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A ship carrying 19,000 cattle caused a big stink in the South African city of Cape Town

Feb. 20, 2024 15:55 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — What stinks? Authorities in Cape Town launched an investigation Monday after a foul stench swept over the South African city. City officials inspected sewage facilities for leaks and an environmental health team was activated before the...

South Africa sets May 29 elections that could be the most pivotal since apartheid ended

Feb. 20, 2024 15:37 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa will hold pivotal national elections May 29 as polls show the ruling African National Congress could lose its majority for the first time since it came to power with the fall of apartheid 30 years ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced...

Pressure mounts on South Africa's ruling party as unemployment rises again ahead of election

Feb. 20, 2024 08:02 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's unemployment rate, already the highest in the world, rose to 32.1% in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to official government figures released on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labor Force Survey reported that the number of unemployed...

South Africa tells top UN court that it's accusing Israel of apartheid against Palestinians

Feb. 20, 2024 06:21 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — South Africa argued at the United Nations' top court on Tuesday that Israel is responsible for apartheid against the Palestinians and that Israel's occupation of land sought for a Palestinian state is “inherently and fundamentally illegal.” Israel rejects such...

South Africa's main opposition party lays out plans to unseat the African National Congress

Feb. 17, 2024 09:38 AM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Hundreds of South Africans gathered in the capital Saturday to show support for the country’s biggest opposition party as it prepares for a much-anticipated national election in which it hopes to wrest control of the government from the ruling African National...

African leaders condemn Israel's offensive in Gaza

Feb. 17, 2024 11:39 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Leaders at an African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Saturday condemned Israel’s offensive in Gaza and called for its immediate end. Moussa Faki, the chair of the African Union Commission, said Israel’s offensive was the...

Top UN court rejects South African request for urgent measures to safeguard Rafah

Feb. 16, 2024 15:38 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top UN court on Friday rejected a South African request to impose urgent measures to safeguard Rafah in the Gaza Strip, but also stressed that Israel must respect earlier measures imposed late last month at a preliminary stage in a landmark genocide case. ...

Israel is urging the top UN court to reject a new South African request on Gaza provisional orders

Feb. 15, 2024 15:37 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Israel on Thursday urged the United Nations’ highest court to reject an urgent South African request to consider whether Israel’s military operations targeting the southern Gaza city of Rafah breach provisional orders the court handed down last month in a case...

Egyptian club Al Ahly cancels tryout for South Africa's Mokoena over his support of a politician

Feb. 15, 2024 12:07 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Egyptian soccer team Al Ahly, the most successful club in Africa, has canceled a trial for South Africa midfielder Teboho Mokoena over his support of a politician. Al Ahly said in a statement Thursday that it was not bringing Mokoena in for a planned tryout...

2 South African soldiers killed by a mortar explosion in eastern Congo amid unrest

Feb. 15, 2024 04:35 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Two South African soldiers were killed and three injured when a mortar landed in their base in eastern Congo amid increased unrest in the region, the South African armed forces said Thursday. The South African National Defence Force, which oversees...