August 19, 2013 |
Prosecutors in the case against Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter accused of killing his girlfriend, say they will present testimony from neighbors who heard a woman screaming before the fatal shots were fired. The new information came to light Monday as Pistorius was formally indicted for murder. A South African court set his trial date for March in the capital city of Pretoria. Known as "The Blade Runner" because of the carbon-fiber prosthetics on which he sprints, Pistorius was also indicted for illegal possession of ammunition.
August 16, 2013 |
Prosecutors have decided to charge Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter known as "The Blade Runner," with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Pistorius will be indicted on Monday and should go on trial early next year, officials in South Africa told the Associated Press. His attorneys declined to comment but said they expect to receive a copy of the indictment and related papers before next week's proceedings at Pretoria Magistrate's Court.
August 16, 2013 |
It's been half a century since Paul Theroux showed up as a fresh-faced Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa. It's been 38 years since “The Great Railway Bazaar” made his name as a travel writer, and about 11 since he traveled overland from Cairo to Cape Town for the book “Dark Star Safari.” His newest work is “The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari,” which begins in Cape Town and winds up amid menace and melancholy...
August 9, 2013 |
ROCKMART, Ga. - Mike Patterson was known around this small town in the north Georgia hill country as a helpful and accommodating fellow. This spring, he climbed into a burning tractor-trailer and helped rescue the driver after a local highway accident. So Patterson's response after he spotted a 4-year-old girl drowning in rain-swollen Euharlee Creek on June 8 came as no surprise to anyone here. The burly drywaller dived in. But he slammed his head on the creek bottom, breaking his neck in three places.
July 25, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Efforts to save the rhinoceros in South Africa are failing, according to a report to the government by an independent expert. The report called for radical solutions: drones to track rhino poachers; de-horning of all South African rhinos; rhino farms; and legal trade in stockpiled and farmed rhino horn that could be auctioned or traded through a South African-based bourse. Since the beginning of the year, more than 500 rhinos in the country have been killed, compared with 668 for the whole of last year.
July 24, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- British businessman Shrien Dewani on Wednesday lost his bid to avoid extradition from Britain to South Africa to face murder charges in the slaying of his wife on their honeymoon in 2010. His lawyers immediately announced he would appeal Wednesday's decision by a British magistrate to allow Dewani's extradition . Dewani had so far avoided extradition due to severe depression and post-traumatic stress and is under treatment at a mental health facility in his hometown of Bristol.
July 18, 2013 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - For one day, South Africans remembered who they were: Nelson Mandela's optimistic, exuberant children, a racially diverse Rainbow Nation that never gives up. In recent weeks, the country has confronted the somber reality that Mandela was hovering near death. On Thursday, as he marked his 95th birthday in a Pretoria hospital, the magic was back. The man affectionately called Madiba could smile but not speak, underscoring how frail he is. But after reports of a remarkable improvement that might allow him to go home soon, the sorrow lifted.
July 18, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The music video starts with three young people walking along a road -- a symbolic reference to Nelson Mandela's famous "long walk to freedom. " Their song, "Thank You Madiba," which uses Mandela's clan name, is one of myriad musical tributes made in honor of the anti-apartheid hero's 95th birthday. This one, though, is a little different. It's by a white Afrikaner band, ITB (In the Beginning), led by Machiel Roets , a Free State farmer's son-turned-musician who started piano lessons at age 9. "Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul," the lyrics go. PHOTOS: Worldwide celebrations for Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday The song is testimony to the love that Mandela has inspired among South Africans of all races, despite the tiny right-wing white minority lampooned on Twitter recently because of its fear of a race war after Mandela's death.
July 16, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- One day, President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir of Sudan was walking down the red carpet in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, flanked by the presidential guard, on an official visit to attend an African Union summit on AIDS. The next day, after a flurry of legal threats and calls for his arrest, he was gone. Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court, has become perhaps Africa's most embarrassing guest. In many African countries, the protests against Bashir begin even before he arrives.
July 11, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela's king is a colorful figure. Perhaps a little too colorful. Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo's greatest claim to fame is that he counts South Africa's first black president among his subjects. But the king of Mandela's AbaThembu clan made local headlines Thursday with a string of invective against South Africa's current leader, Jacob Zuma, so blunt that members of his own entourage reportedly gasped. Dalindyebo lashed out at Zuma as he delivered a letter to the president's Pretoria office Wednesday.