After a long life of service in the eThekwini Metro Police in Durban, South Africa, Butch, the police dog, was no longer fit to work.
The boys are shabbily dressed and carry begging bowls, darting between the traffic in many West African cities — or huddled in dusty alleys reciting verses from the Koran.
The children were packed into two school buses and wore similar pastel clothing. But as they emerged, it became clear that one bus held mostly black children, the other one whites.
Allyn Bagu lay in bed, listening to the creatures nesting under the roof of her new apartment in suburban Johannesburg. She could hear them scrabbling around and their ominous screeches.
Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir's jet took off into Pretoria's sunny winter skies Monday, spiriting him away from a looming arrest warrant and leaving behind a trail of questions about South Africa’s respect for international law and its own courts.
South Africa’s government faced embarrassment Sunday when a court ordered authorities to prevent the president of Sudan from leaving the country after an African Union summit, even though the government had promised immunity to all summit participants.
Ebola, which wiped out families, orphaned children and devastated West African economies, is finally retreating more than 18 months after the epidemic began, with Sierra Leona expected to be free of the disease in the coming months and a United Nations emergency response center due to shut down.
A haunting tale that began last month with an X-ray silhouette of Adou Ouattara crammed inside a suitcase being smuggled into Spain led at last this week to the 8-year-old boy's reunion with his family.