Nov 27, 2016

New HIV vaccine to be tested in South Africa

Scientists say a new vaccine against HIV, to be tested in a trial to be launched in South Africa this week, could be “the final nail in the coffin” for the disease if it is successful. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. government’s National ...

Nov 26, 2016

Fidel Castro's military forays in Africa

Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced ...

Nov 24, 2016

South African police nab Chinese man with 18 rhino horns

South African police Thursday said they had arrested a Hong Kong-bound Chinese man found with 18 rhino horns hidden in his luggage. He was detained on Wednesday at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport after an anonymous tipoff. “The 28-year-old male, who was in transit ...

Nov 23, 2016

BRICS falls under China's sway

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Just as China dominates the other new institutions of which it is a founding member — from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank — it is using BRICS to assertively push its own interests.

South Africa's withdrawal rocks International Criminal Court

Oct 21, 2016

South Africa's withdrawal rocks International Criminal Court

South Africa announced Friday that it would withdraw from the International Criminal Court, dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up to try the world’s worst crimes. The decision followed a dispute last year when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the country ...

All Blacks deliver clinic in rout of Springboks

Oct 9, 2016

All Blacks deliver clinic in rout of Springboks

New Zealand swept aside the Aaron Smith scandal, and South Africa, to equal the top-tier record for consecutive test victories with a 57-15 hammering of its old rival in the final round of the Rugby Championship on Saturday. The masterful All Blacks scored a ...

Sep 15, 2016

Savea awaits first All Blacks start

Rookie loose forward Ardie Savea has been named to make his first test start for the All Blacks against South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday. Savea, who has played five tests off the bench since making his debut against Wales in ...

Prosecutors seek longer Pistorius sentence

Jul 21, 2016

Prosecutors seek longer Pistorius sentence

South African prosecutors said Thursday they would push for a longer sentence for Oscar Pistorius, describing his six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as “shockingly too lenient.” After he was sentenced earlier this month, Pistorius’ lawyers said the double-amputee Olympic sprinter ...

First image released from globe-spanning radio telescope

Jul 17, 2016

First image released from globe-spanning radio telescope

Even operating at a quarter of its eventual capacity, South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power Saturday, revealing 1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before. The image released Saturday was the first from ...

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years in prison for murder

Jul 6, 2016

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to six years in prison for murder

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, with the judge who decided the punishment calling the double-amputee Olympian a “fallen hero.” South Africa’s minimum sentence for murder is 15 years but the judge said ...