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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center right, walks with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, center-left, after meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Addis Ababa. The State Department said Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 that on the guidance of President Donald Trump the U.S. is suspending some aid to Ethiopia over the

Three-way talks over Ethiopia's Nile River dam set to resume

Oct. 26, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River will resume Tuesday, according to the chairman of the African Union, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Talks over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopia...

FILE — In this Tuesday, April 14, 2020 file photo, South African Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, takes delivery of emergency medical equipment for COVID-19 from China, at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mkhize announced Monday, Oct. 19 2020 that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, warning of a possible resurgence of the disease in the country. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/File)

South Africa's health minister gets COVID-19, as cases rise

Oct. 19, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize has announced that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19 and warned of a possible resurgence of the disease in the country. Mkhize and his wife got positive results after they both displayed symptoms, he said in a...

FILE — In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. Ramaphosa announced Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 that his government will be extending relief measures to the country's poor who have been hurt by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. (Rodger Bosch/Pool Photo via AP, FILE)

South Africa extends relief grants to help poor amid virus

Oct. 15, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that his government will extend relief grants to 6 million of the country’s unemployed who have been hurt by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Ramaphosa, delivering an economic recovery plan to...

People celebrate South Africa's Heritage Day by dancing at Zoo Lake park in Johannesburg Thursday Sept. 24, 2020. As the number of worldwide Covid-19 death is nearing the million mark, coronavirus related case numbers and deaths in South Africa hit the lowest in months. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South Africa lifts spirits with Jerusalema dance amid virus

Sep. 24, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans of all walks of life are dancing to “Jerusalema,” a rousing anthem to lift their spirits amid the battle against COVID-19. In response to a call from President Cyril Ramaphosa to mark the country's Heritage Day holiday Thursday, people from townships to posh...

In this image made from UNTV video, Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: Nigeria urges vaccine to be available to all

Sep. 22, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:15 p.m. The president of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, is calling for the “uninhibited supply of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines for all.” African nations have been outspoken in...

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...

FILE — In this Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 file photo George Bizos, left, anti-apartheid activist, and life-long friend and lawyer of Nelson Mandela, right, arrives for his 80th birthday party in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bizos has died Wednesday Sept. Sept. 9, 2020, aged 92. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Mandela's lawyer, anti-apartheid activist George Bizos dies

Sep. 9, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anti-apartheid campaigner and Nelson Mandela's personal lawyer George Bizos has died at 92, his family said Wednesday. He died peacefully at his home of natural causes, the family said. Bizos, who came to South Africa as a 13-year-old fleeing the Nazi occupation of Greece, played a key...

FILE - In this, May 9, 2009 file photo, South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela attends the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, South Africa. According to an account in a book written by Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, published Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump made crude, disparaging remarks about Mandela, that has drawn an angry response from South Africa's ruling African National Congress party and others. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

South African party rejects alleged Trump comment on Mandela

Sep. 8, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The report that U.S. President Donald Trump made crude, disparaging remarks about Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning former leader, has drawn an angry response from South Africa's ruling party and others. According to a book written by Michael Cohen, Trump’s...