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News Summary: DuPont buys S. African seed company

SEEDING AFRICA: After a nearly three-year battle with South African regulators, DuPont Co. said Wednesday that its Des Moines, Iowa subsidiary Pioneer has completed the purchase of an 80 percent majority stake in South Africa's Pannar Seed. Full story

Insight: In the shadow of Mandela, Zimbabwe's Mugabe fights on

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Both are hailed as African liberation heroes and both preached, and were praised for, messages of reconciliation and unity when their countries threw off the shackles of white minority rule. Full story

Worker shot dead near Lonmin's South Africa mine- police

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A 49-year-old worker was shot dead at the weekend near Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa, stirring worries of new labor tension in the troubled platinum mining belt which has been racked by a violent union dispute over the last year. Full story

SAfrica: Theron pledges help in AIDS fight

Actress Charlize Theron has pledged her support in the campaign against AIDS during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma. Full story

In Zimbabwean diaspora, only some trek home to vote

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - If Zimbabwe's election this week delivers a win for the party he supports, Gilbert Zondo could be back home by the end of the year, reviving the teaching career he abandoned five years ago to live in precarious exile in South Africa. Full story

South Africa's 'worst rapist' hangs himself before trial

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A man suspected of being South Africa's worst known serial rapist has been found dead in his prison cell hours before he was to go trial on charges that included sexually assaulting 34 children, prosecutors said on Thursday. Full story

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  South Africa celebrates Mandela’s birthday

People across South Africa have taken to the streets  in celebration of Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday - the occasion capped by the news the former president's health is rapidly improving.   The anti-apartheid leader has been in hospital since early June suffering from a recurring lung infection.  I

  Former Wall Street businessman helps South African townships prosper

An idealistic Harvard and Oxford graduate left his six-figure job on Wall Street for Africa, where he’s helping one of South Africa’s poorest townships learn how to be entrepreneurs. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

  The importance of the first first black president: Mandela

The former South African president remains in critical condition, reports NBC's Ron Allen. Melissa Harris-Perry discusses Nelson Mandela's legacy through the lens of the recent Supreme Court decision with the Voting Rights Act in the U.S.

  Obama's Africa tour underway

Though President Barack Obama recently met privately with Nelson Mandela’s family in South Africa, he is in the region for more than just sentimental reasons. Joining Karen Finney were Congresswoman Karen Bass D-Calif., from the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and Internat

  Obama's in South Africa

The president's trip to South Africa could be overshadowed by Nelson Mandela's health. Chris Hayes talks to Esther Armah, who reported from South Africa, John Nichols, who traveled with Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1994, and Dayo Olopade, a Nigerian-American journalist and a Knight Media Schola

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Gold medallist Van der Burgh of South Africa smiles next to his compatriot, bronze medallist Zorzi, at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona

Gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa smiles next to his compatriot, bronze medallist Giulio Zorzi, at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SWIM

Winner Van Der Burgh of South Africa poses with his gold medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona
Winner Van Der Burgh of South Africa poses with his gold medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona

Winner Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa poses with his gold medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SWIMMING)

Third placed Zorzi of South Africa poses with his bronze medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona
Third placed Zorzi of South Africa poses with his bronze medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona

Third placed Giulio Zorzi of South Africa poses with his bronze medal at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT SWIMMING)

Second placed Sprenger of Australia, winner Van Der Burgh of South Africa and third placed compatriot Zorzi pose with their medals at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona
Second placed Sprenger of Australia, winner Van Der Burgh of South Africa and third placed compatriot Zorzi pose with their medals at the men's 50m breaststroke victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona

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