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South African soldier kills a colleague and himself in eastern Congo

Mar. 02, 2024 06:12 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African soldier deployed in Congo has shot dead a colleague and then turned the gun on himself, authorities said Saturday. The South African National Defense Force, which oversees the country's armed forces, said the soldier used his official service...

Open letter urges Venice Biennale art show to exclude Israel. Italy's culture minister pushes back

Feb. 28, 2024 13:33 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Thousands of artists, curators and critics have signed an open letter calling on the Venice Biennale to exclude the Israeli national pavilion from this year’s contemporary art fair due to the war in Gaza, but Italy’s culture minister firmly backed Israel’s participation. ...

Namibian President Hage Geingob laid to rest at Heroes' Acre cemetery after state funeral

Feb. 25, 2024 23:25 PM EST

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Namibian President Hage Geingob was laid to rest in the country's Heroes' Acre cemetery on Sunday following a state funeral attended by African leaders, the German president and Princess Anne, the sister of Britain's King Charles III. Geingob died earlier...

9 people have died in a road crash in South Africa after attending a ruling party election rally

Feb. 25, 2024 09:36 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Nine people were killed in a road crash in South Africa on Sunday after attending an election rally by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ruling African National Congress party. The ANC supporters were traveling on a bus back to their home province of...

South Africa's ANC launches election manifesto as president highlights party's achievements

Feb. 24, 2024 17:30 PM EST

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday highlighted the achievements of his African National Congress, which has ruled the country for all of its 30 years of democrac y, as it heads into a tight race in May's election. Ramaphosa delivered...

Why South Africa is facing a turning point in May's national election and who the major players are

Feb. 24, 2024 13:54 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Polls suggest South Africa will face a historic turning point in a national election in May as the ruling African National Congress could lose its majority for the first time since coming to power in the country's first all-race vote at the end of apartheid in 1994....

A ship carrying 19,000 cattle caused a big stink in the South African city of Cape Town

Feb. 20, 2024 15:55 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — What stinks? Authorities in Cape Town launched an investigation Monday after a foul stench swept over the South African city. City officials inspected sewage facilities for leaks and an environmental health team was activated before the...

South Africa sets May 29 elections that could be the most pivotal since apartheid ended

Feb. 20, 2024 15:37 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa will hold pivotal national elections May 29 as polls show the ruling African National Congress could lose its majority for the first time since it came to power with the fall of apartheid 30 years ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced...

Pressure mounts on South Africa's ruling party as unemployment rises again ahead of election

Feb. 20, 2024 08:02 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's unemployment rate, already the highest in the world, rose to 32.1% in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to official government figures released on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labor Force Survey reported that the number of unemployed...

South Africa's main opposition party lays out plans to unseat the African National Congress

Feb. 17, 2024 11:43 AM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Thousands of South Africans gathered in the capital Saturday to show support for the country’s biggest opposition party as it prepares for a much-anticipated national election in which it hopes to wrest control of the government from the ruling African National...