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Zuma: Mandela’s Condition Improving

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s president says the health of Nelson Mandela is improving following gallstone surgery and treatment for a lung infection. Jacob Zuma spoke at the close of a ruling ANC party conference Thursday. He said Mr. Mandela’s condition was “serious” but added that he is “responding well to treatment and has steadily improved over the […]

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Senegal Adopts Law to Try Former Dictator

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in Senegal have passed a law creating a special court to try former Chadian leader Hissene Habre for crimes against humanity. The National Assembly ratified an agreement with the African Union to create the court, which is being called the “Extraordinary Chamber.” Rights groups have been calling for years for Senegal to try Habre, […]

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South Africa’s Zuma Retains ANC Leadership

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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South African President Jacob Zuma will remain chairman of the ruling African National Congress party, after delegates at a party conference overwhelmingly supported him in a leadership vote. Nearly 4,000 delegates voted Tuesday, with three-quarters backing Mr. Zuma to head the party leading up to the country’s 2014 presidential election. The ANC has been in […]

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South Africa’s Zuma Expected to Retain ANC Leadership

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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South African President Jacob Zuma is expected to maintain his leadership of the ruling African National Congress party, after a vote to choose who will head the organization into the 2014 presidential election. Votes were being counted early Tuesday after 4,000 delegates at a party conference made their choices for the top six leadership positions. […]

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South Africa’s Zuma Faces Challenge for ANC Leadership

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Delegates from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress are voting on the party’s top six leadership positions including who will lead the organization in the run-up to the 2014 presidential election. President Jacob Zuma is facing a challenge by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Monday’s vote for the ANC chairmanship. Mr. Zuma is expected to […]

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Mandela Remains Hospitalized, Health Improving

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized after undergoing recent gallstone surgery and treatment for a lung infection. A presidential spokesman said Monday that the public should assume that Mr. Mandela’s health is improving unless it supplies information to the contrary. The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on December 8. […]

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South Africa Arrests 4 in Suspected Ruling Party Conference Plot

Posted December 17th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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South African police have arrested four right-wing extremists suspected of plotting an attack on a conference of the ruling party. Police issued a statement Monday, but gave few details about the arrests, saying they occurred Sunday and that the men are between 40 and 50 years old. The African National Congress, which has led South […]

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S. Africa’s Zuma Vows Change at Party Conference

Posted December 16th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma told ruling African National Congress members Sunday the party is capable of running the continent’s biggest economy and that meaningful economic change would come soon, as he sought re-election as party leader. Mr. Zuma addressed some 4,000 delegates gathered in the central city of Bloemfontein to choose the ANC’s […]

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Mandela Has Surgery to Remove Gall Stones

Posted December 15th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Former South African leader Nelson Mandela underwent a surgical “procedure” Saturday to remove gallstones. A statement from the South African presidency says doctors performed an endoscopy on the 94-year-old former president. It says the procedure was successful and that Mr. Mandela is recovering. The anti-apartheid icon was hospitalized in Pretoria a week ago. Doctors initially […]

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South African President Challenged For Top ANC Spot

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe, will challenge President Jacob Zuma for the leadership of the ruling African National Congress. Motlanthe’s spokesman, Thabo Masebe, confirmed Thursday that the deputy leader accepted the nomination after receiving the endorsement of several of the country’s provinces. Motlanthe is also running to retain his post as deputy. Mr. Zuma, […]

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