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South African viral video of body bag causes alarm

Nov. 21, 2019 11:04 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South Africans have been shocked by a viral video that appeared to show family members carrying a body bag out of an insurance company office while pursuing a claim. Old Mutual South Africa replied to the incident with a statement on social media earlier this week saying that...

Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

Nov. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EST

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.” The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. The streams feeding the community of a few thousand people have gone dry. Signs warn drivers of wandering cattle and sheep but...

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Mali attack

Nov. 21, 2019 3:22 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 30 soldiers in Mali earlier this week. A statement late Wednesday asserts that another 30 soldiers were wounded in Monday’s ambush. The statement mentions no deaths among IS-linked fighters....

Speedy Bloodhound car finishes testing in South Africa

Nov. 20, 2019 12:15 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — After hitting a top speed of 628 miles per hour (1,010 kilometers per hour) in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, the earthbound jet that is Bloodhound is being packed up to return with its crew to Britain. Part F1 racecar, part jet and part spaceship, Bloodhound completed four...

Iconic singer hopes to close financing gap for African women

Nov. 20, 2019 7:54 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The insect-eaten money fluttered in pieces to the floor. For global music star Angelique Kidjo, that image of her grandmother having to use a closet as a bank is driving her desire to see African women leap the many obstacles to obtaining credit — and respect. The Benin-born...

Mali says 24 soldiers killed in latest extremist attack

Nov. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mali’s military says 24 soldiers have died in the latest extremist attack as alarm grows about the vast Sahel region being used as a haven for fighters linked to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. Monday’s attack occurred amid a surge in assaults that have killed over...

Burkina Faso: 32 Islamic extremists killed, sex slaves freed

Nov. 18, 2019 2:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burkina Faso’s army says 32 Islamic extremists were killed over the weekend in the country’s north and several women used as sex slaves were freed. An army statement says one soldier was also killed in the latest clashes as the extremist presence grows in the West African...

Strike begins at South Africa’s state-owned airline

Nov. 15, 2019 8:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Workers began striking Friday at South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline over nearly 1,000 expected job cuts, with flights now canceled until at least Tuesday. South African Airways, Africa’s second-largest carrier, has warned that the strike “endangers the...

South African police disperse refugees protesting attacks

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Shield-carrying South African police on Friday removed about 150 refugees who the United Nations refugee agency said forced their way into its compound while protesting recent anti-immigrant attacks. The police action in the capital, Pretoria, followed one last month in which police...

Oosthuizen overcomes kidney stones to shoot 63 in SAfrica

Nov. 14, 2019 1:36 PM EST

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen had to make a trip to the hospital this week because of kidney stones. He withdrew from the pro-am at the Nedbank Golf Challenge and was awake since 3 a.m. on the day of the first round because of the discomfort. He was considering pulling out of the main...