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The shocking photo of Michael Jackson's dead body on a gurney on the opening day of the trial of Dr Conrad Murray

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...uard to grab a bag while he started grabbing vials and a saline bag hanging from the IV stand to put inside the bag. That bag was later found inside Michael Jackson’s home. Michael Jackson supporters holding signs outside Los Angeles Superior Court Prosecutors also say Murray ordered someone to clean up signs that Michael Jackson had been receiving a variety of medications, including propof...

Two leading British aid organizations say that thousands of needless deaths occurred from famine in East Africa last year because the international community failed to heed early warnings

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...leading British aid organizations say that thousands of needless deaths occurred from famine in East Africa last year because the international community failed to heed early warnings By that time it says, “malnutrition rates in parts of East Africa had gone far beyond the emergency threshold and there was high profile media coverage of the crisis”. At one stage during the famine the U...

A shocking picture of Whitney Houston's bathroom took at her home in Atlanta, Georgia, shows how the star's life spiraled into chaos at the height of her crack addiction

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...48, smoked as much as an “eight-ball” (1/8 of an ounce) of crack at a go, blending it with marijuana inside in a cigar wrapper, Tina Brown, also a self-confessed former addict, told the National Enquirer. Tina Brown said: “The truth needs to come out. Whitney won’t stay off the drugs. It’s every single day. It’s so ugly. Everyone is so scared she is going to overdose.” A shockin...

President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa this month could cost the tax payers anywhere from $60 million to $100 million

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President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa this month could cost the tax payers anywhere from $60 million to $100 million, according to the Washington Post, which obtained an internal planning document for the travel itinerary. At the end of June, President Barack Obama and his family will take an eight-day trip to sub-Saharan Africa, making stops in Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa in the name o...

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A 21-year-old woman from Portland posed climbing naked inside the carcass of a dead horse and the disturbing pictures surfaced online. The shocking photos of the young woman, whose name has not been released, show her small frame soaked in blood smiling at the camera. The woman, whose boyfriend took the pictures, said she wanted to “feel one” with the horse, according to an incident r...

Nelson Mandela statue has been erected at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

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Barack Obama was speaking in the executive capital, Pretoria, after talks with President Jacob Zuma

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...a has praised Nelson Mandela as “an inspiration to the world”, during his visit to South Africa. Barack Obama was speaking in the executive capital, Pretoria, after talks with President Jacob Zuma. Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, has been critically ill for nearly a week. Earlier, Barack Obama said he would not visit the 94-year-old in hospital, but would me...

People across South Africa commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers

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Flags were lowered to half mast and people across South Africa commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers on Friday. Meanwhile as the South African government prepared funeral ceremonies that will draw leaders and other dignitaries from around the globe. A black SUV-type vehicle containing Nelson Mandela’s coffin, draped in South Africa’s flag, pulled away from his home...

A study published by South Africa’s Stellenbosch University found that donkey, water buffalo and goat meat have been sold as burgers and sausages in South Africa

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A study published by South Africa’s Stellenbosch University found that donkey, water buffalo and goat meat have been sold as burgers and sausages in South Africa. The study found that 99 of 139 samples contained species not declared in the product label. It found soya and gluten were not labelled in 28% of products tested, undeclared pork in 37% and chicken in 23% This was mostly in sausages, bur...

Barack Obama laid a wreath for the victims of the 1998 US embassy bombing in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam

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President Barack Obama ended his Africa tour by visiting Tanzania, after trips to Senegal and South Africa. Earlier Barack Obama laid a wreath for the victims of the 1998 US embassy bombing in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. Eleven people were killed in the al-Qaeda attack, which coincided with a bombing in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, which left hundreds dead. President Barack Obama was joi...

Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend of “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, had her promising young life cut tragically short today after she was allegedly shot dead by the Paralympian at his mansion

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...g and an absolute angel on earth. She was the kindest, most unbelievable girl. “At the moment it’s shocking. No-one knows what’s happened. She was a rising star. There was so much in the pipeline for her: she was just about to explode into the media. “She was a very talented, very bright young girl. It’s too shocking for words. It is a huge loss for everyone and our condolences go out to her f...

Scientists have mapped in detail the amount and potential yield of this groundwater resource across Africa

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...Scientists have mapped in detail the amount and potential yield of this groundwater resource across Africa Helen Bonsor is from the BGS is one of the authors of the paper. She says that up until now groundwater was out of sight and out of mind. She hopes the new maps will open people’s eyes to the potential. “Where there’s greatest ground water storage is in northern Africa, in...

Marius Els, a South African farmer has been killed by his pet hippo he raised from the age of five months, and which he once described as being "like a son" to him

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...dogs, cats and domestic animals. “But I have a relationship with the most dangerous animal in Africa.” Marius Els, a South African farmer has been killed by his pet hippo he raised from the age of five months, and which he once described as being "like a son" to him Marius Els kept 20 different species of exotic animals, including giraffe and rhino, on his farm near Klerks...

