Aug 2, 2014

South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass

Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws, an official said Friday. The accident on a highway between Pretoria and ...

Jul 15, 2014

Strike halts Toyota's S. Africa production

Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are stopping production at South African plants as a strike in the manufacturing industry stems the supply of components. Toyota, the biggest carmaker by exports in Africa’s second-biggest economy, was to halt production of the Corolla, Hilux ...

Jul 15, 2014

Toyota, like Ford, to halt some South African output due to strike

U.S. motor company Ford has suspended production at one of its South African plants and Japanese carmaker Toyota plans to follow suit as a manufacturing workers’ strike hits suppliers of car components. The two-week-old strike by 220,000 NUMSA union members, who are seeking 12 ...

FBI probed Mandela death threats

May 31, 2014

FBI probed Mandela death threats

The FBI investigated multiple death threats against Nelson Mandela during his 1990 visit to the United States and relied on an informant for details about the antiapartheid leader’s trip, according to newly released documents. The FBI released hundreds of pages of records tied to ...

Apr 25, 2014

South African police capture fugitive Lesotho cannibal

South African police have captured a 27-year-old prison escapee from Lesotho who has confessed to multiple murders and cannibalism, after a two year cross-border manhunt involving Interpol. Makhele Scott admitted to killing and eating two people in Lesotho in 2012, but escaped from Maseru ...

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Apr 17, 2014

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a ...

Prosecutor calls Pistorius' version 'impossible'

Apr 11, 2014

Prosecutor calls Pistorius' version 'impossible'

In a pummeling cross-examination the prosecution called Oscar Pistorius’ account of killing his girlfriend “impossible” on Thursday, zeroing in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his testimony. “Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think it’s reasonably, possibly true — it’s ...

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

Apr 10, 2014

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.” “It’s time that you look at it,” chief prosecutor ...

Pistorius wails while recalling shooting

Apr 9, 2014

Pistorius wails while recalling shooting

A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the ...