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  • Wishes and condolences: Nelson Mandela’s last days as told on social media

    06 December 2013 12:49 PM 61

    The news hit Twitter early on a Saturday morning in June, South African time: the country’s first democratically elected president had been rushed to hospital in the middle of the night for treatment for a recurring lung infection — a remnant of the health problems brought about during his imprisonment on Robben Island during apartheid. As local and international

  • Mourning and resilience in hours after Mandela death

    06 December 2013 12:46 PM 45

    6 December 2013 Last updated at 04:57 GMT As news of Nelson Mandela's death spread across the globe, citizens and world leaders reacted with grief, while also channelling the resilience of the former South African president. The BBC has collected world reactions from the immediate aftermath of his death, as well as observations from some of our own journalists

  • Top 50 ranking for four SA varsities

    06 December 2013 12:18 PM 63

    December 5 2013 at 11:55am By Leanne Jansen Four South African universities have made it into the top 50 of a list of the top 100 tertiary institutions in emerging economies. On Wednesday Times Higher Education published its inaugural rankings of universities in the Brics bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other countries such as Poland

  • 'One of the greatest names in Nobel history'

    06 December 2013 12:04 PM 39

    December 6 2013 at 01:55pm By SAPA FILE PHOTO: The Norwegian Nobel committee paid tribute Friday to Nelson Mandela, calling him one of the greatest names in the long history of the Nobel Peace Prize. Norway - The Norwegian Nobel committee paid tribute Friday to Nelson Mandela, calling him “one of the greatest names in the long history of the Nobel

  • American jailed in Cuba writes to Obama

    03 December 2013 2:24 PM 62

    December 3 2013 at 03:49pm Judy Gross, right, wife of US citizen Alan Gross, walks accompanied by an unidentified man, in 2011 along a street in Havana near the municipal court where her husband in being judged on charges of espionage. Havana, Cuba - A former US contractor jailed in Cuba says he feels his country has abandoned him and is appealing to President

  • Animals hacked, kicked and torched in Romania after boy, 4, mauled by street dog

    02 December 2013 3:03 PM 67

    The August death of the 4-year-old has sparked violence against animals in a country where laws protecting them are already week. So far, a dog had its snout hacked off, a litter of puppies was wrapped up and burned to death, and cats have had their spines snapped by cruel revenge-seekers. Animals are being hacked, kicked and torched to death in Romania

  • Nkandla household squabble

    02 December 2013 8:02 AM 61

    December 2 2013 at 10:00am By Babalo Ndenze Johannesburg - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has contradicted his cabinet colleague, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, who claimed some of the Nkandla houses that didn’t belong to President Jacob Zuma would be sold when his term ended. Nxesi said houses occupied by support staff

  • Sister

    02 December 2013 7:58 AM 66

    KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The Malaysian woman who was one of three allegedly held captive by a Maoist couple in London for 30 years was not "enslaved", her sister said on Monday after visiting her. Kamar Mahtum said after returning to Malaysia that her long-lost sister Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab, 69, looked "healthier than me" despite reports of sordid modern-day

  • Harry begins trek to South Pole

    02 December 2013 6:36 AM 81

    December 2 2013 at 08:30am By SAPA London - Weather conditions had left it uncertain when the expedition could set out, reported Walking With the Wounded, the group sponsoring the mission. However, Harry's team set out Sunday afternoon. The 15-day mission, which covers the remaining distance from their first landing point in Antarctica to the South Pole, will take the team 280 kilometres

  • Krejcir to apply for bail

    02 December 2013 6:00 AM 88

    Mandy Wiener | Today, 07:59 JOHANNESBURG – Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and two Hawks officers are expected to apply for bail in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court this morning. Krejcir was arrested 10 days ago on charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The charges relate to a case opened in June. He spent the past week at a medical