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South African youth project pays tribute to Prince Philip

ORANGE FARM, South Africa (AP) — Young South Africans enthusiastically performed Zulu dancing and traditional African music as part of the lessons provided by...

‘Distance makes sense:’ Semenya pins Olympic hopes on 5,000

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya won the 5,000-meter race at the South African national championships on Thursday in a personal-best time and...

The Latest: California governor says all schools must reopen

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging all schools in the state to reopen, saying there are no health barriers to getting...

South Africans anxious over pause in use of J&J vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's decision to suspend the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to preliminary reports of rare blood clots...

The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. ...

South Africa halts J&J vaccine jabs; Europe rollout delayed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa suspended giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots Tuesday as a “precautionary measure” and the company delayed its European vaccine...

South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma must pay legal fees

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been denied state funding for his legal fees in an upcoming corruption trial and...

Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Dozens of Americans are rolling up their sleeves for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine -- this time, shots tweaked to guard against a...

The Latest: Australia mourns Prince Philip

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: ...

After delays, South Africa announces mass vaccination drive

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — After a false start and an unconventional test run, South Africa on Friday announced the launch of its mass vaccination campaign...

Southern African leaders concerned by Mozambique’s rebels

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Five southern African leaders expressed their concern at the extremist violence in northern Mozambique and said they will consider “a proportionate...

Spain’s Sánchez tries to contain migration with Africa visit

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is on a mini-tour to two African nations that are key in the European country's new...

Hymns through masks: Christians mark another pandemic Easter

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah”...

EXPLAINER: Who are the rebels in northern Mozambique?

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With more than a week of fierce fighting including beheaded bodies in the streets, the battle for the northern Mozambique town...

The Dutch went first in 2001; who has same-sex marriage now?

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twenty years ago, just after the stroke of midnight on April 1, the mayor of Amsterdam married four couples in City...

Malawi starts vaccination drive with AstraZeneca from COVAX

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi is vaccinating health care workers, the elderly and those with health conditions that put them at higher risk of...

South Africa bans liquor sales over Easter to prevent surge

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will restrict the sale of alcohol and limit the size of religious and social gatherings over Easter to prevent...

Rebels leave beheaded bodies in streets of Mozambique town

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Fierce fighting for control of Mozambique's strategic northern town of Palma left beheaded bodies strewn in the streets Monday, with heavily...

Spain targets Africa in boost of diplomatic, business ties

MADRID (AP) — Spain launched Monday a diplomatic push into Africa, marking out the continent as a political priority with an ambitious plan to...

Rebels besiege town in northern Mozambique for fifth day

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rebels fought the Mozambican army Sunday for the fifth straight day for control of the strategic northern town of Palma, as...

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...

Zimbabwe’s president gets shot of Sinovac in Victoria Falls

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s president has received his first shot of the Chinese Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, a move the government hopes will encourage...

5 die in stampede to view body of Tanzania’s Magufuli

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Five people, including four children, died in a suspected stampede during a public viewing of the body of former Tanzanian...

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. ...

COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to African nations pick up speed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More African countries received the long-awaited first deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, with Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Lesotho benefiting...

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...

One of Zimbabwe’s vice presidents quits amid sex scandal

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — One of Zimbabwe’s vice presidents has resigned following a string of reports in the local media that alleged he had...

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...

Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America amid virus

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where...

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...

Zimbabwe receives first vaccines from Sinopharm in China

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has received its first COVID-19 vaccines with the arrival early Monday of an Air Zimbabwe jet carrying 200,000 Sinopharm...

Namibia closes state-owned Air Namibia citing big losses

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — The government of Namibia has closed the southern African country's state-owned airline, Air Namibia, saying that it can no longer...

Zimbabwe to receive delivery of China’s Sinopharm vaccines

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is preparing to receive its first delivery of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, saying the shipment will first undergo “rigorous...

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...

Malawi setting up field hospitals to cope with virus surge

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi faces a resurgence of COVID-19 that is overwhelming the southern African country where a presidential residence and a national...

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...

Zimbabwean journalist released on bail after weeks in prison

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s High Court on Wednesday freed on bail journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who had spent nearly three weeks in prison —...

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...

Fourth Zimbabwean Cabinet member dies of COVID-19 in surge

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Four Zimbabwean Cabinet ministers have died of COVID-19, three within the past two weeks, highlighting a resurgence of the disease...

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...

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