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FIFA to consider four bids to host 2023 Women's World Cup

Dec. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Soccer's international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a vote on the host...

Cancer survivor, Luke Putney, on the healing power of music

Dec. 11, 2019 2:15 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Luke Putney’s prayers are simple these days. He prays for healing in his left hand so he can play guitar and bass again. He asks God to strengthen his body so he can be a blessing to other people. And he gives thanks for being able to use the bathroom. “Praise God...

Abandoned baby giraffe befriended by dog in Africa dies

Dec. 6, 2019 3:03 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after he was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. “Our team is heartbroken,” the orphanage said. Jazz the giraffe collapsed after hemorrhaging in the brain, The Rhino Orphanage said in a...

Report: Burundi's youth militia runs pre-vote extortion ring

Dec. 6, 2019 10:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party is using its feared youth militia to extort money from citizens for next year’s elections, Human Rights Watch asserted Friday. The Imbonerakure youth militia, which the United Nations has blamed for killings, disappearances, torture and gang rape,...

Dutch judge orders Nigerian piracy suspect held for 2 weeks

Dec. 6, 2019 10:39 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Nigerian man suspected of hijacking a Dutch-flagged freight ship has been handed over to Dutch authorities by South Africa and ordered jailed for two weeks while investigations continue, prosecutors said Friday. The 29-year-old, whose identity was not released, is suspected...

Pirates attack ship off Nigeria, take 19 of crew hostage

Dec. 5, 2019 8:30 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pirates boarded a Greek-owned oil tanker off Nigeria and kidnapped 19 Indian and Turkish crew members in what have become the world’s most dangerous waters for such attacks. A statement Wednesday by the owner and Hong Kong-based managers said the Nave Constellation ship was...

South African ex-archbishop Tutu hospitalized for infection

Dec. 4, 2019 11:08 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of what his wife calls a “stubborn infection.” A statement by their joint foundation Wednesday says the 88-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has been hospitalized several times for a...

UN urges Tanzania: Stop barring cases at human rights court

Dec. 4, 2019 7:28 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations human rights office is urging Tanzania to reconsider its decision barring individuals and non-governmental groups from filing cases against it at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. The continental court is based in the East African nation. Critics...

Pablo Larrazábal keeps top spot at Leopard Creek

Nov. 30, 2019 11:52 AM EST

MALELANE, South Africa (AP) — Pablo Larrazábal kept his three-shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday ahead of the final round of the European Tour’s 2020 season-opener. Larrazábal’s 2-under 70 in the third round put him 11 under par and kept him ahead of Wil...

Global climate protests ahead of Madrid meeting

Nov. 29, 2019 1:00 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires...