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Dublin: 6 °C Thursday 24 April, 2014

South Africa

# south-africa - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Forensics expert: Steenkamp was shot in quick succession in hip and arm

Today’s testimony from a defence forensics expert contradicts some of the evidence given by a police ballistics witness.

# south-africa - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

‘I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you’ – Reeva’s message to Pistorius on day of shooting

The athlete read out the Valentine’s Day card that his model girlfriend left for him on 14 February last year – the day she was shot and killed at his house.

# south-africa - Saturday 12 April, 2014

RECAP: 7 things we heard at the Oscar Pistorius trial this week

Pistorius, himself, took the stand to give his version of events this week.

# south-africa - Friday 11 April, 2014

Prosecutor: Pistorius story doesn’t add up

“She was standing behind the toilet door talking to you when you shot her,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel put it to the athlete. He replied, “that’s not true”.

# south-africa - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Judge: This trial is not public entertainment

“For those of you who possibly think this is entertainment, it is not,” Judge Mapisa told the gallery today.

VIDEO: Oscar Pistorius shown graphic and disturbing photo of Reeva’s bloodied head

Prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel (known as The Pitbull) was brutal while cross-examining the athlete yesterday.

# south-africa - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

‘You shot and killed her’ – Oscar Pistorius told to take responsibility for Reeva’s death

The athlete had a tough time today on the witness stand as he was cross-examined by State counsel Gerrie Nel.

‘I did not intend to kill Reeva’ – Oscar Pistorius on the night he shot his girlfriend

The athlete gave more details about the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day shooting in his Pretoria home last year.

# south-africa - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

From The Score Springboks to face Nick Mallet-coached World XV this summer Dream Team

Springboks to face Nick Mallet-coached World XV this summer

Steffon Armitage, BJ Botha, James O’Connor, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell have all been confirmed to take part.

Oscar Pistorius wails in witness box as he recalls night of shooting

A raft of text messages between Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp were read out in court today.

# south-africa - Saturday 5 April, 2014

“We were fighting with all our passion to create a boring society” – South African Freedom Fighter

Albie Sachs, one of the lawyers who drew up South Africa’s first democratic Constitution, sits down with TheJournal.ie for a Q&A.

# south-africa - Friday 4 April, 2014

From The Score Pienaar: ‘Sport is a very powerful tool, it has the power to change the world’ Unity

Pienaar: ‘Sport is a very powerful tool, it has the power to change the world’

The former Saracens player, coach and CEO will be in the Ravenhill stands for tomorrow night’s Heineken Cup tie.

# south-africa - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Two men arrested after being found inside an ATM

How did they even get in there?

# south-africa - Monday 31 March, 2014

From The Score Former Ireland coach Gert Smal takes control of Western Province Forward Thinking

Former Ireland coach Gert Smal takes control of Western Province

The forwards coach has been named the new director of rugby with the club he has previously represented as a player and a coach.

# south-africa - Saturday 29 March, 2014

RECAP: 5 things from the Oscar Pistorius trial this week

WhatsApp messages, a delay in proceedings and a woman’s scream?

# south-africa - Friday 28 March, 2014

Pistorius won’t give evidence today as trial is adjourned for ten days

The adjournment comes as the defence were due to begin their case.

Column: Anybody – not just the elites – can use law to change society

Even a state with limited resources can prioritise human rights. We’re determined to ignite a passion for using the law to help disenfranchised communities, writes Mairead Healy.

Children left homeless by fire ‘went to school like it was a normal day’ South Africa This post contains images

Children left homeless by fire ‘went to school like it was a normal day’

Hundreds of Irish volunteers arrived in Cape Town last week to help build new classrooms for the children.

# south-africa - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Mandela widow gives up her right to half his estate

She does, however, get four properties, cars, artwork and jewellery in lieu.

The text messages between Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

WhatsApp messages between Pistorius and Steenkamp were revealed during the murder trial in South Africa.

