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Abandoned baby giraffe befriended by dog in Africa dies

Dec. 6, 2019 3:03 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after he was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. “Our team is heartbroken,” the orphanage said. Jazz the giraffe collapsed after hemorrhaging in the brain, The Rhino Orphanage said in a...

Report: Burundi's youth militia runs pre-vote extortion ring

Dec. 6, 2019 10:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party is using its feared youth militia to extort money from citizens for next year’s elections, Human Rights Watch asserted Friday. The Imbonerakure youth militia, which the United Nations has blamed for killings, disappearances, torture and gang rape,...

Dutch judge orders Nigerian piracy suspect held for 2 weeks

Dec. 6, 2019 10:39 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Nigerian man suspected of hijacking a Dutch-flagged freight ship has been handed over to Dutch authorities by South Africa and ordered jailed for two weeks while investigations continue, prosecutors said Friday. The 29-year-old, whose identity was not released, is suspected...

Pirates attack ship off Nigeria, take 19 of crew hostage

Dec. 5, 2019 8:30 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pirates boarded a Greek-owned oil tanker off Nigeria and kidnapped 19 Indian and Turkish crew members in what have become the world’s most dangerous waters for such attacks. A statement Wednesday by the owner and Hong Kong-based managers said the Nave Constellation ship was...

South African ex-archbishop Tutu hospitalized for infection

Dec. 4, 2019 11:08 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of what his wife calls a “stubborn infection.” A statement by their joint foundation Wednesday says the 88-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has been hospitalized several times for a...

UN urges Tanzania: Stop barring cases at human rights court

Dec. 4, 2019 7:28 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations human rights office is urging Tanzania to reconsider its decision barring individuals and non-governmental groups from filing cases against it at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. The continental court is based in the East African nation. Critics...

Pablo Larrazábal keeps top spot at Leopard Creek

Nov. 30, 2019 11:52 AM EST

MALELANE, South Africa (AP) — Pablo Larrazábal kept his three-shot lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday ahead of the final round of the European Tour’s 2020 season-opener. Larrazábal’s 2-under 70 in the third round put him 11 under par and kept him ahead of Wil...

Global climate protests ahead of Madrid meeting

Nov. 29, 2019 1:00 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires...

Black Friday frenzy goes global - and not everyone’s happy

Nov. 29, 2019 12:48 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — People don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in France, or Russia, or South Africa - but they do shop on Black Friday. The U.S. sales phenomenon has spread to retailers across the world in recent years with such force that it’s prompting a backlash from some activists, politicians and...

Clarification: Nigeria-UK-Looted Bronze story

Nov. 29, 2019 11:08 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — In a story Nov. 28, The Associated Press reported that a looted bronze statue being repatriated to Nigeria was taken from the Court of Benin in 1897 and given to Cambridge University several years later. The statue had been given to Jesus College, which is a college under the umbrella...