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King Charles III to host South African leader in state visit

Oct. 02, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III will welcome South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the U.K. for three days of high-level talks next month, celebrating the first state visit of his reign with the leader of a Commonwealth member with close ties to the royal family. Ramaphosa has...

South Africa's Ramaphosa denies money-laundering allegations

Sep. 29, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa denied allegations of money laundering while being questioned by lawmakers Thursday over a scandal that threatens his position and the direction of Africa's most developed economy. Ramaphosa already faces an investigation...

South Africa's beleaguered Zuma open to return to politics

Sep. 27, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beleaguered former South African President Jacob Zuma says he is ready to make a surprise return to politics by standing for a top position at the ruling African National Congress' conference in December — if he is nominated by party members. The 80-year-old...

South Africa in electricity crisis, nationwide blackouts

Sep. 21, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa had an urgent meeting scheduled with his Cabinet on Wednesday to discuss the country’s electricity crisis, which has led to unprecedented levels of nationwide power blackouts in Africa's most developed economy. The...

Biden calls South Africa a vital voice despite Russia stance

Sep. 16, 2022 20:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden praised South Africa as a vital voice on the global stage as he hosted President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday at the White House for talks that touched on the two nations' differences on Russia's war in Ukraine and more. In a brief appearance...

South African president to meet with Biden on Friday

Sep. 15, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is headed to the United States, where aides say he's expected to press for more negotiations between Russia and Ukraine during talks with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday. Ramaphosa is among the African leaders who have...

'A servant queen': World pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Sep. 09, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Across the globe, the death of Queen Elizabeth II has prompted reflections on the historic sweep of her reign and how she succeeded in presiding over the end of Britain's colonial empire and embracing the independence of her former dominions. Tributes...

Biden to meet South Africa leader amid differences on Russia

Sep. 01, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this month, the White House announced Thursday, as the administration looks to draw African nations closer to the U.S. at a time when South Africa and many of its neighbors have staked out neutral ground...

South African president hit by tough questions in parliament

Aug. 30, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faced a grilling by lawmakers in Parliament on Tuesday as they demanded answers on his handling of the theft of millions of dollars from his farm. Ramaphosa faced loud heckling from opposition members who called for him...

New king of South Africa's Zulu nation dismisses challengers

Aug. 20, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

KWANONGOMA, South Africa (AP) — The new king of South Africa’s Zulu nation Misuzulu kaZwelithini was enthroned in a colorful ceremony Saturday before hundreds of supporters in a rural part of KwaZulu-Natal province. The king dismissed those challenging his right to the throne in...