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Live updates: Greek lawmakers OK vaccine mandate for elderly

Dec. 01, 2021 17:05 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infection surge and the emergence of the omicron variant. The draft law...

In omicron hot spot, somber mood as S Africa faces variant

Nov. 28, 2021 14:18 PM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The overcast, drizzly skies match the somber mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa’s latest surge of COVID-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around the world to impose new...

South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike

Nov. 25, 2021 16:25 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday. ...

South Africa's ANC loses mayors in Johannesburg and Pretoria

Nov. 24, 2021 13:00 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, has lost control of the city councils of Johannesburg and other major cities, following recent local government elections. The ANC won less than 50% of the votes in the municipal elections...

Kenyan, South African presidents urge cease-fire in Ethiopia

Nov. 23, 2021 09:35 AM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have called for increased cooperation to bring peace to conflict-ridden regions in Africa, at the start of the Kenyan leader's two-day state visit to South Africa. ...

De Klerk's death sparks debate over his role in apartheid

Nov. 19, 2021 02:29 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Liberator of Nelson Mandela? Or a leader responsible for racist murders? South Africa is engrossed in debate over the legacy of apartheid's last president, F.W. de Klerk, who died last week at 85 and is to be buried Sunday. The controversy following...

South Africa's last apartheid president, F.W. de Klerk, dies

Nov. 11, 2021 13:04 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — F.W. de Klerk, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela and as South Africa’s last apartheid president oversaw the end of the country’s white minority rule, has died aged 85. Frederik Willem de Klerk died after a battle against cancer...

F.W. de Klerk, who oversaw end of South Africa's white minority rule as country's last apartheid president, dies at 85

Nov. 11, 2021 05:42 AM EST
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — F.W. de Klerk, who oversaw end of South Africa's white minority rule as country's last apartheid president, dies at 85.

A landmark as South Africa's ANC dips below 50% support

Nov. 05, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's ruling African National Congress party has received less than 50% of votes in nationwide elections for the first time, emphatically confirming the declining popularity of the once-revered organization that was led by Nelson Mandela and freed the...

South Africa's ANC party sees big decline in local elections

Nov. 04, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's voters have delivered a significant rebuke to the governing African National Congress, the party of late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, which got less than 50% of ballots cast in local government elections. Widespread...