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Mercenary group denies charge of racism in north Mozambique

May. 14, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In the wake of the days-long attack by Islamic extremist rebels on the northern Mozambican city of Palma at the end of March, a private military group contracted by the Mozambican military denies charges that it gave preference to whites when rescuing people trapped in a...

S. Africa: Top official in ruling ANC takes party to court

May. 14, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A top official in South Africa’s ruling African National Congress has taken the party to court to challenge his suspension pending charges of fraud and corruption against him, heightening tensions within the fractured organization once led by Nelson Mandela. ...

Still too fast: Caster Semenya arrested for speeding

May. 12, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Olympic champion Caster Semenya was sentenced to 50 hours of community service for speeding while driving in South Africa, prosecutors said Wednesday. The runner was arrested last Thursday and released on $35 bail, the National Prosecuting...

South Africa's president suspends party secretary-general

May. 11, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has intensified the country’s anti-corruption drive with the suspension of his African National Congress party’s secretary-general, who is facing corruption charges in court. The decision made...

South Africa's royal scandal: New Zulu king's claim disputed

May. 08, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A new Zulu king was named in South Africa amid scenes of chaos after members of the royal family questioned Prince Misuzulu Zulu's claim to the title following his father's death, and bodyguards suddenly whisked him away from the public announcement at a...

In major move, South Africa to end captive lion industry

May. 06, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa says it will end its captive lion industry in a major move for conservation that would outlaw the heavily criticized “canned hunting” of the big cats and sale of their bones, as well as popular tourist experiences like petting cubs. ...

The Latest: Sri Lanka receives 1st batch of Sputnik V shots

May. 03, 2021 23:51 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has received its first batch of the Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. The 15,000 doses were flown in early hours of Tuesday to the Indian ocean island nation which is struggling to obtain COVID-19 vaccines because of the delay in getting them...

Ramaphosa denies wrong in raising election campaign funds

Apr. 29, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has claimed there was “nothing sinister” about the funding for his 2017 political campaign to become president of the ruling party, the African National Congress. Ramaphosa was...

The Latest: Philippines extends virus lockdown to mid-May

Apr. 29, 2021 00:37 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is extending an already monthlong lockdown by two weeks as the country’s worst coronavirus infection spike starts to ease but remains alarming. President Rodrigo Duterte said in televised remarks Thursday night that the...

South Africa's Ramaphosa says corruption has damaged country

Apr. 28, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rampant corruption has seriously damaged South Africa's economy and people's trust in the government, President Cyril Ramaphosa testified Wednesday at a judicial inquiry into graft in the county. Ramaphosa was speaking at the commission investigating...