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JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of nation’s toughest critics

JOHANNESBURG  — Angolan President Joao Lourenco has met longtime critics of the government, generating some goodwill from activists who struggled to have their voices heard during the long rule of former leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Lourenco, a former defense minister who became president last year, on Tuesday hosted members of Angolan civil society organizations … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of nation’s toughest critics

JOHANNESBURG | Oprah offers rousing tribute to Mandela in S. Africa visit

JOHANNESBURG — Oprah Winfrey on Thursday delivered a rousing tribute to Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born, and urged the youth of South Africa and beyond to overcome failure and trauma on the road to accomplishing their goals. “Your day will come. I applaud your resilience,” Winfrey told a cheering crowd in Soweto. … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Oprah offers rousing tribute to Mandela in S. Africa visit

ISTANBUL | Turkey hosts summit to seek solutions to end war in Syria

ISTANBUL — The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany were gathering for a summit Saturday about Syria, hoping to lay the groundwork for eventual peace in a country devastated by years of war. A key challenge is their divided opinions about Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is backed by Russia and Iran and whose … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey hosts summit to seek solutions to end war in Syria

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Signaling a major pivot in its narrative, Saudi Arabia on Thursday said evidence shows that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated, an apparent effort to ease international outrage over the death of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudi prosecutors cited Turkish evidence that the … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

ISTANBUL | Turkey, where Saudi writer died, has culture of surveillance

ISTANBUL— One mystery surrounding the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is the existence of purported audio recordings of his death. The recordings, reported to include voices of Saudi officials who were present as well as confirmation of a grisly scheme to dispose of the dismembered body, were reported … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey, where Saudi writer died, has culture of surveillance

ISTANBUL | US, Saudi tensions rise over killing in Saudi consulate

ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince “crossed a line” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and must pay a price, a leading U.S. Senate Republican said Sunday, in a sign of growing tensions between the United States and its Gulf ally. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Saturday on CNN’s … Continue reading ISTANBUL | US, Saudi tensions rise over killing in Saudi consulate

JOHANNESBURG | Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

JOHANNESBURG — Pik Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa’s apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but eventually recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday at age 86. Botha died in “the early hours of the morning” at his home after an illness, his son, Roelof, told … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

JOHANNESBURG | Desmond Tutu spends 87th birthday in a Cape Town hospital

JOHANNESBURG  — Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 87 years old in a hospital on Sunday, and birthday greetings poured in for the man once described by Nelson Mandela as “our voice of conscience.” Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for many years, was admitted to a Cape Town hospital for tests … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Desmond Tutu spends 87th birthday in a Cape Town hospital