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Jun 29, 2013

South Africa’s Mandela ‘improving’ as Obama flies in

PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ailing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela is doing much better in hospital, his ex-wife Winnie said on Friday, as U.S. President Barack Obama arrived for a visit that will pay homage to a man he calls his “personal hero”.

The faltering health of the first black president of South Africa, a revered symbol of racial reconciliation, has drawn world attention since the 94-year-old was rushed to hospital with a recurring lung infection nearly three weeks ago.

Jun 28, 2013

Obama protesters rally near hospital treating Mandela

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africans protesting a visit to their country by U.S. President Barack Obama rallied on Friday a few blocks from well-wishers at a hospital in Pretoria where anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is critically ill.

Obama, on a three-nation tour of Africa, was due to arrive in South Africa on Friday with White House officials saying they will defer to Mandela’s family on whether the first African-American president of the United States will visit South Africa’s first black president.

Jun 8, 2013

Nelson Mandela in ‘serious’ condition in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition after being taken to hospital early on Saturday with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said.

The 94-year-old, who became the first black leader of Africa’s biggest economy in 1994 after historic all-race elections, has been in hospital three times since December. He has been battling the infection for several days, a statement said.

Jun 8, 2013

Mandela in “serious” condition in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition after being taken to hospital early on Saturday with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said.

The 94-year-old, who became the first black leader of Africa’s biggest economy in 1994 after historic all-race elections, has been in hospital three times since December. He has been battling the infection for several days, a statement said.

Jun 4, 2013

“Blade Runner” Pistorius murder trial postponed until August

PRETORIA (Reuters) – A South African judge on Tuesday postponed until August 19 the murder trial of global athletics star Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and reporters as he made his first formal public appearance since his release on bail in February.

Jun 4, 2013

Pistorius murder trial postponed until Aug 19- S. African magistrate

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African athletics star Oscar Pistorius arrived at a Pretoria court on Tuesday in his first formal appearance since his release on bail in February for the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and reporters as he walked through the main entrance of the Pretoria Magistrates Court shortly before 0700 GMT.

Jun 4, 2013

“Blade Runner” Pistorius back in court in murder case

PRETORIA, June 4 (Reuters) – South African athletics star
Oscar Pistorius arrived at a Pretoria court on Tuesday in his
first formal appearance since his release on bail in February
for the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of
photographers and reporters as he walked through the main
entrance of the Pretoria Magistrates Court shortly before 0700
GMT.

Jun 4, 2013

“Blade Runner” Pistorius set to return to court in murder case

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African athletics star Oscar Pistorius arrived at a Pretoria court on Tuesday in his first formal appearance since his release on bail in February for the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend.

Pistorius, 26, had to make his way through a scrum of photographers and reporters as he walked through the main entrance of the Pretoria Magistrates Court shortly before 0700 GMT.

May 31, 2013

Pistorius lawyer demands answers over bloody leaked pictures

JOHANNESBURG, May 31 (Reuters) – Lawyers for “Blade Runner”
Oscar Pistorius demanded answers from South African police and
prosecutors on Friday after pictures of the bathroom and toilet
where he shot dead his girlfriend were leaked to a British
television station.

Sky News obtained a series of images of the crime scene in
Pistorius’ luxury Pretoria home where the double amputee track
star shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s
Day on February 14.

May 22, 2013

Zuma implicated in South Africa wedding plane scandal

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African government report released on Wednesday implicated President Jacob Zuma in a scandal over a plane chartered by rich friends of his which landed at a military base without proper permission.

The presidency and Zuma’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) have denied demanding landing permission for the flight carrying nearly 200 guests for a wedding.