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South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu. ©REUTERS
S. Africa's Desmond Tutu wins $1.7-mn Templeton Prize

Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu, the former archbishop of Cape Town, was on Thursday awarded the $1.7-million Templeton Prize for his lifelong work to promote "love and forgiveness".

S. Africa's Desmond Tutu wins $1.7-mn Templeton Prize
C.Africa's new post-coup government to start work
C.Africa's new post-coup government to start work

The Central African Republic's new post-coup government was due to hold its first meeting as soon as Tuesday, its spokesman said, as anger rose in South Africa over its military mission in the restive country.

C.Africa's new post-coup government to start work
Mandela's health improving: S.Africa presidency
Mandela's health improving: S.Africa presidency

Nelson Mandela's condition has improved and he continues to receive treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia, as the anti-apartheid icon spent a fifth night in hospital.

Mandela's health improving: S.Africa presidency
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New quest to study 'living fossil' coelacanth

French and South African biologists will dive to deep-sea caves in the Indian Ocean next month in a bid to locate the coelacanth, the "living fossil" fish whose history predates the dinosaurs.

New quest to study 'living fossil' coelacanth
Mandela responding positively to treatment
Mandela responding positively to treatment

Doctors said Nelson Mandela was responding positively to treatment Thursday after being readmitted to hospital with a lung infection, the latest health scare for the revered anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela responding positively to treatment
BRICS stumble in plan for bank to challenge West
BRICS stumble in plan for bank to challenge West

Leaders from the BRICS group of emerging powers on Wednesday failed to launch a much-anticipated new development bank to rival Western-dominated institutions like the World Bank.

BRICS stumble in plan for bank to challenge West
World Bank links obesity to high food prices
World Bank links obesity to high food prices

Food prices have dropped since peaking six months ago but remain near record levels, pushing the world's poorest people toward "undernutrition" and obesity.

World Bank links obesity to high food prices
BRICS leaders' meeting. ©REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia
BRICS wrangle over new development bank

BRICS emerging powers on Tuesday sought a deal on setting up a development bank that would rival Western-backed institutions, trying to iron out significant differences ahead of a leaders' summit in Durban.

BRICS wrangle over new development bank
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier. Photo courtesy of citypress.co.za
SAfrican cardinal apologises for remarks on paedophilia

A South African cardinal apologised to sex abuse victims on Monday for describing paedophilia as an illness and not a crime in an interview.

SAfrican cardinal apologises for remarks on paedophilia
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. ©REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Mandela's ex-wife 'shocked' over possible death probe

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie was shocked to learn that South African prosecutors may probe her over the deaths of two anti-apartheid youths who went missing almost 25 years ago.

Mandela's ex-wife 'shocked' over possible death probe
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'Underground Galapagos' excites scientists

Diverse underground ecosystems buried deep beneath the Earth's crust may offer clues to the origins of life on Earth, several recent studies have revealed.

'Underground Galapagos' excites scientists
China Vice-President Xi Jinping. ©REUTERS/David Moir
New China president to visit Russia, African countries

China's new president will pay a state visit to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo.

New China president to visit Russia, African countries
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Daily-dose HIV prevention fails for African women: study

Daily doses of drugs or vaginal gels have proven ineffective at preventing HIV infections in southern Africa, a study out Monday revealed, saying most of the women failed to use them as directed.

Daily-dose HIV prevention fails for African women: study
Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity visit
Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity visit

Britain's Prince Harry attended a fundraising gala dinner organised in neighbouring South Africa for his Lesotho charity projects as he wrapped up his three-day visit to southern Africa.

Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity visit
Pistorius back in court over girlfriend's murder
Pistorius back in court over girlfriend's murder

South African sporting hero Oscar Pistorius is due to appear in court for the second time on Tuesday charged with the Valentine's Day murder of his model girlfriend.

Pistorius back in court over girlfriend's murder
Phiwayinkosi Mbuyazi. Photo courtesy of miningweekly.com
Zulu goes high-tech

When a middle-aged South African engineer recently set out to write a novel in his native Zulu, he found himself hamstrung by a lack of words to describe modern life.

Zulu goes high-tech
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Silicosis suit could crush S.Africa's gold mining sector

Thousands of ex-gold miners suffering from silicosis have launched a class action suit in South Africa, in what could prove the final nail in the coffin of the country's battered but vital mining sector.

Silicosis suit could crush S.Africa's gold mining sector
African diva aims for 'Marilyn moment' at Obama inauguration

South Africa's Lira will be one among many performers at Barack Obama's inaugural celebrations Monday, but she is determined to be remembered for a performance to rival Marilyn Monroe's wooing of John F. Kennedy.

African diva aims for 'Marilyn moment' at Obama inauguration
Mandela still being treated in hospital a week on
Mandela still being treated in hospital a week on

Nelson Mandela remained in hospital Saturday, a week after he was admitted for treatment for a lung infection, a government official said.

Mandela still being treated in hospital a week on
S.African Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Photo courtesy of jucyafrica.com
SAfrica minister wants ban on insulting president

A South African minister called for a legal ban on insulting a sitting president to counter what he said was a lack of respect from white South Africans.

SAfrica minister wants ban on insulting president