fights own party over corruption

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's anti-corruption drive is facing stiff resistance from political foes within his own party, including his predecessor,...

Africa reaches 100,000 known COVID-19 deaths as danger grows

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa has surpassed 100,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 as the continent praised for its early response to the pandemic now...

The Latest: Nevada has 1st confirmed case of SAfrica variant

RENO, Nev. — Nevada health officials have confirmed the state’s first known case of a coronavirus variant that was originally identified in South Africa. ...

A joke, a jab: South Africa starts vaccinating with leader

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Cracking a joke about his fear of needles, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday became one of...

The Latest: India finds new cases of a coronavirus variant

NEW DELHI — Health officials in India say cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa and Brazil have been found in...

South Africa readies to give J&J jabs to health care workers

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is preparing to give its first COVID-19 vaccinations — shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine still being tested...

South Africa’s health care workers eager for first vaccines

ELANDSDOORN, South Africa (AP) — After testing thousands of people for coronavirus, South African nurse Asnath Masango says she can't wait to get vaccinated....

WHO authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for emergency use

TORONTO (AP) — The World Health Organization has granted an emergency authorization to AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine, a move that should allow the U.N. agency's...

South Africa reopens its land borders as virus cases decline

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South...

The Latest: Greek player tested negative in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open (all times local): ...

African nations still encouraged to use AstraZeneca vaccine

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — African countries without the coronavirus variant dominant in South Africa should go ahead and use the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the...

WHO expert group recommends use of AstraZeneca vaccine

GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts advising the World Health Organization about immunization on Wednesday recommended the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine even in countries that...

In switch, South Africa to give health workers J&J vaccine

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will start vaccinating front-line health workers next week with a shot that is still in testing — an unorthodox...

Surging virus in French African outpost reveals inequalities

MAMOUDZOU, Mayotte (AP) — Mayotte’s main tourist office stands nearly empty, a lonely tropical outpost overlooking a people-less port. Its only hospital, however, is...

Austria to restrict movement from Tyrol over variant fears

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's leader said Tuesday that people will have to produce a negative coronavirus test to leave the country's Tyrol province as...

S Africa seeks new vaccine plan after halting AstraZeneca

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is considering giving a COVID-19 vaccine that is still in the testing phase to health workers, after suspending the...

The Latest: Miss. says out-of-staters showing up for vaccine

JACKSON, Miss. — Officials in Mississippi say about 2% of the coronavirus vaccinations given so far in the state have gone to people with...

New variants raise worry about COVID-19 virus reinfections

Evidence is mounting that having COVID-19 may not protect against getting infected again with some of the new variants. People also can get second...

The Latest: China’s northeast outbreaks appear under control

BEIJING — China appears to have stamped out its latest coronavirus outbreaks centered on the northeast, reporting no new cases of local infection in...

South Africa suspends AstraZeneca vaccine drive

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has suspended plans to inoculate its front-line health care workers with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after a small clinical trial...

South Africa seizes rhino horns to be smuggled to Malaysia

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African customs officials have seized more than $3.5 million worth of rhino horns at the O.R Tambo International Airport in...

South Africa’s former president is warned to appear in court

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — A legal showdown is looming in South Africa where former president Jacob Zuma is refusing to obey court orders...

African countries scramble to bury virus dead, get vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Shipping containers have become overflow mortuaries for the dead from COVID-19 in South Africa, while some other African nations are now...

South Africa welcomes first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa gave a hero's welcome Monday to the delivery of its first COVID-19 vaccines — 1 million doses of the...

South Africa’s virus lockdown helps reduce rhino poaching

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The number of rhinos killed in South Africa’s national parks dropped by 33% last year, with COVID-19 restrictions helping by reducing...

South Africa OKs limited use of parasite drug for COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is allowing the limited use of a medicine to treat COVID-19 even though regulators acknowledge there’s not enough evidence...

The Latest: Anchorage opens up after COVID-19 drop, vaccines

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A decrease in the rate of COVID-19 infections buoyed by other factors like having 12% of the population vaccinated has led...

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine works, but less so against variants

Novavax Inc. said Thursday that its COVID-19 vaccine appears 89% effective based on early findings from a British study and that it also seems...

Virus variant from South Africa detected in US for 1st time

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A new variant of the coronavirus emerged Thursday in the United States, posing yet another public health challenge in a...

Contact made with pirates who kidnapped 15 Turkish sailors

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pirates who kidnapped 15 Turkish crew members of a cargo ship off the West African coast, have made contact with...

The Latest: More rules for returning New Zealand travelers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three...

Battling COVID-19, South Africa prepares for first vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Battling a COVID-19 resurgence driven by a more infectious variant, South Africa is preparing to roll out its first vaccines to...

COVID-19 variant brings new dimension to Europe’s pandemic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In the first week of December, Portugal’s prime minister gave his pandemic-weary people an early Christmas gift: restrictions on gatherings...

