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Stories with place: Southern Africa
  • Researcher in Zimbabwe doubts report of 2nd lion killing 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 5:52 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - A lion researcher in Zimbabwe on Saturday cast doubt on a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a famous lion killed by an American hunter in early July.

  • Q&A on possible extradition for dentist who killed lion story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 5:34 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Zimbabwe has called for an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage to be extradited and face as-yet filed charges. But it isn't clear whether Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old from Minnesota, can be extradited or, if so, can fight having to go back to the African nation. Palmer has said he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal.

  • Man who studied Cecil the lion for 9 years talks impact story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 4:49 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - When Cecil the lion's carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week.

  • Zimbabwean authorities restrict hunting after lion killing story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 4:49 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country's wildlife authority said Saturday.

  • NBA's current, former stars put on show in Africa exhibition story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 12:53 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday - starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute.

  • Doctors in South Africa assess infection of Desmond Tutu 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 11:44 am

    JOHANNESBURG - South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has undergone a "small investigative procedure" in a hospital to assess an infection, a foundation said Saturday.

  • Ted Nugent expresses support for man who killed lion 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 9:31 pm

    NEW YORK - Rocker Ted Nugent says he supports an American dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

  • Feds contacted by representative for dentist who killed lion 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 4:47 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Federal authorities say they've now been contacted by a representative for the Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

  • US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 11:56 am

    LONDON - A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit - the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

  • South African police says American woman killed in Cape Town 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 6:41 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A 39-year-old American woman was killed in a hotel room in Cape Town this week and a murder suspect of Guatemalan origin has been arrested, South African police said Friday.

  • Details about the lion hunt that caused outrage across globe story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:38 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service said Thursday it's trying to reach the Minnesota dentist who killed a protected lion while on a guided hunt in Zimbabwe. The agency asked Walter Palmer to "contact us immediately."

  • Hawks coach enjoying time in Africa after hectic summer 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:04 pm

    ATLANTA - After a hectic start to the summer, Mike Budenholzer is doing important work in Africa while relishing some quality time with his wife and kids.

  • The Latest: US agents trying to reach man who killed lion 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:50 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - The latest on the controversy surrounding a Minnesota big-game hunter and his guides in Zimbabwe who killed a protected lion (all times are Central):

  • Zimbabwean baffled by foreign concern for killed lion story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-30-15 1:59 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - While the death of a protected lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage in the United States - much of it centered on the Minnesota dentist who killed the animal - most in Zimbabwe expressed a degree of bafflement over the concern.

  • Commissioner: NBA relationship with players 'best' in sports story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 12:40 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - With a multi-billion dollar new broadcast rights deal set to kick in from the 2016-17 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says "it's a very good time" for the league right now and, he stressed on Thursday, the players, too.

  • NBA in Africa? 'Stay tuned' for regular-season game story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 11:53 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The NBA is in Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come.

  • Correction: Zimbabwe-Lion Killed-3 Things story story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 11:23 am

    WASHINGTON - In a story July 29 about U.S. regulations and big game hunting, The Associated Press erroneously referred to The Human Society of the United States. It is The Humane Society of the United States.

  • Correction: FIFA-Zimbabwe Fined story 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 11:09 am

    ZURICH - In a story July 29 about FIFA fining Zimbabwe's football association for failing to show up for a women's Olympic qualifier, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Zimbabwe had later withdrawn from the qualifying competition. Zimbabwe only withdrew from the first leg.

  • Western NY pizzeria features mounted lion killed in Zimbabwe 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 8:08 am

    CANANDAIGUA, New York - As a Minnesota dentist faces global condemnation for killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe, a western New York pizzeria owner says the lion he bagged in the same African nation helps boost his business.

  • For some, hunting lions in Africa is the ultimate experience 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 8:04 am

    JOHANNESBURG - It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the so-called "Big Five" animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment. Now an American dentist's killing of a celebrity lion in Zimbabwe has triggered global revulsion, highlighting what critics say is an industry of trophy hunting that threatens vulnerable species across sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Despite impressive Tour, African cycling team loses sponsor 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 1:38 pm

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa - The title sponsor of the African cycling team that made an impressive debut at the Tour de France said Wednesday it was ending its agreement, citing the "normal business practice" of reviewing commercial agreements.

  • Zimbabwe: American being sought for lion poaching 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 3:18 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

  • Mozambican president visits region troubled by clashes 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 12:29 pm

    MAPUTO, Mozambique - Mozambique's president travelled to the country's northwest where fighting between government troops and opposition fighters has forced hundreds to flee to neighboring Malawi, state-run radio reported on Tuesday.

  • White House Notebook: Third term? Obama says no thanks story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-28-15 10:01 am

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Could President Barack Obama win a third term in office? He's convinced that he could, but would really rather not.

  • US appeals court rejects apartheid cases against Ford, IBM 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 6:05 pm

    NEW YORK - Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. in New York because they cannot show that the companies' alleged offending behavior occurred in the United States, a federal appeals court said Monday.