The deportations follow a string of xenophobic attacks. The crackdown began on as South Africa moved to convene negotiations between Zimbabwe's warring political parties.
Readers remember pen pals they found through the Monitor's old Mail Bag column.
The heightened political tensions between the two allies in the war on terror has prompted US presidential hopefuls to focus on improving Afghanistan strategy.
Russia says that the proposed US defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, an initial agreement for which was inked this week, is targeting Russia, not rogue states.
Women are believed to be carrying out attacks to avenge the deaths of loved ones, counter depression, or atone for previous actions.