Plan your travel calendar: Best times to go to Iceland, Peru, South Korea

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Want to see the northern lights Machu Picchu Jeju Island and more? Here’s a guide on when you should go

BRICS leaders 'strongly deplore' North Korea nuclear blast

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED BRICS is already struggling to live down doubts about its own cohesion that have spiked since nuclear armed China and India engaged in a protracted standoff over a disputed Himalayan region

Delegates arrive prior to the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 3, 2017. Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Nearly 100 inmates escape in Ivory Coast prison break

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The inmates are reportedly followers of Coulibaly Yacouba the late leader of a prison mutiny last year

South Africa's Zuma survives vote to oust him

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:42 AM

Enough ANC lawmakers stick by their leader despite divisions and fierce criticism of his rule

SURVIVOR. South African President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses supporters outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town on August 8, 2017, after surviving a Motion of No confidence. Pueter Bauermeister/AFP

South Africa's Zuma faces secret vote on no-confidence motion

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:56 PM

The vote has become a test of African National Congress ANC unity as senior party figures have been increasingly critical of their leader but it is unlikely to succeed in toppling Zuma

JACOB ZUMA. This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recents floods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

NBA glitz, glamor on show in South Africa

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:21 PM

Dirk Nowitzki shares It s incredible that basketball is growing in Africa

2 killed in South Africa football stadium crush

Jul 30, 2017 - 12:53 AM

Local media reports that the crush took place outside a gate at the FNB stadium during a football match

Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft cases

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Diezani Alison Madueke is the first female minister of petroleum resources whose term was marred by corruption allegations

NIGERIA CASE. Diezani Alison-Madueke is Nigeria's first female minister of petroleum resources whose service was marred with corruption claims. Photo from Wikipedia

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

ICC to rule if South Africa broke rules by not arresting Sudan's Bashir

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The landmark decision will serve as a blueprint for future cooperation between countries and the International Criminal Court experts say

A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

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Jun 13, 2017 - 9:02 PM

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New DOT ad criticized for being 'unoriginal'

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Netizens on social media point out that the theme complete with the revelation at the end is similar to a South African tourism ad

'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe in apartheid jail break film

May 19, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Daniel is set to star in Escape From Pretoria a film based on Tim Jenkin s account of his escape from the notorious Pretoria Maximum Security Prison

British actor Daniel Radcliffe reacts as he poses on the red carpet on September 9, 2016 in the northwestern sea resort of Deauville, as part of the 42nd Deauville US Film Festival. / AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

EU sets June deadline for Poland, Hungary to take migrant share

May 16, 2017 - 11:46 PM

If the 2 countries fail to act on it the EU will not hesitate to impose sanctions says EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos

MIGRATION. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Keleti, the biggest Hungarian railway station was closed today as police evacuated people trying to get on trains bound for Germany. File photo by AFP

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Apr 16, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The pontiff also speaks out against the hostilities and famine in South Sudan Sudan Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this file photo, a Syrian man carries his two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Rival South African parties unite at anti-Zuma protest

Apr 12, 2017 - 5:24 PM

UPDATED Zuma s recent sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan unleashes public anger over government corruption scandals record unemployment and slowing economic growth

JACOB ZUMA. South African President Jacob Zuma answers questions at the South African Parliament, on September 13, 2016, in Cape Town. File photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP

South African finance minister sacked in shock reshuffle

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:02 AM

UPDATED The late night move has caused the rand to drop as low as 13 5 to the dollar down from 12 8 as investors reacted to concerns that Zuma has secured a free hand over government finances

SACKED. South African President Jacob Zuma has sacked his finance minister Pravin Gordhan. File photo from Richter Frank-Jurgen/Wikimedia Commons

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Mar 30, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Robredo headed to South Africa for women's conference

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo together with other Liberal Party lawmakers will meet with the South African parliament in a roundtable discussion on corruption

KEYNOTE. Vice President Leni Robredo will fly to South Africa to attend a women's conference as a keynote speaker. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Zuma attacked at South Africa freedom icon's funeral

Mar 29, 2017 - 8:30 PM

In a fiery eulogy former president Kgalema Motlanthe says Kathrada was deeply disturbed by the current post apartheid failure of politics

JACOB ZUMA. South African President Jacob Zuma answers questions at the South African Parliament, on September 13, 2016, in Cape Town. File photo by Rodger Bosch/ AFP

Zuma skips funeral of South Africa anti-apartheid icon

Mar 29, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Zuma will not attend the funeral of celebrated South African anti apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada who in recent years had become fiercely critical of the government

