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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 13, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows former President Ronald Reagan meeting with Taliban...

South African leader drops UN visit as women protest attacks

Sep. 13, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Friday canceled a visit to the United Nations' annual gathering of world leaders this month to focus on unrest over gender-based violence and xenophobic attacks, while women held another protest to express their fears. Hundreds gathered outside the...

Hundreds of Nigerians board plane to leave South Africa

Sep. 11, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of Nigerians boarded a free flight from Johannesburg to Lagos on Wednesday, following a week of violence targeting foreigners in South Africa that has stoked tensions between Africa's two largest economies. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the flight,...

South African attacks on foreign shops continue; 12 dead

Sep. 9, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two people have been killed in Johannesburg, police confirmed Monday, bringing to 12 the number of deaths since violence against foreign-owned shops erupted last month. Bands of South Africans launched violent attacks against foreign-owned shops and stalls, looting and burning the small...

Nigerians attack South African businesses in retaliation

Sep. 4, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — South African-owned businesses operating in Nigeria are being targeted with violence in retaliation for xenophobic attacks carried out against Africans working in South Africa. Police in South African arrested more than 100 people in five areas impacted by days of violence in...

South African police arrest 90 as unrest in cities continues

Sep. 3, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president condemned days of widespread looting and arson attacks on foreign-owned businesses across Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, calling the violence "totally unacceptable." "We are a country that is completely committed against xenophobia," President Cyril...

Looting, violence spread in South Africa's major cities

Sep. 2, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Looting and violence spread across several neighborhoods in South Africa's major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg on Monday, after a spate of overnight attacks that appeared to target foreign-owned shops. At least 50 shops were looted and burned early Monday in the southern...

South African businessman dies in fatal car crash

Aug. 27, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An embattled South African businessman mired in corruption allegations died in a fatal car crash on Monday in Johannesburg near O.R. Tambo International Airport, police said Tuesday. Gavin Watson, CEO of services company African Global Holdings, formerly Bosasa, was a former...