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Congo and Rwanda agree to reduce tensions over M23 rebels

Jul. 06, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rwanda and Congo have agreed to reduce tensions following one-day talks between their presidents mediated by Angola, Congo’s presidency announced Wednesday. The two countries will revive a Congo-Rwanda commission which will resume activities on July 12 in...

South African president decries deaths of 21 teens in tavern

Jul. 06, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — The deaths of 21 teenagers in a nightclub tragedy is a crime and South African officials must increase steps to prevent alcohol from being illegally sold to youths, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday. “We do not know yet...

South African president joins hundreds of mourners at funeral for 21 teenagers who died in mysterious tavern tragedy

Jul. 06, 2022 04:43 AM EDT
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — South African president joins hundreds of mourners at funeral for 21 teenagers who died in mysterious tavern tragedy.

South African president to attend funeral for 21 teenagers

Jul. 05, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to attend the funeral in East London Wednesday for 21 teenagers who died in a mysterious tragedy at a tavern almost two weeks ago. A large tent has been erected for the service, which is expected to be...

Rwanda, Congo leaders to meet in Angola amid tensions

Jul. 05, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi will meet with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Angola amid rising tensions between the two neighboring countries, a Congolese government spokesman said. The two leaders on Wednesday will discuss bilateral relations and...

South Africans struggle in the dark to cope with power cuts

Jul. 02, 2022 04:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans are struggling in the dark to cope with increased power cuts that have hit households and businesses across the country. The rolling power cuts have been experienced for years but this week the country’s state-owned power utility Eskom extended...

Chief of Cuba's military businesses, ex-Castro in-law dies

Jul. 01, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Calleja, one of the most trusted advisers to former Cuban President Raul Castro and head of the country's military business division, died on Friday at age 62. The Communist Party and official news media said he died of a...

Seeking parole, Pistorius meets with girlfriend's father

Jul. 01, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African former track star Oscar Pistorius has met with the father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he shot to death in 2013, as part of his parole process, the Steenkamp's family lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday. Lawyer Tania Koen said in...

African officials: Monkeypox spread is already an emergency

Jul. 01, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Health authorities in Africa say they are treating the expanding monkeypox outbreak there as an emergency and are calling on rich countries to share the world's limited supply of vaccines in an effort to avoid the glaring equity problems seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

UN envoy warns Congo's M23 rebels are acting like an army

Jun. 29, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Congo warned Wednesday that the M23 rebel group has increasingly acted as a conventional army during escalating military action in the country’s volatile east and could threaten the U.N. peacekeeping force charged with protecting civilians. ...