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40 killed in attacks in restive central Mali

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities say most of the deaths were caused by inter-ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region

WHO extends emergency status of Ebola in DR Congo

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:53 AM

This is the second worst outbreak of the disease since 2014 when it killed about 11,000 people

SUITS. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Arrest warrant issued for South Africa ex-president Zuma

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

But the South African court says the execution of the warrant will be deferred until May 6 when the case is due to resume

ARREST WARRANT. In this file photo, South Africa's embattled former president Jacob Zuma on October 15, 2019, addresses his supporters outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court where he is appearing on corruption charges. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters marries Tim Tebow

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:01 AM

The couple marry in a ceremony in South Africa

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a clear pitch for business less than two weeks before Britain leaves the European Union

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. Photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

A record 45 million people need urgent food aid in southern Africa – U.N.

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:54 PM

'This hunger crisis is on a scale we’ve not seen before and the evidence shows it’s going to get worse,' World Food Programme regional director Lola Castro says

FOOD AID. Schoolchildren from Ankileisoke Primary School eat lunch, offered by the World Food Programme's Under-nutrition Prevention Programme, in the Amboasary-South district of southern Madagascar, on December 14, 2018. File photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Africa struggles to stem deadly flood of fake medicine

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:02 AM

It is estimated that between 30% to 60% of medicine sold in Africa is fake and mostly comes from China or India

Congo's veteran president set to run anew in 2021

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has ruled 35 years, is chosen for the top job for another extension

Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential runoff to end turmoil

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:09 PM

The results are not expected until next week

ELECTIONS. A man gets ready to cast his vote at a polling station in Bissau early on November 24, 2019, as part of the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau. File photo by John Wessels/AFPJOHN WESSELS / AFP

60 years on, Africa still seeks right model for growth

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:38 PM

The continent is still struggling to build an economic model that encourages enduring growth, addresses poverty and provides a future for its youth

NEED FOR GROWTH. In this file photo, an aid worker hands a woman a cup of water in the port of Beira, Mozambique on March 22, 2019 after the area was by battered by one of southern Africa's most powerful storms, cyclone Idai. Photo by WIKUS DE WET/AFP

Zimbabwe journalists suffer as regime tightens grip

Dec 29, 2019 - 12:41 PM

As Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa tightens his stance on dissent, journalists have also suffered repercussions

PRESS FREEDOM. Riot police arrive at the Bronte Hotel in Harare where journalists and international observers gather for a press conference of MDC opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, on August 3, 2018. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

ISIS claims attack that killed 7 Burkina soldiers

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:47 AM

But the Islamic State does not claim responsibility for a simultaneous assault on Arbinda City that left 35 civilians dead

Pope Francis decries 'extremist' attacks in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis urges for 'comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith'

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis slams extremism on Christmas. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Jihadists execute 4 hostages in Nigeria – French NGO

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Action Against Hunger says the 4 victims were among the 6 hostages abducted in northeastern Nigeria in July

Vaccine alliance to create Ebola vaccine stockpile

Dec 06, 2019 - 10:12 AM

The charity group Gavi says low-income countries will get the vaccine against the deadly virus for free

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'Never again': Court forfeits Marcos wealth plus damages in telcom scam

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Sandiganbayan limits its forfeitures to telecom company shares illegally acquired, and dismisses government claims against other assets of Juan Ponce Enrile and the Marcoses

Sandiganbayan. File photo by Rappler

South Africa's Desmond Tutu hospitalized for 'infection'

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:02 AM

'Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital for treatment of a stubborn infection,' says his his wife Leah Tutu in a statement

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 27, 2019 Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, attends an exhibition and book launch of notable photographs of his life, which have been turned into paintings, in the centre of Cape Town. South African anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital in Cape Town "for treatment of a stubborn infection", his office said on December 4, 2019. RODGER BOSCH / AFP

World's oldest captive white rhino dies in French zoo

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Save the Rhino says around 20,000 southern white rhinos – Sana's tribe – are left in the world

SANA. In this file photo taken on October 14, 2017 Sana, a female white rhino strolls through its enclosure at the La Planete Sauvage zoological park in Port-Saint-Pere, western France. File photo by Loic Venance/AFP

South Africa dominates England to cop 2019 Rugby World Cup

Nov 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

In a stunning display of power and precision, South Africa captures its third rugby world crown after 12 years

CHAMPS. Team captain Siya Kolisi (center) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa lift the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Elon Musk says he is disconnecting from Twitter

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Will Musk leave Twitter for Reddit?

