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Stories with place: Southern Africa
  • Schwartzel races away to win Tshwane Open by 8 shots 
    Updated: Feb-14-16 10:29 am

    PRETORIA, South Africa - Charl Schwartzel raced away from the rest of the field to win the European Tour's Tshwane Open by eight shots on Sunday as he closed with a 7-under 63 to finish 16 under par.

  • Australia beats SAfrica to advance to World Baseball Classic 
    Updated: Feb-14-16 3:44 am

    SYDNEY - Australia booked its place in next year's World Baseball Classic by beating South Africa 12-5 in Sunday's final of a qualifying tournament, securing victory with a six-run eighth inning that was helped by a two-run throwing error on a bunt.

  • SAfrica: Rescuers suspend search after second mine collapse 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 10:11 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A second collapse of a mine shaft on Saturday has forced rescuers to suspend a search for three people who have been trapped underground for more than a week at a South African mine.

  • Economy focus of S. African nation speech, despite heckling story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 3:15 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's struggling economy was the focus point of the president's state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, which went ahead despite disruptions and heckling from opposition politicians.

  • Tutu asks why it took years to prosecute apartheid murder 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 11:18 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Why has it taken South African prosecutors so long to charge four former members of the apartheid-era security forces for the 1983 murder of a young activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu asked Thursday.

  • South African bookshop a treasure trove of eclectic history 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 9:46 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The only clue to a literary treasure trove tucked away in downtown Johannesburg is a fading sign, but behind this door is a fantastic maze containing an estimated 2 million books and prints.

  • South African police captain arrested in fatal beatings 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:57 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A police captain in South Africa faces murder charges for allegedly helping four farmers beat two suspected thieves to death in a case that ignited racial tension in a rural town.

  • Zimbabwe 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 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.