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South Africa's president accused of misleading Parliament

Jul. 19, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African corruption watchdog on Friday said President Cyril Ramaphosa "deliberately misled" Parliament about a campaign contribution, a setback for a leader who has vowed to address sprawling graft allegations that forced his predecessor from office and sparked national outrage....

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in...

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

Jul. 17, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international emergency , the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Here's a timeline of key events since this outbreak, now the second deadliest of Ebola in history, was declared almost a year ago in a region described as a...

Johnny Clegg, anti-apartheid musician in South Africa, dies

Jul. 16, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday. He was 66 and had pancreatic cancer. The Grammy-nominated and British-born...

Groundbreaking South African musician Johnny Clegg dies at 66 after fight with pancreatic cancer

Jul. 16, 2019 1:59 PM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Groundbreaking South African musician Johnny Clegg dies at 66 after fight with pancreatic cancer.

Zimbabwe's civil servants protest pay as inflation hits 176%

Jul. 16, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Representatives of Zimbabwe's government workers Tuesday protested against what they called "slave salaries" as inflation almost doubled to 176%, a decade high that highlights the country's rapidly deteriorating economy. Holding placards and singing songs denouncing the country's...

South Africa's ex-president denies corruption at inquest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has denied corruption allegations against him, saying the charges are part of an international intelligence conspiracy that started more than 25 years ago to assassinate his character. Zuma is appearing before a state commission that is probing...

Retief Goosen wins Bridgestone Senior Players

Jul. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Retief Goosen birdied the final two holes to win the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship on Sunday at Firestone Country Club for his first PGA Tour Champions title. The 50-year-old Hall of Famer from South Africa broke a tie for the lead with a 15-foot putt on the par-4 17th and made...

After a Tour on TV, Pinot now looms large in the picture

Jul. 14, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BRIOUDE, France (AP) — Like a lost love, the Tour de France gains in value for riders who can't race in it. That was the lesson Thibaut Pinot learned last year when the French rider, who'd fallen sick at the Giro d'Italia in May, then missed the Tour and watched on TV as others wrote history at cycling's...

Ex-president's son found not guilty in fatal car accident

Jul. 12, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The son of former South African president Jacob Zuma has been found not guilty of culpable homicide and negligent driving related to a 2014 car crash that killed a taxi passenger. Duduzane Zuma, 35, was acquitted Friday by a magistrate who found that the state had failed to prove its...