Kiwi teams struggle in Super Rugby
8 Mar 2014 | 4:35 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Sharks posted their third win from three games to go to first place and the Hurricanes had their third straight loss to stay last, measuring the gap between the haves and have-nots in Super Rugby after the weekend's fourth round.
Steyn the unlikely star as Sharks sink Lions
8 Mar 2014 | 2:26 pm
Durban (South Africa) (AFP) - Francois Steyn was the unlikely man of the match as Coastal Sharks posted a bonus-point 37-23 Super 15 victory over Golden Lions in Durban Saturday. Originally selected at inside centre, the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok was switched to fly-half before kick-off because Patrick Lambie felt unwell. Sharks lead the Australian Waratahs by four points and the New Zealand Waikato Chiefs by six having played one match more than their rivals. Coached by Jake White, mastermind of the 2007 Springboks World Cup triumph, the Durban side also have a four-point lead in the South African conference over Northern Bulls.
South Africa expels Burundi diplomat
8 Mar 2014 | 12:24 pm
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's foreign minister on Saturday said one of his country's diplomats had been expelled from South Africa, though the reason was not immediately clear. The move comes after South Africa and Rwanda issued tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions on Friday amid a row over the attempted assassination of an exiled Rwandan general in Johannesburg. "South Africa has expelled Jean-Claude Sindayigaya, the first secretary of the embassy of Burundi," Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure told AFP. Sindayigaya left South Africa on Friday, Kavakure said.
C.Africa leader denounces attacks against Muslim 'sisters'
8 Mar 2014 | 12:03 pm
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - The Central African Republic's interim president on Saturday denounced atrocities being carried out against "Muslim sisters" across the country due to the brutal sectarian violence, in a speech to mark International Women's Day. "It is deeply sad that on this special day our Muslim sisters cannot be with us, simply because they were attacked yesterday and they fear for their safety," said Catherine Samba Panza, the first woman ever to lead Central African Republic.
South Africa: Mandela comrade stays in the game
8 Mar 2014 | 10:46 am
Pistorius trial grips viewers worldwide
8 Mar 2014 | 7:14 am
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — During breaks in his murder trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes confers intensely with his camp, murmuring in the ear of his chief defense lawyer. When witnesses testify, the double-amputee athlete takes notes or sits with hands clasped, occasionally covering his face, head bowed, as though troubled by the graphic accounts of how he fatally shot his girlfriend last year.
A look at world's deadliest air disasters
8 Mar 2014 | 1:22 am
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared from air traffic control screens over waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday morning, leaving the fates of the 239 people aboard in doubt. A look at some of the world's deadliest air disasters:
S.African police seen assaulting man arrested
7 Mar 2014 | 6:56 pm
Two South African police officers who were allegedly caught on video taking part in the beating and stripping of an unarmed man on a Cape Town street have been arrested, the police watchdog said on Saturday. The Independent Police Directorate said the officers, aged 42 and 45 years old, would appear in court on Monday on charges of assault. On Friday, video footage showing two armed uniformed policemen and private guards punching and kicking a man on a Cape Town street went viral, prompting public outrage. The man has been identified as Nigerian national Clement Emekensha.
Pistorius trial hears damaging testimony
7 Mar 2014 | 5:07 pm
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — In a day of potentially damaging testimony, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius said at his murder trial Friday that he once shot his gun out of a car sunroof and later cheated on her with the woman he killed last year. And a security guard recalled the athlete telling him everything was "fine" after neighbors reported gunshots coming from Pistorius' house on the night of her death.
Ukraine may turn to UN General Assembly
7 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine may appeal to the U.N. General Assembly if the divided Security Council doesn't act on Russia's seizure of Crimea, the Ukrainian ambassador said Friday.
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