With selfie, El Salvador’s leader urges UN to embrace tech
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The way El Salvador's president sees it, he just snapped a selfie worth a thousand words at the U.N. General Assembly.
Mugabe’s anti-colonial rage fueled long reign over Zimbabwe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Robert Mugabe had just made a furious speech against Zimbabwe's LGBT community, calling them "worse than pigs and dogs."
South Africa Rugby World Cup winner Chester Williams dies
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Chester Williams, the only black player on South Africa's famed 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team, died on Friday of a heart attack. He was 49.
Johnny Clegg, anti-apartheid musician in South Africa, dies
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy...
James Small: The rugby rebel who Mandela never forgot
James Small was the rebel in the ultra-conservative world of South African rugby in the early 1990s. He played hard, lived fast, and was driven to become a record-breaker and Rugby World Cup...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mandla Maseko, a South African man who had won the opportunity to become the first black African to go into space, has died in a motorcycle crash. He was 30.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Statement to The Associated Press from Michael Jackson's estate on the 10th anniversary of his death.
Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and...
Trump’s ‘poor leadership’ criticized by ex-leaders’ group
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, criticized President Donald Trump for "poor leadership"...
Mexico: Country has ‘dignity intact’ after US tariff deal
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was reluctantly prepared to slap retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods if negotiators in Washington had failed to strike a...
New Hampshire House overrides veto of death penalty repeal
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House again moved to eliminate state's death penalty Thursday, overriding the governor's veto by the slimmest possible margin and sending the issue on to the...
South Africa’s ruling ANC marks weakest election victory
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's ruling African National Congress on Saturday marked its weakest victory in national elections in a quarter-century, while President Cyril Ramaphosa...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2019. There are 235 days left in the year.
South Africa votes with corruption, jobs as big issues
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans voted Wednesday in presidential and parliamentary elections, with signs of a relatively low turnout and voters saying they were disillusioned by widespread...
South Africa to vote amid graft scandals, high unemployment
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A quarter-century after the end of apartheid, South Africans go to the polls Wednesday for the sixth national elections since the demise of the harsh system of racial...
Post-apartheid South Africa is world’s most unequal country
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Perhaps nowhere in today's South Africa is the country's inequality on more dramatic display than in the neighboring Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton and Alexandra.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Michigan's football team visited Robben Island , where former President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.
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Corruption hot topic in South Africa’s last election rallies
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Campaigning for South Africa's upcoming elections reached a climax Sunday with mass rallies by the ruling party and one of its most potent challengers, ahead of national polls...
South Africa sweeps into final election campaign weekend
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's political parties on Saturday swept into the final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday's election in which the ruling African National Congress might find...
Young voters eager for change in South Africa’s election
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At 24, Abetse Mashigo was born a year after South Africa's brutal apartheid system was dismantled. Yet she still feels frustrated by what she sees as continued economic...
AP PHOTOS: South Africa marks Freedom Day, end of apartheid
KWA-THEMA, South Africa (AP) — Sporting a lively array of colorful outfits, about 3,500 South Africans attended celebrations on Saturday in Kwa-Thema township, east of Johannesburg, on Freedom...
Nelson Mandela’s grandson urges on New Mexico Legislature
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is seeking inspiration from a grandson of anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela as it seeks to expand career and educational opportunities for...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 11, 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
On this date:
In 1531, the Church of England grudgingly accepted King Henry VIII as its supreme head.
In 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
Today in History for February 11th
Spokesman: Cosby’s wife, children haven’t seen him in prison
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — 3:10 p.m.:
A spokesman for Bill Cosby says his wife and children haven't visited him in a Pennsylvania prison because the actor doesn't want them "in that environment."
Spokesman Andrew Wyatt says Cosby also fears the visits would become a circus. Camille Cosby made only brief appearances at his two criminal trials, while their daughters stayed away.
Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year sentence for a 2004 sexual assault.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Saturday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2019. There are 332 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 2, 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africa's black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela.
On this date:
In 1653, New Amsterdam — now New York City — was incorporated.
In 1887, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, held its first Groundhog Day festival.
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Remove or keep a statue? South Africa debates painful legacy
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Black protesters threw paint on it. White supporters rallied around it. Authorities surrounded the statue with barbed wire and then ringed it with a more permanent fence.
Jamieson takes 1-shot lead into last round in South Africa
MALELANE, South Africa (AP) — Scott Jamieson will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 68 on Saturday moved him to 11 under overall and ahead of overnight leader David Lipsky.
Jamieson's only European Tour win also came in South Africa, at the Nelson Mandela Championship six years ago, and he has had a string of top-10 finishes in the country.
Long-time Philadelphia TV reporter Odom announces retirement
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A long-time Philadelphia television reporter says he will retire at the end of this week after a 42-year career.
WPVI reporter Vernon Odom will sign off for the last time Friday and will head off for retirement. The 70-year-old has seen a long career that's included reporting on the Three Mile Island disaster, the MOVE bombing, the release of Nelson Mandela from a South African prison and every presidential campaign since 1976.
