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Stories with place: Southern Africa
  • Conservationists to move 7 lions from South Africa to Rwanda 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 4:47 am

    ST. LUCIA, South Africa - A conservation group plans to move seven lions from South Africa to a national park in Rwanda, where it says the lion population was wiped out 15 years ago.

  • Journalist jailed in Zimbabwe for starting newspaper 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 8:07 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - The attorney for a Zimbabwe journalist says his client was convicted of publishing a newspaper in a southern town without government permission and sentenced to eight months in prison.

  • South African president details police killings of strikers 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 2:31 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday described the police killings of 34 striking miners near Marikana in 2012 as a "horrendous tragedy," saying investigators found that officers followed a flawed plan to control the protesters and there was "a complete lack of command and control" among some police at the scene.

  • S Africa mulls quitting ICC after Sudan leader visit 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 9:08 am

    JOHANNESBURG - South Africa will consider withdrawing from the International Criminal Court as a "last resort" following a dispute over a visit by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, the government said Thursday.

  • Conservationists: New China policy could save elephants story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 7:47 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Conservationists hail it as a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants: an unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa.

  • Opposition: SAfrican soccer officials shielded from scrutiny 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 2:14 am

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa - South African soccer officials are being deliberately shielded from scrutiny over FIFA-related bribery allegations surrounding the country's successful 2010 World Cup bid, an opposition politician said Wednesday.

  • Zimbabwe parks donates bush meat to calm restive prisoners 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 2:15 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - A quarter ton of meat from wild animals could be just the ticket to ending the unrest in Zimbabwe's Chikurubi maximum security prison where inmates have been rioting over their meatless diet.

  • Rebel flag controversy 1 in long line of disputes worldwide 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 5:45 pm

    BERLIN - Around the world, countries have long struggled with questions about flags similar to those faced by South Carolina, which is under pressure to remove a Confederate flag from its statehouse in the wake of the shootings that killed nine people at a historic black church.

  • Breeders want South Africa's ban on rhino horn trade lifted story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 11:57 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Calling rhino horns a renewable resource, rhino breeders and game reserve owners have taken the South African government to court to try to overturn its ban on the domestic trade of rhino horn.

  • Noah works South African audiences before 'The Daily Show' 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 11:44 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Trevor Noah walked onto the stage and bantered with the South African audience, which whooped in appreciation. That was a cue for the next host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" to launch into a slick riff on the absurdity of high-pitched shrieks of delight.

  • 2 Eritreans on 1st African team at Tour de France 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 10:08 am

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Two Eritrean cyclists will be the first from their country to compete at the Tour de France after being named in the MTN-Qhubeka team's final lineup on Tuesday.

  • Health officials say 2 men died of malaria in Springfield 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 6:47 pm

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Cerebral malaria was the cause of death for two men from South Africa whose bodies were found at a southwest Missouri motel where they had stopped during a motorcycle trip, health officials said Monday.

  • South Africa's de Klerk opposes sanctions on Israel 
    Updated: Jun-21-15 2:26 pm

    JERUSALEM - The former South African president who helped end apartheid says sanctions against Israel would be "counterproductive."

  • UN aviation body says Thailand lax on overseeing airlines 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 2:02 pm

    BANGKOK - Thailand has failed to meet a deadline for addressing safety concerns about its oversight of its airlines and has been added to a list of nations whose aviation authorities fall short of international standards, the U.N. body regulating world air traffic said Friday.

  • UK police probe whether 2 men stowed away beneath plane 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 1:26 pm

    LONDON - A man was in critical condition in a London hospital after he was found stowed away in the undercarriage of a plane that had just completed a 10-hour flight, and police are investigating whether a man found dead on a west London rooftop fell from the same plane.

  • Prince Harry ends decade in UK army; now to target poachers story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 1:08 pm

    LONDON - Prince Harry formally ended his full-time military service in Britain's army Friday, wrapping up a career in which he qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot and completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

  • Poachers kill ranger, 2 soldiers in Congo wildlife park 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 12:02 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Heavily armed poachers killed a ranger and two soldiers patrolling in a national park in Congo, a conservation group said Friday.

  • UN aviation body says Thailand lax on overseeing airlines 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 12:02 pm

    BANGKOK - Thailand has failed to meet a deadline for addressing safety concerns about its oversight of its airlines and has been added to a list of nations whose aviation authorities fall short of international standards, the U.N. body regulating world air traffic said Friday.

  • UK police probe whether 2 men stowed away beneath plane 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 10:12 am

    LONDON - A man is in critical condition in a London hospital after he was found stowed away in the undercarriage of a plane that had just completed a 10-hour flight, and police are investigating whether a man found dead on a west London rooftop had fallen from the same plane.

  • South African judge lets Bob Hewitt appeal his jail sentence 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 7:04 am

    PRETORIA, South Africa - A judge in South Africa allowed former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt to appeal his six-year jail sentence on Friday for rape and sexual assault and extended his bail pending a higher court's decision.

  • New study identifies elephant poaching hotspots in Africa 
    Updated: Jun-18-15 2:08 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Investigators who collected DNA from the tusks of slain elephants and painstakingly looked for matches in the vast African continent have identified two large areas where the slaughter has been occurring on an industrial scale, according to a study published on Thursday.

  • Zimbabweans trade in old currency for peanuts 
    Updated: Jun-16-15 9:43 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Harare resident Alice Mhandara spent a U.S. dollar to take the bus into town to answer the government call to trade in her old Zimbabwe dollars, but she left the bank in disgust when her 90 trillion in old currency wouldn't even cover the bus ticket home.

  • AU head Mugabe says international court unwelcome in Africa story has photos
    Updated: Jun-16-15 7:19 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean leader and African Union chairman Robert Mugabe on Tuesday harshly criticized the International Criminal Court after Sudan's president dodged an international arrest order by leaving early from a meeting of the continent's leaders in South Africa, a news agency reported.

  • African qualifying: Ghana wins big, Cameroon leaves it late story has photos
    Updated: Jun-14-15 6:23 pm

    Asamoah Gyan scored twice as Ghana beat Mauritius 7-1 in the first round of African Cup of Nations qualifying on Sunday.

  • Count the zeroes: Zimbabwe allows old banknote exchange 
    Updated: Jun-13-15 2:37 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's central bank says banknotes from its old currency, which collapsed and was discarded years ago because of runaway inflation, can be exchanged for American dollars. But 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars will fetch only 40 U.S. cents.