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Pistorius jailed for five years

Pretoria - South African judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013."Count one, culpable homicide, the sentence imposed is five years," Masipa said.

Pistorius to learn sentence for killing girlfriend

Pretoria - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday learns his sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year, bringing an end to a seven-month trial that gripped the nation.

Pistorius siblings speak out on eve of sentencing

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's brother and sister on Monday gave a string of television interviews ahead of the sentencing of South Africa's star athlete for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius sentence set for Tuesday

Pretoria - South African Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned Oscar Pistorius's sentencing hearing on Friday and scheduled the handing down of his sentence for Tuesday 21 October.

Steenkamp cousin says Pistorius must 'pay' for killing

Pretoria - A cousin of slain South African model Reeva Steenkamp made a tearful plea Thursday for Oscar Pistorius "to pay" for killing her, as prosecutors sought at his sentencing hearing to see the Paralympic athlete sent to jail.

Reeva Steenkamp's death 'ruined family', court hears

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius "ruined our whole family" when he killed Reeva Steenkamp, a South African court heard Wednesday, as prosecutors turned the spotlight firmly back on the victim in a last-ditch attempt to secure a prison sentence for the Paralympic athlet...

Richtersveld National Park: At one with nature in South Africa

Nature and wildlife lovers looking for a different and exciting experience in the wilds of South Africa will love the amazingly beautiful Richtersveld National Park, located up in the Northern Cape, close to the Namibia border.

Light Pistorius sentence could spark 'crisis of trust'

Pretoria - Prosecutors fought a rear-guard action to ensure Oscar Pistorius is jailed for unlawfully killing his girlfriend, warning Wednesday that justice was also on trial in the eyes of the South African public.

Pistorius should get community service, says prison official

Pretoria - A South African prison official on Monday recommended Oscar Pistorius clean a museum as punishment for shooting dead his girlfriend, sparking prosecution anger in a court weighing what sentence to give the Paralympian.

Dalai Lama row puts ANC on collision course with history

Johannesburg - Most people would be reluctant to pick a fight with a revered Buddhist holy man and 14 other Nobel peace prize winners, but that's just what South African President Jacob Zuma has done.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Teacher captures stunning photo of great white shark

Swiftly spreading across the Web is this photo of a hungry great white shark taken by New Jersey elementary school teacher Amanda Brewer. “I wasn’t even a little bit frightened,” she said in an interview.

Dalai Lama marks 25th anniversary of Nobel Prize

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama marked the 25th anniversary of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize at his residence in exile, in the town of Dharmasala in India.

'Bisexual' Dewani pleads not guilty of Cape Town honeymoon murder

Cape Town - In an explosive opening to his long-awaited trial Monday, British millionaire Shrien Dewani pleaded not guilty to murdering his young bride while on honeymoon in Cape Town but admitted having paid male prostitutes for sex.

British millionaire on trial for wife's murder in Cape Town

Johannesburg - A British millionaire goes on trial Monday accused of masterminding the murder of his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago.

Thousands march worldwide for rhino, elephant protection

Johannesburg - Thousands marched in Africa and around the world to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction.

Cape Town Nobel summit scrapped over Dalai Lama visa row

Johannesburg - Cape Town's mayor on Thursday "suspended" a planned summit of Nobel peace laureates, blaming the South African government's "intransigence" in refusing to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama.

Six Nobel laureates boycott summit over Dalai Lama visa

Cape Town - Six Nobel peace laureates will boycott a global summit in South Africa next month after the government refused to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Op-Ed: The anatomy of perpetual deception in a post-9/11 world

After all we've been through since 9/11 — after fighting a prefabricated enemy created by Washington — Americans still haven't learned a thing. Another illegal war predicated on deception will only make things worse.

14 Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to give Dalai Lama visa

Johannesburg - Fourteen Nobel Peace Laureates have asked President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa, after the Tibetan spiritual leader was forced to abandon a trip to the country.
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