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  • The Associated Press May 1, 2016

    ‘Dream Come True’: Rescued Lions Explore New Home in South African Sanctuary

    Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday. One of the 33 lions, a male known as Zeus, let out a mighty roar before stepping out of his cage into an...

  • bank Sep 14, 2019

    Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Honored at State Funeral, Burial Delayed

    African heads of state joined thousands of Zimbabweans at a state funeral Saturday for Zimbabwe’s founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. More than 10 African leaders and several former presidents attended the service and viewing of the body of Mugabe, who...

  • Brazilian Real Jul 31, 2019

    2nd Person Dies From Ebola in Congo’s City of Goma

    A second person died Wednesday of Ebola in Congo’s major crossroads city of Goma, again raising fears the virus could spread beyond the country’s borders as the outbreak enters a second year. The man may never have known he had Ebola and was contagious for days before the illness was confirmed, officials said — alarming some in the city of...

  • Singer Jul 16, 2019

    South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66 After Cancer Battle

    Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed by the apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66.

  • spokesman Jul 5, 2019

    In Queens, Revered Jewish Leader’s Burial Site Draws Crowds

    It’s quiet in the middle of the day on the streets of this residential neighborhood in New York City’s borough of Queens — except for the steady stream of visitors coming in and out of one particular small converted house next to a cemetery.

  • California May 18, 2019

    Arnold Schwarzenegger Dropkicked in the Back During Event in South Africa

    Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa on Saturday, but the 71-year-old appeared to quickly recover and say “I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.” Video shows the former California governor standing and filming children at a sporting event in Johannesburg when a man makes a flying kick into his back. Schwarzenegger stumbles...

  • Associated Press Apr 10, 2019

    Cyclone Idai’s Death Toll Now Above 1,000 in Southern Africa, Cholera Cases Top 4,000

    The death toll from the cyclone that ripped into southern Africa last month is now above 1,000, while the number of cholera cases among survivors has risen above 4,000. The United Nations has described Cyclone Idai, which hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi nearly a month ago, as “one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere.” Zimbabwe’s information...

  • NBA Feb 16, 2019

    NBA, FIBA Announce Plans for Pro League in Africa

    The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa. The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league’s...

  • Eric Hinton Nov 28, 2018

    Beyonce to Perform at South African Concert Honoring Mandela

    Beyonce, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran are among the stars scheduled to perform at a South African concert on Sunday in honor of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.

  • United States Sep 12, 2018

    Jewish Art Collector’s Descendant Gets Nazi-Looted Renoir Back

    The granddaughter of a Jewish art collector whose paintings were stolen by the Nazis had a family reunion with one of the works on Wednesday after almost eight decades, an impressionist piece by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Sylvie Sulitzer saw “Two Women in a Garden” for the first time at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage after unveiling it at a ceremony...

  • CEO Aug 7, 2018

    Janet Jackson, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes and More to Perform at 2018 Global Citizen Festival

    Janelle Monae and The Weeknd will also hit the stage September 29 in New York City

  • Donald Trump Jul 17, 2018

    Obama Gives Trump Sharp Rebuke on 100th Anniversary of Mandela’s Birth

    Without ever mentioning President Donald Trump by name, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday took aim at “strongman politics” in his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values now under threat in an impassioned address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth. Obama’s speech to a...

  • The Associated Press Jul 9, 2018

    Beyonce, Jay-Z to Headline Festival Honoring Nelson Mandela

    Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in honor of Nelson Mandela in South Africa late this year.

  • Europe Jun 28, 2018

    Wineries Hedge Against Climate Change, Move to Cool Climates

    When an Oregon valley famed for its wine heats up under the afternoon sun, Pacific Ocean winds rush through a dip in the mountains, cooling the grapes in Jeff Havlin’s vineyards. The Van Duzer Corridor, the lowest point in Oregon’s Coast Range, has become a go-to place for wineries and vineyards hedging their bets against climate change. Winemakers and vineyard...

  • New York Apr 14, 2018

    ‘Winnie!’: South Africa Bids Farewell to Madikizela-Mandela

    Tens of thousands of people sang, cheered and cried as the flag-draped casket of anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was escorted from her official funeral on Saturday, after supporters defended her complex legacy with poetry and anger. Thunder rumbled and it began to rain as the casket left the 40,000-seat stadium — a blessing, witnesses said. Heads of state joined the...

  • NBC Feb 15, 2018

    Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn in as South Africa’s New President

    Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was sworn in as South Africa’s new president after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. “I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said in ending his speech to parliament shortly...

  • Donald Trump Feb 17, 2018

    Tears, Exuberance as ‘Black Panther’ Opens Across Africa

    “Black Panther” has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump. As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local isiXhosa language used in the film’s Wakanda kingdom, cast member John Kani laughed at the U.S. president’s views, which several...

  • CEO Mar 10, 2018

    Internal Probe Finds Misconduct Within Bono’s Advocacy Group

    The One Campaign, an advocacy organization co-founded by Bono of the rock band U2, is acknowledging “an institutional failure” after an internal investigation revealed a pattern of abuse and misconduct among leadership in its Johannesburg office between 2011 and 2015. The nonprofit, launched in 2004, focuses on fighting poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa. “Actions. Speak. Louder.” is its...

  • Asher Klein Jan 4, 2018

    18 Killed, About 260 Injured in Fiery South Africa Train Crash

    A passenger train carrying people home after the holidays slammed into a truck in rural South Africa on Thursday, killing at least 18 people and injuring about 260 others, authorities said. Officials said the truck driver allegedly tried to cross the tracks just ahead of the oncoming train, part of which burst into flames after the collision, trapping some passengers...

  • Professor Dec 6, 2017

    Rare Skeleton Shown of Human Ancestor, 3.6 Million Years Old

    Researchers in South Africa have unveiled what they call “by far the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years ever found.” The University of the Witwatersrand displayed the virtually complete Australopithecus fossil on Wednesday. The skeleton dates back 3.6 million years. Its discovery is expected to help researchers better understand the human ancestor’s appearance and movement.

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