In South Africa, Success Against H.I.V. Offers Hope

A former Africa correspondent, who covered the height of the AIDS epidemic there 15 years ago, finds lessons in the remarkable progress against that virus for our current fight.

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In Southern Africa, Success Against H.I.V. Offers Hope for Beating Back Another Virus

A former Africa correspondent, who covered the height of the AIDS epidemic there 15 years ago, finds lessons in the remarkable progress against that virus for our current fight.

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Suspect Charged With Arson in Fire at South Africa’s Parliament

The 49-year-old man was also accused of housebreaking, theft and contravening state security laws. His lawyer said the suspect was being made a scapegoat for government failures.

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South Africa Parliament: Suspect Charged in Fire to Appear in Court

A 49-year-old man is facing charges of arson and theft in the blaze, which started Sunday and heavily damaged legislative buildings in Cape Town.

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South Africa Parliament Fire Still Burning After 4 Hours

The extent of the damage was not immediately clear on Sunday morning, but officials feared it would be extensive.

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With a Simple Funeral, South Africa Bids Farewell to Desmond Tutu

The archbishop and Nobel laureate left plans for an unostentatious ceremony, which were stripped back further under Covid restrictions.

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In Remembering Tutu, South Africa Reckons With Lasting Challenges

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s death has reignited a public conversation about the state of the country’s reconciliation process and its democracy.

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J. & J. Booster Protects Against Severe Omicron, Study Says

Two shots of the vaccine reduced the risk of hospitalization from the fast-spreading variant by 85 percent, a clinical trial found.

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Desmond Tutu Knew Justice Had to Include Forgiveness

Contemporary activists can benefit from Tutu’s ideas about restorative justice and strengthen their quest for fundamental fairness.

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With US swamped by omicron, Biden scraps travel bans

With US swamped by omicron, Biden scraps travel bans

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday issued a proclamation revoking controversial travel restrictions targeting southern Africa where the ultra-transmissible omicron coronavirus variant was first detected in late November.

The travel restrictions on eight countries in southern Africa—Botswana, Eswatini/Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe—will be lifted at 12:01am ET on December 31.

The revocation was long sought by public health experts, who say such travel bans are ineffective and harmful.

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South Africa Begins a Week of Mourning for Desmond Tutu

The cleric and anti-apartheid activist’s funeral will be held on Jan. 1 at the cathedral where he served as South Africa’s first Black archbishop.

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The Time Archbishop Tutu Was Searched at the Airport

A former South Africa bureau chief for The Times recalls telling moments with the anti-apartheid religious leader.

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Even in Retirement, Desmond Tutu Remained South Africa’s Moral Compass

The Nobel laureate retired from public life over a decade ago, but he continued to advocate social justice, gay rights and climate change.

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Here Are Some of the Many Tributes for Desmond Tutu, a Force for Harmony

From prominent South African lawmakers to religious figures, many on social media honored Archbishop Tutu as a patriot of peaceful principles who dedicated his life to combating injustice everywhere.

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‘A True South African Giant’: Tributes for Desmond Tutu, a Force for Harmony

From prominent South African lawmakers to religious figures, many on social media honored Archbishop Tutu as a patriot of peaceful principles who dedicated his life to combating injustice everywhere.

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Desmond Tutu, Whose Voice Helped Slay Apartheid, Dies at 90

The archbishop was a powerful force for nonviolence in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

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South Africa Ends Quarantining and Contact Tracing

The new regulations follow data showing that while the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, it has not caused high rates of severe disease in South Africa.

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Travel Between U.S. and Southern Africa Will Resume, White House Says

Biden is lifting the ban at midnight on Dec. 31, reversing widely criticized restrictions imposed last month.

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Jacob Zuma Must Return to Prison, South Africa Judge Rules

The former president had been granted medical parole two months into a 15-month prison sentence on contempt charges linked to a corruption inquiry.

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How Conflicting Guidance on Travel During the Pandemic Shows Little Progress

The Omicron variant turned my trip home from South Africa into a nightmare episode of conflicting public health orders that often seemed to have little connection to science.

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Early Omicron Reports Say Illness May Be Less Severe

Researchers in South Africa, where the variant is spreading quickly, say it may cause less serious Covid cases than other forms of the virus, but it is unclear whether that will hold true.

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The Variant Hunters: Inside South Africa’s Effort to Stanch Dangerous Mutations

Scientists in a cutting-edge laboratory do part of the work. Local health workers on foot do the rest.

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Omicron Variant Spreading Twice as Quickly as Delta in South Africa

A new mathematical analysis strengthens concerns about the effects of the new variant on the pandemic’s course.

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Omicron Variant Reinfects People Who Have Had the Coronavirus

Evidence from South Africa, where the Omicron variant already dominates, shows a high rate of reinfection of people who have already had the coronavirus.

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Why Didn’t the U.S. Detect Omicron Cases Sooner?

Genomic surveillance has improved enormously in recent months, but the system has built-in delays, and blind spots remain.

