Iran and Saudi Arabia are among six nations that have been invited to join the BRICS bloc of developing economies, along with the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Egypt and Ethiopia.
The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have held closed-door discussions on the possible expansion of their BRICS economic bloc.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken multiple shots at the West on the opening day of an economic summit in South Africa.
Russia and China will look to gain more political and economic ground in the developing world at a summit in South Africa this week.
Seven opposition parties in South Africa have reached an agreement to form a coalition in a bid to unseat the ruling African National Congress if it fails to win a majority in next year’s general election.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says he supports more countries joining the BRICS group of large developing nations, which currently includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday appeared to downplay not attending an economic summit in Johannesburg next month amid a controversy over an arrest warrant issued against him by the International Criminal Court.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told leaders and officials from most African countries that his nation is making full efforts to avert a global food crisis despite concerns that its withdrawal from a deal allowing grain shipments from Ukraine will cause price spikes.
Police and transport authorities say two buses collided at the entrance to a South African university, injuring at least 77 people, two of them seriously.
Eight police officers assigned to a security team for South Africa’s deputy president have appeared in court and are set to face assault and other charges after they were caught on video kicking and stomping two off-duty trainee soldiers whose car they pulled over on a Johannesburg highway.
Authorities say one man has been killed and at least 48 people are injured, some of them seriously, after a suspected underground gas explosion ripped open roads and flipped vehicles in the heart of South Africa’s biggest city.
Authorities in South Africa say a suspected underground gas explosion during Johannesburg’s evening rush hour ripped open roads and flipped more than 20 cars in South Africa’s biggest city.
South Africa says Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend an economic summit in Johannesburg next month.
South Africa’s president says that arresting Russian President Vladimir Putin — should he show up at an economic summit next month in Johannesburg — would amount to a “declaration of war” by his country.
The death toll in a toxic gas leak in South Africa blamed on an illegal gold processing operation in a settlement of closely packed shacks has risen to 17.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An earthquake shook South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg, early Sunday.

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A man serving a life sentence for murder and rape who escaped from a top-security prison with help from guards by faking his own burning death has been brought back to South Africa early Thursday after going on the run with his girlfriend.
South African police have launched a manhunt for convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester who escaped from a privately-run maximum security prison in the Free State province under bizarre circumstances.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Alexander Knappe overtook fellow German Nick Bachem to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Jonsson Workwear Open as he chases a first European tour title.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nick Bachem led at the halfway stage of the European tour’s Jonsson Workwear Open on Friday after a second-round 66 took him one shot clear at 13 under par.
South African police on Monday monitored protests by the country’s leftist Economic Freedom Fighters party, which is demanding the resignation of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa made a solid start to the second test against West Indies on Thursday, reaching 311-7 at the end of day one following big scores by opener Aiden Markram and newcomer Tony de Zorzi.
South Africa’s ever-worsening power crisis — putting homes and businesses without electricity for up to 10 hours per day — is strangling Africa’s most developed economy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a state of disaster with immediate effect to deal with the country’s severe electricity crisis including prolonged daily power blackouts.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are investigating a weekend shooting where eight people were killed and three injured after armed men opened fire at a house birthday party in the city of Gqeberha, formerly known as Port Elizabeth.
South African animal welfare officials have successfully sedated and captured a tiger that was spotted roaming a residential area to the east of the capital Johannesburg.
A tiger that escaped from a private farm in South Africa and attacked a man and killed two dogs and a pig while on the loose for days has been euthanized.
Authorities in South Africa are searching for a tiger that escaped from its enclosure at a farm near Johannesburg over the weekend.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has canceled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos in order to deal with his country’s worsening power blackouts.
South Africa is coming to grips with the full extent of the destruction and deaths caused by a Christmas Eve tanker truck explosion.