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2006-03-16 12:08:01

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - World leaders have their faults, former South Africa President Nelson Mandela said on Thursday, regaling the cast of an Oscar-winning gangster movie with tales of his own teenage years as a pig thief. "All of us were very mischievous in our younger days," he said after meeting with the cast of Tsotsi. "You know, we had a method as young chaps of about 16 or 17, of stealing pigs." South Africa's first Academy Award-winning film, Tsotsi portrays a violent young...

2006-03-08 08:26:52

By Chris Thompson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A woman who has accused South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of rape said on Wednesday she never told him to stop having sex with her and had not cried out during the incident. The admission by the 31-year-old woman, who cannot be named under South African law, came during a second day of cross-examination in a trial that could end the career of one of South Africa's most popular politicians. Zuma, once seen as the frontrunner...

2006-03-05 23:00:47

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Tsotsi," the South African film about a Johannesburg shantytown thug, won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday. Directed and written by 42-year-old Gavin Hood, the film features a searing performance by Presley Chweneyagae as a gun-toting, emotionally dead gangster who suddenly learns that human life has some value when he is forced to care for a baby he has kidnapped. "God Bless Africa!," Hood said, upon receiving his award. "We may have...

2006-02-13 06:05:00

By Manoah Esipisu JOHANNESBURG -- Besieged by angry protesters, a South African court on Monday launched the rape trial of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma -- a man once seen as the likely next leader of Africa's most powerful country. Zuma, 63, arrived at the Johannesburg High Court as police dressed in riot gear squared off against hundreds of his supporters chanting slogans and dancing in the streets. Zuma is charged with raping a 31-year-old AIDS activist and longtime family friend in...

2005-12-23 02:05:57

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - He spent 27 years in jail for his struggle against apartheid and has campaigned tirelessly against AIDS and poverty, but at 87, Nelson Mandela's New Year's resolution is to serve his people better. South Africa's first black president and a global icon for freedom and democracy, Mandela has urged South Africans reaping the rewards of a booming domestic economy to share their wealth with those less fortunate this Christmas. "The only resolution I can make is...

2005-07-18 06:06:09

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 87th birthday on Monday, lighting a special torch in his apartheid prison cell as part of a new nationwide drive to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. The torch was lit just after midnight on Robben Island, the former apartheid prison off Cape Town where Mandela spent almost two decades for seeking to end white rule and bring democracy to the country. Organizers say the torch, brought back to Cape Town in a blaze of fireworks,...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'