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EKANGALA, South Africa | AP PHOTOS: South African family worries over children’s fate

EKANGALA, South Africa ,—Jan 27, 2019— Buhle Mathebule, 4 years old, squints against the harsh sunlight outside her family’s one-room shack in Ekangala, South Africa. She is spending rare time with her sister, 11-year-old Perlucia, who is home for the holidays. Buhle was born with albinism. Perlucia was badly burned as a baby. Both children … Continue reading EKANGALA, South Africa | AP PHOTOS: South African family worries over children’s fate

JOHANNESBURG | 3 killed in train collision in South Africa, responders say

JOHANNESBURG — Jan 08, 2019—Authorities in South Africa say a train collision in the capital has killed three people and injured more than 200. Netcare911, an emergency responders’ group, says many injuries are “minor to moderate” but that one person in critical condition was airlifted to a hospital after the accident Tuesday in Pretoria. Authorities … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | 3 killed in train collision in South Africa, responders say

JOHANNESBURG | AP EXPLAINS: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble

JOHANNESBURG — Rich in the minerals that power the world’s mobile phones and laptops, yet desperately underdeveloped, Congo votes on Sunday for its first new president in nearly two decades. This could be the sprawling country’s first peaceful, democratic transfer of power. But a last-minute decision to bar some 1 million voters because of an … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | AP EXPLAINS: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble

JOHANNESBURG | Muggings mar international charity concert in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — South African media are reporting numerous muggings after a charity concert at which Beyonce and other international stars performed. People said on social media on Monday that they saw thugs attacking concert-goers and grabbing cell phones after the music festival at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The event on Sunday honored Nelson Mandela a … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Muggings mar international charity concert in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG | Oprah speaks on gender equality at Mandela event, to cheers

JOHANNESBURG — Oprah Winfrey is paying tribute to Nelson Mandela and promoting gender equality at an event in South Africa, where she opened an academy for girls a decade ago. The former talk show host on Thursday joined Graca Machel, Mandela’s widow and an advocate of women’s and children’s rights, at the Soweto campus of … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Oprah speaks on gender equality at Mandela event, to cheers

JOHANNESBURG | HIV cases in children dropping but still too slowly, UN says

JOHANNESBURG — The United Nations children’s agency says the number of youths living with HIV could drop by about one-third to 1.9 million between now and 2030, while children dying each year from AIDS-related causes could drop by nearly half to 56,000 in 2030. Its new report says that while the projected decline in HIV … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | HIV cases in children dropping but still too slowly, UN says

JOHANNESBURG | Beyonce to perform at South African concert honoring Mandela

JOHANNESBURG— Beyonce, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran are among the stars scheduled to perform at a South African concert on Sunday in honor of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born. The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be hosted in Johannesburg by South Africa’s Motsepe Foundation, which seeks to … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Beyonce to perform at South African concert honoring Mandela

JOHANNESBURG | US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 7 extremists

JOHANNESBURG— The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in central Somalia targeting al-Shabab that killed seven extremists. The U.S. Africa Command statement says Tuesday’s airstrike occurred in Quy Cad in the Mudug region. The strike was carried out a day after two other U.S. airstrikes killed 37 extremists with the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab. … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | US airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabab kills 7 extremists

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa leaving ‘dark’ days of corruption, says leader

JOHANNESBURG — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country has survived a “dark period” when corruption was rampant and is now focused on achieving economic growth and land reform to win popular support in general elections next year. Speaking to international journalists, Ramaphosa said that he and his ruling party, the African National Congress, … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South Africa leaving ‘dark’ days of corruption, says leader

JOHANNESBURG | Health workers in Congo’s Ebola outbreak attacked weekly

JOHANNESBURG  — Health teams responding to Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak are attacked three or four times a week on average, a level of violence unseen in the country’s nine previous outbreaks of the deadly virus, the health ministry said Monday. The coordinator of the outbreak response, Dr. Ndjoloko Tambwe Bathe, spoke to reporters after a … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Health workers in Congo’s Ebola outbreak attacked weekly

JOHANNESBURG | Deadly attack amid Ebola outbreak stalls containment efforts

JOHANNESBURG — Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the epicenter of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence again forced crucial virus-containment efforts to be suspended. “It will be very hard to stop the outbreak if this violence continues,” said the World … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Deadly attack amid Ebola outbreak stalls containment efforts

JOHANNESBURG | Deadly rebel attack in center of Ebola outbreak stalls work

JOHANNESBURG— Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the epicenter of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence again forced crucial virus containment efforts to be suspended. “It will be very hard to stop the outbreak if this violence continues,” said the World … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Deadly rebel attack in center of Ebola outbreak stalls work

JOHANNESBURG | Red Cross urges Nigerian militants to spare 2 health workers

JOHANNESBURG — The International Committee of the Red Cross made an urgent appeal on Sunday to an affiliate of the Islamic State organization in Nigeria to spare the lives of two abducted health workers. The women risk the fate of a colleague who was killed by the extremists last month, the statement said. “We urge … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Red Cross urges Nigerian militants to spare 2 health workers