South Africa’s president criticizes ‘vaccine nationalism’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African president and African Union chairman Cyril Ramaphosa has called on richer nations to release surplus vaccine doses to the...

Minnesota case marks 1st detection of Brazil variant in US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has made its first known appearance in the United States in a person who...

South African cops investigate official for not wearing mask

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South...

South Africa mourns anti-apartheid trombonist Jonas Gwangwa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tributes...

Cyclone weakens in central Mozambique, but flooding a threat

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Mozambican port city of Beira breathed a sigh of relief Saturday as Cyclone Eloise caused less damage than feared as...

South African cabinet minister dies of COVID-19 amid surge

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jackson Mthembu, a central figure in communicating the South African government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, died of complications from the...

Xi, Modi expected for ‘virtual’ Davos in era of pandemic

GENEVA (AP) — World Economic Forum organizers are expecting leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

Amid COVID-19 surge, South Africa delays reopening schools

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Faced...

Official: Africa secures close to 300 million vaccine doses

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The African Union has secured close to 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in the largest such agreement yet for Africa,...

South Africa struggles with post-holiday spike in COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is struggling to cope with a spike in COVID-19 cases that has already overwhelmed many hospitals, as people returning...

Zimbabwe bans traditional funerals to battle COVID-19 spike

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe, battling a spike in new COVID-19 cases, has banned families from transporting their dead relatives between cities, as part...

US ambassador in South Africa better after ICU virus care

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, spent 10 days in intensive care with COVID-19 and is now recuperating...

The Latest: Scores test positive in China’s Hebei province

BEIJING — Chinese health authorities say scores more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Hebei province bordering on the capital Beijing. ...

Africa exceeds 3 million COVID-19 cases, 30% in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa passed the milestone of 3 million confirmed cases COVID-19 on Sunday, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa...

Pro-democracy activists heartened by US system’s resilience

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Stunned and riveted by the riot that engulfed the U.S. Capitol, pro-democracy and human rights campaigners around the world also were...

South Africa buys 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it will import 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to inoculate the country's health workers. This is...

Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to...

3 nabbed at Johannesburg airport with gold in carry-on bags

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are investigating a possible international gold smuggling syndicate after three suspects were arrested at O.R. Tambo International Airport...

Mozambique’s jihadists force Total to suspend gas project

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mozambique's jihadist violence has forced the French energy firm Total to suspend work at its multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project in...

South Africa testing whether vaccines work against variant

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Scientists in South Africa are urgently testing to see if the vaccines for COVID-19 will be effective against the country's variant...

The Latest: Tens of thousands on Vegas strip despite warning

LAS VEGAS — Tens of thousands of people were walking on the casino-lined Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve by early evening despite...

South Africans swap firecrackers for candles amid pandemic

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Many South Africans swapped firecrackers for candles to mark New Year’s Eve amid COVID-19 restrictions including a nighttime curfew. ...

Increased testing needed as Africa sees rise in virus cases

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — As a result of holiday gatherings, African officials warn of a resurgence of COVID-19 on the continent and urge increased...

As South Africa’s virus spikes, president bans liquor sales

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reimposed a ban on alcohol sales and ordered the closure of all bars Monday as part...

Rights groups decry Ethiopia’s arrest of Reuters journalist

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Media rights groups are protesting the Ethiopian government's arrest of journalists, saying it indicates the erosion of press freedom in the...

The Latest: Japan’s PM seeks to enforce virus measures

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he plans to submit legislation that will make coronavirus measures legally binding for businesses, punish violators...

South Africa on verge of new virus rules as it hits 1M cases

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's COVID-19 spike has taken the country to more than 1 million confirmed cases on Sunday and President Cyril Ramaphosa...

South Africa’s virus variant drives holiday surge of cases

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's normally joyful and lively Christmas celebrations have been dampened by the spike in new cases and deaths driven by...

Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Another new variant of the coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, Africa’s top public health official said Thursday, but...

The Latest: Brazil is latest to ban flights from Britain

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has become the latest country to bar flights from the United Kingdom in a bid to prevent contagion from...

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all

In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas. In Lebanon, you can go to a nightclub, but you can’t dance. In South Africa,...

In South Africa, child homicides show violence ‘entrenched’

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — At night, Amanda Zitho worries her little boy is shivering and cold in his coffin and yearns to...

New virus strains prompt travel restrictions with Britain

More and more countries around the world are restricting travel from Britain and elsewhere amid concerns about new strains of the coronavirus, as their...

African Union says Ethiopia acted legitimately in Tigray

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia...

New strain of COVID-19 is driving South Africa’s resurgence

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South...

EXPLAINER: Are new coronavirus strains cause for concern?

Reports from Britain and South Africa of new coronavirus strains that seem to spread more easily are causing alarm, but virus experts say it’s...

Ethiopia offers reward for rebellious leaders of Tigray

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia is offering a reward of more than $250,000 for information on the whereabouts of Tigray’s rebellious leaders who fled the...

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