South Africa

US Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Former South African President Motlanthe

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The US Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: On March 14, while in Johannesburg, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to discuss the U.S.-South African bilateral relationship. The two also discussed President Motlanthe’s … Continue reading US Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Former South African President Motlanthe

Top US diplomat suggests taking Cameroon to global forum

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The top United States diplomat to Africa says perhaps it’s time to take the deadly separatist crisis in Cameroon to an “international forum.” An exasperated Tibor Nagy told reporters on Tuesday that “my heart breaks for Cameroon … I just don’t understand why this crisis goes on and on and on.” Some … Continue reading Top US diplomat suggests taking Cameroon to global forum

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

BANGKOK  | Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe

BANGKOK  — Catriona Gray of the Philippines was named winner of the Miss Universe 2018 competition in the Thai capital Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries to claim the prize. The 24-year-old Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-place Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. Gray succeeds the 2017 winner, Demi-Leigh … Continue reading BANGKOK  | Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe

JOHANNESBURG | Beyonce and other stars to perform at Mandela festival

JOHANNESBURG — Beyonce and other international stars have gathered in South Africa for a charity concert honoring Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born. Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey were among those headlining the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Sunday. Model Naomi Campbell and singer Bob Geldof, … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Beyonce and other stars to perform at Mandela festival

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: Mexico gives top award to Kushner

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on the Group of 20 summit (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Argentina’s security minister is confirming that eight gasoline bombs were discovered in an area of the capital where a protest against the G-20 summit is expected later in the day. A police operation on Friday turned up the … Continue reading BUENOS AIRES, Argentina | The Latest: Mexico gives top award to Kushner

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

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa’s young rape survivors need counseling: MSF

JOHANNESBURG — A new study says many South African health facilities designated to help survivors of sexual violence don’t offer counseling to children who have been raped. Doctors Without Borders, which released the study on Wednesday, says there are critical gaps in mental health care in a country with one of the world’s highest rates … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South Africa’s young rape survivors need counseling: MSF

SEATTLE | ‘Explorer at heart’: American missionary killed in India

SEATTLE— John Allen Chau spent summers alone in a California cabin as a wilderness emergency responder, led backpacking expeditions in the Northwest’s Cascade Mountains, almost lost his leg to a rattlesnake bite, and coached soccer for poor children in Iraq and South Africa. But kayaking to a remote Indian island, home to a tribe known … Continue reading SEATTLE | ‘Explorer at heart’: American missionary killed in India

NEW DELHI | The Latest: visiting remote island was man’s last adventure

NEW DELHI— The Latest on the death of an American adventurer and missionary who was killed by an isolated Indian tribe (all times local): 4:30 a.m. John Allen Chau spent summers alone in a California cabin as a wilderness emergency responder. He led backpacking expeditions in the Northwest’s Cascade Mountains, almost lost his leg to … Continue reading NEW DELHI | The Latest: visiting remote island was man’s last adventure

JOHANNESBURG | Tutu awards prize to US school shooting survivors

JOHANNESBURG — A group of young Americans who campaigned against gun violence after surviving a deadly shooting at their Florida school have received a prize from former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu. Tutu said in a statement Tuesday that the students showed that “children can move the world” and he compared the U.S. movement for … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Tutu awards prize to US school shooting survivors

WASHINGTON | US adds Russian-born South African to financial blacklist

WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities accused a Russian-born citizen of South Africa on Monday of taking part in a scheme to help North Korea evade sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear weapons program. The Treasury Department said Vladlen Amtchentev worked with Singapore-based front companies to launder millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on behalf … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US adds Russian-born South African to financial blacklist

JOHANNESBURG | South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions

JOHANNESBURG— A Cabinet minister in South Africa is citing concerns that efforts to prosecute people allegedly involved in corruption under former president Jacob Zuma are falling short. Pravin Gordhan, the public enterprises minister, on Monday told a commission investigating corruption allegations that he has often heard South Africans ask why “no big figure” has ended … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions

WASHINGTON | Trump nominates handbag designer as envoy to South Africa

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump has nominated a South Florida-based luxury fashion and handbag designer to be the new U.S. ambassador to South Africa. The White House announced the nomination of native South African Lana Marks late Wednesday. Marks was born and raised in South Africa and is now the CEO of the Lana Marks … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump nominates handbag designer as envoy to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa highway crash kills at least 27, including kids

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s government says at least 27 people, including small children, have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Limpopo province. The statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office says a minibus, truck and delivery vehicle crashed on Friday on a major highway between Mookgophong and Kranskop. Ramaphosa says that “It is all the … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South Africa highway crash kills at least 27, including kids

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

NEW YORK | Amandla Stenberg: I’m still finding my voice

NEW YORK— Actress Amandla Stenberg was named after a 1989 Miles Davis album — a lush, African-tinged funk fusion that takes its name from the Zulu and Xhosa word for “power.” In South Africa under apartheid, “amandla” was — and still is — a rallying cry against oppression. It’s a lot for Stenberg to live … Continue reading NEW YORK | Amandla Stenberg: I’m still finding my voice

