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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

NEW YORK | #Ancient? Crisscrossed lines called world’s oldest drawing

NEW YORK  — It looks a bit like a hashtag, but it’s 73,000 years old. And scientists say this tiny sketch found in a South African cave is the oldest known drawing. It’s not the earliest deliberate design; some abstract engravings are far older. But the drawing shows early humans in southern Africa could produce … Continue reading NEW YORK | #Ancient? Crisscrossed lines called world’s oldest drawing

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 | 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

South African charity to stockpile water for dry Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG/January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Officials in Cape Town on Monday tried to allay international concerns about the water crisis in the South African city, saying tourists and investors are welcome despite fears that most taps could be turned off in April because of drought. In a “two-way conversation,” some diplomats who met officials managing Cape Town’s … Continue reading South African charity to stockpile water for dry Cape Town

Musicians at South African memorial celebrate Hugh Masekela

JOHANNESBURG/January 28, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Musicians in South Africa performed in a tribute for Hugh Masekela, the jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist who died after a decade-long fight with cancer. The joyful memorial which drew about 400 people was held Sunday at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg. Among those who performed were South African … Continue reading Musicians at South African memorial celebrate Hugh Masekela

South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

JOHANNESBURG/January 23, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with cancer, according to a statement from his family on Tuesday. Often called the “Father of South African jazz,” Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said was a “protracted and courageous battle … Continue reading South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters

/December 26,2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Ernie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. It just wasn’t an invitation to play in the Masters. Els had to clarify a tweet from Sunday that said: “Thank you for a Great Xmas present! @TheMasters Can’t wait!” That led several media sites … Continue reading Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters