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Stories with place: Southern Africa
  • APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 11:46 am
  • WASHINGTON - Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.

  • Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader? 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:40 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.

  • Apartheid abuse cases against Ford, IBM go ahead 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:11 pm
  • NEW YORK - A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.

  • Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:40 pm
  • PRETORIA, South Africa - An expert witness for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete's assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year, but he ended his testimony on Thursday amid blistering attacks on his credibility by a prosecutor who accused him of slipshod analysis and fuzzy explanations.

  • US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:11 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.

  • Yankees unveil plaque for Nelson Mandela 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 8:23 pm
  • NEW YORK - The New York Yankees honored Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie Robinson, another icon of social change.

  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:34 pm
  • JOHANNESBURG - The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria.

  • Wheelchair tennis champion in attempted carjacking 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:21 am
  • PRETORIA, South Africa - Wheelchair tennis' U.S. Open champion Lucas Sithole and his brother were dragged out of their car by four armed men in a late-night carjacking attempt in their native South Africa, the sport's national federation said Saturday.

  • Chicago man pleads guilty in Zimbabwe case 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:47 pm
  • CHICAGO - A 72-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe's president and other members of his regime for a promise of $3.4 million.

  • Nigeria complains about Mugabe calling it corrupt 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:56 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - The official News Agency of Nigeria reports Zimbabwe's envoy has been called in for a complaint about President Robert Mugabe's remarks about corruption in Nigeria.

  • Uruguay: The small country nobody wants to face 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:21 am
  • MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Diego Forlan recorded a television commercial recently wearing a T-shirt that read: "We're not the favorites, nor will we be a surprise. We are the team that no one wants to draw."

  • Honeymoon slaying suspect charged in South Africa 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 11:47 am
  • JOHANNESBURG - A British man accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon was charged with murder in South Africa on Tuesday, hours after arriving from Britain following a lost battle to avoid extradition.

  • Honeymoon slaying suspect extradited to S Africa 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 6:08 pm
  • LONDON - A British man accused of arranging the slaying of his wife on their honeymoon was extradited Monday to South Africa to face a murder charge.

  • Nigeria: Economy $510 billion, biggest in Africa 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:20 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's recalculated economy is worth $510 billion, by far the biggest in Africa, officials announced Sunday using long overdue revised data that gives the West African nation continental bragging rights but does little for the 70 percent of its citizens living in poverty.

  • South African judge opens up 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 12:07 pm
  • JOHANNESBURG - An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another judge praised Edwin Cameron, loftily describing their workplace as a shrine to democracy but also ribbing the colleague he sees often.

  • Paul Simon celebrates Masekela's 75th birthday 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:44 pm
  • NEW YORK - South African trumpeter and vocalist Hugh Masekela celebrated his 75th birthday with a little help from some old friends - Paul Simon and Harry Belafonte - in the city where he began what turned out to be a 30-year exile from his homeland.

  • Showtime series 'Homeland' leaving Charlotte 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 11:31 am
  • CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - The Showtime series "Homeland" is moving its production out of North Carolina.

  • At South African mine, it's a long, long way down 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 12:03 pm
  • WESTONARIA, South Africa - For those who grumble about their daily commute, imagine this ride to work: clamber into an elevator cage and plummet 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) into the earth, so fast that ears pop from the changing air pressure. Then board a small railroad car that creaks and grinds the same distance to the outer reaches of a South African gold mine.

  • FIFA's Valcke on World Cup: We are not ready 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 5:29 pm
  • JOHANNESBURG - FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has again raised concerns over Brazil's World Cup preparations, saying "we are not ready" and that the stadium for the opening game is one of two venues that worry him most.

  • Scandal hits South Africa president 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 1:14 pm
  • JOHANNESBURG - A scandal surrounding more than $20 million in state spending on the South African president's private home has ignited a debate about moral leadership and alleged corruption ahead of May elections, even prompting satirical songs based on smash hits such as "Gangnam Style."

  • South Africa ambassador to give Hesburgh address 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 4:03 am
  • SOUTH BEND, Indiana - South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will speak about Nelson Mandel's impact on peacemaking when he delivers the annual Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at the University of Notre Dame.