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US President Barack Obama (right) and Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal. (AP Photo)

Senegalese president defends anti-gay law

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese President Macky Sall defended his refusal to decriminalize homosexuality on Friday, a day after publicly clashing with President Barack Obama on the issue at a joint press conference. In an […]

06/28/2013

US President Barack Obama (right) and Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal. (AP Photo)

Obama’s ties to Mandela loom over S. Africa visit

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s struggles in South Africa, a young Barack Obama joined campus protests in the U.S. against the racist rule that kept Mandela locked away in prison for nearly three […]

06/28/2013

Nelson Mandela, former South Africa President. (AP Photo)

SAfrica: Mandela ‘responding better to treatment’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former President Nelson Mandela began responding better to treatment Wednesday morning for a recurring lung infection following “a difficult last few days,” South Africa’s president said. President Jacob Zuma told parliament that […]

06/12/2013

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Halle Berry, Michael Kors launch Watch Hunger Stop

NEW YORK (AP) — Halle Berry says she’s a woman of compassion and Michael Kors says he’s a man of action. Together, they want to make a dent in the battle against hunger around the world.

04/08/2013

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author. (AP Photo)

Chinua Achebe, who wrote of Nigeria’s ills, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinua Achebe, internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident, died at age 82 after a brief illness. He lived through and helped define revolutionary change in Nigeria.

03/22/2013

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Some South African Catholics want reforms from new pope

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South African Catholics say they hope a new pope will reform their church to allow them to help prevent the spread of AIDS, deal with pregnancies resulting from rape, and think about allowing priests to marry.

03/12/2013

Oscar Pistorius

Gun comments split family of Oscar Pistorius

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The family of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian charged with murdering his girlfriend, is feuding publicly about whether guns are a necessary protection against crime in South Africa.

03/05/2013

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Survey of American Catholics shows division

(AP) – In a survey days after Pope Benedict XVI announced his abdication, Catholics split over whether they hope his successor will generally preserve tradition or make changes in Catholic teaching.

02/28/2013

Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund managing director (AP Photo)

IMF chief in Malawi to assess reforms

LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — The chief of the International Monetary Fund is in Malawi to assess reforms aimed at steering the southern African nation out of an economic crisis. Opponents of the measures say they only make matters worse.

01/04/2013

South Africa President Jacob Zuma

South Africa president prefers people over pets

South Africa’s president says a dog should not be man’s best friend. President Jacob Zuma made critical remarks about pet care that touch on sensitive race relations in South Africa, which was dominated by whites until two decades ago.

12/27/2012

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela hospitalized

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Inside a Catholic church that once served as a major rallying point for anti-apartheid activists, the image of a gray-suited Nelson Mandela appears in stained-glass window that also features angels and the cross.

12/09/2012

House approves student immigrant plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has approved legislation to offer green cards to foreign students with advanced degrees, but only after a partisan fight that portends trouble when Congress attempts a wholesale immigration overhaul next […]

11/30/2012

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