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Meghan Markle in Africa: I'm Here 'as a Woman of Color'

Duchess of Sussex is on the first day of a 10-day tour with Prince Harry

(Newser) - Meghan Markle was in South Africa Monday for her first visit to the country, and while the Duchess of Sussex might officially be there on royal business, she told the cheering crowd, "I want you to know that for me, I am here as a mother, as a wife,... More »

Motorcycle Crash Kills Man Who Nearly Made Space History

Mandla Maseko had once been on track to be first black African in space

(Newser) - A few years ago, Mandla Maseko was on track to become the first black African in space. Today, his family is mourning the death of the 30-year-old nicknamed "Afronaut" and "Spaceboy" after a motorcycle crash in Pretoria, South Africa, reports the Guardian . Maseko made international headlines in 2014... More »

Arnie Addresses the Guy Who Attacked Him

The actor tweets after being drop-kicked

(Newser) - Hey, this is Arnold Schwarzenegger—of course he's not pressing charges. The action-movie star tweeted Sunday that he won't seek legal recourse against the man who attacked him while he schmoozed with fans in Johannesburg, South Africa, People reports. "I hope this was a wake-up call, and... More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger Attacked in South Africa

The 'Terminator' gets drop-kicked at a public event

(Newser) - New video shows actor Arnold Schwarzenegger being assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa, the AP reports. The video posted by broadcaster eNCA shows the 71-year-old standing and filming children at a sporting event in Johannesburg when a man makes a flying kick into his back. Schwarzenegger stumbles forward.... More »

They Went to See the Lions. They Got a 'Bit Too Close'

4-year-old girl in critical condition after attack at lion farm in South Africa

(Newser) - The owner of a South African lion farm has conceded that the big cats in his charge sometimes "play a little rough," but an incident at the farm Sunday went far beyond play, leaving a 4-year-old girl in bad shape after one of the lions reached through a... More »

Hunters Pay to Shoot Lions in Captivity, Private Probe Finds

British opponent calls South African industry barbaric

(Newser) - The British government has been urged to outlaw the importing of captive lion trophies, after a private investigation of lion farming in South Africa. "The captive-bred lion industry shames South Africa—indeed it shames us all," Michael Ashcroft wrote in the Daily Mail as he announced his lobbying... More »

Rhino Poacher Becomes the Prey

Hunter in South Africa is trampled by elephants, devoured by lions

(Newser) - A poacher in South Africa in search of rhino horn instead brutally met his maker courtesy of a different beast altogether. As the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, the unidentified man was hunting Tuesday with four other men when he was trampled by an elephant, then apparently eaten by a pride... More »

Musician Plays Guitar During His Brain Surgery to Help Out Doctors

Musa Manzini was able to give medical team 'real-time feedback' during 'awake craniotomy'

(Newser) - His skull still open, a South African musician with a brain tumor played several notes on his guitar during an operation to remove most of the growth. Musa Manzini's guitar-playing helped guide the medical team in their delicate task while preserving neural pathways, says neurosurgeon Dr. Rohen Harrichandparsad. Manzini... More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for an Ex-First Lady

Grace Mugabe allegedly used an extension cord in attack on South African model

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's former first lady is facing an arrest warrant in South Africa, where she's accused of beating a model with an extension cord. Grace Mugabe—wife of Zimbabwe's deposed 37-year leader Robert Mugabe, whom she was expected to succeed as president before a coup last year —... More »

Her Baby Needed a Transplant, but Mom Had HIV

Doctors took the risk—and it worked

(Newser) - Doctors in South Africa had a wrenching dilemma: A baby in desperate need of a liver had been on the organ-donor waiting list for 181 days and wouldn't live much longer. The child's mother pleaded with doctors to take a portion of her own liver for a transplant,... More »

US Scientist, Young Son Trampled by Giraffe

Both in 'critical but stable condition' in South Africa

(Newser) - An American scientist and her 3-year-old son are in critical condition after they were attacked by a giraffe near their home in South Africa. Katy Williams, 35, and her 3-year-old son Finn were 450 feet from their home in Blyde Wildlife Estate near the town of Hoedspruit when they surprised... More »

Trump's 1st Tweet to Reference Africa Gets Poor Reception

President wants Mike Pompeo to study 'killing of farmers'

(Newser) - After a morning spent tweeting about Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, President Trump on Wednesday night turned to a situation less close to home: "I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of... More »

South Africa to Seize Land from White Owners

The land grabs were approved where negotiations to purchase failed

(Newser) - The South African government has begun the controversial process of seizing land from white farmers in cases where negotiations to purchase the plots have fallen through. Per Newsweek , two game farms in the country's Limpopo province will be the first ones taken under the order after their owners declined... More »

In High-Profile Speech, Obama Offers Warnings

In South Africa, former president worries about the rise of 'strongman politics' around the world

(Newser) - To be clear, Barack Obama never once mentioned President Trump on Tuesday during a major speech in South Africa. But coverage of his address in Johannesburg, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, nonetheless has a clear theme. The headline at the AP , for example, calls the... More »

'Bad Taste' Offer Involving Mandela's Cell Is Scrapped

Charity group wanted to auction off a night where he spent 18 years

(Newser) - The offer caused an outcry: The highest bidder in a South African charity event would get a "once-in-a-lifetime" chance to spend the night in Nelson Mandela's prison cell, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years. "So brazenly in bad taste, there are no words," local photographer... More »

Woman Found Alive in Mortuary Refrigerator

The South African woman is being treated in a hospital

(Newser) - They apparently thought she was dead when they placed her inside, but a South African woman was reportedly very much alive when she was recently taken out of a mortuary refrigerator. Per Times Select , the woman was one of several people involved in a June 24 vehicular accident and was... More »

Giraffe Kills South African Film Director

It wasn't the giraffe's fault, safari lodge says

(Newser) - Giraffes aren't exactly South Africa's deadliest creature, but they can still be extremely dangerous: A South African film director is dead after what film agency CallaCrew describes as a "fatal run-in with a giraffe on set." Carlos Carvalho, 47, was filming close-ups of the bull giraffe... More »

Why a Church in South Africa Is Causing a Buzz

Not everyone loves that Gabola Church celebrates drinking

(Newser) - Dressed in a red robe and a gold-trimmed bishop's miter, the clergyman pours whiskey into his cupped hand and anoints the forehead of the man sitting before him. "You are hereby invested as a minister," he says. He hands the remaining whiskey to the new minister, who... More »

Court Delivers 'End of the Road' to Oscar Pistorius

13-year sentence for murder will stand, court rules

(Newser) - As you'd expect of a former Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius fought hard until the end—though without the result he wanted. A March 28 ruling by South Africa's Supreme Court, released Monday, rejects Pistorius' request to appeal his 13-year jail sentence for the 2013 murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp,... More »

World's 5 Most Unequal Countries on Same Continent

Effects of South Africa's apartheid still felt

(Newser) - Inequality was embedded in South African culture through its apartheid system. Nearly a quarter century after its end, the country still has a long way to go. "Inequality is high, persistent, and has increased since 1994" in South Africa, which is the most unequal country in the world when... More »

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