Former Paralympian Pistorius Seeks Parole a Decade After Killing Girlfriend

[ad_1] JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s former Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, jailed in 2014 for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, will get another chance for an early release at a parole hearing on Friday. Known as the “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fibre prosthetic legs, Pistorius went from a public hero as a Paralympic champion to … Read more

Brazil Highlights Poverty, Climate Change as G20 Priorities

[ad_1] BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil will focus on reducing hunger and poverty, slowing climate change and global governance reform when it heads the G20 group of the world’s largest economies starting next month, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Thursday. Brazil takes over the G20 presidency from India on Dec.1 and will hold … Read more

South Africa’s ‘Vogue Opera’ Honours Life of Gay Anti-Apartheid Activist Nkoli

[ad_1] JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African anti-apartheid and gay activist Simon Nkoli, who organised Africa’s first Pride march in 1990, died 25 years ago but a group of artists inspired by him are determined to keep his legacy alive in an opera celebrating his life. “Vogue Opera” – a mix of classical music, hip-hop, protest … Read more

S.African Lawmakers Vote to Suspend Diplomatic Ties With Israel, Shut Embassy

[ad_1] CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South African lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favour of closing down the Israeli embassy in Pretoria and suspending all diplomatic relations until a ceasefire is agreed in its war with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza. The resolution is largely symbolic as it will be up to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s … Read more

G20-Led Summit for Africa Highlights Renewed Interest in Fast-Growing Continent

[ad_1] By Sarah Marsh and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) – Leaders from more than a dozen African countries are heading to Germany for the G20 Compact with Africa conference, which aims to help bolster private investment in the world’s poorest, but fast-growing, continent. Underscoring renewed interest in Africa, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, … Read more