JOHANNESBURG | Risk of Ebola’s spread from Congo now ‘very high,’ WHO says

JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization says the risk of the deadly Ebola virus spreading from Congo is now “very high” after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border. The outbreak in northeastern Congo is larger than the previous one in the northwest and more complicated for health officials. Some of their work was … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Risk of Ebola’s spread from Congo now ‘very high,’ WHO says

JOHANNESBURG | Remains of Angolan rebel commander are repatriated

JOHANNESBURG — The remains of a former Angolan rebel commander were repatriated from South Africa on Thursday in an effort by Angolan President Joao Lourenco to reconcile with the opposition. South African and Angolan officials presided over a ceremony at the Waterkloof air force base for Arlindo Chenda Pena, who died of an illness in … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Remains of Angolan rebel commander are repatriated

JOHANNESBURG | Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia leaders to meet in Asmara

JOHANNESBURG — Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somalia leaders are set to meet in Eritrea’s capital Asmara, furthering the diplomatic thaw in the strategic Horn of Africa region. By bringing together the leaders of former arch-foes in a summit Wednesday, Eritrea is building newly friendly relations with neighbors Ethiopia and Somalia. Ethiopia’s Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed arrived … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia leaders to meet in Asmara

JOHANNESBURG | New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

JOHANNESBURG  — The new leader of Amnesty International says many world leaders, especially President Donald Trump, are rolling back gains made in respecting human rights. Kumi Naidoo describes the Trump administration’s separation of families at U.S. borders as “one of the worst atrocities” the world has seen in a long time. The South African-born former … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

JOHANNESBURG | New Amnesty International leader’s 1st move targets Zimbabwe

JOHANNESBURG — Amnesty International’s new leader says his first act is writing to Zimbabwe’s next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara, saying “whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past.” Kumi Naidoo, a South African-born former anti-apartheid activist, starts as Amnesty’s Secretary General Wednesday. His focus on … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | New Amnesty International leader’s 1st move targets Zimbabwe

JOHANNESBURG | Video shows Cameroon’s soldiers shooting cowering civilians

JOHANNESBURG — A “horrifying” video circulating on social media shows Cameroon’s security forces shooting at least a dozen unarmed civilians during a counterterror operation in the Far North region, Amnesty International said Friday. It follows another video in July that the rights group said showed Cameroonian forces shooting two women with small children strapped to … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Video shows Cameroon’s soldiers shooting cowering civilians

JOHANNESBURG | China’s Xi says world must ‘reject protectionism outright’

JOHANNESBURG — Chinese President Xi Jinping urged fellow leaders of the BRICS emerging economies ,to “reject protectionism outright” on Thursday during their annual summit in which the United States is being criticized for escalating tariffs on foreign goods. Xi along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Michel Temer and … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | China’s Xi says world must ‘reject protectionism outright’

JOHANNESBURG | BRICS leaders join hands at summit in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — The five leaders of the BRICS emerging economies have gathered in South Africa for an annual summit where the United States is being criticized for escalating tariffs on foreign goods. The leaders clasped hands and posed for a group photograph on Thursday, the second day of the meeting in Johannesburg. They are Chinese … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | BRICS leaders join hands at summit in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG | BRICS: South Africa says world trading system is in crisis

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s trade minister has opened a summit of the BRICS emerging economies with a warning that the world’s trading system is enduring “enormous turbulence.” Rob Davies on Wednesday referred to economic worries related to U.S. tariffs on goods from major trading partners and retaliatory action from those countries. Davies calls it “a … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | BRICS: South Africa says world trading system is in crisis

JOHANNESBURG  | China’s Xi visits South Africa ahead of BRICS summit

JOHANNESBURG  — Chinese President Xi Jinping is in South Africa for a state visit ahead of a summit of leaders of the BRICS economies. Xi was welcomed on Tuesday by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa at the government Union Buildings in Pretoria. Xi inspected a military honor guard before the two men began talks. China … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG  | China’s Xi visits South Africa ahead of BRICS summit

JOHANNESBURG | Ethiopia has ‘no option’ but multiparty democracy, PM says

JOHANNESBURG — Ethiopia has “no option” but to pursue multi-party democracy, the country’s reformist new prime minister said Sunday, again shaking up Africa’s second most populous nation that for decades has been ruled by a single coalition. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s chief of staff announced the remarks on Twitter, saying they were made during a … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Ethiopia has ‘no option’ but multiparty democracy, PM says

JOHANNESBURG | Gunmen in South Africa ambush taxi drivers; 11 killed

JOHANNESBURG— South African police say gunmen have opened fire on a minibus carrying members of a taxi drivers’ association, killing 11 people and critically wounding four others. Police Brig. Jay Naicker says the victims of the Saturday night attack had attended a colleague’s funeral and were returning home when the ambush occurred. He says the … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Gunmen in South Africa ambush taxi drivers; 11 killed