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Angolan court sentences ex-leader's son to 5 years in prison

Aug. 14, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A court in Angola has sentenced the son of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to five years in prison for fraud and other crimes. The Angolan Supreme Court sentenced Jose Filomeno do Santos, former head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, and three other defendants for...

Mozambique's leader blames 'war' in north on wealth-seekers

Aug. 14, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The “war” in northern Mozambique is the fault of people who want to divide the country for its wealth, President Filipe Nyusi said Friday during a visit to the region, days after Islamic extremists seized a key port there. The president’s comments, posted on social...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

The MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, can bee seen from the coast or Mauritius, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Anxious residents of this Indian Ocean island nation have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves in an effort to stop the oil spill from reaching their shores. (AP Photo/ Kooghen Modeliar-Vyapooree-L'express Maurice)

Grounded ship emptied of oil, but heavy damage for Mauritius

Aug. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Almost all the remaining oil has been pumped from a Japanese ship that ran aground off Mauritius, but its initial spill of 1,000 tons of fuel has severely damaged the Indian Ocean island's coral reefs and once pristine coast, environmental groups said Thursday. Nearly all the 3,000 tons...

People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, sit on chairs whilst queuing to be screened and tested for COVID-19 in Eldorado Park outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Africa begins continent-wide study of COVID-19 antibodies

Aug. 13, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An Africa-wide study of antibodies to the coronavirus has begun, while evidence from a smaller study indicates that many more people have been infected than official numbers show, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Experts are eager to know the real...

Volunteers take part in the clean up operation in Mahebourg, Mauritius Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020 surrounding the oil spill from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. Anxious residents of this Indian Ocean island nation have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves in an effort to stop the oil spill from reaching their shores. (AP Photo/Beekash Roopun-L'express Maurice)

Mauritius seeks compensation as oil spill cleanup continues

Aug. 12, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mauritius says it is seeking compensation from the owners of a Japanese ship that spilled oil after it grounded in the shallow waters off the Indian Ocean island nation, while urgent efforts continue to pump out the remaining fuel. The MV Wakashio has spilled 1,000 tons of its cargo of...

5.9-magnitude earthquake shakes parts of East Africa

Aug. 12, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An undersea 5.9-magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of East Africa. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered off the coast of Tanzania, about 50 miles (82 kilometers) southeast of the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam. The quake occurred after 8 p.m. local time and at...

Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

Aug. 12, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent. The bill is a dramatic reworking of years of efforts by civil society to...

This photo provided by the French Army shows oil leaking from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, Tuesday Aug.11, 2020. Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a tanker ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship's cargo of 4 tons has already escaped into the sea, officials said. (Gwendoline Defente, EMAE via AP)

Urgent pumping removes oil from ship grounded near Mauritius

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a race against tides and time, workers pumped tons of fuel on Tuesday from a Japanese bulk carrier ship grounded in the shallow waters of Mauritius to try to prevent a renewed oil spill from further fouling the island's eastern lagoons and shore. The Japanese ship, MV Wakashio, ran...

Sibongile Zulu poses for a portrait inside her home in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Zulu is HIV positive and couldn't get her full medication for two months due to a lack of stock in government pharmacies. Across Africa and around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the supply of antiretroviral drugs to many of the more than 24 million people who take them, endangering their lives. An estimated 7.7 million people in South Africa are HIV positive, the largest number in the world, and 62% of them take the antiretroviral drugs that suppress the virus and prevent transmission. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

South Africa's poor scramble for anti-HIV drugs amid virus

Aug. 11, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When her regular clinic ran out of her government-funded HIV medications amid South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown, Sibongile Zulu panicked. A local pharmacy had the drugs for $48, but she didn’t have the money after being laid off from her office job in the shutdown to slow...