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South Africa man convicted in deaths of 2 Alaska Native women faces revocation of U.S. citizenship

Apr. 19, 2024 18:45 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal prosecutors want to revoke the U.S. citizenship of a South Africa man convicted of killing two Alaska Native women for allegedly lying on his naturalization application for saying he had neither killed nor hurt anyone. Brian Steven Smith, 52, was...

How South Africa's former leader Zuma turned on his allies and became a surprise election foe

Apr. 18, 2024 01:09 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa faces an unusual national election this year, its seventh vote since transitioning from white minority rule to a democracy 30 years ago. Polls and analysts warn that for the first time, the ruling African National Congress party that has comfortably held power...

A South African court overturns ban, rules that former leader Jacob Zuma can run in the election

Apr. 09, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s Electoral Court on Tuesday ruled that former President Jacob Zuma can run for office in the upcoming general election, overturning an earlier decision that had barred him from contesting the polls. The decision paves the way for Zuma to run for...

Van Rooyen returns to the Masters with memories of his late friend fresh in his mind

Apr. 08, 2024 18:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Erik van Rooyen strolled beneath the Georgia pines on Monday, those familiar yellow flags of Augusta National flapping in the warm spring breeze, and let his thoughts drift from preparing for the Masters to his old college teammate. It was the first time van...

South African footballer and Olympian Luke Fleurs killed in hijacking

Apr. 04, 2024 11:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African footballer and Olympian Luke Fleurs has been killed in a hijacking in Johannesburg, his Kaizer Chiefs club said on Thursday. The 24-year-old defender was shot while waiting to be attended to at a petrol station in the Honeydew suburb in...

Former South Africa speaker of parliament is arrested on bribery allegations and released on bail

Apr. 04, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The former South African speaker of parliament was arrested on Thursday over allegations that she received about $135,000 in bribes, in the latest corruption scandal to face the governing African National Congress party. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula turned herself in...

South Africa's parliament speaker resigns over accusations of bribery

Apr. 03, 2024 12:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s parliament speaker resigned on Wednesday and relinquished her seat in the legislature over allegations of corruption, a day after she lost a bid in court that would block her arrest. Prosecutors last week said they intend to charge Speaker...

South Africa's parliamentary speaker faces imminent arrest over graft charges after court bid fails

Apr. 02, 2024 06:50 AM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's parliamentary speaker faces imminent arrest over corruption charges after a court on Tuesday dismissed her bid to block police and prosecutors from arresting her. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who is a senior member of the ruling African...

The pioneer of America's embattled global HIV program recalls the hope after years of despair

Apr. 01, 2024 10:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Through his office window at what was then one of Africa's few modern clinics dealing with HIV and AIDS, the man who now oversees the United States' threatened global AIDS effort used to hear the sound of taxis pulling up throughout the day. If he turned his head...

Girl, 8, only survivor of bus crash that kills 45 Easter pilgrims on South Africa's deadly roads

Mar. 29, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

MMAMATLAKALA, South Africa (AP) — An 8-year-old girl was the lone survivor after a bus full of pilgrims making their way to a popular Easter festival in rural South Africa slammed into a bridge on a mountain pass and plunged into a ravine before bursting into flames, killing all 45 others...