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Soros' Open Society Foundations say their restructuring is complete and pledge $400M for green jobs

Jul. 16, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Open Society Foundations, the philanthropic organizations that billionaire investor George Soros has built up since the 1970s, revealed its first new major commitment on Tuesday after a years-long internal reorganization, pledging $400 million over eight years to support green...

6 firefighters have died battling a bushfire in South Africa after storms batter other areas

Jul. 15, 2024 14:08 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Six firefighters have died battling a bushfire in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa and another two are in a critical condition, emergency services said Monday. Authorities said they suspect that Sunday's fire may have been started by...

This nearly 10-foot Gatsby sub is made by a South African restaurant with a taste for the supersized

Jul. 12, 2024 03:14 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The idea came — as the nutty ones often do — over a few drinks in a bar. A South African restaurant served up a 3-meter-long (9.8 feet) sandwich recently in the latest offering from an establishment with a taste for the supersized. The giant...

South Africa's Cape Town is hit by more storms, with 4,500 people displaced by floods and damage

Jul. 11, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African city of Cape Town and surrounding areas were hit by more storms Thursday that ripped roofs off houses and caused widespread flooding, forcing at least 4,500 people out of their homes and damaging at least 15,000 structures, authorities said. The...

12 schoolchildren and their driver are killed when their minibus crashes in South Africa

Jul. 10, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Twelve schoolchildren and their driver were killed in South Africa on Wednesday when their minibus overturned and caught fire on a road in Gauteng province, officials said. The accident took place a day after schools reopened after the winter holidays. Seven...

Today in History: July 10, the Battle of Britain begins in World War II

Jul. 10, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 10, the 192nd day of 2024. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 10, 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as the German Luftwaffe launched attacks on...

Relief in South Africa after J&J reversal allows key tuberculosis drug production at lower prices

Jul. 09, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Medical advocacy groups have welcomed Johnson & Johnson’s decision not to enforce its patent on a critical tuberculosis medication, allowing its production at much lower prices, after South African authorities opened an investigation into the conglomerate. ...

Elephants trample a Spanish tourist to death in South Africa. He left a car to take photos

Jul. 09, 2024 10:29 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Elephants trampled to death a Spanish tourist at a South African wildlife reserve after he left his vehicle and approached a herd to take photographs, police and local government authorities said Tuesday. The 43-year-old man was killed on Sunday at...

CLIMATE GLIMPSE: Heat and a hurricane descend on the U.S., other wild weather around the world

Jul. 08, 2024 08:51 AM EDT

As Hurricane Beryl batters Texas and extreme heat blankets much of the U.S. South and West, the world is set for another week of wild weather that human-caused climate change makes more likely. Beryl made landfall around the middle the Texas coast near Matagorda with a dangerous...

Nearly 1,000 homes in Cape Town destroyed by storms as city braces for a week of bad weather

Jul. 08, 2024 08:44 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Nearly 1,000 homes in informal settlements in Cape Town, South Africa, have been destroyed by gale-force winds, displacing around 4,000 people, authorities and an aid organization said as the city braces for a week of damaging storms. South African...