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Hymns through masks: Christians mark another pandemic Easter

Apr. 04, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions. From vast Roman Catholic...

Baylor bigs: Flo, `Everyday Jon' help make Bear guards great

Mar. 31, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua and Flo Thamba, the high-energy athletic bigs who do so much inside helping guard-oriented Baylor, first met at a Basketball Without Borders camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. That was about five years ago and far from the NCAA Final Four. It...

South African university students clash with police, 1 dead

Mar. 10, 2021 10:55 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least one person has died and two students have been injured in clashes between South African university students and police over tuition fees at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The protests erupted this week after thousands of...

Influential mayor of Mozambique city dies of COVID-19

Feb. 22, 2021 12:55 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Daviz Simango, the leader of Mozambique's opposition MDM party and the mayor of the major port city of Beira, died Monday in a hospital in South Africa, according to local media. Simango, 57, died of complications from COVID-19 and diabetes,...

Exiled Rwandan opposition figure shot dead in South Africa

Feb. 22, 2021 09:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are investigating the death of exiled Rwandan opposition politician Seif Bamporiki who was killed in Cape Town. Bamporiki, the Rwanda National Congress party’s coordinator in South Africa, was shot dead on Sunday in Nyanga...

South Africa's health care workers eager for first vaccines

Feb. 16, 2021 03:57 AM EST

ELANDSDOORN, South Africa (AP) — After testing thousands of people for coronavirus, South African nurse Asnath Masango says she can't wait to get vaccinated. “So many people, I test them and within days they have passed away,” said Masango. “I want protection.”...

In switch, South Africa to give health workers J&J vaccine

Feb. 10, 2021 13:11 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will start vaccinating front-line health workers next week with a shot that is still in testing — an unorthodox strategy announced Wednesday after officials abandoned plans to use another vaccine that a small study suggests is only minimally effective...

The Latest: China's northeast outbreaks appear under control

Feb. 07, 2021 22:33 PM EST

BEIJING — China appears to have stamped out its latest coronavirus outbreaks centered on the northeast, reporting no new cases of local infection in its latest daily report. The National Health Commission said Monday that 14 newly confirmed cases had been brought from...

South Africa seizes rhino horns to be smuggled to Malaysia

Feb. 04, 2021 13:05 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African customs officials have seized more than $3.5 million worth of rhino horns at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday. A shipment of the 18 pieces of horns weighing 63 kilograms (139 pounds) destined for Malaysia...

South Africa welcomes first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

Feb. 01, 2021 14:39 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa gave a hero's welcome Monday to the delivery of its first COVID-19 vaccines — 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa greeted the crates of vaccine...