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Namibian chief who urged German reparations dies of virus

Jun. 18, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — A prominent Namibian traditional leader, Vekuii Rukoro, the paramount chief of the OvaHererero people who led international legal battles to bring Germany to pay reparations for its genocide in the southern African country, has died of...

Zambia's 1st president, Kenneth Kaunda, dies at age 97

Jun. 17, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and a champion of African nationalism who spearheaded the fights to end white minority rule across southern Africa, has died at the age of 97. Kaunda’s death was announced Thursday evening by Zambian...

Big diamond found in Botswana, could be world's 3rd largest

Jun. 17, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — A huge diamond weighing more than 1,000 carats, which could be the third-largest mined in history, has been discovered in the southern African country of Botswana. The high-quality gemstone weighing 1,098.3 carats was unearthed earlier this...

In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

Jun. 17, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hati Maronjei once swore he would never get a COVID-19 shot, after a pastor warned that vaccines aren't safe. Now, four months after the first batch of vaccines arrived in Zimbabwe, the 44-year-old street hawker of electronic items is desperate...

Zambia's first president and champion of African independence, Kenneth Kaunda, dies at age of 97, says country's leader

Jun. 17, 2021 11:58 AM EDT
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia's first president and champion of African independence, Kenneth Kaunda, dies at age of 97, says country's leader.

Spanish prize honors group empowering African girls, women

Jun. 16, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A consortium of non-profit groups that aims to reduce poverty in Africa through educating more girls and empowering women has won a Princess of Asturias award. The Campaign for Female Education, or CAMFED, was chosen in the International Aid category, a...

South Africa marks anniversary of Soweto student protests

Jun. 16, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's high rate of unemployment has cast a pall over Youth Day, the holiday honoring the 45th anniversary of the Soweto student protests which played a key role in ending apartheid, the previous regime of racist, minority rule. On June 16,...

Fighting COVID-19 surge, South Africa increases restrictions

Jun. 15, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Confronted with a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, South Africa has returned to tighter restrictions on public gatherings and liquor sales, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Tuesday night. The new infections threaten the health...

Mozambique urged to investigate abduction of Rwandan exile

Jun. 15, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Rwandan opposition leader apparently arrested in Mozambique last month should be immediately charged in court or released, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Cassien Ntamuhanga, a radio journalist in Rwanda who was jailed after being convicted of...

South Africa rejects 2m J&J vaccines due to FDA decision

Jun. 14, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been hit by further delays as it will have to discard at least 2 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines produced in the country. The vaccines were found by the U.S Food and Drug Administration to be...