Minnesota Orchestra conductor to step down in 2022
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska plans to step down when his contract ends in 2022.
Vanska made the announcement at the orchestra board's annual meeting Wednesday. He says he wanted to give the organization plenty of time to find his replacement.
Under Vanska, the orchestra has been recognized worldwide and has taken multiple European tours.
Muggings mar international charity concert in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spate of muggings early Monday marred a charity concert in South Africa at which Beyonce, Jay-Z and other stars performed in honor of Nelson Mandela.
Beyonce and other stars to perform at Mandela festival
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beyonce and other international stars have gathered in South Africa for a charity concert honoring Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.
Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey were among those headlining the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Sunday. Model Naomi Campbell and singer Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid concerts for Africa, are also attending.
Mexico bestows highest honor on Trump son-in-law Kushner
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Mexico's government on Friday gave President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner the highest honor America's southern neighbor grants to foreigners.
Oprah offers rousing tribute to Mandela in S. Africa visit
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oprah Winfrey on Thursday delivered a rousing tribute to Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born, and urged the youth of South Africa and beyond to overcome failure and trauma on the road to accomplishing their goals.
"Your day will come. I applaud your resilience," Winfrey told a cheering crowd in Soweto. "I say there's no such thing as failure. Failure is just a mistake trying to move you in a better direction."
Beyonce to perform at South African concert honoring Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beyonce, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran are among the stars scheduled to perform at a South African concert on Sunday in honor of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.
The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be hosted in Johannesburg by South Africa's Motsepe Foundation, which seeks to reduce poverty through education and job creation.
South Africa’s de Klerk is discharged from hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The foundation of former South African President FW de Klerk says the Nobel Peace Prize winner has been discharged from a Cape Town hospital after a successful procedure to treat a collapsed lung.
The foundation says the 82-year-old de Klerk was hospitalized on Friday.
The former leader was awarded the Nobel with Nelson Mandela in 1993 for their work in ending the harsh system of white minority rule known as apartheid.
FIFA bans Dominican Republic official in bribery case
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA ethics committee judges have banned the former president of Dominican Republic's soccer federation for 10 years in a bribery case.
FIFA says Osiris Guzman was also found guilty of charges of accepting gifts and conflicts of interest.
Guzman was fined 150,000 Swiss francs ($151,000), though it is unclear how the fine can be enforced.
During the investigation, he served an interim ban barring him from World Cup games and the 2026 World Cup hosting vote in Russia.
Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Roelof "Pik" Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa's apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday at age 86.
Botha died in "the early hours of the morning" at his home after an illness, his son, also named Roelof, told South Africa's eNCA news outlet.
Desmond Tutu spends 87th birthday in a Cape Town hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 87 years old in a hospital on Sunday, and birthday greetings poured in for the man once described by Nelson Mandela as "our voice of conscience."
Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for many years, was admitted to a Cape Town hospital for tests on Sept. 27, the latest of several hospital stays for the Nobel laureate in the last few years.
South African activist sentenced with Mandela is in hospital
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Andrew Mlangeni, one of the last two surviving anti-apartheid activists who were sentenced with Nelson Mandela to life in prison in 1964, is being treated in a hospital.
South Africa's ruling party says it has been informed by the 93-year-old Mlangeni's family that he is in "critical but stable" condition. South African media say Mlangeni was admitted to a Cape Town hospital on Wednesday.
Mandela’s ordinariness helped make him great, lawyers say
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — While Nelson Mandela is celebrated at the United Nations this week, two prominent South African lawyers say his greatness lay partly in his ordinary qualities and recognition of his mistakes.
Former judge Albie Sachs and lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi were speaking to students at the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday night, a day after a statue of the anti-apartheid leader was unveiled at the U.N. General Assembly.
Mandela’s widow urges world: put egos aside and end violence
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nelson Mandela's widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the "senseless violence" plaguing too much of the world.
"History will judge you should you stagnate too long in inaction," Graca Machel told a U.N. "peace summit" commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mandela's birth. "Humankind will hold you accountable should you allow suffering to continue on your watch."
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As Trump arrives at UN, world leaders honor Mandela
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders kicked off their annual gathering at the United Nations on Monday by honoring a global icon of peace and reconciliation — drawing some pointed contrast with a U.S. president who has shaken up the international order with his assertion of "America First."
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Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism.
Janet Jackson, Cardi B to headline Global Citizen festival
NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes are among the artists slated to appear at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival.
The event will take place on Sept. 29 on the Great Lawn in New York City's Central Park. Janelle Monae and Cardi B, who gave birth in July, will also perform.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness will host the festival, which calls on world leaders to achieve the United Nations' sustainable development goals and end extreme poverty by 2030.
AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
This week's gallery includes children in Johannesburg celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth; tornado damage in Iowa; and a joint news conference by Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.