Oh, the promise of a new year! So many fresh starts and remarkable discoveries lie ahead – including the many that will be made between the pages of a book. For those eager for a preview, here’s a sampling of some of the more promising of the early 2012 titles.
Many South Africans dislike what they see as US unilateralism. Mrs. Obama's visit is an attempt to remind South Africans of shared history and common goals.
Brendan Earley of Davison, Mich. puts on his own car show while waiting for the start of the Back to the Bricks Mitten Promo Tour in the parking lot on Friday in Flint.
In the fourth municipal elections since the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africans voters say they are disappointed with politics in general.
Black South Africans cast their first votes as full citizens in 1994. How far has the country come?
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has moved from a Tucson, Ariz., hospital to the next phase of her recovery: rehabilitation. The Arizona Democrat has already shown signs of affection, determination, and appreciation for public support as she embarks on the comeback trail after being shot in the head two weeks ago. It's a difficult road, but one that others in the public eye have also walked. Here's a look at Giffords and five other profiles in perseverance. It can't claim to be a "Top 5" list, but the people exemplify grace and courage in the face of extreme adversity.
Desmond Tutu, one of South Africa's most beloved figures, announced plans Thursday to retire from public life after his birthday in October.
As fans of Spain luxuriate in the glow of the country's first World Cup championship, fans of the Netherlands search for an explanation of what went wrong. Some blame the referee, others point to Paul the Octopus.
The success of the Netherlands' World Cup soccer team is cause for celebration for the many South Africans with Dutch ancestry, but that dynamic leaves a bad taste in the mouths of some blacks.