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Mandela's widow urges world: put egos aside and end violence

Sep. 24, 2018 11:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nelson Mandela's widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the "senseless violence" plaguing too much of the world. "History will judge you should you stagnate too long in inaction," Graca...

Defense expo reflects troubles for South African military

Sep. 20, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is one of the continent's biggest defense spenders but its military is increasingly stretched as the country faces recession and a weakening currency. This week's biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition is a showcase for the country's military, which is one of the...

Russian church rebuffs Orthodoxy's leader after Ukraine move

Sep. 14, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday announced a rebuff to the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community, saying it would not participate in events headed by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate due to a dispute over control of the church in Ukraine. The church also announced at a...

'Relax': South African leader makes the case for land reform

Sep. 11, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Relax. That's the message South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has for anyone fretting about the nation's plans for land reform, which drew a critical tweet from President Donald Trump last month. The government won't allow "land grabs," and land redistribution designed to address...

South Africa to probe state dealings with German firm SAP

Sep. 6, 2018 12:38 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday ramped up an anti-corruption drive, authorizing an investigation of alleged wrongdoing in the national water department's dealings with German software firm SAP. New inquiries will look into public and private sector involvement in the...

South African economy, 1 of Africa's biggest, in recession

Sep. 4, 2018 8:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African economy has fallen into recession, compounding concerns about its weakening currency, plans for land reform and fallout from state corruption under former president Jacob Zuma. The Statistics South Africa group said Tuesday that the economy shrank by 0.7 percent in the...

Cleric: 'No going back' on Ukraine split from Russia Church

Aug. 31, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A senior official in the Orthodox Church says "there's no going backwards" in granting Ukrainian clerics full ecclesiastic independence from the Russian Orthodox Church to which they have been tied to for hundreds of years. However, Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, who is part of a...

UK's May pledges to boost Britain's investments in Africa

Aug. 28, 2018 8:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dancing gamely with schoolkids and meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, British Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday launched her three-nation African tour by pledging to make Britain the biggest investor in Africa from the developed world. With Britain due to leave the...

Ungodly espionage: Russian hackers targeted Orthodox clergy

Aug. 27, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world's most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found, illustrating the high stakes as Kiev and Moscow wrestle over the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 24, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: NOT REAL: "Mitt Romney: 'Trump has some very serious emotional problems, he must...