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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....

South African prosecutors seek extradition orders in the case of $580K stolen from the president

Feb. 23, 2024 12:43 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Prosecutors said Friday they are seeking extradition orders and the arrest of more suspects over the 2020 theft of around $580,000 in U.S. cash that was hidden in a couch at South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's ranch. The theft, which only became...

PGA Tour heads to Mexico. LPGA begins Asia swing in Thailand

Feb. 20, 2024 18:10 PM EST

PGA TOUR MEXICO OPEN AT VIDANTA Site: Vallarta, Mexico. Course: Vidanta Vallarta, Mexico. Yardage: 7,456. Par: 71. Prize money: $8.1 million. Winner's share: $1.458 million. Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. (Golf...

Russia is rebuilding capacity to destabilize European countries, new UK report warns

Feb. 20, 2024 12:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Russia is rebuilding its capacity to destabilize European countries and extend its influence in the Middle East and Africa, posing a strategic threat to NATO as its members focus on the war in Ukraine, a U.K.-based think tank said Tuesday. In a sweeping report,...

Off to Never Never Land: 'Peter Pan' flies again in a new tour after some much needed changes

Feb. 20, 2024 11:39 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new, inclusive stage production of “Peter Pan” flies out on a U.S. tour this month, telling the classic tale of a boy who refuses to grow up — but without references that, ironically, have aged poorly. Gone are elements harmful to Native people, in are a few...

Nigeria's defense chief accuses nations withholding arms sales over abuses of 'double standards'

Feb. 20, 2024 11:02 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's defense chief expressed frustration Tuesday with what he called the “double standards” of some countries that won't sell his military weapons because of human rights concerns. Gen. Christopher Musa’s comment underscores one of the biggest...

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...

Mexico saw a huge increase in migrants from Africa and Venezuela in 2023, authorities say

Feb. 16, 2024 19:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they saw a huge increase in the number of migrants from Africa and Venezuela entering the country in 2023. Those migrants generally enter Mexico from Central America, and cross the country in a bid to reach the U.S. border. ...

The Islamic State group poses rising threat in Africa despite progress, UN experts say

Feb. 16, 2024 18:27 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group poses a rising threat amid political instability in West Africa and the Sahel and remains intent on carrying out attacks abroad, the U.N. counter-terrorism chief said Thursday. Vladimir Voronkov reiterated U.N. findings that...

Biden plans to welcome Kenyan president to White House for state visit in May

Feb. 16, 2024 14:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to welcome Kenyan President William Ruto to the White House in May, hosting a state visit after reneging on his promise to visit Africa last year. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced Friday that the visit set for May...