South Africa

“Judge,” a white-back vulture found in the wild as a fledgling by Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust cannot fly due to its deformed wing.

Southern African vultures subject to poisonings, extinction

Certain species of vultures are critically endangered in southern Africa. Recently, some mass killings of vultures in Botswana and South Africa have led to concern over the vulture population. But conservationists are working to increase their numbers.

Southern African vultures subject to poisonings, extinction
A Ryanair plane parks at the airport in Weeze, Germany

‘It’s absolutely ludicrous’: Traveler up in arms after being forced to take Ryanair’s Afrikaans-language test to fly

‘It’s absolutely ludicrous’: Traveler up in arms after being forced to take Ryanair’s Afrikaans-language test to fly
Muddy water running through an informal settlement of huts

South African floods: Protecting people must include a focus on women and girls

South African floods: Protecting people must include a focus on women and girls
A Uniper energy company coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery are seen beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Jan. 16, 2020. 

Did the world 'build back better' since the start of the pandemic? Not so much. 

Did the world 'build back better' since the start of the pandemic? Not so much. 
A man gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at a site near Johannesburg, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. 

At least 9 African countries set to produce COVID vaccines, Africa’s CDC chief says

At least 9 African countries set to produce COVID vaccines, Africa’s CDC chief says
Clerics carry the coffin after the funeral for Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan 1, 2022.

What is aquamation, the burial practice Desmond Tutu chose instead of cremation? 

Aquamation is a corpse decomposition process that uses water instead of fire to produce similar results — an urn of ashes. It’s seen as a “greener alternative” to carbon-emitting cremation. 

What is aquamation, the burial practice Desmond Tutu chose instead of cremation? 
Smoke rises after fires re-ignited late afternoon from the Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa

Fire reignites at South Africa's Parliament in Cape Town

Firefighters continue to battle a blaze that has reignited at South Africa's main Parliament building in Cape Town. Authorities have charged a man with arson, but details and motives remain unclear.

Fire reignites at South Africa's Parliament in Cape Town
Smoke rises from a processing mill at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia

The world's tropical forests can help us limit climate change — if we let them

Tropical forests are a treasure trove of biodiversity and contain vast stores of carbon that, if released through deforestation, threaten the stability of Earth’s climate system.

The world's tropical forests can help us limit climate change — if we let them
Flowers are placed alongside a photo of Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town bells toll to honor Archbishop Desmond Tutu's life

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who worked against South Africa's apartheid regime, has died at the age of 90. He chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that documented atrocities and sought to promote national reconciliation.

Cape Town bells toll to honor Archbishop Desmond Tutu's life
 Two violins constructed by the researchers of the article

An African violin? New study tests which indigenous woods could make one.

African wood species are clearly suitable to make violins. They produce an instrument with a beautiful, though slightly different sound.

An African violin? New study tests which indigenous woods could make one.
Passengers wait at a ticket counter at Johannesburg's OR Tambo's airport, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. 

COVID-related travel bans spark outrage from targeted countries

“As omicron makes its way around the world, we have to see borders not as a stop point, but more as a surveillance point,” said Kelley Lee, a researcher of cross-border measures at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

COVID-related travel bans spark outrage from targeted countries
A coal-fired power station in Witbank, South Africa

World leaders agree to help South Africa phase out coal

At the recent COP26 climate talks in Scotland, the US and European nations agreed to provide $8.5 billion in financing to help South Africa phase out its use of coal power. 

World leaders agree to help South Africa phase out coal
People pass through Waterloo train station, in London, during the morning rush hour

Wary, weary world slams doors shut, fearing omicron variant

Many countries around the world have placed travel restrictions on people arriving from southern African nations where the omicron variant of COVID-19 recently emerged.

Wary, weary world slams doors shut, fearing omicron variant
Former South African President FW de Klerk arrives for the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria, South Africa, May 25, 2019. 

Remembering the life and legacy of the late FW de Klerk, South Africa's last apartheid president

Former South African President FW De Klerk has died at the age of 85. Dave Steward, chairman of the FW de Klerk Foundation, spoke with The World's host Marco Werman about the late president's life and legacy in South Africa.

Remembering the life and legacy of the late FW de Klerk, South Africa's last apartheid president
Portraits of China's former top leaders from left Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and including the current President Xi Jinping are seen at a military camp in Beijing, China

Chinese Communist Party cements Xi Jinping’s rule

The Chinese Communist Party passes a resolution that will secure President Xi Jinping's political future. Also, South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, dies at the age of 85. And, Germany registers its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Chinese Communist Party cements Xi Jinping’s rule