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Stories with place: South Africa
  • Lions returned to Rwanda 15 years after population wiped out 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 12:52 pm

    PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, South Africa - The sedated, blindfolded lions lay in the dirt, unwitting passengers about to embark on a 30-hour, 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) journey by truck and plane from South Africa to Rwanda, whose lion population was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • S. Africa: Actress Angelina Jolie joins African Union summit story has photos
    Updated: Jun-12-15 1:16 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Appearing at an African Union summit in South Africa, actress Angelina Jolie, who is also a U.N. special envoy on refugee issues, spoke about rape as a weapon of warfare and asked African representatives to support women's rights.

  • At 91, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe is a frequent flyer 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 11:43 am

    JOHANNESBURG - The African president has his hands firmly on the reins of government at home and is frequently on the move, flying around the globe.

  • Reporter needles Angola's power elite from his kitchen table 
    Updated: Jun-11-15 12:12 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Often writing at his kitchen table, Rafael Marques de Morais, a journalist and human rights advocate, needles Angola's ruling establishment with reports on alleged wrongdoing by officials, military figures and business executives. A rare voice of criticism in this southern African country, he is often in trouble.

  • Lion escapes from South African national park 
    Updated: Jun-10-15 1:48 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Trackers on foot and helicopter were searching for a lion after it escaped from a national park in a remote, arid region of South Africa, authorities said.

  • Lion escaped from South African national park 
    Updated: Jun-10-15 10:01 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Trackers on foot and helicopter are searching for a lion, five days after it escaped from a national park in a remote, arid region of South Africa.

  • South African veterinarians intervene to save Hope the rhino story has photos
    Updated: Jun-09-15 3:07 pm

    SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE, South Africa - The horns and a large section of the rhino's face were hacked off by poachers, a horrific injury that exposed flesh and bone. One South African veterinarian treating the mutilated animal was so distressed by the suffering that he had to step away, his eyes glassy with tears.

  • Beal, Faried, Ibaka to play in NBA's Africa game 
    Updated: Jun-09-15 11:54 am

    CLEVELAND - Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and forward Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets will play in the NBA's exhibition game in South Africa this summer.

  • Oscar Pistorius to be released from prison on Aug 21 story has photos
    Updated: Jun-08-15 4:18 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison for good behavior on Aug. 21 and go under house arrest after serving just 10 months for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, South Africa's department of corrections said Monday.