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 18, 2018 Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Company Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles, California. - The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused Tesla founder Elon Musk on February 25, 2019, of failing to comply with a court-endorsed deal between the electric automaker and the regulatory agency. According to the SEC, a tweet from Musk on Tesla's 2019 production levels violates the deal, under which his tweets had to be reviewed prior to being published. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Facebook: Russian disinformation campaign targeted Africa

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:20 PM

(UPDATED) The accounts originate in Russia and target Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya, according to Facebook

DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN. In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019, the Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP)

Humanity's homeland found in ancient Botswana

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:34 AM

While it has long been known anatomically modern humans originated in Africa, scientists have until now been unable to pinpoint the precise location of our species' birthplace

South Africa's Zuma to appeal against corruption trial

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Jacob Zuma's last-minute appeal will delay the case over bribery allegations dating back to a 1990s arms deal. He dismisses the charges as a conspiracy.

APPEAL. South Africa's embattled former president Jacob Zuma appears in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on corruption charges, in what would be the first time he faces trial for graft despite multiple accusations, in Pietermaritzburg on October 15, 2019. Photo by Michele Spatari/Pool/AFP

South Africa ex-leader Zuma to face corruption trial

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) High Court Judge Willie Seriti agrees with the prosecution that parts of Jacob Zuma's arguments to have the case thrown out are 'scandalous and or vexatious'

JACOB ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on July 15, 2019 in Johannesburg. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

Facebook extends fact-checking program to 10 new African states

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Facebook's fact checking program expands to Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo

FACEBOOK. A picture taken on August 28, 2019 shows the logo of US online social media and social networking service, Facebook. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Nigeria, South Africa pledge to stop xenophobic attacks

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:48 AM

The president of both countries agree to set up 'early warning systems' to prevent attacks on foreign nationals

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa shake hands following their opening remarks during his official state visit at Union Buildings in Pretoria, on October 3, 2019. Recent xenophobic attacks threaten to dominate Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's three-day official visit to South Africa and the presidency in Abuja has said he would use the state visit to discuss the "welfare of Nigerians". Phill Magakoe / AFP

7.2 million HIV-positive in South Africa, says study

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:26 AM

South Africa has the largest number of HIV-positive people in the world, says The Lancet HIV Journal

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

Royal baby Archie meets South Africa's Archbishop Tutu

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:26 AM

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan walk into the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation carrying a smiley Archie in blue dungarees

ROYAL BABY. Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. Photo by Henk Kruger/Pool/AFP

Harry and Meghan join South Africa's fight against gender violence

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex join campaigners in Cape Town fighting South Africa's stratospheric rates of violence against women on the first stage of a 10-day swing through southern Africa

Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex and Meghan (C), Duchess of Sussex visit the District Six museum in Cape Town on the first afternoon of their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP

1,500 flee homes in South Africa amid xenophobic violence – U.N.

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:56 PM

South Africa, the continent's second largest economy, is a major destination for other African migrants. But they are often targeted by some locals who blame them for a lack of jobs.

36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo river

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Authorities say the cause of the accident is still unknown

West African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The fund would help reinforce the military operations of the West African countries in their fight against jihadist attacks in the region

ECOWAS. (From L-R) Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, Idriss Deby of Chad, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Faure Gnassigbe of Togo, Macky Sall of Senegal, and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria pose after the opening ceremony of ECOWAS G5 security summit in Ouagadougou on September 14, 2019. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Filipino poet featured in South African literary festival

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin read some of his works at Poetry in McGregor, now on its 7th edition

POETRY FESTIVAL. Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin at Poetry in McGregor in Western Cape in South Africa. Photo courtesy of San Anselmo Publications Inc

Tensions ease in South Africa-Nigeria xenophobia row

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:26 PM

An aide of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says, 'we will work with South Africa to find solutions to their problems which have become our own problem. We will work as brothers'

A man can be seen laying on the ground after being arrested by members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police in Johannesburg Katlehong Township, during a new wave of anti-foreigner violence on September 5, 2019. Tensions eased between twin African powerhouses South Africa and Nigeria on September 5, after Pretoria temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in the rival state following a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores there that claimed 10 lives. GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray tours South Africa

