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File - In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate on a screen as she speaks via video at the 'Austrian World Summit' in Vienna, Austria. Nakate has challenged world leaders to “wake up” and recognize climate change as a crisis. In a speech broadcast on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, as part of the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture, she tied the issue to poverty, hunger, disease, conflict and even violence against women and girls. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

'Wake up': Climate activist Nakate challenges world leaders

Oct. 7, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate challenged world leaders to “wake up” and recognize climate change as a crisis as she tied it to poverty, hunger, disease, conflict and violence against women and girls in a speech broadcast Wednesday as part of the Desmond Tutu...

Passengers have their temperatures taken at the International O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. South Africa has reopened to some international flights, ending a six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa reopens to international flights amid virus

Oct. 1, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has reopened to international flights, ending a more than six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. A Lufthansa plane from Germany was the first international flight to arrive Thursday morning at...

A baboon, named Kataza by locals, eats from discarded waste from stores in Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Kataza was relocated from Kommetjie, on the edges of Cape Town, to a nearby area late last month after city authorities claimed he was responsible for leading other baboons in his troop on raids through the village. One activist says Kataza is now wandering alone in an unfamiliar area and sleeping in a prison yard. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Troublesome South African baboon evicted for raiding homes

Sep. 24, 2020 5:09 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Kataza already had a lengthy rap sheet with Cape Town authorities, so when he organized a band of others to raid a series of suburban homes, he was captured. Now he sleeps at a local prison, although there is a social media campaign for him to be returned to his old stomping...

A woman carrying a child on her back looks at wigs on sale at the Baragwanath Taxi Rank in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to address the nation later in the day, as case numbers and death from COVID-19 hit the lowest in months. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South Africa says 12 million 'probably' had coronavirus

Sep. 16, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — About 12 million people in South Africa have “probably” been infected with the coronavirus, but that startlingly high number has not caused a similarly high death rate and might indicate a widespread “level of immunity,” the country's health...

South Africa's Archbishop Tutu and wife unhurt by housefire

Sep. 9, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African anti-apartheid veteran and Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah have escaped unharmed from a fire in their cottage at a retirement complex outside Cape Town. “The couple did not sustain any injuries and were in good spirits considering...

People walk on a beach, with Table Mountain in the background, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020. Africa's tourism sector is struggling to cope with the drop in international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates the drop in travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will see Africa lose between $53 billion and $120 billion in contributions to its GDP in 2020. ( AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

When will tourists return to Africa? Continent must guess

Sep. 8, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Raino Bolz quickly diversified when his tourism business in South Africa’s winelands crashed to a halt in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. He sold a minibus — useless without tourists to ferry around — and bought a herd of pregnant cows. He'll...

Members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) protest at the government's Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. NEHAWU are calling for safer working conditions for front line workers after 240 lost their lives to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South African healthcare workers protest, threaten strike

Sep. 3, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South African healthcare workers have protested against poor working conditions and urged the government to end corruption in the purchase of COVID-19 personal protective equipment. The protesters gathered Thursday in Pretoria and Cape Town, charging that the lives of...