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German chancellor discusses Ukraine war in South Africa

May. 24, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's neutral stance on Russia's war in Ukraine was a major topic of conversation as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meets Tuesday with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, to end his three-nation tour of Africa. Speaking to the press in South...

Hard travel for Norris and the temptation of Saudi league

May. 24, 2022 12:26 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Shaun Norris, the last player to be paired with Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship, headed home to South Africa to see his young children, take a short break from traveling and figure out where his world travels should take him. One option is the Saudi-funded...

Environmentalists meet in South Africa to stem plastic waste

May. 24, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Environmental activists are meeting in South Africa this week to press governments and businesses to reduce the production of plastic because it is harming the continent’s environment. The conference, “Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa,” being...

New floods in eastern South Africa displace more than 300

May. 23, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 300 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of renewed heavy rains, flooding and mudslides in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, weeks after severe flooding killed more than 400 people and displaced more than 40,000 others. The new...

German chancellor Scholz kicks off Africa trip in Senegal

May. 22, 2022 18:44 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his country is interested in a major gas exploitation project in Senegal as he began a three-nation visit to Africa on Sunday that also is focused on the geopolitical consequences of the war in Ukraine. Senegal is believed to...

Mozambique declares polio outbreak linked to Pakistan

May. 18, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health authorities in Mozambique declared a polio outbreak Wednesday after confirming that a child in the country’s northeastern Tete province had been paralyzed by the disease. The case in Mozambique is the second imported case of polio in southern Africa...

South Africa in new surge of COVID from versions of omicron

May. 14, 2022 05:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts. For about three weeks the country has seen increasing numbers of new cases and somewhat higher hospitalizations, but not increases in...

Column: US lands 2031 Rugby World Cup, if anyone cares

May. 13, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

The United States has landed another World Cup. Before you start celebrating or making travel plans, a couple of caveats: It's still more than nine years away. And, uh, it's the Rugby World Cup. The sport that most Americans have only the...

Study: Climate change a major factor in South Africa floods

May. 13, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — The fatal floods that wreaked havoc in South Africa in mid-April this year have been attributed to human-caused climate change, a rapid analysis published Friday by a team of leading international scientists said. The study by the World Weather Attribution...

South African firm says it may close its COVID vaccine plant

May. 12, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The first factory to produce COVID-19 vaccines in Africa says it has not received enough orders and may stop production within weeks, in what a senior World Health Organization official described Thursday as a “failure” in efforts to achieve vaccine equity. ...