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Stories with place: Southern Africa
  • New Euro Tour season opens in South Africa, Basson leads 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 12:25 pm

    MALELANE, South Africa - Christiaan Basson held the clubhouse lead in the first round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship after play was suspended Thursday because of lightning.

  • Number of child brides to soar in Africa, say rights groups 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 12:11 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - The 14-year-old girl had just arrived home from school when her family told her to swap her school uniform for traditional wedding robes. While she had been sitting in her seventh grade classroom in South Africa, her male relatives had received a $570 bride price for her from a man she'd never met who was twice her age.

  • Ashwin, Jadeja among wickets as India pushes for victory 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 10:30 am

    NAGPUR, India - Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were among the wickets on Thursday as India pressed for victory in the third test after dismissing South Africa for a meagre 79.

  • South Africa moves closer to legal trade in rhino horns 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 10:00 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A South African court on Thursday opened the way to allowing local trade in rhino horns, alarming some conservationists who warned the ruling leaves rhinos even more vulnerable to poachers who are slaughtering them in record numbers.

  • Britain's Prince Harry opens children's center in Lesotho 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 9:49 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Prince Harry has named the buildings of a new children's center in Lesotho after the two most important women in his life - his mother and his nanny.

  • Xi to give speech at opening of Paris climate conference 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 1:38 am

    BEIJING - President Xi Jinping will speak at a key climate change conference in Paris later this month, before making state visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe, officials announced Wednesday.

  • South Africa narrowly avoids entering a recession 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 7:20 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A government data agency says South Africa narrowly avoided recession after the economy grew by less than 1 percent.

  • In Africa, Pope Francis to find a church growing in numbers story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:19 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a "new homeland" for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II traveled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname "the African." Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope. Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal in the face of challenges from secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism.

  • Cheating accusations mar Zimbabwe's 'Mister Ugly' contest story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:11 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of Zimbabwe's 4th annual "Mister Ugly" contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favorite who called the winner too handsome and prompting rioting at the event.

  • Zimbabwe's first lady plans wheelchair for aging president 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 3:58 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's first lady says she plans to get a "special" wheelchair for her 91-year-old husband so that he can continue to rule.

  • UN approves resolution urging action against Islamic State story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-20-15 11:05 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a French-sponsored resolution Friday calling on all nations to redouble and coordinate action to prevent further attacks by Islamic State terrorists and other extremist groups.

  • England hires Eddie Jones as its 1st overseas rugby coach story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 9:25 am

    England turned to the man who masterminded arguably the biggest upset in rugby history to revive its national team on Friday, hiring Eddie Jones on a four-year deal as the country's first foreign-born coach.

  • Large diamond found in Botswana 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 8:37 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A Canadian mining company operating in Botswana says it has found the second largest "gem quality" diamond ever discovered.

  • UN urges release of all information on Hammarskjold death 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 1:57 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday urging all countries - especially the United States, Britain and South Africa - to release all information on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.

  • First lady skips meals in solidarity with Zimbabwe's hungry 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 10:32 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's first lady, repeatedly criticized for her lavish shopping sprees, told her supporters that she now skips meals in solidarity with thousands of Zimbabweans facing hunger.

  • Drought in South Africa may devastate rooibos harvest 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 10:08 am

    JOHANNESBURG - From frothy red lattes to rust-colored teas, popular rooibos drinks will likely become scarcer and more expensive because of a widespread drought in South Africa, including in scrubland where the rooibos plant normally flourishes.

  • Bell dropped by England for tour of South Africa 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:05 am

    LONDON - Ian Bell was dropped by England for the upcoming cricket tour to South Africa on Thursday after a poor run of form for the test team, potentially spelling the end of the 33-year-old batsman's international career.

  • Nigeria's president: Ex-officer stole billions in arms deals 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 7:02 am

    ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's leader has ordered the arrest of the former president's national security adviser for allegedly stealing billions of dollars meant to buy weapons to fight Boko Haram Islamic extremists rampaging across northeast Nigeria.

  • Ivory Coast, Ghana, Egypt progress in WCup qualifying 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 4:13 pm

    Ivory Coast, Ghana, Egypt, and Cameroon had few problems in progressing to the final round of World Cup qualifying in Africa on Tuesday.

  • Nigeria won't lower MTN $5.2 billion fine, extends deadline 
    Updated: Nov-16-15 12:50 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's telecommunications regulator says it is extending its Monday deadline for MTN Nigeria to pay a $5.2 billion fine but indicated it will not lower the amount for a company it accuses of routinely flouting regulations.

  • Pistorius reports at police station for community service 
    Updated: Nov-14-15 7:34 am

    SOMERSET WEST, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius walked into a South African police station Saturday to report for community service, the first public sighting of the double-amputee athlete since he was released from jail in secret last month and moved to house arrest.

  • Miners sue South Africa's deputy president over 2012 strike 
    Updated: Nov-14-15 4:45 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A lawyer representing miners injured and arrested during a strike in which at least 44 people were killed, most of them by police, says his clients are suing South Africa's deputy president.

  • Schwarzenegger stars in campaign to save African elephants 
    Updated: Nov-13-15 11:38 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The Terminator is campaigning to save African elephants from poachers.

  • Cape Town gets on the board with new Monopoly version 
    Updated: Nov-13-15 9:35 am

    JOHANNESBURG - You can now reach Robben Island after you pass 'Go' in a new Cape Town version of Monopoly.

  • SAfrican police arrest man in shocking attack on 2 couples 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 5:18 am

    JOHANNESBURG - South African police say they have arrested a second man in connection with a shocking attack on two couples strolling in a Johannesburg park that left both men drowned and one woman raped.