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Chinese leader seeks to woo Latin America
Chinese leader seeks to woo Latin America

Chinese President Xi Jinping presses a charm offensive with Latin American leaders on Thursday, highlighting Beijing's growing interest in a resource-rich region traditionally considered the backyard of the United States.

Chinese leader seeks to woo Latin America
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25 injured as Hong Kong-bound jet hits turbulence

Twenty-five people were injured when a passenger jet from South Africa to Hong Kong hit turbulence on Wednesday, police said, with two men seriously hurt and hospitalised in the southern Chinese city.

25 injured as Hong Kong-bound jet hits turbulence
BRICS create development bank, 'mini-IMF'
BRICS create development bank, 'mini-IMF'

The BRICS group of emerging powers created a Shanghai-based development bank and a reserve fund seen as alternatives to Western-led institutions.

BRICS create development bank, 'mini-IMF'
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Eight miners shot dead at South African gold mine

Eight suspected illegal gold miners were found shot dead at a disused mine near Johannesburg at the weekend, police said.

Eight miners shot dead at South African gold mine
S.Africa president Zuma discharged from hospital
S.Africa president Zuma discharged from hospital

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma left hospital late Sunday, the day after he was admitted for routine tests following a bout of exhaustion, this office said.

S.Africa president Zuma discharged from hospital
Strikers on march at S.Africa platinum mine
Strikers on march at S.Africa platinum mine

Hundreds of striking miners marched at a Lonmin platinum mine in South Africa Wednesday, where bosses have been trying to break deadly stoppages that have severely curbed production.

Strikers on march at S.Africa platinum mine
President Jacob Zuma (C) cuts a cake as crowds gather to celebrate Freedom Day. ©Reuters/Skyler Reid
South Africa celebrates 20 years since apartheid

President Jacob Zuma led celebrations Sunday on the 20th anniversary of post-apartheid democracy in South Africa, insisting it is closer to its dream of a multi-racial nation despite stubborn inequality, poverty and corruption.

South Africa celebrates 20 years since apartheid
Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital
Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital

Seventy-one people died in a bomb blast in a packed bus station in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Monday -- the deadliest attack yet to strike the city -- with the president blaming the explosion on Boko Haram Islamists.

Bomb attack kills 71 at bus station near Nigeria capital
©Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Only 1 in 5 South African executives are black: study

South Africa's workplaces are still heavily racially skewed 20 years after the fall of apartheid, with only one fifth of top executive positions held by blacks, said a report published Wednesday.

Only 1 in 5 South African executives are black: study
The flag of the RSA. Photo courtesy of czech.ruvr.ru
Kazakhstan Ambassador to RSA appointed

Talgat Kaliyev has been appointed Kazakhstan Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa.

Kazakhstan Ambassador to RSA appointed
Photo © Marat Abilov
Update on Kazakhstani orphans brought to Africa

The Ministry of Education and Science responds to the Prosecutor Generals’ inquiry concerning Kazakhstani children adopted to Kenya and South Africa.

Update on Kazakhstani orphans brought to Africa
Photo © Marat Abilov
120 adopted children 'drop off the grid' in Africa and Europe

36 Kazakhstani orphans were adopted by South African and Kenyan nationals.

120 adopted children 'drop off the grid' in Africa and Europe
©Reuters/Phil Noble
Hundreds of reptiles, amphibians found dead at S.Africa airport

Several hundred reptiles and amphibians were found dead at Johannesburg airport when a routine inspection uncovered some 1,600 of the creatures crammed into two crates destined for the United States.

Hundreds of reptiles, amphibians found dead at S.Africa airport
Joseph Mathunjwa (R), president of South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). ©Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
South Africa braces for mass platinum strike

Tens of thousands of workers at the world's three top platinum producers were set to down tools Thursday in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact in Africa's largest economy.

South Africa braces for mass platinum strike
S. Africa's right still fears post-Mandela apocalypse
S. Africa's right still fears post-Mandela apocalypse

In South Africa, right-wing prophesies that Nelson Mandela's death will be followed by a racial apocalypse refuse to be quashed by events.

S. Africa's right still fears post-Mandela apocalypse
Winnie Mandela blasts family feud reports
Winnie Mandela blasts family feud reports

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie denied Wednesday there was a dynastic battle within his extensive family, amid reports of a renewed feud shortly after the peace icon's death.

Winnie Mandela blasts family feud reports
Mandela tops 2013 Google searches
Mandela tops 2013 Google searches

Nelson Mandela topped Google's list of the hottest searches for 2013 as the Internet giant on Tuesday provided a look at the "spirit of the times" online.

Mandela tops 2013 Google searches
Scandal over 'schizophrenic' Mandela signer
Scandal over 'schizophrenic' Mandela signer

The South African government admitted Thursday it made a "mistake" in choosing a sign language interpreter for Nelson Mandela's memorial who was later exposed as a fake by experts, and who claimed to be schizophrenic.

Scandal over 'schizophrenic' Mandela signer
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, China's President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma (L-R). ©Reuters/Sergei
Hit like ton of BRICS: 2013 tough year for emerging markets

Only recently hailed as the saviours of the world economy, emerging markets had a tough year in 2013, hit by slow growth, market instability and social unrest that have worried investors -- though some analysts say the fear is overblown.

Hit like ton of BRICS: 2013 tough year for emerging markets
Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria
Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria

Nelson Mandela's funeral cortege has begun its solemn journey to the seat of South African government in Pretoria, where it will lie in state for three days.

Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria