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Catholic church urges Angola to declare a drought emergency

Oct. 14, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Catholic church in Angola is urging the government to declare a state of emergency over the drought that has affected at least 1 million people in the country's south. The comments on Monday, reported by the Portuguese news agency Lusa, follow a similar call last month by Angola's...

Several wounded as mortars hit UN compound in Mogadishu

Oct. 13, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says several people were wounded when mortar rounds landed inside the U.N. and African Union compounds in Mogadishu. The statement says the mortar rounds landed early afternoon Sunday. It cites U.N. special representative James Swan as saying he is...

A look at the Ethiopia-Eritrea war whose end brought a Nobel

Oct. 11, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It was a war that killed some 80,000 people and sputtered to life again and again over two decades, pulling in soldiers including a young Ethiopian who fought in a contested town at the center of the conflict. On Friday, Abiy Ahmed, now Ethiopia's prime minister, received the Nobel...

Tough guys: Rugby players not flustered by massive typhoon

Oct. 11, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Rugby players don't scare easily. Not even when there's a super typhoon heading for them. Some of sport's toughest guys are waiting for the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis, which is bearing down on Japan and its ongoing Rugby World Cup and set to arrive during a weekend of crucial games. Two...

Former South African president Zuma to face corruption trial

Oct. 11, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

PIETERMARITZBERG, South Africa (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face trial on corruption charges after a court on Friday dismissed his application to halt the case for good. The ruling means further scrutiny of a 1999 arms deal in which Zuma is accused of receiving bribes from French...

US sanctions family accused of rampant graft in South Africa

Oct. 10, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on members of the Gupta family who face wide-ranging corruption allegations in South Africa during former president Jacob Zuma's tenure. The U.S. said it had placed Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta and close associate Salim Essa on...

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

Oct. 9, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet...

Murder of election observer in Mozambique causes outcry

Oct. 8, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The murder of a key local election observer in Mozambique a week before the presidential vote has caused an outcry, especially after police confirmed on Tuesday that several of the suspects were police officers. "This is a serious — and chilling — escalation of election...

UN: More needed from UK, US and others on Hammarskjold crash

Oct. 7, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the latest investigation into the 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold is reiterating that an external attack may have downed the aircraft — and is urging the U.S., Britain, South Africa and Russia to provide more information to help...

South Africa seizes large illegal shipment of lion bones

Oct. 4, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says an illegal shipment of lion bones weighing 342 kilograms (754 pounds) has been seized at Johannesburg’s main airport. An environment ministry statement says the bones were found wrapped in tin foil inside a dozen wooden crates. The ministry says three people...