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Former Greensboro scout helps find cure for deadly disease

Sep. 16, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The FDA's approval of a drug that cures the deadliest tuberculosis has the fingerprints of one of Alice Pearce's former Girl Scouts all over it. Scientist Doris Rouse, who spent nearly two decades leading the team of researchers at RTI International in working on a cure for a...

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

Sep. 13, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows former President Ronald Reagan meeting with Taliban...

South African leader drops UN visit as women protest attacks

Sep. 13, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Friday canceled a visit to the United Nations' annual gathering of world leaders this month to focus on unrest over gender-based violence and xenophobic attacks, while women held another protest to express their fears. Hundreds gathered outside the...

As 1st Asian host, Japan aiming higher at Rugby World Cup

Sep. 12, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When Jamie Joseph took on the challenge of coaching Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the ex-All Blacks forward knew there was much more at stake than results on the field. For Joseph and his players, Japan being the host nation at rugby's showpiece tournament starting next week offers a...

Hundreds of Nigerians board plane to leave South Africa

Sep. 11, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of Nigerians boarded a free flight from Johannesburg to Lagos on Wednesday, following a week of violence targeting foreigners in South Africa that has stoked tensions between Africa's two largest economies. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the flight,...

Injured Kevin Anderson to sit out rest of 2019 ATP season

Sep. 10, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson says he will take the rest of the 2019 season off as he continues to recover from a right knee injury. The hard-serving South African hasn't played in a tournament since losing in the third round of Wimbledon in July, and pulled out of the...

Correction: AF-Obit-Robert-Mugabe story

Sep. 9, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about the death of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mugabe was "the first post-colonial leader of what had been British-controlled Rhodesia." In fact, a white minority government in what was then known as...

South African attacks on foreign shops continue; 12 dead

Sep. 9, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two people have been killed in Johannesburg, police confirmed Monday, bringing to 12 the number of deaths since violence against foreign-owned shops erupted last month. Bands of South Africans launched violent attacks against foreign-owned shops and stalls, looting and burning the small...

Mugabe's anti-colonial rage fueled long reign over Zimbabwe

Sep. 8, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Robert Mugabe had just made a furious speech against Zimbabwe's LGBT community, calling them "worse than pigs and dogs." As he was about to get into his limousine, I asked, "Are you saying that gays in Zimbabwe have no legal rights?" He glared at me and responded irately: "They have no...

The Latest: UN chief lauds Mugabe role in fighting apartheid

Sep. 6, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe (all times local): 9:30 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Robert Mugabe's "role in securing the independence of Zimbabwe and the fight against apartheid are key parts of his legacy." According to U.N....