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Former mental asylum offers historical, ghost tours

Oct. 13, 2018 9:05 AM EDT

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — "Are you ready?" the ghost-tour guide in the cavernous foyer at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum addressed my 12-year-old daughter Emma, who was positively effervescing with excitement. Then, he actually said: "It's been crazy up there today!" I'm still not sure whether the pun was...

Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

Oct. 12, 2018 6:35 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Roelof "Pik" Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa's apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday at age 86. Botha died in "the early hours of the morning" at his home after an...

Orthodox Church to move forward with Ukrainian independence

Oct. 11, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Thursday hailed the announcement by Orthodoxy's Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that it will move forward with granting Ukrainian clerics independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, while the Russian church denounced the decision. The Istanbul-based...

South Africa's president urged to testify in graft probe

Oct. 10, 2018 7:01 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's biggest opposition party on Wednesday pushed for wider scrutiny of President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet after the resignation of a finance minister who acknowledged meeting a business family linked to alleged corruption under the former administration. The Democratic...

Today in History

Oct. 10, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2018. There are 82 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion, and resigned his office. On this date:...

South African finance minister resigns after graft testimony

Oct. 9, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's finance minister resigned on Tuesday after acknowledging missteps during the scandal-tainted tenure of former president Jacob Zuma. The resignation of Nhlanhla Nene was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has pledged to clean up corruption and revive South...

South African finance minister criticized after testimony

Oct. 8, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's finance minister on Monday faced calls to resign after he acknowledged visiting the home of a business family linked to alleged corruption under former president Jacob Zuma. Opposition parties cited a South African media report that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had...

Pakistani ex-PM Sharif in court again, faces treason charges

Oct. 8, 2018 3:47 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in court again — this time on treason charges for comments he made earlier this year, claiming militants had crossed from Pakistan into India to carry out the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The remarks from May, when Sharif...

Cameroon polls close, vote counting begins in key election

Oct. 7, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Polls closed in Cameroon Sunday evening and vote counting began in an election that will likely see Africa's oldest leader win another term amid fighting and threats from separatists that prevented residents in English-speaking regions from voting. President Paul Biya, in office...

Visiting South African teens find similarities between US

Oct. 6, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Racism, gang violence and restricted women's rights were among the list of similarities that teenage members of BRAVE, a South Africa-based organization visiting Montgomery, noticed between their country and the American South. "I've seen a lot of similarities, I feel like our...