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  • South Africa prosecution to appeal Pistorius conviction, sentence 3 days ago

    South Africa's state prosecutors will appeal the culpable homicide conviction and five-year jail sentence handed down last week on Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday. "Oscar Pistorius judgement, NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence," NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube said...
  • Judge clears Pistorius of premeditated murder, says can't be found guilty September 11, 2014

    A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of premeditated murder on Thursday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star explicitly intended to kill his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. Although she described the 27yearold as a "very poor" and "evasive" witness, judge Thokozile Masipa said...
  • Oscar Pistorius verdict hangs on 'possible improbabilities' September 11, 2014

    Eighteen months ago, when he granted Oscar Pistorius bail after the killing of his girlfriend, South African magistrate Desmond Nair noted a number of "improbabilities" in the Olympic and Paralympic star's account of the shooting. After 41 days of testimony and drama in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius's freedom hangs on...
  • Oscar Pistorius' murder trial verdict set for Thursday September 10, 2014

    Johannesburg: A South African court will announce its verdict on Thursday on athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused in the shooting death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, officials said on Wednesday. The sentence hearing is expected to get underway at 9.30 a.m. Thursday in the final proceedings of a trial that began...
  • Verdict in Oscar Pistorius trial scheduled for September 11 August 8, 2014

    The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said Friday that she will give a verdict on September 11, bringing closer to an end a globally televised fivemonth trial that has transfixed South Africans and others around the globe. Judge Thokozile Masipa made the announcement after the prosecution and defense...
  • Oscar Pistorius shot using 'primal instincts', says defence August 8, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' "primal instincts" kicked in when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state, his defence lawyer said at the athlete's murder trial on Friday. Double amputee Pistorius, 27, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is...
  • Defence team closes case in Oscar Pistorius murder trial July 8, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius' defence team wrapped up its case in the murder trial of the Olympic and Paralympic athlete on Tuesday and the court adjourned for a month to allow the legal teams to prepare and submit their closing arguments. Pistorius, who had his lowerlegs amputated as a baby, could face life...
  • Patrick Lee's 'Runner' is not for the serious reader but is perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon June 27, 2014

    Thrillers are not easy to write. There is always the case of what to give away and what to hide and also the fact that the reader, who reads the genre, has had some experience in figuring it all out. Then how does a writer get the reader to turn...
  • Pistorius 'using emotions as an escape', says prosecutor April 14, 2014

    Pretoria: The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Monday accused the track star of using emotional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who faces life in prison if convicted of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, says he shot...
  • Emotional Oscar Pistorius takes stand in own defence at murder trial April 7, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defence at his murder trial on Monday, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. He also apologised to the mother of Reeva Steenkamp in the public gallery,...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial: 'You are a very special person,' one of Steenkamp's messages read March 25, 2014

    Pretoria: The chief lawyer for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday sought to show at the athlete's murder trial that he had a loving relationship with the girlfriend he killed, referring to telephone messages in which they exchanged warm compliments and said they missed each other. The testimony contrasted with several messages read...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial: "I'm scared of you sometimes" read one of Reeva Steenkamp's text message March 24, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him and complained about what she described as his short temper and jealousy in the weeks before he killed her, according to phone messages revealed at the Olympian's murder trial on Monday. "I can't be attacked by outsiders for...
  • Firearms expert tells of Oscar Pistorius' love for guns March 17, 2014

    Pretoria: Months before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius said he drew his gun and went into "combat mode" after hearing the noise of a possible intruder at home, which turned out to be a laundry machine, a South African guns expert testified Monday at the athlete's murder trial. Sean Rens,...
  • Oscar Pistorius lawyer scrutinises police investigation March 13, 2014

    Pretoria: A photograph of Oscar Pistorius' blood-stained prosthetic legs was used by his chief defense lawyer Thursday to attempt to show that the athlete was wearing them, as he says, when he broke down a toilet door with a cricket bat to get to the girlfriend he fatally shot. The image,...
  • Oscar Pistorius weeps as court hears Reeva Steenkamp autopsy detailsOscar Pistorius weeps as court hears Reeva Steenkamp autopsy details March 10, 2014

