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Botswana sends troops to help Mozambique fight insurgency

Jul. 26, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana sent military troops to Mozambique on Monday, becoming the first country of the 16-nation Southern African Development Community to dispatch soldiers to help battle an Islamic extremist insurgency in northern Cabo Delgado province. ...

South Africa's virus cases decline, liquor sales allowed

Jul. 26, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government has lifted a ban on liquor sales and relaxed other pandemic restrictions, reporting that a recent spike in coronavirus cases has passed its peak, the president said. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the...

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

Jul. 23, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures. The...

South Africa's vaccination drive regains pace after unrest

Jul. 23, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's COVID-19 vaccination campaign is regaining momentum after being disrupted earlier this month by a week of riots sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma, the country's acting health minister said Friday. At least 120...

South Africa's jailed ex-leader attends brother's funeral

Jul. 22, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma was allowed to leave prison briefly Thursday to attend his brother’s funeral. Zuma is currently serving a 15-month sentence for defying an order from the Constitutional Court, the country's highest court,...

South African firm to make Pfizer vaccine, first in Africa

Jul. 21, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African firm will begin producing the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the first time that the shot will be produced in Africa, Pfizer announced Wednesday. The Biovac Institute based in Cape Town will manufacture the vaccine for...

Corruption trial of South Africa's ex-president is postponed

Jul. 20, 2021 05:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The corruption trial of former South African president Jacob Zuma, who is currently in prison, has been postponed to August 10 as it is decided whether he must be physically present in the courtroom or can appear via video from where he is in detention. ...

EXPLAINER: What caused South Africa's week of rioting?

Jul. 19, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has been rocked by the worst violence since the nation achieved democracy in 1994. Here is a closer look at the unrest. WHAT TRIGGERED THE VIOLENCE? The unrest began on July 8 when former President Jacob Zuma started...

Graft trial resumes for South Africa's jailed ex-president

Jul. 19, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma resumed Monday, more than a week after his imprisonment for contempt of court in a separate case set off rioting in parts of the country. Zuma is accused of receiving bribes from the...

Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers' assurances

Jul. 18, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two South African soccer players became the first athletes inside the Olympic Village to test positive for COVID-19, and other cases connected to the Tokyo Games were also confirmed Sunday, highlighting the herculean task organizers face to keep the virus contained while the...