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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

ANKARA, Turkey | Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

ANKARA, Turkey— A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey’s own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties. The fate of Andrew Brunson, charged with … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest