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Five-year jail for Pistorius

Killing Girlfriend

Five-year jail for Pistorius

Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius started his five-year jail sentence on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, marking the end of a trial that has gripped South Africa and millions around the world. His uncle, Arnold Pistorius, indicated he would not appeal. As judge Thokozile Masipa gave her decision on the 27-year-old's culpable...

Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5yrs

Oscar Pistorius jailed for 5yrs

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa, issuing the ruling in court in Pretoria, also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge. Pistorius has been taken to the cells. The prosecution had called for a minimum 10-year sentence; the...

Pistorius cleared of murder charges

Pistorius cleared of murder charges

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has arrived at his trial, as Judge Thokosile Masipa prepares her verdict. The Olympic double-amputee sprinter faces 25 years in jail if found guilty of premeditated murder. He denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, saying he thought there was an intruder.

South African Otto Thaning becomes oldest channel swimmer

South African Otto Thaning becomes oldest channel swimmer

A 73-year-old South African heart surgeon has become the oldest person to swim the English Channel. Otto Thaning said he had wanted to show what older people are capable of if they look after themselves. He took the title from Australian Cyril Baldock, who only last month swam the channel three months shy of his...

Lesotho military in 'attempted coup'

Lesotho military in 'attempted coup'

Soldiers in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho have seized the police headquarters in an apparent coup attempt, officials say. Sports Minister Thesele Maseribane told AFP news agency that troops had also surrounded State House, a key government building. There are reports of gunfire in the capital, Maseru. Radio signals and phone communications have been...

Colombo Test nicely poised

Colombo Test nicely poised

Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Angelo Mathews struck brisk half-centuries to help Sri Lanka set up a thrilling finale to the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Sunday. Sangakkara (72) hit his tenth 50-plus score of the year and Mathews chipped in with an unbeaten 63 as the hosts declared their second innings on...

SL gain upper hand

SL gain upper hand

Hashim Amla faced a stern test of character in his first series as captain after South Africa lost three key wickets against a determined Sri Lankan bowling attack in the second Test Friday. Amla, 31, dug in with a painstaking 46 off 134 balls as South Africa trailed the hosts by 323 runs with...

Nobel winner Nadine dies at 90

Nobel winner Nadine dies at 90

South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died in Johannesburg aged 90. The writer, who was one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid - died at her home after a short illness, her family said. She wrote more than 30 books, including the novels My Son's Story, Burger's Daughter and July's...

It's Cameroon again

From Cameroon's players refusing to board their plane for Brazil to Spain's massive offer, World Cup bonuses have already caused a stir before a ball has been kicked in anger. As ever it was an African country, this time Cameroon, who kicked up the first fuss over bonuses. In 2006 it was Togo while last time out in South Africa it was again Cameroon whose players threatened to go on strike. This time Samuel Eto'o and his teammates initially refused to board...

Ayew sparks Ghana

Jordan Ayew scored three goals and Asamoah Gyan netted another Monday in his return to the starting lineup as Ghana blanked South Korea 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up match. Ayew opened the scoring in the 11th minute, followed with another goal in the 53rd minute and completed the hat trick in the 89th minute. Gyan, the former Sunderland striker, scored in the 44th minute. He had been among reserves earlier in Ghana's World Cup tune-ups but was among 10 players...

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