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29 Jun 2021
South Africa's top court has found ex-president Jacob Zuma "guilty of the crime of contempt of court" over his refusal to answer corruption charges. He has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
25 Jun 2021
The WHO is warning that new cases of Covid-19 have been rising since the beginning of May across Africa. Also, coastal cities such as Cape Town are in need of urgent action to fend off the effects of climate change, according to a leaked UN climate report seen by AFP. And dozens of incidents of assault on homosexual people have been registered in Senegal in recent weeks. Many gay men and women are fearing for their safety in a climate of increased homophobia.
25 Jun 2021
A 19-car train crosses South Africa providing free healthcare for the poor, equipped with all kinds of gear. Described as a godsend for those lacking access to medical services in the country's poor and rural areas, the train is named Phelophepa, meaning "good, clean health" in the Tswana and Sotho languages.
22 Jun 2021
In a bid to increase access to coronavirus vaccines in Africa, the World Health Organization is setting up a hub to share mRNA technology to produce the jab in the continent.
18 Jun 2021
Thousands of South Africans have rushed to dig for diamonds after a cattle herder made a mystery discovery outside a village 300 kilometres southeast of Johannesburg. Photos of the unidentified crystal-like stones circulated on social media, triggering a rush to the site despite government warnings that the stones could be worthless.
2 Jun 2021
Berlin has pledged €50 million to boost vaccine production in South Africa. German Health Minister Jens Spahn told DW that BioNTech and other vaccine makers were willing to help speed up the process.
31 May 2021
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country is heading towards a third virus wave as the nation looks to re-impose stricter measures against Covid-19. South Africa is officially the worst-hit country on the continent with more than 1.65 million cases and 56,363 deaths.
27 May 2021
Former President Jacob Zuma is being tried for graft, fraud, racketeering and money laundering. The plea marks a turning point in the decadelong trial.
26 May 2021
South Africa's Springbok Sevens are preparing for the Olympic Games in Tokyo with one goal in mind: bringing back a gold medal. Disappointed by their third place finish at the Rio Olympics, they want to follow in the footsteps of the national rugby union team, who won the World Cup in Japan in 2019.
20 May 2021
South African NGO helps youth through weightlifting.
8 May 2021
Prince Misuzulu — whose name means "strengthening the Zulus" — will take over as the next Zulu king, according to the will of his mother and regent queen. The announcement led to chaos at the royal palace.
21 Apr 2021
Several historic buildings, including parts of Cape Town University's library, are damaged by a wildfire along Table Mountain. Also, more than 20,000 people fled the Mozambican town of Palma after it was captured by Islamist insurgents back in March. Our team on the ground met some of those displaced. And in Cameroon, authorities are worried about Pentecostal churches in which worshippers are being encouraged to flout social distancing measures, this as the country battles a second wave of coronavirus.

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Denmark has accused coup generals of playing a dirty political game after the junta withdrew the invitation to deploy Danish troops. Denmark has announced the country would withdraw its newly deployed contingent of 90 troops from Mali after repeated demands by the poor Sahel country's military junta.
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The West African country's new military leader has said constitutional order will return "when the conditions are right." The junta has also pledged to bring security to Burkina Faso.
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Every two years, football comes home... to Africa. This year, the Africa Cup of Nations is hosted by Cameroon and, no doubt, there's plenty to criticise: dodgy calls by the ref, questionable Covid-19 protocols and a deadly stampede that left eight dead. And yet, football fans the world over are enthralled. Every day brings new twists: minnows have upset powerhouses, and stars who normally spend winter in the European leagues have shown up for their national sides. So what exactly is it about AFCON that's got us riveted?
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In Israel, the number of gang-related murders is soaring in the Israeli Arab community. A record 128 Israeli Arabs were killed in gang-related violence within their own community last year, including women and children caught in the crossfire. The victims' families accuse the police of inaction, while the government has promised to do more. Our correspondents Gwendoline Debono and Irris Makler report from Qalansuwa, a town in the country's centre, where criminals have formed a state within a state.
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French unions are staging a major nationwide strike Thursday, with more than 170 protests calling for salary hikes to deal with the rising cost of living. Rail workers, teachers and other professions are pressuring the government just months ahead of presidential elections.
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France is considered one of the top destinations in the world for winter sports, known as "les sports d'hiver". They're a major part of the country’s tourism industry. Ski culture goes beyond the slopes, and like many things in France, it also involves a lot of food. But has skiing become too expensive? And how can resorts cope with climate change? In this episode of French Connections Plus, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula slalom the ins and outs of the white gold that is French skiing.