HOUSTON | Rockets hope ‘Melo can help them to 1st title since 1995

HOUSTON — Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta didn’t waste any time telling Carmelo Anthony why he wanted him on his team. “I’ll tell you exactly what I told him,” Fertitta said Monday. “‘We couldn’t win a championship without you last year. And if we win a championship with you this year you’re going to be … Continue reading HOUSTON | Rockets hope ‘Melo can help them to 1st title since 1995

UNITED NATIONS | Mandela statue unveiled at UN: ‘a reminder’ and inspiration

UNITED NATIONS  — U.N. leaders honored Nelson Mandela as an inspiration for the world body, an example for democracy and a reminder that “differences are to be celebrated” as a statue of the late South African leader was unveiled at the organization’s headquarters Monday. “Nelson Mandela embodied the highest values of the United Nations — … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Mandela statue unveiled at UN: ‘a reminder’ and inspiration

JOHANNESBURG | Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

JOHANNESBURG— Nelson Mandela’s South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the “Long Walk to Freedom” of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century’s great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism. The unveiling of a … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

South Africa | Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Marks 40th Anniversary With Alumni Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa

South Africa – The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program will celebrate 40 years of bringing international professionals to the United States to engage in study and collaborate with U.S. counterparts at “African Humphrey Voices: Building a Better Future for Our Continent,” a Pan-African alumni conference Sept. 14–16, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The three-day event … Continue reading South Africa | Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Marks 40th Anniversary With Alumni Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa to probe state dealings with German firm SAP

JOHANNESBURG — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has ramped up an anti-corruption drive, authorizing an investigation of alleged wrongdoing in the national water department’s dealings with German software firm SAP. Ramaphosa’s office said Thursday that new inquiries will look into public and private sector involvement in the awarding of tenders and contracts. It says the … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South Africa to probe state dealings with German firm SAP

LONDON | UK’s May to visit Africa to boost post-Brexit fortunes

LONDON  — British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to visit Africa on a trade mission aimed at boosting the U.K.’s post-Brexit fortunes. May will visit Cape Town in South Africa on Tuesday, where she will give a speech on trade and how British private sector investment can be brought into Africa. She will visit … Continue reading LONDON | UK’s May to visit Africa to boost post-Brexit fortunes

HARARE, Zimbabwe | A subdued Zimbabwe set for Mnangagwa’s inauguration, again

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe on Sunday prepared to inaugurate a president for the second time in nine months as a country recently jubilant over the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe is now largely subdued by renewed harassment of the opposition and a bitterly disputed election. The military-backed President Emmerson Mnangagwa, now facing another swearing-in, … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | A subdued Zimbabwe set for Mnangagwa’s inauguration, again

NEW YORK | Fox’s Carlson stunned by reaction to stories on South Africa

NEW YORK— Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Friday he’s shocked his segments this week on a South African land reform policy should be considered an appeal to white nationalists — let alone spark an international incident. Carlson argued against a proposal that would allow the South African government to seize some white-owned agricultural land, … Continue reading NEW YORK | Fox’s Carlson stunned by reaction to stories on South Africa

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa blasts Trump over racially divisive tweet

JOHANNESBURG— The South African government lashed out at President Donald Trump on Thursday after he tweeted that his administration would be looking into farm seizures and the “large scale killing of farmers” in South Africa. The government said Trump’s tweet was based on “false information” and reflected a “narrow perception which only seeks to divide … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South Africa blasts Trump over racially divisive tweet

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Swedish Air Force fighter jet crashes; pilot safe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark— A Swedish Air Force jet fighter crashed Tuesday near an air base in southern Sweden after striking several birds as it was about to land, Sweden’s Armed Forces said. The pilot of the Swedish-built JAS 39 Gripen fighter aborted the landing he was attempting and ejected, said Col. Lars Bergstrom, head of the … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Swedish Air Force fighter jet crashes; pilot safe

TORONTO | Nadal ends Tsitsipas’ Toronto run on Greek’s 20th birthday

TORONTO— Rafael Nadal won his 80th ATP World Tour title Sunday — and spoiled Stefanos Tsitsipas’ 20th birthday. The top-ranked Nadal beat the unseeded Greek upstart 6-2, 7-6 (4) for his fourth Rogers Cup crown and fifth victory of the year. He has 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. “If you told me this … Continue reading TORONTO | Nadal ends Tsitsipas’ Toronto run on Greek’s 20th birthday

ICHIHARA, Japan  | US overpowers South Africa 7-0 at women’s softball worlds

ICHIHARA, Japan  — Kristi Merritt and Sahvanna Jaquish homered as the United States beat South Africa 7-0 in five innings to remain undefeated at the women’s softball world championship on Tuesday. Merritt hit a three-run homer in the second inning to give the defending champions a 4-0 lead, and Jaquish added a two-run shot in … Continue reading ICHIHARA, Japan  | US overpowers South Africa 7-0 at women’s softball worlds