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Racism accusations fly a week before South Africa poll

Johanesburg - The first black leader of South Africa's main opposition party on Tuesday accused the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of running a racist election campaign ahead of fiercely-fought municipal polls.

AIDS summit ends with call for more funding

Durban - The International Aids Conference in South Africa wrapped up Friday with calls for increased funding as the search for a cure continues and with HIV infections running at around 2.5 million a year.

Prosecutors appeal 'shockingly lenient' Pistorius sentence

Johanesburg - 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".

Eight-year-old boy's discovery solves mystery of turtle shell

No other living vertebrate has gone to as much trouble to alter its body in such a way as to afford itself an impenetrable structure for protection as the turtle. But now, thanks to an eight-year-old boy, we may have to rethink why the turtle has a shell.

Early HIV vaccine results lead to major trial: researchers

Durban - Promising results from an early safety trial with a potential HIV vaccine have paved the way for a major new study, researchers announced at the International AIDS Conference in Durban on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe protest pastor urges citizens to scale 'wall of fear'

Johanesburg - Evan Mawarire, the pastor who has emerged as leader of Zimbabwe's new protest movement, has called on citizens to "scale the wall of fear" and speak out over the country's mounting crisis.

AIDS summit opens with warnings that progress at risk

Durban - More than 18,000 scientists, campaigners and donors opened a major AIDS conference in South Africa on Monday, issuing stark warnings that recent gains in the fight against the disease were under threat.

AIDS summit in South Africa to warn of lagging effort

Johanesburg - Sixteen years after Nelson Mandela galvanised the world to take up the fight against AIDS, experts and activists return to the South African city of Durban on Monday, seeking to revitalise the fight against the disease.

S.Africa in IS first as twins accused over U.S. embassy plot

Johanesburg - Two South African brothers appeared in court Monday accused of plotting to blow up the US embassy in Pretoria and Jewish institutions, and planning to join the so-called Islamic State, police said.

S. African twins plotted to blow up U.S. embassy: Police

Johanesburg - Two South African brothers arrested on terrorism charges were plotting to blow up the US embassy in Pretoria and Jewish institutions, and planned to join the so-called Islamic State, police said Monday.

India's Modi meets Zuma on Africa tour

Pretoria - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his Africa tour to South Africa on Friday, seeking to boost trade between two countries that he said "shared values, suffering and struggles".

Oscar Pistorius: from Olympic glory to six-year sentence

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee sprinter who shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, was sentenced on Wednesday to six years in prison.

Pistorius jailed for six years for murdering girlfriend

Pretoria - South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sent back to prison on Wednesday after being given a six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home three years ago.

Killer whale beaches itself for dinner, orders a tasty sea lion

A killer whale was seen by a handful of beach-goers in Argentina going to a rather great length for dinner. It is dangerous for whales to move up and onto a beach but this one managed to get up there, grab its prey and get back into the ocean.

Zuma should pay back $500,000 of public funds: treasury

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma should pay back $500,000 of public funds spent upgrading his private residence with facilities including a chicken coop and a swimming pool, the treasury said Monday.

Hyena attacks teen in S.Africa's Kruger Park

Johanesburg - A 15-year-old was in a serious condition Monday after he was attacked in his tent by a hyena at South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park, officials said.

Petition demanding new Brexit referendum at 3 million, growing

A petition calling for a second Brexit referendum continues to circulate in the U.K. and has now topped 3 million signatures. It needs but 100,000 for it to be put upon the docket to be discussed in Parliament but will it mean much of anything?

On inviting all children, including those born with down syndrome

I am not a weeper. Never have been. It's not uncommon for us men to stifle tears and we could argue whether it's due to nature or nurture. But not here, not now. This is about 2 kids, each born with down syndrome, and how they blessed me with tears.

South African court rules Zuma can be charged over graft

Johanesburg - A South African court on Friday threw out President Jacob Zuma's attempt to appeal against a ruling that he should face almost 800 corruption charges, piling pressure on the embattled leader.

German police kill gunman but hostages survive, motive unknown

A gunman is dead but no one inside the German movie complex in which he fired his weapon Thursday was killed. There are reports of two dozen or more injuries but those injuries are related to police-fired tear gas, officials said.
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