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Lesotho polls to elect leader to tackle unemployment, crime

Oct. 06, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Voters across the picturesque mountain kingdom of Lesotho are heading to the polls Friday to elect a leader to find solutions to high unemployment and crime. The southern African country of 2.1 million people has more than 60 registered political parties but...

Ethiopia, Tigray head invited to peace talks in South Africa

Oct. 05, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The leader of Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and the federal government have been invited to peace talks in South Africa this weekend as part of a pan-African effort to end one of the world’s most overlooked wars, according to a letter seen Wednesday by The...

South African police search for suspects in tourist killing

Oct. 05, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least three “people of interest” have been identified by South African police investigating the killing of a German tourist by gunmen. Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the site of the killing Wednesday where he said that authorities are searching for...

The leader of Ethiopia's Tigray region has been invited to African Union-led peace talks in South Africa this weekend

Oct. 05, 2022 03:22 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The leader of Ethiopia's Tigray region has been invited to African Union-led peace talks in South Africa this weekend.

German tourist killed by gunmen near South African game park

Oct. 04, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police have launched a manhunt after a German tourist was shot and killed by gunmen near Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province. The attack on Monday afternoon was by gunmen who sped away without taking any belongings from the tourist or three...

A look at some of the world's major crowd disasters

Oct. 02, 2022 20:38 PM EDT

Police fired tear gas after violence broke out at an Indonesian soccer match in East Java province when Persebaya Surabaya beat Arema Malang 3-2. Panic and a rush for the exit left at least 125 dead, most of whom were trampled, police said Sunday. Here's a look at some of the major crowd disasters...

King Charles III to host South African leader in state visit

Oct. 02, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III will welcome South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the U.K. for three days of high-level talks next month, celebrating the first state visit of his reign with the leader of a Commonwealth member with close ties to the royal family. Ramaphosa has...

A look at major soccer-related crowd disasters

Oct. 02, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

Police fired tear gas after violence broke out at a soccer match in East Java province in Indonesia as Persebaya Surabaya beat Arema Malang 3-2. Panic and a rush for the exit left at least 125 dead, most of whom were trampled, police said Sunday. Here is a look at some of the worst soccer-related...

Guinea removed as host of 2025 African Cup in latest switch

Oct. 01, 2022 05:36 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The African soccer confederation has removed Guinea as host of the 2025 African Cup of Nations because of inadequate infrastructure, the latest in a series of switches and delays for the continental championship over the last 10 years. The decision...

South Africa's Ramaphosa denies money-laundering allegations

Sep. 29, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa denied allegations of money laundering while being questioned by lawmakers Thursday over a scandal that threatens his position and the direction of Africa's most developed economy. Ramaphosa already faces an investigation...