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  • Zondwa Mandela, second from left, his wife Lindo Mandela, left, and New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, right, pose with a copy of the Nelson Mandela plaque before the Chicago Cubs and the Yankees play Game 2 of a baseball doubleheader on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Zondwa is Nelson's grandson. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Yankees unveil plaque for Nelson Mandela

    The New York Yankees honored Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie Robinson, another icon of social change.

  • State prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, questions Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa,  Friday, April 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Pool)

    Combative prosecutor makes mark in Pistorius trial

    Prosecutor Gerrie Nel fired another tough question at murder suspect Oscar Pistorius.

  • Wheelchair tennis champion in attempted carjacking

    Wheelchair tennis' U.S. Open champion Lucas Sithole and his brother were dragged out of their car by four armed men in a late-night carjacking attempt in their native South Africa, the sport's national federation said Saturday.

  • Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Oscar Pistorius is untruthful and an egotist, prosecutor says

    The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Thursday accused the Olympic athlete of egotistical behavior in his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp before he killed her, and described Pistorius' courtroom apology to his girlfriend's family as an insincere "spectacle" that ignored the feelings of her relatives.

  • Uruguay: The small country nobody wants to face

    Diego Forlan recorded a television commercial recently wearing a T-shirt that read: "We're not the favorites, nor will we be a surprise. We are the team that no one wants to draw."

  • Cue samba: Brazil's World Cup bound to be special

    Like sunshine and happiness or Lennon and McCartney, football and Brazil go together, each making the other better. So the first World Cup in Brazil in 64 years is bound to be special.

  • In this photo taken Thursday, March 27, 2014, cars queue at a petrol station in Lagos, Nigeria, as fuel shortages force people to queue for long periods and even sleep in their cars as they wait for their turn at the pump.  For weeks, Nigeria, west Africa's biggest petroleum producer, has been dogged by yet another fuel shortage, with no diesel to run generators, fuel for cooking or petrol for cars. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

    Nigeria overtakes South Africa as continent's biggest economy

    Nigeria has leap-frogged South Africa to become Africa's biggest economy, worth $510 billion, figures revealed Sunday.

  • South African judge opens up

    An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another judge praised Edwin Cameron, loftily describing their workplace as a shrine to democracy but also ribbing the colleague he sees often.

  • Pistorius to finally answer questions on shooting

    More than a year after he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius is expected to finally answer questions about why he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door when his murder trial resumes this week and his defense lawyers begin presenting the evidence they hope will save the Olympic athlete from going to prison for 25 years to life.

  • FILE - In an April 29, 2006 file photo, Hugh Masekela performs during the 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)

    Paul Simon celebrates Masekela's 75th birthday

    South African trumpeter and vocalist Hugh Masekela celebrated his 75th birthday with a little help from some old friends - Paul Simon and Harry Belafonte - in the city where he began what turned out to be a 30-year exile from his homeland.

  • South Africa ambassador to give Hesburgh address

    South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will speak about Nelson Mandel's impact on peacemaking when he delivers the annual Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy at the University of Notre Dame.

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius wins gold in the men's 400-meter T44 final at the 2012 Paralympics, in London. The man who racing commentators said was slow from the starting blocks, Pistorius went on to win many medals for his running prowess, but is now expected to testify in his own defense during his trial in South Africa for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    Pistorius trial delayed over legal aide illness

    The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick, abruptly ending expectations Friday that the double-amputee athlete was about to testify on his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

  • In this photo taken March 7, 2014, Brian Grossman, poses with his mountain bike near Shevlin Park in Bend, Ore.  Grossman is racing the Cape Epic, an eight-day, 445-mile mountain bike race in South Africa that includes more than 48,720 feet of vertical climbing in temperatures over 100 degrees. Grossman is racing to raise funds and awareness for Kids in the Game, a Bend nonprofit he co-founded that provides financial support for underprivileged youths to help them get active and participate in sports. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Robb Kerr)

    Bend mountain biker headed for epic Africa race

    It has been called the Tour de France of mountain bike stage races. The eight-day Cape Epic in South Africa spans nearly 500 miles and includes 50,000 feet of elevation gain in temperatures that can soar above 100 degrees.

  • June Steenkamp, centre, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, sits inside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Police photographs of the blood-spattered scene where Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend indicate that evidence was moved around in violation of procedure during the investigation of the killing, the athlete's chief defense lawyer said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Marco Longari, Pool)

    Expert says Steenkamp standing at 1st shot

    Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend was standing in a toilet cubicle and facing the closed door when she was hit in the right hip by the first of four bullets that he fired, a police ballistics expert testified Wednesday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial.

  • GE gets order for 233 South African locomotives

    GE Transportation has received an order for 233 locomotives for South Africa's TransNet Freight Rail, but union officials say the deal won't mean much work for its western Pennsylvania plants.

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