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May 18, 2014

Children in targeted city defiant in face of Boko Haram

It is like schools the world over: ebullient children hurtle up and down the stairway as teachers try to keep some semblance of order. There are satchels and lunch boxes, colorful art, rows of wooden desks carved with graffiti by pupils. There is also ...

Dec 15, 2013

Some Afrikaners unmoved by Mandela death

Dirk Smit’s reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela, it would be fair to assume, puts him in the minority of South Africans. “Sort of indifferent, to be honest,” he said flatly of his feelings. “Calling him a terrorist was a fair comment. What ...

Police, mine officials met before Marikana killings

Nov 24, 2013

Police, mine officials met before Marikana killings

On Aug. 16, 2012, the summertime sun streamed through the leafy canopy of central London’s Green Park and into the windows of the headquarters of platinum mine company Lonmin PLC. But 8,800 km away there was a chill in the air as the company’s ...

Power shifts to hero's eldest daughter

Jul 3, 2013

Power shifts to hero's eldest daughter

Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, moved three sons’ graves to his own village. Now the family is moving them back. Family anguish over the health of Nelson Mandela has been deepened by arguments over his final resting place, prompting a power shift that could ...

Jun 22, 2013

Fighting the poachers on Africa's thin green line

Esnart Paundi rarely smiled for the camera. One old photo shows her wearing her ranger’s camouflage fatigues and a pensive expression as she crouches beside a mound of bushmeat and three despondent poachers, one handcuffed. In another she is in a black leather jacket ...