This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma in Johannesburg, South Africa. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/File

South Sudan buys weapons during famine – UN report

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The report obtained by Agence France Presse calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan – a measure that has been backed by the United States but was rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December

DIRE CONDITIONS. A family from the Dinka community eats lunch inside a classroom of the Sobat Secondary School in Malakal, South Sudan, February 26, 2016. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

South Africa revokes decision to leave ICC – UN

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Notice of Pretoria s decision to end the withdrawal process was posted on the UN s treaty website this week although it does not necessarily spell the end of its bid to leave the Hague based court

A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

South Africa weighs social media measures to fight fake news

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:10 AM

State security minister David Mahlobo says the planned measures would also go after misleading photoshopped images

The South African flag flies above the South African Parliament on November 18, 2014, in Cape Town. Riot police were called into a parliamentary sitting on November 14, 2014, when a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) refused to retract a statement, calling the South African President a thief.  AFP PHOTO/ RODGER BOSCH / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

South African court rules against gov't plan to pull out of ICC

Feb 22, 2017 - 6:39 PM

Court: The cabinet decision to deliver the notice of withdrawal without prior parliamentary approval is unconstitutional and invalid

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

Fistfight in South African parliament as guards eject lawmakers

Feb 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The brawl erupts during the State of the Nation Address of South African President Jacob Zuma

Security officials force out South African opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members during South African President's speech for the 2017's State Of the Nation Address(SONA), on February 9, 2017, in Cape Town. A violent brawl broke out in South Africa's parliament on February 9, 2017 as guards exchanged punches with opposition lawmakers who had shouted down President Jacob Zuma as he tried to deliver his state of the nation address. In chaotic scenes, about 30 guards dressed in white shirts forcibly ejected about 25 members from the radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party who had prevented the president from speaking for about an hour. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SUMAYA HISHAM

Nearly 100 mentally ill patients died in South Africa fiasco

Feb 02, 2017 - 3:35 AM

One person has died from a mental health related illness None of the 93 others have died from a mental illness health ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba tells local media as the report was released

Mali arrests two suspects in planned terror attack

Jan 28, 2017 - 12:16 PM

The attack was planned for the France Africa summit on January 13 and 14 but stringent security measures forced the suspects to delay their plans

AFRICA-FRANCE SUMMIT. In this file photo, some 30 African leaders and French President Francois Hollande gather for an Africa-France summit to discuss the jihadist threat, challenges to governance and the migrant crisis. File photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Africa, France battling same threat, Hollande says in Mali

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The terrorists who attack our land who commit acts on our soil are allied with those who are in the Levant in Iraq and Syria but here as well in the Sahel says French President Francois Hollande

'SAME FIGHT.' French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech to the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Africa's Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali on January 13, 2017. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

South Africa's Zuma survives attempted ousting from within party

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:32 PM

Zuma has been weakened by corruption scandals but his supporters were taken by surprise at an attempt to oust him at a weekend meeting of the African National Congress s executive committee

This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recents floods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

South Africa Zuma probe finds alleged criminal activity

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:17 AM

The investigation probed accusations that President Jacob Zuma allowed the Guptas a wealthy Indian business family to have undue influence over government including letting them choose some cabinet ministers

In this file photo, South African President Jacob Zuma answers questions at the South African Parliament, on September 13, 2016, in Cape Town. Rodger Bosch/AFP

Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang says the International Criminal Court is in fact an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of color

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 23, 2015 shows the building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.  South Africa will withdraw from the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), media reports in Johannesburg said on October 21, 2016, sparking rapid criticism from rights bodies. A document confirming the withdrawal plan, signed by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, was published by public broadcaster SABC's United Nations correspondent. The "Instrument of Withdrawal" letter said South Africa "found that its obligations with respect to the peaceful resolution of conflicts at times are incompatible with the interpretation given by the International Criminal Court". The decision follows a dispute last year when South Africa allowed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to visit the country for an African Union summit, despite him facing an arrest warrant from the ICC. / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Martijn Beekman

UN chief hopes South Africa will reconsider ICC withdrawal

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:19 AM

The UN recalls that South Africa was among the first signatories of the treaty and stresses that the ICC is central to global efforts to end impunity and prevent conflict

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

South Africa's withdrawal rocks International Criminal Court

Oct 22, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The ICC set up in 2002 is often accused of bias against Africa