Princess Charlene attended South Africa Night with husband Prince Albert

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Princess Charlene of Monaco put the spotlight back on South Africa, hosting a lavish gala dinner in celebration of all things South African at the glitzy Monte Carlo Opera House on Saturday night. Princess Charlene, 34, attended South Africa Night with her husband, Prince Albert, and other family members, including her father, Mike and brother, Gareth. Resplendent in a black and gold lace dress a...

The changes to Jacob Zuma's Nkandla private home, including a pool and cattle enclosure, cost South African taxpayers about $23 million

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South Africa’s main opposition party, Democratic Alliance, has laid corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma over the use of state money to improve his Nkandla private residence. The move follows a report by South Africa’s top corruption fighter accusing President Jacob Zuma of unethical conduct over the upgrade of Nkandla house. The changes to Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla privat...

Nigeria has become Africa's biggest economy after rebasing its GDP

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Nigeria has become Africa’s biggest economy after rebasing its GDP, leaving South Africa behind. Nigerian GDP (Gross Domestic Product) now includes previously uncounted industries like telecoms, information technology, music, online sales, airlines, and film production. GDP for 2013 totaled 80.3 trillion naira ($509.9 billion), the Nigerian statistics office said. That compares with South A...

President Barack Obama has landed in South Africa amid vigils for Nelson Mandela

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President Barack Obama has landed in South Africa, the second stop in his three-country tour of Africa, amid vigils for Nelson Mandela. Barack Obama said earlier he did not expect to see former President Nelson Mandela, who is critically ill in hospital. Leaving Senegal, Barack Obama told reporters on board Air Force One: “I don’t need a photo op.” Meanwhile, Nelson Mandela̵...

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is raising the alarm as at least 28 percent of schoolgirls in South Africa are HIV positive

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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is raising the alarm as at least 28% of schoolgirls in South Africa are HIV positive compared with 4% of boys because “sugar daddies” are exploiting them. Aaron Motsoaledi said 94,000 schoolgirls also fell pregnant in 2011, and 77,000 had abortions at state facilities, The Sowetan newspaper reports. About 10% of South Africans are living with HIV, offi...

Seventeen miners have been trapped underground after a fire at Doornkop mine west of Johannesburg

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Seventeen miners have been trapped underground after a fire at Doornkop mine west of Johannesburg, South Africa. Rescue workers are now trying to free the Harmony Gold miners. Harmony Gold said they had made contact with eight miners who they hoped to bring to the surface shortly. Seventeen miners have been trapped underground after a fire at Doornkop mine west of Johannesburg The fire began on...

President Jacob Zuma said Nelson Mandela banknotes are a "humble gesture" to express South Africa's "deep gratitude"

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Central Bank of South Africa is to issue a complete set of banknotes bearing the image of its first black president, Nelson Mandela, as a humble gesture to express country’s deep gratitude. Nelson Mandela, now 93, was released from prison on 11 February 1990 after 27 years in jail. President Jacob Zuma said the banknotes were a “humble gesture” to express South Africa’s “d...

Churches across South Africa are holding prayers for Nelson Mandela, who has been in hospital for four days being treated for pneumonia

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Churches across South Africa are holding prayers for former President Nelson Mandela, who has been in hospital for four days being treated for pneumonia. Several hundred people gathered at the Regina Mundi church in Soweto – once a focal point of the struggle against apartheid. On Saturday, South Africa’s presidency said Nelson Mandela, 94, was breathing without difficulty. It said ex...

South Africa's parliament is meeting in special session to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

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South Africa’s parliament is meeting in special session to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. The country is observing a series of commemorations over the next week, leading up to the funeral on Sunday, December 15. More than 100 current or former heads of state or government are expected to attend the funeral or Tuesday’s national memorial. The foreign ministry says that 91 current heads...

South Africa's governing African National Congress is holding its party congress at which members will vote for its next leader

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South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) is holding its party congress at which members will vote for its next leader. President Jacob Zuma is being challenged for the top job by his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe. ANC congress, held every five years, is taking place in Manguang, where the party was formed a century ago. Correspondents say the party is battling to regain the mora...

Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will perform in South Africa for the first time, almost three decades after the group campaigned against apartheid

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...n Mandela’s election as the country’s first black president. The three concerts in South Africa are part of Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour, which began in 2012. The tour has seen the veteran rocker play a series of gigs in the US, Europe and Latin America over the past 18 months. “After 24 years it’s a dream come true to promote Bruce Springsteen in South Africa,...

The 1.5 billion-Euro SKA's huge fields of antennas will sweep the sky for answers to the major outstanding questions in astronomy

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Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will host the biggest radio telescope ever built. The nations belonging to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) organization took the decision at a meeting on Friday. The 1.5 billion-Euro SKA’s huge fields of antennas will sweep the sky for answers to the major outstanding questions in astronomy. They will probe the early Universe, test Einstein’s t...