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South Africa's Cape Town is hit by more storms, with 4,500 people displaced by floods and damage

Jul. 11, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African city of Cape Town and surrounding areas were hit by more storms Thursday that ripped roofs off houses and caused widespread flooding, forcing at least 4,500 people out of their homes and damaging at least 15,000 structures, authorities said. The...

South Africa's unprecedented new coalition has 7 parties in the Cabinet. Here's a breakdown

Jul. 01, 2024 07:30 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has included seven different parties in his Cabinet in an unprecedented power-sharing agreement in the continent's most industrialized country after the African National Congress lost its parliamentary majority in a milestone...

South Africa's new government brings Black and white together. It's also reviving racial tensions

Jun. 22, 2024 01:21 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a country where racial segregation was once brutally enforced, South Africa's new coalition government has brought a Black president and a white opposition leader together in an image of unity. Yet the power-sharing agreement sealed a week ago...

Namibian court overturns and declares unconstitutional a law criminalizing gay sex between men

Jun. 21, 2024 13:29 PM EDT

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — A court in Namibia on Friday overturned and declared unconstitutional a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex between men in a victory for LGBTQ campaigners in the southern African nation. Three judges in the High Court in the capital, Windhoek, said in a...

Ramaphosa is sworn in for a second term as South Africa's president with help from coalition parties

Jun. 19, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in for a second term as South Africa's president on Wednesday in a ceremony in the administrative capital, Pretoria, after his reelection with the help from a coalition of parties, a first in the country's 30-year rule. Ramaphosa is...

How South Africa's rival parties 'found each other' in a last-ditch deal that saved a president

Jun. 15, 2024 10:45 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's main political rivals are now partners in government after they came together in a last-minute coalition deal that ensured President Cyril Ramaphosa was dramatically reelected with cross-party support, and a struggling country was given a boost. ...

South Africa's President Ramaphosa is reelected for second term after a dramatic late coalition deal

Jun. 15, 2024 03:06 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was reelected by lawmakers for a second term on Friday, after his party struck a dramatic late coalition deal with a former political foe just hours before the vote. Ramaphosa, the leader of the African National...

What we know ahead of Friday's deadline for South Africa to form a coalition and elect a president

Jun. 13, 2024 06:13 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president on Friday and major political parties are still working out the last details of a coalition agreement that might or might not see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized...

Today in History: June 12, 49 killed in Pulse nightclub shooting

Jun. 12, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 12, the 164th day of 2024. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub, a gay establishment in Orlando, Florida, leaving...

South African opposition parties holding crunch talks on the ANC's unity plan. But deep rifts remain

Jun. 07, 2024 07:12 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African opposition parties were meeting Friday and will continue crunch talks into next week to consider the ruling African National Congress' offer to become part of a government of national unity. ANC failed to secure a majority in last week's highly...