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South Africa's Ramaphosa starts crackdown on corruption

May. 22, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa has taken steps to crack down on corruption Wednesday as the country's new parliament voted him to lead the country for a five-year term. South Africa's lawmakers were sworn into the legislative body in Cape Town following elections earlier...

Russia: Spy arrests reflect anti-corruption fight

May. 20, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the arrest of three senior officers of Russia's top spy agency reflects a no-holds-barred fight against corruption. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday when asked about the arrests that the Kremlin has coordinated anti-corruption efforts...

Putin calls for compromise over Orthodox cathedral standoff

May. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a compromise Thursday to ease tensions over a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park in the nation's fourth-largest city that has sparked protests and drawn nationwide attention. Unsanctioned protests in the Ural Mountains city...

South Africa chief vows to purge ANC of 'deviant tendencies'

May. 12, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Sunday vowed to purge his party of "bad and deviant tendencies" as he prepares to appoint a new Cabinet following a victory in national elections. The 57% share of the vote was the worst-ever election showing for the African National Congress, which has ruled...

South Africa's ruling ANC marks weakest election victory

May. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's ruling African National Congress on Saturday marked its weakest victory in national elections in a quarter-century, while President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that the vote had given him and others "a firm mandate to build a better South Africa for all." With all...

South Africa's ruling ANC coasting to win in national vote

May. 10, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The ruling African National Congress was on course to win South Africa's presidential and parliamentary elections by a comfortable margin with almost all votes counted Friday, but the tally showed the party lost support from five years earlier amid deep anger over corruption....

South Africa's ruling ANC holds onto lead in national vote

May. 9, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The ruling African National Congress held a comfortable lead in South Africa's presidential and parliamentary election with more than two-thirds of the vote counted Thursday, but the incomplete count showed the party received less support than in the last balloting five years ago....

South Africa votes with corruption, jobs as big issues

May. 8, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans voted Wednesday in presidential and parliamentary elections, with signs of a relatively low turnout and voters saying they were disillusioned by widespread corruption and unemployment. Despite the demise of apartheid 25 years ago, South Africa remains divided by economic...

The Latest: Polls closing in South Africa's election

May. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's elections (all times local): 9 p.m. Polls are closing in South Africa's national election. People who are still in line are able to vote but counting will now commence. Final results are expected by Saturday. Some 26 million people of South Africa's...

South Africa to vote amid graft scandals, high unemployment

May. 7, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A quarter-century after the end of apartheid, South Africans go to the polls Wednesday for the sixth national elections since the demise of the harsh system of racial discrimination, although the country remains divided by economic inequality . The African National Congress, the party...