Oscar Pistorius, the South African runner, was formally charged with the Valentine's Day murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Russians, Chinese, Brazilians, and others are traveling abroad as never before as the world's growing middle classes get itchy feet.
South Africa is hoping to avoid further isolating Zimbabwe and repeating the refugee crisis that followed the country's 2008 election.
The African National Congress has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid. But riddled by corruption charges and internal feuding, it looks increasingly vulnerable.
With Obama in South Africa, Mandela's family has said a private visit between the two men might be meaningful for the South African leader.
In a new documentary, the Zimbabwean president says that Mandela 'was too much of a saint' and takes the famous South African to task for not doing enough for the black majority.
In an unfiltered interview with the Guardian last week, Zambian Vice President Guy Scott had fighting words for the continent's economic powerhouse. Now Pretoria is demanding an explanation.
A UN 'intervention brigade' will enter the country this summer to fight Congolese rebels. But the countries sending troops have a political agenda as well.
South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, and Ethiopia all have economies that are growing at a brisk pace. But their future depends on how they invest that money, writes Matthew Hawkins.