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Why Hasn’t the U.S. Found More Omicron Cases?

Genomic surveillance has improved enormously in recent months, but the system has built-in delays, and blind spots remain.

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Vaccine Hesitancy Hurts Covid Fight in Poorer Countries

Vaccines are finally available in many African countries, but some people there, as well as in South Asia, are wary of taking them.

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Omicron Variant, in 20 Nations, Spread Earlier Than Was Known

With evidence growing that a worrisome new coronavirus variant is highly contagious, health officials issued warnings that vulnerable people should not travel.

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How 2 Flights to Europe May Have Spurred Spread of New Variant

A confounding array of Covid rules and lax enforcement of mask wearing may have sent on infected passengers on two KLM flights from South Africa to “who knows where.”

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South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

The new agreement makes Aspen Pharmacare the first African company to market a Covid vaccine on the continent. But it stops short of allowing Aspen to make the ingredients in the vaccine.

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What We Know About the Omicron Variant

The World Health Organization has declared that this version of the coronavirus poses a very high risk to public health. How did they come to that conclusion?

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With Scant Information on Omicron, Biden Turned to Travel Ban to Buy Time

“Here’s what it does: It gives us time,” President Biden said of the flight restrictions. He called the new variant a cause for concern, not panic.

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South Africa’s Omicron Work Deserves a Prize

Rewarding the nation for detecting and reporting the Omicron variant would give other countries an incentive to report new variants.

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Does Omicron Cause Only Mild Illness? Too Early to Tell, Experts Say

Should the Omicron variant cause severe illness, that will become apparent if there is a significant rise in hospitalizations over the next week or two, one expert said.

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How Did the New Variant Get Its Name?

The World Health Organization began naming the variants after Greek letters to avoid public confusion and stigma.

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As Omicron Variant Circles the Globe, African Nations Are Blamed and Banned

With countries trying to close their doors to the new coronavirus variant, southern African officials note that the West’s hoarding of vaccines helped create their struggle in the first place.

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Omicron Variant Prompts Travel Bans and Batters World Markets

Scientists do not yet know how dangerous the new Omicron variant is, but its many mutations set off alarms, lowering hopes of putting the pandemic in the past.

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Zena Stein, 99, Dies; Researcher Championed Women’s Health

She studied the impact of AIDS on women and explored the effects of famine and poverty on health with an “unwavering commitment to social justice.”

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For Some South Africans, de Klerk Missed Chances for True Reconciliation

The last white president of South Africa helped bring an end to the apartheid regime, but for many citizens, he never went far enough to disavow it. He left a video apologizing.

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Black Farmworkers Say They Lost Jobs to Foreigners Who Were Paid More

Longtime field laborers in the Mississippi Delta said in a lawsuit that they were asked to train white guest workers from South Africa before losing their jobs to them.

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F.W. De Klerk, Former South African President Who Dismantled Apartheid, Dies at 85

A prominent Afrikaner, he was the ninth and possibly last in a long line of white presidents of South Africa.

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The Developing World Is Falling Short on Emissions Reductions

Plans for new power generation won’t meet global climate goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-energy-agency, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #mexico, #pakistan, #south-africa, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vietnam

Oscar Pistorius, Olympic Runner Convicted of Murder, Is Up for Parole

The double-amputee sprinter has served half his sentence for killing his girlfriend. His victim’s parents were said to be “shocked” at the prospect of his release.

#murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pistorius-oscar, #probation-and-parole, #south-africa, #steenkamp-reeva

A.N.C. Suffers Worst Election Setback Since End of Apartheid

In nationwide municipal elections, South Africans rebuked the African National Congress, handing it less than half the collective vote for the first time in its history.

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Elon Musk’s Extraterrestrial Capitalism

Billionaires, having read stories of world-building as boys, are now rich enough, as men, to build worlds. The rest of us are trapped in them.

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He Brokered Apartheid’s End. Can He Save South Africa’s Liberation Party?

President Cyril Ramaphosa ascended to office on a reputation as a great negotiator and consensus builder. Now he must convince voters to stick with the party of Nelson Mandela.

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A South African Town Lacks Water and Electricity. But Mayors? It Has Two.

Dysfunctional and collapsing rural towns may test voters’ loyalty to the ruling African National Congress party in nationwide municipal elections on Monday.

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They Fought Apartheid in South Africa. Now They Want Veterans’ Benefits.

A protest movement by those who took up arms against apartheid has grown confrontational. More than 50 of them have been charged with kidnapping the country’s defense minister.

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Tuberculosis, Like Covid, Spreads in Aerosols, Scientists Report

The finding upends conventional wisdom regarding coughing, long thought to be the main route of transmission.

#bacteria, #coughs, #disease-rates, #research, #south-africa, #tuberculosis, #your-feed-science

South African Court Rejects Former President’s Plea to Overturn Prison Sentence

The arrest of Jacob Zuma set off days of violent unrest and exposed deep rifts in his party, the African National Congress. But some hailed it as a victory for democracy.

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