# south-africa - Saturday 22 March, 2014

7 things we heard at the Oscar Pistorius trial this week

Reeva Steenkamp was shot as she stood facing the bathroom door and police experts have a tough task against star lawyer Barry Roux.

# south-africa - Friday 21 March, 2014

320 Irish volunteers arrive in Africa to build classrooms and playground

The Niall Mellon Township Trust is aiming to help 10,000 pupils by the end of this year.

# south-africa - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

From The Score Six Nations champions Ireland confirm November Test schedule Details

Six Nations champions Ireland confirm November Test schedule

Joe Schmidt’s side will face South Africa and Georgia before finishing against Australia.

# south-africa - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

Pistorius defence team say police moved evidence, police admit it’s possible

The cricket bat used to break down the toilet door may have been moved.

# south-africa - Monday 17 March, 2014

Pistorius ordered six new guns before girlfriend’s death

Oscar Pistorius was in the process of buying six guns – more than usually allowed under South African law – at the time he shot Reeva Steenkamp.

# south-africa - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Explainer: Why do they keep saying ‘My Lady’ at the Oscar Pistorius trial?

That – and more of your questions answered.

# south-africa - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Friend says Pistorius fired gun out of car sunroof after fight with policeman

The athlete’s demeanor in court today was drastically different from the previous day, when he needed a vomit bucket.

# south-africa - Monday 10 March, 2014

Security guard says Pistorius told him “everything is fine”

The murder trial moves into its second week in Pretoria.

# south-africa - Friday 7 March, 2014

Pistorius ex-girlfriend testifies on alleged cheating, gun possession

The court heard that Pistorius always carried a firearm while he was dating Samantha Taylor.

# south-africa - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Pistorius fired shot at restaurant weeks before Steenkamp’s death, trial told

A boxer friend of the athlete says he was asked to take the blame after a pistol was accidentally discharged in Johannesburg restaurant.

# south-africa - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Pistorius trial dramatically interrupted after TV station shows witness photo

Judge Thokozile Masipa has warned the media to respect the court’s ruling that images of witnesses who ask for privacy cannot be shown.

# south-africa - Monday 3 March, 2014

Oscar Pistorius pleads not guilty at murder trial

The first witness in the trial has described hearing ‘blood-curdling screams’ from the house on the night of the murder.

Poll: Will you watch the Oscar Pistorius trial? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you watch the Oscar Pistorius trial?

Parts of the trial will be broadcast live from today.

Oscar Pistorius trial for murder of Reeva Steenkamp begins. What should we expect?

The 27-year-old faces a charge of premeditated murder.

# south-africa - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Bakery apologises for ‘Just do it. He did it’ Pistorius themed cookies

Another cookie depicted a toilet with the wording “Caution” and “Using toilet Please don’t shoot!”

# south-africa - Sunday 16 February, 2014

Hundreds feared trapped in South Africa mine collapse, 11 rescued

Officials say those rescued will be arrested for illegal mining.

# south-africa - Friday 14 February, 2014

From The Score Pistorius ‘consumed with sorrow’ one year after shooting girlfriend dead Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius ‘consumed with sorrow’ one year after shooting girlfriend dead

It’s 12 months since Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in the athlete’s home.

# south-africa - Thursday 6 February, 2014

From The Daily Edge This heartwarming whiskey ad will make you feel feelings Tears

This heartwarming whiskey ad will make you feel feelings

The Reader is fast going viral, for a good reason.

From The Score Ulster captain Johann Muller will retire at the end of this season CONFIRMED

Ulster captain Johann Muller will retire at the end of this season

The 34-year-old feels he is playing well, but has decided to listen to his ‘body’s point of view’.

# south-africa - Monday 3 February, 2014

Mandela’s €3 million will revealed: Staff members, family and the ANC all benefit

Close members of the leader’s staff will be awarded around €3,000 each. There is a 90 day period in which the will can be contested.

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