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Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by stray bullet

Nov. 22, 2019 9:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Preliminary investigations show that a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while some family members at her funeral shouted, “We want justice.” The statement by the...

Dog befriends baby giraffe after abandoned in South Africa

Nov. 22, 2019 9:35 AM EST

MOKOPANE, South Africa (AP) — A dog in South Africa has befriended a baby giraffe that was abandoned at birth, rescued and taken to a local orphanage. Jazz the giraffe arrived at The Rhino Orphanage just days after birth. A farmer found him in the wild, weak and dehydrated, and called the center for help....

South Africa’s airline says deal reached to end strike

Nov. 22, 2019 9:19 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline says flights will resume as normal over the weekend after it reached a deal with unions to end a week-long strike. South African Airways on Friday says it reached an agreement with the South African Cabin Crew Association and the...

Ex-South African leader files leave to appeal in graft case

Nov. 22, 2019 6:53 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has filed notice to appeal a court ruling that cleared the way for him to be prosecuted for corruption. Zuma’s lawyers are arguing in Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday to be granted leave to appeal. The court had dismissed his...

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...