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Meek Mill's 'Expensive Pain' comes with a heavy cost

Oct. 07, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Meek Mill is not behind prison bars. He’s no longer required to check in with parole officers. But despite this freedom, the rapper has not fully rid himself of invisible shackles that still confine him. “I just feel like I’m a pullover away from...

Mural of South Africa's Desmond Tutu is fixed for his 90th

Oct. 07, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu marks his 90th birthday Thursday, a portrait of him recently defaced by racist graffiti has been restored by the artist, who added a celebratory message. “Happy Birthday...

South Africa's Desmond Tutu turns 90 amid new racist slur

Oct. 06, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu turns 90, recent racist graffiti on a portrait of the Nobel winner highlights the continuing relevance of his work for equality. Often hailed as the conscience of South Africa,...

Steven Van Zandt explores his fascinating and unlikely life

Sep. 28, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About halfway through Steven Van Zandt's new memoir comes the point of no return. That moment was in 1983, during the recording of Bruce Springsteen’s breakthrough album “Born in the USA.” Van Zandt, the bandanna-wearing guitarist for...

South African court OKs new deadline for election candidates

Sep. 20, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s Constitutional Court threw a lifeline to the ruling African National Congress party on Monday by allowing the electoral commission to reopen the registration of candidates for local government elections in November. The ANC had...

Despite COVID-19, South Africa to hold key local polls

Sep. 14, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — After uncertainty if COVID-19 would force South Africa to postpone local government elections, the courts have ruled that the crucial polls should move ahead. Despite concerns about political rallies spreading the disease, South Africa's courts...

The Latest: Elders leader tells UN council to protect rights

Sep. 07, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, called on China and Russia especially to tell the Taliban that participation of women in Afghan society and the education of girls are “non-negotiable and must...

Geelani, Kashmir’s staunchest anti-India leader, dies at 91

Sep. 02, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Syed Ali Geelani, an icon of disputed Kashmir’s resistance against Indian rule and a top separatist leader who became the emblem of the region’s defiance against New Delhi, died late Wednesday. He was 91. Geelani died surrounded by family...

South African photojournalist John Parkin dies at age 63

Aug. 27, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African photographer John Parkin, who covered the country’s anti-apartheid struggle, its first democratic elections, and the presidency of Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 63. Parkin had long battled cancer and died Monday, according to...

Today in History

Aug. 05, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2021. There are 148 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 5, 1962, South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested on...