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Stories with place: Southern Africa
  • new storyNBA in Africa: Visiting Mandela's house and planning safaris story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 1:36 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived.

  • 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.

  • Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 10:46 am

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday.

  • 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.

  • US man accused in African lion death thought hunt was legal story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 8:26 pm

    BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota - An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn't aware of the animal's status "until the end of the hunt."

  • 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.

  • Desmond Tutu returns for treatment in South African hospital 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 2:22 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has returned for hospital treatment, a week after he left a Cape Town hospital following an intensive antibiotics course for an infection, his foundation said Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Hundreds of Mozambicans cross into Malawi to flee fighting 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 11:21 am

    MAPUTO, Mozambique - Hundreds of Mozambicans have fled into neighboring Malawi after renewed fighting between government troops and fighters loyal to the opposition party Renamo, officials from both countries said Monday.

  • The Latest: Conte says facing Spain 'very stimulating' 
    Updated: Jul-25-15 5:51 pm

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local):

  • South African aid group works to free hostages 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 9:16 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A video showing a South African and a Swedish hostage alive in Mali after three years, is a sign that their captors are willing to negotiate, the founder of a South African humanitarian organization said Thursday.

  • Bare-handed shark wrestler: 'I haven't got a scratch on me' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-21-15 11:15 am

    Mick Fanning sat up on a high stool, straight backed and good humored, recounting the story he will be telling for the rest of his days, about how he fought off a shark with his bare hands during a surfing competition in South Africa.