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$2M Diamond Dinner Lands Smuggler in Jail

$2M Diamond Dinner Lands Smuggler in Jail

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JOHANNESBURG) — A tip prompted South African police to run a scan on a Lebanese traveler flying out of the country, where they found 220 polished diamonds in his stomach.The 25-year-old traveler, who was not immediately identifi…

Art Thieves in South Africa Toss Most Valuable Piece

Art Thieves in South Africa Toss Most Valuable Piece

Comstock/Thinkstock(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Art thieves who apparently weren’t art lovers robbed the Pretoria Art Museum of five paintings worth more than $2 million.  But they tossed a sixth work — the most valuable piece in their haul …

Tourists in South Africa Survived Capsized Boat in Air Pockets

Tourists in South Africa Survived Capsized Boat in Air Pockets

Nardus Engelbrecht/Gallo Images/Getty Images(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) — A popular tourist excursion near Cape Town, South Africa, turned into a horrifying experience for dozens of people this weekend when their boat capsized in chilly, shark-infested …

First Black Winner Crowned in "Idols South Africa" Singing Competition

First Black Winner Crowned in "Idols South Africa" Singing Competition

Freemantle Media(NAIROBI, Kenya) — For the first time in the show’s eight seasons, a black contestant is the next South African Idol.  Khaya Mthethwa, a gospel singer from Durban, according to The Washington Post, is the new winner of the wildly …

Miners’ Strike Threatens South African Economy

Miners’ Strike Threatens South African Economy

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JOHANNESBURG) — The price of the precious metal platinum is up 20 percent in the past month and is expected to rise even more now that the world’s largest platinum producer suspended operations at a mine in South Africa. It come…

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Loses Race and Says Winner Cheated

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Loses Race and Says Winner Cheated

Julia Vynokurova/Getty Images(LONDON) — Some would call “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s most celebrated paralympian, a sore loser. After losing his T44 (below knee amputee) 200 meter title by .07 seconds Sunday night, Pistorius told Bri…

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Loses Race and Says Winner Cheated

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Loses Race and Says Winner Cheated

Julia Vynokurova/Getty Images(LONDON) — Some would call “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s most celebrated paralympian, a sore loser. After losing his T44 (below knee amputee) 200 meter title by .07 seconds Sunday night, Pistorius told Bri…

Stranded Hippo Dies in Pool Just Before Rescue

Stranded Hippo Dies in Pool Just Before Rescue

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JOHANNESBURG) — People in South Africa were expecting to cheer the rescue Friday morning of a young hippopotamus named “Solly” that was stuck for four days at the bottom of a swimming pool, but instead they were disa…

Deadly Police Shootout at South African Platinum Mine

Deadly Police Shootout at South African Platinum Mine

AFP/GettyImages(JOHANNESBURG) — News cameras were rolling Thursday as South African police opened fire on a crowd of hundreds of striking workers at one of the world’s largest platinum mines, leaving at least 30 protesting miners dead and dozens…

Andrew Oberle ‘Awake, Talking’ After South Africa Chimp Attack

Andrew Oberle ‘Awake, Talking’ After South Africa Chimp Attack

ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — Andrew Oberle, the 26-year-old Texas graduate student who was attacked by chimpanzees at a South African reserve in June, is “awake, talking and spending time with his immediate family.”“We are very grateful for the h…

Chimps Who Mauled Oberle Were Victims Too, Says Park Director

Chimps Who Mauled Oberle Were Victims Too, Says Park Director

ABC News(NEW YORK) — As Andrew Oberle, the Texas graduate student who was mauled by chimpanzees in South Africa in late June, recovers in a hospital, a director of the center where the attack took place said the chimps were victims, too.In his first e…

Texas Student Mauled By Chimps in South Africa Returns Home

Texas Student Mauled By Chimps in South Africa Returns Home

ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — Andrew Oberle, the 26-year-old Texas graduate student who was attacked by chimpanzees at a South African reserve, is back in the United States and recovering at a St. Louis hospital, his family told ABC News on Tuesday.Oberle, wh…

Hillary Clinton Foresees Inevitability of New Syrian Regime

Hillary Clinton Foresees Inevitability of New Syrian Regime

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Syria was on the mind of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, even as she was meeting with South Africa’s foreign minister in Pretoria.As the nearly 18-month-long civil war shows no…

Hillary Clinton in South African Capital to Focus on Economic Cooperation

Hillary Clinton in South African Capital to Focus on Economic Cooperation

Alex Wong/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria Tuesday for another day largely focused on enhanced economic cooperation.  There, she will attend the annual U…

Hillary Clinton Meets with Nelson Mandela During South Africa Trip

Hillary Clinton Meets with Nelson Mandela During South Africa Trip

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first order of business on her three-day visit to South Africa is a trip to Nelson Mandela’s ancestral village of Qunu for a private meeting with the ant…

Andrew Oberle: Chimp Attack Victim Being Moved to Another Hospital

Andrew Oberle: Chimp Attack Victim Being Moved to Another Hospital

ABC News(JOHANNESBURG) — A Texas graduate student who was mauled by chimpanzees will be moved to a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday after doctors told his parents he would get better care there.Andrew Oberle will be transported from the Nelspruit Med…

Andrew Oberle: Chimp Attack Victim Being Moved to Another Hospital

Andrew Oberle: Chimp Attack Victim Being Moved to Another Hospital

ABC News(JOHANNESBURG) — A Texas graduate student who was mauled by chimpanzees will be moved to a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday after doctors told his parents he would get better care there.Andrew Oberle will be transported from the Nelspruit Med…

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Selected for London Olympics

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Selected for London Olympics

(NEW YORK) — South African world champion sprinter Richard Huggard/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesOscar Pistorius, nicknamed the “Blade Runner” for the carbon fiber blades on which he runs, will be the first amputee track athlete to participate …

Chimp Attack Victim’s Family ‘Traumatized’

Chimp Attack Victim’s Family ‘Traumatized’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The family of Andrew Oberle, the Texas graduate student who was mauled by two chimpanzees, is said to be “traumatized” after seeing their son and meeting with doctors at the South African hospital where Oberle is in intensive care…

Facebook Page, Donation Site Set Up for Student Mauled by Chimps

Facebook Page, Donation Site Set Up for Student Mauled by Chimps

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A Facebook page and a wepay.com account have been established to raise money to cover medical care for Andrew Oberle, the Texas grad student who was mauled by two chimps last week at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa. The wepay…

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