• Judge Thokozile Masipa, reads her verdict during the state appeal hearing at the high court in Johannesburg, South Africa,Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The State lost it's appeal after challenging a ruling by Judge Masipa against convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius who received six years for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/POOL)

    SAfrican judge denies appeal for harsher Pistorius sentence

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African judge on Friday dismissed an appeal by prosecutors for a harsher sentence against Oscar Pistorius who was found guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend in 2013.

  • FILE: In this Aug. 2014 file photo, worshippers gather at the Nizamiye Mosque for prayers after celebrating Eid in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa. Turkey has launched an international campaign to shut schools and foundations linked to Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim preacher that it blames for an attempted coup last month. Some Erdogan supporters also criticized the Nizamiye mosque north of Johannesburg, a soaring structure built with the funds of a Gulen backer. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, file)

    Turkey targets Gulen-inspired projects around the world

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In past years, big names in South Africa picked up the annual Gulen Peace Award, a local accolade inspired by a Turkish preacher who has been blamed by Turkey for an attempted coup last month.

  • In this Aug. 11, 2016, photo, a great white shark swims past researchers as they chum the ocean looking for sharks in the waters off Gansbaai, South Africa. Extensive research by shark expert Michael Rutzen and his marine biologist partner Sara Andreotti has found that great whites off the South African coast are rapidly heading for extinction. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Off South Africa’s coast, great white sharks are threatened

    GANSBAAI, South Africa (AP) — On the edge of a boat off this coastal village, Michael Rutzen stubs his cigarette into a soda can and stares pensively out to sea.

  • FILE -- In this July 28, 2016 file photo Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire, holds his country's flag whilst singing the national anthem before addressing his supporters at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mawarire, a popular pastor who galvanized thousands of Zimbabweans into anti-government protests has become a subject of derision, fighting accusations of being a coward after he left neighboring South Africa citing safety concerns before going to the United States.  (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

    Zimbabwe: Supporters fume after protest pastor leaves for US

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — From a symbol of resistance and hope, a pastor who galvanized thousands of Zimbabweans into anti-government action has become a subject of derision, fighting accusations of being a coward.

  • South Africa's Caster Semenya waves wearing her gold medal for the women's 800-meter final during an athletics podium ceremony at the Summer Olympics inside Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Chased by controversy: A timeline of Caster Semenya’s career

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Caster Semenya is the Olympic champion nearly seven years to the day after she arrived in track and field and sparked a controversy so complex and so sensitive, the sport is still struggling to deal with it.

  • FIFA prosecutors want 3 banned in South African fixing case

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA ethics prosecutors want a six-year ban for a former South Africa Football Association president in a long-running case of fixed friendlies played ahead of the 2010 World Cup by the host nation.