Police admit Pistorius evidence may be tainted

Mar 13, 2014

Police admit Pistorius evidence may be tainted

As Paralympian Oscar Pistorius battled Wednesday to discredit forensics that could prove he lied about the night his girlfriend was killed, his defense lawyer forced police to admit they had mishandled key evidence. In his testimony, Col. Gerhard Vermeulen admitted that the toilet door ...

Pistorius fired 'hollow-point' ammo designed for maximum damage

Mar 11, 2014

Pistorius fired 'hollow-point' ammo designed for maximum damage

The bullets that killed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend were of a type that has been the subject of repeated, though largely unsuccessful, bans since the 19th century. A pathologist who performed an autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp the day after she died told the court ...

Witness says Pistorius prayed over his shot girlfriend

Mar 7, 2014

Witness says Pistorius prayed over his shot girlfriend

As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday ...

Athlete Pistorius pleads not guilty at start of murder trial

Mar 3, 2014

Athlete Pistorius pleads not guilty at start of murder trial

Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year, marking the start of the Olympian’s murder trial that was being broadcast live on TV. The first witness, a neighbor of Pistorius, was called before even an hour had ...

South Africa police promise illegal gold mine crackdown

Feb 19, 2014

South Africa police promise illegal gold mine crackdown

South Africa’s elite police unit vowed to hunt down illegal mining kingpins Tuesday, as two bodies were discovered near an abandoned gold mine where dozens of people had been trapped. Shadrack Sibiya of the police’s Hawks unit said illegal mining “cannot be allowed to ...

11 South African gold miners rescued, then arrested

Feb 17, 2014

11 South African gold miners rescued, then arrested

Eleven men who became trapped in an illegal gold mine in South Africa were rescued on Sunday, but an unknown number remained underground fearing arrest. The men, who were all uninjured, were immediately handed over to police. Rescue officials said many others were now ...

South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

Feb 4, 2014

South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

Nelson Mandela’s estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will’s executors said Monday. Mandela’s third ...

South African opposition groups merge to challenge ANC

Jan 30, 2014

South African opposition groups merge to challenge ANC

Ahead of elections this year, South Africa’s main opposition party merged with a smaller group on Tuesday to jointly challenge the ruling party, whose immense popularity, buoyed by its anti-apartheid credentials and close ties to Nelson Mandela, has frayed amid corruption scandals and other ...

Rabbit in ear of Mandela statue must be removed in South Africa

Jan 23, 2014

Rabbit in ear of Mandela statue must be removed in South Africa

The South African government has ordered the removal of a rabbit that was secretly sculpted into a recently unveiled statue of Nelson Mandela, an official said Wednesday. The artists who built the 9-meter-tall bronze colossus in Pretoria added a rabbit into the ear of ...

'Exceptional' 29.6-carat blue diamond unearthed in South Africa

Jan 22, 2014

'Exceptional' 29.6-carat blue diamond unearthed in South Africa

A rare 29.6-carat blue diamond has been discovered in a South African mine, and it could “be in a class of its own,” the Petra Diamonds company said Tuesday. The “exceptional” vivid blue stone was found in the Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, last week ...