South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha gives a press briefing in Pretoria on October 21, 2016 regarding South Africa's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). South Africa announced on October 21 that it is withdrawing from the ICC, dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up to try the world's worst crimes. South Africa's decision followed a dispute last year when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the country for an African Union summit despite facing an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes. Justice Minister Michael Masutha told reporters in Pretoria that the court was "inhibiting South Africa's ability to honour its obligations relating to the granting of diplomatic immunity". / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Splits plunge South Africa's liberation party into turmoil

Oct 18, 2016 - 12:37 PM

The ruling African National Congress ANC party looks set for worsening strife as its divided leadership struggles with falling popular support a weakening economy and violent student protests

South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma (C) and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa (L) arrive for the closing campaign rally for the municipal election at Ellis Par Stadium on July 31, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Gianluci Guercia/AFP

Xi warns of globalization backlash at BRICS summit

Oct 17, 2016 - 12:20 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says deep seated imbalances that triggered the [2008] financial crisis are far from being resolved


Modi hosts BRICS leaders amid bloc's economic woes

Oct 16, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Commentators have raised doubts about the bloc s clout given its economic problems

BRICS LEADERS. (L-R) Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma pose for a group photo during the BRICS Summit in Goa on October 16, 2016. Money Sharma/AFP

C. Africa on a razor's edge as fresh violence flares

Oct 15, 2016 - 12:07 AM

Despite 12 000 UN peacekeepers and a few hundred remaining French troops tensions are high and tens of thousands of people are still displaced and in need of aid in the Central African Republic

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. This file photo taken on November 26, 2015 shows a French military vehicle from Operation Sangaris driving up the road leading to Mpoko Airport in Bangui. File photo by Gianluigi Guercia/ AFP

South African student protesters disrupt lectures

Oct 10, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Violent clashes with police have erupted regularly on campuses across the country in recent months and several universities have been closed to avoid further unrest

World wildlife talks end with tighter conservation rules

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:26 PM

While the negotiations at times exposed bitter divisions campaigners hail increased protection for hundreds of plant and animal species

An installation showing a rhino and an elephant is seen in Mandela Square as part of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild, Fauna and Flora) convention in Johannesburg on September 26, 2016. Marco Longari/AFP

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Delegates at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg vote 95 to 35 to enforce the ban and protect the prized parrots

African Grey parrots are displayed for sale at a bird market in Kuwait City on on May 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Student protests spread in South Africa

Sep 29, 2016 - 8:26 AM

Student protests in South Africa spread with police firing rubber bullets at demonstrators on campuses in Johannesburg and Grahamstown as unrest over tuition fees roils universities across the country

University of Johannesburg students block a motorway during clashes on September 28, 2016 outside the University of Johannesburg campus. Marco Longari/AFP

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

Sep 25, 2016 - 4:30 PM

4th UPDATE Oh tyrants I m in a happy state in good health and in safety says Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a YouTube video

RESURFACED. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau denies he has been critically wounded. Screenshot from HO/Boko Haram AFP/AFP

Wildlife meet to save species opens in S.Africa

Sep 25, 2016 - 1:10 AM

Over the next 12 days thousands of conservationists and top government officials are due to thrash out international trade regulations aimed at protecting different species

Heavy security in tense Gabon after Bongo re-election validated

Sep 24, 2016 - 9:15 AM

3rd UPDATE The court while partially changing the results of the close August 27 vote says President Ali Bongo maintained a lead over his former ally turned opponent Jean Ping

COURT DECISION. The legal team representing incumbent Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba attend a hearing at the Constitutional Court in Libreville on September 22, 2016. Photo by Steve Jordan/AFP

Jury out on 'Out of Africa' migrations

Sep 22, 2016 - 11:51 AM

3 studies present data from more than 280 diverse populations around the world but did not quite agree on what it all means

Scientists talking to an Aboriginal elder in the Kalgoorlie area in southwestern Australia in 2012. Credit: Preben Hjort, Mayday Film via Nature

LOOK: PH model Geena Rocero shines on the cover of 'Harper's Bazaar' India

Sep 21, 2016 - 11:37 AM

Geena and Tracey Africa Norman who share the cover with 7 other faces are the first transgender models on the over of Harper s Bazaar

Iloilo woman tests positive for Zika virus

Sep 05, 2016 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED The case of this married woman who is in her 40s is the first confirmed local transmission in the Philippines this year Doctors have been dispatched to Iloilo to look for other cases

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

Electoral fraud in Africa getting trickier – experts

Sep 04, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Experts say electoral fraud in Africa is becoming harder thanks to civil society vigilance and spread of mobile technology

A South African woman casts her ballot at a voting station for the municipal elections in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, on August 3, 2016. Herman Verwey/AFP