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FILE — In this Tuesday, April 14, 2020 file photo, South African Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, takes delivery of emergency medical equipment for COVID-19 from China, at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mkhize announced Monday, Oct. 19 2020 that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, warning of a possible resurgence of the disease in the country. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/File)

South Africa's health minister gets COVID-19, as cases rise

Oct. 19, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize has announced that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19 and warned of a possible resurgence of the disease in the country. Mkhize and his wife got positive results after they both displayed symptoms, he said in a...

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters protest outside the magistrates court in Senekal, South Africa, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, where two suspects were to appear on charges of killing a white farmer in the area. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Racial tensions rise in South Africa over farm killing

Oct. 16, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

SENEKAL, South Africa (AP) — A tense standoff between white farmers and Black activists gripped the South African town of Senekal Friday, as two men accused of killing a white farm manager were to appear in court. More than 100 police patrolled the area in front of the courthouse in the Free State...

FILE — In this Thursday, June 20, 2019 file photo, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. Ramaphosa announced Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 that his government will be extending relief measures to the country's poor who have been hurt by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. (Rodger Bosch/Pool Photo via AP, FILE)

South Africa extends relief grants to help poor amid virus

Oct. 15, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that his government will extend relief grants to 6 million of the country’s unemployed who have been hurt by the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Ramaphosa, delivering an economic recovery plan to...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec, 10, 2012 file photo, lyricist Herbert Kretzmer and his wife Sybil Sever attend the premiere for

Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist of Les Miserables, dead at 95

Oct. 14, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was 95. His family confirmed Wednesday that Kretzmer died after a long illness with Parkinson's disease at the London home he shared with his second wife,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion with veterans at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a video circulating online edited to make it appear that Biden said the reason he has been able to stay sequestered in his home is because “some Black woman was able to stack the grocery shelf.” A review of the full video taken during this event shows the candidate was making a point about various groups stepping up as essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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

Oct. 9, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Video edited to remove context from Biden’s comment about Black worker...

In this image taken from WFP video, David Beasley, Executive director of the World Food Program (WFP), center, celebrates with members of WFP staff in Niamey, Niger, Friday Oct. 9, 2020, after being awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace prize. The World Food Program has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe. The announcement was made Friday in Oslo by Berit Reiss-Andersen, the chair of the Nobel Committee. (WFP via AP)

Nobel win reflects 'hunger for international cooperation'

Oct. 9, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has fractured global alliances and go-it-alone has turned ugly, some world leaders say Friday's awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the U.N. World Food Program was a commitment to the belief that only a concerted effort can save humanity from...

File - In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate on a screen as she speaks via video at the 'Austrian World Summit' in Vienna, Austria. Nakate has challenged world leaders to “wake up” and recognize climate change as a crisis. In a speech broadcast on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, as part of the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture, she tied the issue to poverty, hunger, disease, conflict and even violence against women and girls. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

'Wake up': Climate activist Nakate challenges world leaders

Oct. 7, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate challenged world leaders to “wake up” and recognize climate change as a crisis as she tied it to poverty, hunger, disease, conflict and violence against women and girls in a speech broadcast Wednesday as part of the Desmond Tutu...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 21, 2020 file photo, people travel by canoe during a coronavirus lockdown in the floating slum of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria. Up to 150 million people could slip into extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day, by late next year depending on how badly economies shrink during the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank said Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 in an outlook grimmer than before. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Up to 150 million could join extreme poor, World Bank says

Oct. 7, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Up to 150 million people could slip into extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day, by late next year depending on how badly economies shrink during the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank said Wednesday in an outlook grimmer than before. Middle income-countries are expected to...

UN 'outraged' by attack on food aid convoy in South Sudan

Oct. 7, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.N. World Food Program says it is “outraged” by an attack on a convoy carrying food aid in South Sudan that left one crew member missing and three with gunshot wounds. A statement says the attack occurred Monday as the WFP convoy of boats was carrying food aid to...

Sri Lankans wait to give swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka bans gatherings amid virus cluster

Oct. 6, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of coronavirus infections expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said early Wednesday that the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 830 confirmed cases while more than...