South Africa

FILE - In this frame grab from CCTV footage leaked to M-Net's Carte Blanche program which viewed Sunday Feb 24, 2013, shows Reeva Steenkamp entering the secured access to the Silverwoods housing estate, home of Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius,  some hours before she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home. (AP Photo/M-Net Carte Blanche, File)

Pistorius trial: The pieces of the puzzle

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A toilet door, a gun, an iPhone — and some prosthetic legs. A stray bullet and the difference between a man and a woman screaming. All are pieces of the Oscar Pistorius […]

03/02/2014

Oscar Pistorius cries as he prays with his sister Aimee and brother Carl in the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo)

Murder trial of Pistorius to start in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It could all hinge on the toilet door. Oscar Pistorius goes on trial for murder on Monday, but some experts not involved in the case say the double-amputee runner could still be […]

03/02/2014

2014's Tournament of Roses Parade Queen Ana Marie Acosta, has some soccer fun with a group of young AYSO players. (AP Photo/ AYSO, Nancy Newman)

SaveCalifornia calls for Rose Parade boycott

PASADENA (CNS) – The head of a Sacramento-based group is calling for a boycott of the Tournament of Roses Parade because two men will be married aboard the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float. Randy Thomasson, who […]

12/30/2013

Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Fake signer at Mandela event accused in mob attack

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Just when it seemed the scandal over the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial had run its course, a cousin and three friends say he was part of a mob […]

12/16/2013

Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Fake interpreter reportedly faced murder charge

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s government was confronted Friday with a new and chilling allegation about the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial: He was reportedly accused of murder 10 years ago. Officials […]

12/13/2013

People wanting to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela queue in downtown Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

100,000 gather but only half see Mandela’s body

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — An estimated 100,000 South Africans lined up in Pretoria to view Nelson Mandela in his casket but about a third of the overwhelming crowd was sent away without being able […]

12/13/2013

Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Interpreter at Mandela event: I was hallucinating

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, […]

12/12/2013

President Barack Obama waves standing next to the sign language interpreter after making his speech at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Mandela ceremony interpreter called a ‘fake’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of […]

12/11/2013

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, right, leads a prayer service in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo)

Desmond Tutu home robbed; was at Mandela memorial

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police in South Africa say retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home was robbed while he was away to attend a memorial honoring Nelson Mandela. A statement Wednesday from the South African Police Service […]

12/11/2013

President Barrack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Obama: Make Mandela’s life work your own

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, […]

12/10/2013

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