South Africa


Thu August 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Day Of Mourning For Slain South African Miners

Mine workers attend a memorial service in South Africa Thursday, Aug. 23, for miners killed last week by police officers.
Themba Hadebe AP

More than a thousand people turned out for a huge memorial service for the 34 miners killed by police at a South African platinum mine last Thursday. Questions are still being raised as how the tragedy occurred. Police say they fired in self defense on miners armed with machetes and clubs; miners say they were running from tear gas that police had thrown at them.

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Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

South African Police Open Fire On Striking Miners, More Than 30 Killed

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 5:03 am

Police surround miners killed in Marikana, South Africa, on Thursday.
AFP/Getty Images

Update at 7 a.m. ET, Aug. 17. Death Toll Increased:

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Thu August 9, 2012
The Torch

Pistorius And South Africa's Relay Team Win Reprieve, Will Race In Final

Anticipation: Oscar Pistorius of South Africa waits for the baton in the team 4x400m relay at London's Olympic Stadium. His teammate fell in the race, but officials deemed he had been interfered with. South Africa will run in the final.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius, who made history last weekend when he became the first amputee to run in an Olympic race, saw his London 2012 experience come to an abrupt end Thursday — before a successful appeal put his South African 4x400m relay team back in business.

Pistorius never got a chance to run in the relay's qualifying heat, as he awaited the baton handoff from teammate Ofentse Mogawane. But Mogawane, who was running the second leg of the race, slammed into the back of a Kenyan runner who had drifted into his lane.

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Sun August 5, 2012
NPR Story

Runner With Artificial Legs Sprints Past Barrier

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 5:34 am



And if there weren't enough excitement at the Olympics, another kind of record was made yesterday at the Olympic Stadium. A double amputee with artificial legs raced for the first time ever in the Olympics. South African Oscar Pistorious qualified for the semifinals tonight in the 400-meter sprint.

NPR's Howard Berkes reports from London.

HOWARD BERKES, BYLINE: The first heat of the Olympic 400 sounded like any other race.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: From the inside...

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Fri August 3, 2012

A 20,000 Year Rewrite Of Human History

New analysis of artifacts from Border Cave indicate that the Later Stone Age in South Africa began roughly 44,000 years ago, more than 20,000 years earlier than originally thought.
Paola Villa University of Colorado

It turns out the Later Stone Age wasn’t quite so late. A University of Colorado archeologist has just completed a new analysis of artifacts that has pushed the period back by 20,000 years. The work may resolve one of the long-running paradoxes of human history—but in the process, it has created a new one.

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