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21 dead in South African nightclub; cause not yet known

Jun. 26, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police were investigating the deaths of at least 21 people at a nightclub in the coastal town of East London early Sunday and authorities said most of the victims were minors as young as 13 years old It is unclear what led to the deaths of the...

China's Xi criticizes sanctions at meeting of BRICS nations

Jun. 23, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a meeting of leaders of major developing countries on Thursday by saying the world should oppose unilateral sanctions and efforts by some countries to maintain their political and military power. Xi's remarks at the virtual meeting...

South African leader gets final chapter of corruption report

Jun. 22, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the final chapter of a report on an extensive judicial investigation into corruption. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo handed over the last installment of the report, reportedly 1,000 pages long, to Ramaphosa. The...

EXPLAINER: The scandal engulfing South Africa's president

Jun. 17, 2022 04:19 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could face criminal charges and is already facing calls to step down over claims that he tried to cover up the theft of millions of dollars in U.S. currency that was hidden inside furniture at his game farm. The...

Ryanair drops Afrikaans test that angered South Africans

Jun. 15, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair says it has scrapped its controversial Afrikaans language test for South African travelers aimed at weeding out people with phony passports. The Dublin-based airline changed its policy of requiring South African travelers to the U.K. to pass...

Source: F1 boss in South Africa for talks about race in 2023

Jun. 13, 2022 09:27 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Formula One boss Stefano Domenicali arrived in South Africa on Monday for talks about holding a race in the country as early as next year, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Domenicali is expected to meet with representatives of...

South African president dodges questions on theft scandal

Jun. 10, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Embroiled in controversy, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday refused to answer questions about his alleged cover-up of a theft of large amounts of cash from his farm, saying only that he will appear before his party's integrity committee over the...

South African president grilled in Parliament on farm theft

Jun. 09, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was confronted in Parliament Thursday by opposition politicians who pressed him to step down from office pending a criminal investigation into allegations that he covered up a theft from his rural game farm. Parliament...

Dubai arrests 2 Gupta brothers over South African fraud case

Jun. 07, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai police said Tuesday they arrested two brothers from the Gupta family, wanted over allegedly looting state money with former South African President Jacob Zuma. The arrest of Atul and Rajesh Gupta, who had lived for years in the sheikhdom,...

South Africa's president faces probe over unreported theft

Jun. 06, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing a criminal investigation after a revelation that he failed to report the theft of about $4 million in cash from his farm in northern Limpopo province. An account of the theft is contained in an affidavit by the...