South African looting ‘orchestrated,’ police minister says

Shadowy forces are increasingly claimed to be behind the devastating looting and violence which has led to over 100 deaths and estimated damage and losses of more than $1 billion…

Georgia pet owner must surrender exotic African cat that escaped, entered neighbor’s home: reports

A Georgia woman who moved there from South Carolina must give up ownership of an exotic African car after the pet escaped and went inside a neighbor’s home, according to…

National Spelling Bee: Zaila Avant-garde is first African American winner

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Whether dribbling a basketball or identifying obscure Latin or Greek roots, Zaila Avant-garde doesn’t show much stress. Now she has become the first African American…

South African honeybee has cloned itself millions of times, study says

A South African subspecies of the honeybee is reportedly able to produce millions of clones of itself.  According to new research published in the journal Current Biology and Proceedings of…

Elephants kill suspected poacher at South African national park, officials say

A suspected poacher was trampled to death by a herd of elephants in South Africa over the weekend, according to national park officials. The man and two alleged accomplices tried to…

Highly invasive Giant African Snails caught at JFK by customs agents

Agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport were in for a slimy surprise earlier this week.  On Sunday, 22 Giant African Snails — a highly invasive species — were discovered…

Early trials for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine against South African variant begin, NIH says

The National Institutes of Health has officially begun early-stage trials of an investigational COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna to protect against a concerning coronavirus variant that was first identified in…

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine protects against South African variant, lasts 6 months, data shows

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and partnering biotechnology company BioNTech has proven “highly effective” against the coronavirus — including variants — for at least six months after full inoculation.…

Hawaii identifies South African coronavirus variant in resident with no recent travel history: officials

Hawaii health officials this week announced the state’s first case of a concerning coronavirus variant that was first identified in South Africa late last year. The variant, B.1.351, was detected…

Michigan detects South African coronavirus variant in boy, first case in state

Michigan health officials confirmed the first case of the South African coronavirus variant in a Jackson County child, reports say. Officials did not reveal the child’s name, nor age, and…