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Cat explores South Africa's wonders

Pinoy math wizards win 35 awards in South Africa contest

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team wins a total of 35 awards at the 2019 South Africa International Mathematics Competition

Lipa City mayor tightens belt to fund senior pension, PWD allowance

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa orders a city hall-wide austerity measure

SAVING. Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa speaks to members of the press during a meeting held Monday, August 5. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

IMF slashes Mideast growth projections over Iran sanctions

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The International Monetary Fund projects 2019 economic growth for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan would be 1%, its worst since the IMF put them in one group in 2009

Africa poses critical challenge for World Bank, IMF

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:15 PM

There is a need for massive investment in infrastructure and job creation in the coming years just to keep pace with Africa's growing population

POVERTY. People walk along an open sewer in a slum in Africa. Photo from Shutterstock

South Africa's Zuma bats away graft inquiry questions

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Zuma confirms meeting the Gupta brothers to discuss the 'New Age,' the newspaper that he had encouraged them to set up in 2010, but denies knowing about alleged harassment of civil servants by Gupta executives

JACOB ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives at the state commission that is probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption in government and state-owned companies in Johannesburg on July 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

South Africa's Zuma tells graft probe he's a victim of conspiracy

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Jacob Zuma is accused of overseeing mass looting of state assets during his 9-year tenure before being ousted by the ruling ANC party in 2018 and replaced by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa

ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on July 15, 2019 in Johannesburg. Photo by Wikus de Wet/AFP

Sudan braces for mass protest as demonstrators fear violence

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The 'million-man' march comes at a time when Ethiopia and the African Union are mediating between the protesters and generals

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019 A man poses for a "selfie" photo with a cell phone as he awaits the arrival of the deputy head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and commander of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitaries, during a rally in the village of Abraq, about 60 kilometers northwest of Khartoum.  Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

Huawei turns to Africa to offset U.S. blacklist

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Huawei's presence in Africa goes far beyond selling smartphones and building mobile networks – it provides training at top universities, and offers 'smart city' services

SECURITY THREAT? Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei beefs up its presence in Africa after the United States blacklisted it. Photo from Shutterstock

AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Calls for the African Union to take action have mounted after the crackdown on June 3 on protesters who had camped outside army headquarters in Khartoum

CRACKDOWN. Members of Sudan's security forces patrol on June 6, 2019 in Khartoum. AFP PHOTO

Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as president of South Africa

May 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Foreign heads of state from more than 40 countries are among 36,000 people who witnessed the event replete with pomp, military honors and an air force flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria

South African Deputy President and ANC Presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa looks on as he attends a plenary meeting at the NASREC Expo Centre during the 54th ANC national congress on December 17, 2017 in Johannesburg.  South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds its 54th national conference, with the party expected to elect its new leader, who will probably become the country's next president. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN

South African parliament reelects Ramaphosa as president

May 22, 2019 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) Ramaphosa will be sworn in on Saturday, May 25, and is expected to name a deputy president and cabinet at the weekend

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked at South Africa sports event

May 19, 2019 - 11:28 AM

'Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,' says the actor and former politician

US actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (C) is seen at the Arnold Classic Africa, a multi-sport festival held at the Sandton Convention Centre on May 18, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

South African president vows to speed reforms after election win

May 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'We identified a number of reform issues that we needed to address, we are now going to do that with greater speed,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

REFORMS. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

ANC wins closely-watched South Africa poll with absolute majority

May 11, 2019 - 12:49 AM

Seats in parliament are allocated based on vote share and the party with the most representatives selects the president, who will be sworn in on May 25

WIN. Supporters of the ruling party the African National Congress cheer as they arrive at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg to attend the ANC's final presidential election campaign rally on May 5, 2019. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

ANC takes strong early lead in closely-watched South Africa poll

May 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

With more than two-fifths of voting districts tallied, the Electoral Commission puts the ANC well ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance trailing with a distant 25%

ELECTIONS. President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. - South Africans began voting today in national elections which the ruling ANC, in power since 1994, is favourite to win despite corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth and record unemployment. The ANC has won all the past five elections, but today's vote is set to be an electoral test on whether the party has staunched a decline in popularity. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)