    "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius broke down on Monday when a South African court heard details from the autopsy of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom the track star is accused of murdering on Valentine's Day last year. The testimony of pathologist Gert Saayman was interrupted twice by Pistorius' sobbing and retching but the...
  • Pistorius prayed over his shot girlfriend: Witness March 6, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius shook slightly, his hands covering his ears as a neighbor described in court Thursday how the famous athlete knelt next to his dead or dying girlfriend, praying as he tried to help Reeva Steenkamp breathe. The testimony in high court in Pistorius' murder trial was riveting and was...
  • Judge in Oscar Pistorius case warns media over leaked photo March 4, 2014

    The judge in the murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius warned the media to behave on Tuesday after a local television station leaked a photo of the state's first witness, who had asked that her image not be broadcast. The warning was one several dramatic moments in the...
  • Barack Obama and daughters go big on books, halt traffic at local store December 1, 2013

    President Barack Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, went on what has become an annual book shopping spree on Saturday, stopping at a bookstore to promote an event called Small Business Saturday. The First Family, in casual dress, stopped traffic in Politics and Prose, a tiny locallyowned store in Northwest...
  • Justin Timberlake wants to cut down on gambling October 11, 2013

    Los Angeles: Singeractor Justin Timberlake wants to cut down on his love for gambling. Timberlake says he gets carried away while playing. "I'm trying to cut down because it's easy to get carried away. I had some big wins, actually," dailystar.co.uk quoted Timberlake as saying. "But I have lost at the casino before,...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Besharam', 'Diana', 'Gravity' October 3, 2013

    CNNIBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviews Ranbir Kapoor's latest 'Besharam' as well as Hollywood movies 'Diana', 'Gravity' and 'Runner Runner' this week. ...
  • 'Runner Runner' review: Promises more meat than it ultimately delivers October 2, 2013

    Cast: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton Director: Brad Furman 'Runner Runner' is one of those stylish thrillers that promises more meat than it ultimately delivers. Fashioned as an updated version of Wall Street, but set in the world of online gambling, the plot takes predictable twists and turns, and never delivers...
  • Murder trial for 'Blade Runner' Pistorius to start on March 3 August 19, 2013

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius was indicted Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of the doubleamputee Olympian's girlfriend on Valentine's Day. A Pretoria court set March 3 as the trial date for Pistorius, who has said he shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake, believing she was...
  • Boston blasts suspect Tsarnaev indicted on 30 counts June 28, 2013

    Boston: The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been indicted on 30 counts. A Federal grand jury charged him with killing four people three spectators who died in the bombings and a police officer ambushed in his cruiser a few days later. Besides that, he is...
  • Pistorius rules out track return this year: report May 20, 2013

    Cape Town: South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, will not compete in any events this year, local media reported on Monday. The sprinter's agent had previously said August's world championships in Moscow were "on the radar" after Pistorius' bail conditions were relaxed on March...
  • US: Obama defends FBI handling of Boston suspect May 1, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the FBI on its investigations related to the suspected Chechenorigin Boston bombers, even as he praised Russia for its cooperation in the probe into the attacks. "I think that all our law enforcement officials performed in an exemplary fashion after the bombing had...
  • US lawmaker believes Boston suspects were trained April 28, 2013

    Washington: Boston Marathon bombing suspects were trained in carrying out the attack, top US lawmakers claimed on Sunday and said that it is too early to arrive at the conclusion that there is no foreign connection to this act of terror. Congressman Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security...
  • Boston Marathon: IndianAmerican surgeon emerges as hero April 19, 2013

    Boston: An IndianAmerican orthopaedic surgeon, who participated the illfated Boston Marathon, emerged as a 'hero' by providing first aid to victims after the twin bombings ripped through a cheering crowd, killed three people and injured over 180 others. Dr Vivek Shah, who works at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, was...
  • War medicine now is helping Boston bomb victims April 18, 2013

    The bombs that made Boston look like a combat zone have also brought battlefield medicine to their civilian victims. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has sharpened skills and scalpels, leading to dramatic advances that are now being used to treat the 13 amputees and nearly a dozen...
  • Marathon bombs believed carried in dark, heavy bags April 17, 2013

    Boston: Authorities suspect whoever perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings carried heavy devices made out of pressure cookers in darkcolored nylon bags or backpacks before dropping them near the finish line, causing the worst attack on US soil since September 11, 2001. The twin blasts on Monday killed three people including an...