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South Africa political parties cobble together unity government as deadline to elect president looms

Jun. 13, 2024 04:17 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its...

South Africa's IFP party says it will join a unity government, a step toward ending deadlock

Jun. 12, 2024 13:35 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The leader of South Africa's Inkatha Freedom Party said Wednesday it will join a proposed government of national unity, a step toward ending the country's political deadlock after the long-ruling African National Congress lost its parliamentary majority in last...

South African political party led by Zuma seeks to halt parliament election of country's president

Jun. 11, 2024 23:41 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's third biggest political party, led by former president Jacob Zuma, has filed legal papers seeking to halt the first sitting of Parliament scheduled for Friday to elect the country's president. Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe Party has said none of its...

Australia nails England and Miller rescues South Africa against bogey Dutch in T20 World Cup

Jun. 08, 2024 17:20 PM EDT

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Defending champion England charged at Australia’s tournament-best 201 total and came up 36 runs short in a one-sided Twenty20 World Cup contest on Saturday. The first big heavyweight match — a day before India vs. Pakistan — failed to live up to...

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Jun. 07, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

May 31 - June6, 2024 Veterans from the U.S., Britain and Canada converged with more than two dozen heads of state and countless others on the beaches of Normandy, France to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. In soccer, Real Madrid won the Champions League, its...

South African opposition parties holding crunch talks on the ANC's unity plan. But deep rifts remain

Jun. 07, 2024 07:12 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African opposition parties were meeting Friday and will continue crunch talks into next week to consider the ruling African National Congress' offer to become part of a government of national unity. ANC failed to secure a majority in last week's highly...

South Africa's ANC leans toward a 'unity' government that evokes Mandela but divisions are there

Jun. 07, 2024 02:05 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and other senior officials of the African National Congress party were in a critical meeting Thursday to decide if they should formally propose a “unity” government bringing in all major parties to solve a political...

The Latest | Israeli strike kills 33 in a Gaza school filled with displaced families

Jun. 06, 2024 23:22 PM EDT

Israeli airstrikes in central Gaza killed at least 33 people overnight at a United Nations-run school sheltering displaced Palestinian families. Israel claimed Thursday the school was being used as a Hamas compound, without providing evidence. Israel’s military said it was not...

Spain applies to join South Africa’s case at top UN court accusing Israel of genocide

Jun. 06, 2024 09:18 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain became on Thursday the first European country to ask a United Nations court for permission to join South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza. South Africa filed its case with the International Court of Justice late last year. It alleged...

Spain will ask a U.N. court to join South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza, its foreign minister says

Jun. 06, 2024 04:52 AM EDT
MADRID (AP) — Spain will ask a U.N. court to join South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza, its foreign minister says.