Push for closure of domestic ivory markets sparks controversy

The United States and 29 African countries on Monday pushed for a large-scale ban on the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to stop the dramatic decline of Africa's elephant populations.

Key conference to protect endangered species opens in Johannesburg

A key conference opened Saturday in Johannesburg to discuss eventual changes to trade controls on some of the world's most endangered animal species, ranging from elephants to sharks.

South Sudan accepts UN plan to send 4,000 additional peacekeepers

South Sudan's transitional government on Sunday accepted the deployment of an additional 4,000 UN peacekeepers following three days of negotiations with diplomats from the United Nations over the...

South Africa records more than 18,000 murders over 12-month period

The murder rate in South Africa, which has one of Africa's highest crime rates, has increased by 20 per cent over the past four years, according to the Pretoria-based Institute for Security...

South African school accused of discrimination against afro hairstyle

Protests have erupted at a South African girls' school after teachers were accused of making racist remarks about black pupils' hairstyles, the local news agency ANA reported Monday.

South African prosecutors seek longer prison term for Pistorius

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority is seeking permission to appeal the six-year prison sentence handed to athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,...

South Sudan's hopes of peace dashed after decades of warfare

When South Sudan became independent from Sudan five years ago, hopes were high that independence would bring peace and development to the nation devastated by decades of civil warfare.

South African anti-apartheid veteran calls for Zuma's resignation

Anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada has called on South African President Jacob Zuma to resign as pressure mounts on the head of state over improper spending on his rural home.

Killer of anti-apartheid hero Hani set for parole in South Africa

A Polish immigrant who assassinated a South African anti-apartheid hero shortly before the country's first multiracial elections was granted parole on Thursday.

Need for peace and security before Niger can develop, president says

Niger's presidential election passed without incident on Sunday with President Mahamadou Issoufou saying the country, which is fighting Islamist insurgents on multiple fronts, will need peace and ...

More UN peacekeepers accused of "sexual exploitation" and rape in CAR

UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) raped or sexually exploited at least eight women and girls between October and December 2015, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on...

South Africa's Zuma to pay back millions used for home upgrades

President Jacob Zuma offered Wednesday to pay back millions of dollars in taxpayer money used to install luxurious features at his sprawling homestead in rural South Africa.