Fossil boosts South Africa claim to be cradle of humanity

Apr 2, 2015

Fossil boosts South Africa claim to be cradle of humanity

New dating of South Africa’s most famous hominid fossil confirms it is older than previously thought, boosting the country’s claim to be a home of humankind, scientists said Wednesday. Known as “Little Foot,” the skeletal remains are those of a small ape-like creature who ...

Mar 18, 2015

South Africa's Zuma easily survives no-confidence vote

South African President Jacob Zuma survived a vote of no confidence in parliament Tuesday after being reviled by opposition parties as a thief who was destroying Nelson Mandela’s legacy. In a rambunctious session the parliamentary leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, Mmusi Maimane, ...

Mar 14, 2015

South African doctors perform world's first penis transplant

South African doctors have successfully performed the world’s first penis transplant on a 21-year-old man whose organ had been amputated three years ago after a botched circumcision. The nine-hour operation, which took place in December, was part of a pilot study by Tygerberg Hospital ...

Bomb-sniffing elephants? Not so nutty, U.S. Army says

Mar 13, 2015

Bomb-sniffing elephants? Not so nutty, U.S. Army says

Armed with a sharp sense of smell, dogs have a long history of detecting explosives for their human handlers. Trained rats sniff out land mines from old African wars. In Croatia, researchers have tried to train bees to identify TNT. Now elephants. New research ...

Mar 11, 2015

Mugging of reporter is caught on camera in South Africa

Two men, one armed with a gun, were caught on camera late Tuesday mugging a South African journalist as he prepared for a live television report on Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s hospital treatment. The video, which was posted on the Internet, shows the men ...

Feb 26, 2015

South Africa investigates alleged leak of intelligence files

Warning of a threat to national security, a top South African official on Wednesday condemned an alleged leak of South African intelligence documents and said an investigation is underway. The comments by David Mahlobo, South Africa’s state security minister, followed the publication this week ...

Leaked cables put South Africa spycraft on display

Feb 25, 2015

Leaked cables put South Africa spycraft on display

by Christopher Torchia

Once the small talk had subsided, the 2012 meeting between intelligence agents from Iran and South Africa in an Iranian guesthouse reportedly went downhill. “Until high level Ministerial interaction has taken place it is evident that this relationship in all honesty is doomed,” a ...

South Africa law to ban foreigners from owning land

Feb 15, 2015

South Africa law to ban foreigners from owning land

South African President Jacob Zuma has proposed a law barring foreigners from buying real estate in the country under sweeping land reforms, his office said Saturday. The reforms are aimed at rectifying inequalities that have persisted since colonial days and apartheid, with white farmers ...

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader

Jan 30, 2015

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader

The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths, saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation. But those who knew de Kock’s victims are struggling ...