South Africa’s beleaguered Zuma open to return to politics

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beleaguered former South African President Jacob Zuma says he is ready to make a surprise return to politics by standing for a top position at the ruling African National Congress' elective conference in December — if he is nominated by party members.

Defense: Evidence is weak in Central African Republic trial

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A defense lawyer for an alleged Central African Republic rebel told International Criminal Court judges Tuesday that prosecution evidence that led to him being charged with seven counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes is unreliable and “built on a biased and sketchy narrative.”

Mali players apologize for fighting; FIBA investigating

SYDNEY (AP) — Two Mali players have apologized for fighting in the mixed zone following their loss to Serbia on Monday at the women's World Cup.The scuffle between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou happened while they were walking through the postgame media area and was caught on film by Serbian media.

Ex-Nigerian official gets 5 years for pandemic fraud in US

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Nigerian government official was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for stealing more than $500,000 in pandemic relief benefits in the United States. Abidemi Rufai was wearing a $10,000 watch and $35,000 gold chain when he was arrested at JFK International Airport in New York on his way to Nigeria in May 2021.

Live updates: U.N. General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly:CAMEROONCameroonian Foreign Affairs Minister Lejeune Mbella Mbella says it’s more urgent than ever to finalize the rules for implementing the Paris climate agreement.

Correction: Sudan story

CAIRO (AP) — In a story published September 26, 2022, about a backlog of bodies awaiting autopsy in morgues in Sudan, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Khalid Mohamed Khaled, a spokesman for the country’s medical body, had expressed concerns because of one of the morgues' proximity to a market, saying the bodies “could spread cholera among local residents.” Rather, it was Mahjoub Babaker, a forensic medicine and toxicology consultant for the country’s autopsy body, who made these statements.