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Germany beats South Africa 4-0 to win World Cup group

Jun. 17, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Germany is playing like a title contender, just at the right time. After seeing her team start the Women's World Cup with a pair of one-goal wins, Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg told her players to keep the game simple. Germany played to its status as the world's...

France looking to close out World Cup group play undefeated

Jun. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France hit its first goal by advancing to the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup. Now the host nation wants to make a statement by rolling through group play undefeated. France closes its Group A play Monday against Nigeria in Rennes, and Corinne Diacre expects her squad to have a 3-0 record...

Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park

Jun. 15, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Africa's largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years. The apparent...

China beats South Africa 1-0 to set up decider vs. Spain

Jun. 13, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — China is back on track at the Women's World Cup, tied for second in Group B after a 1-0 victory in South Africa, and focused on it goal of moving into the next round of the tournament. China, evened with Spain at three points each, lost its opener but stayed calm in Thursday night's second...

Brazil unsure if Marta will play against Australia

Jun. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Brazil played coy on the status of star player Marta ahead of its Women's World Cup match against Australia, a team reeling from a first-round upset and unsure if it will face the six-time FIFA Player of the Year. Marta did not play in Brazil's opening game against Jamaica because of a left...

Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case

Jun. 11, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation...

Botswana's High Court rules that sections of the penal code criminalizing same-sex relations are unconstitutional

Jun. 11, 2019 5:36 AM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana's High Court rules that sections of the penal code criminalizing same-sex relations are unconstitutional.

Spain downs South Africa 3-1 for 1st Women's World Cup win

Jun. 8, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — Spain won a game at the Women's World Cup for the first time, beating South Africa 3-1 on Saturday behind two penalty kicks by Jennifer Hermoso. Spain, ranked No. 13 in the world, finished last in its group four years ago in Canada, the country's only other appearance in the...

Malawi suspends broadcast call-in shows over election unrest

Jun. 7, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi's government on Friday ordered all call-in shows to be suspended while accusing some broadcasters of "careless and unethical coverage" of unrest after last month's disputed election. Journalism advocates quickly called the directive "a very serious violation of media...

African Union's Peace and Security Council suspends Sudan's participation in AU activities over country's deadly unrest

Jun. 6, 2019 7:43 AM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African Union's Peace and Security Council suspends Sudan's participation in AU activities over country's deadly unrest.