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  • new storyZimbabwe needs $1.5 billion in food aid, says vice president 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 8:49 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's vice president says the drought-stricken country needs to raise $1.5 billion for food aid.

  • South African teams struggle to reach buried workers at mine 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 7:08 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Searchers at a South African mine on Wednesday struggled to reach three missing workers in a mobile office container that was buried under thousands of tons of rock last week.

  • South Africa to prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:46 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - The body of a young anti-apartheid activist who was kidnapped and tortured in 1983 by South African police has never been found, her family never able to mourn at a grave, her killers not sent to prison.

  • South African court hears case against president story has photos
    Updated: Feb-09-16 11:45 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The chant "Pay back the money" filtered into South Africa's highest court on Tuesday, as judges heard a case in which President Jacob Zuma is accused of violating the constitution in a scandal over state spending on his private home.

  • South African university suspends 2 in costume outcry 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 9:27 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A South African university suspended two white students for painting their faces in what it called a "blackface" incident deemed to be racially offensive. One of the students, however, said they were dressing as purple space aliens for a party with a galactic theme.

  • South Africa's Desmond Tutu defends reconciliation process 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 5:10 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has defended the reconciliation policy that ended white minority rule in South Africa, saying the country has social and economic problems largely because of later mismanagement.

  • App launched with uniquely African emojis 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 10:59 am

    JOHANNESBURG - App developers have launched a series of uniquely African emojis of characters dressed in colorful traditional attire using popular local expressions and gestures.

  • Drought-stricken Zimbabwe declares state of disaster 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 6:29 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster as the country struggles to deal with a drought afflicting the region.

  • Teen's death 3 years ago a symbol of S. Africa's rape crisis 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 10:51 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A teenager's cruel death three years ago has become a symbol of gender violence and South Africa's continued struggle to curb sexual violence.

  • Former US Attorney General Eric Holder negotiating MTN fine 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 9:01 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leading negotiations for MTN as the South Africa-based telecommunications giant tries to eliminate or reduce a $3.9 billion fine imposed against the company's Nigerian subsidiary, the Nigerian Communications Commission said Thursday.

  • South African rangers seek to track rhinos in wildlife park 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 7:19 am

    KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa - A heavily pregnant rhino lay in the scrub in a South African wildlife park, sedated by rangers who attached a tracking device to the threatened animal as part of efforts to stop poaching in a country with most of the world's rhinos.

  • Cellphone video shows Somalia flight after explosion story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-03-16 9:33 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The cellphone video pans from passengers, some wearing oxygen masks, in seats toward the back of the airliner in flight, and then swivels to the empty front area with a hole in the side of the cabin, the result of an explosion soon after takeoff from Somalia's capital.

  • Mos Def's family in court to stop deportation from S. Africa 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 12:12 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - American rapper Mos Def's family appeared in court on Tuesday to stop their deportation from South Africa, a South African official said.

  • Cheap oil buoys consumers, shakes up global governments 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 12:02 pm

    Cheap oil will be sticking around for a while.

  • Swaziland to send 18 elephants to American zoos 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 6:47 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Some conservationists oppose the planned relocation of 18 elephants from Swaziland to zoos in the United States, but a U.S. official has said the animal transfer can be done humanely and is permissible under international law.

  • Official: Starvation in South Sudan as peace process stalls 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 6:39 am

    JUBA, South Sudan - The head of an international group monitoring South Sudan's peace process said Tuesday that people are starving in the country's Western Equatoria state as the government and rebels delay forming a transitional government to end the country's civil war.

  • Drought hits South Africa's biggest wildlife park 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 11:41 am

    KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa - Hippos in South Africa's biggest wildlife park are increasingly grazing during the day rather than staying in rivers and pools as usual, a sign of an intensifying drought expected to kill some animals in the weeks ahead.

  • Researchers confirm lion population in remote Ethiopian park 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 11:35 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Conservationists confirmed the existence of lions in a remote national park in Ethiopia, a rare piece of good news for a threatened species whose numbers have plunged in many parts of Africa, a wildlife charity said Monday.

  • In South Africa, armed robbers target paramedics 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 8:42 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Paramedics on duty were robbed at gunpoint in two major cities in South Africa in recent days, raising concerns about the safety of emergency responders in a country with high crime.

  • South African athletes rescue men at sea, then finish race 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 6:30 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A referee and two athletes participating in a South African triathlon dived into the ocean to rescue two stricken men who were being swept out to sea. After pushing the men to shore, the athletes finished the grueling race a little later than they had planned.

  • Foes from Mozambique's war spar as energy windfall looms story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 10:55 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A bronze statue of a former president looms in Mozambique's capital, but the likeness of Samora Machel - imposing in military uniform and with pointed finger - is a symbol of division for some in a resource-rich nation shadowed by a civil war legacy.

  • Correction: Mozambique-Refugees story 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 8:21 am

    MAPUTO, Mozambique - In a story Jan. 26 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that UNHCR spokeswoman is Karen de Gruijl. In fact her name is spelled Karin.

  • Zimbabwe's Heroes Acre is too exclusive, Mugabe critics say story has photos
    Updated: Jan-26-16 6:41 pm

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - The hilltop has a commanding view of Harare, features a huge bronze statue of three guerrilla fighters and boasts black marble and granite flourishes. It is quiet and is Zimbabwe's most exclusive neighborhood.

  • Rabada, Bavuma brighten South Africa's cricket outlook 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 10:41 am

    CENTURION, South Africa - For any fast bowler, 13 wickets in a test is a big deal. That 20-year-old Kagiso Rabada did it in only his sixth test for South Africa, and is black, is even more impressive.

  • Mob attacks lawyer at South African courthouse 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 9:14 am

    JOHANNESBURG - An angry mob has assaulted a lawyer at a South African courthouse where he represented two men accused of murdering a young girl.