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On the search for diamonds in South Africa

The egg-sized white diamond was sold for $21.75 million at Christie's in Geneva. It was billed as the largest of its kind to go under the hammer.

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South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma appeared in court on Monday (January 31) to face a long-standing corruption trial regarding a $2 billion government arms deal. Zuma's lawyers had argued that lead state prosecutor, Billy Downer, should be removed from the case, claiming that Downer is biased and his involvement would result in Zuma not getting a fair trial.
9 Feb
The world was shocked when the Omicron variant was discovered in South Africa last year. But life is almost back to normal there. The government has lifted most lockdown restrictions, and tourists are flocking back.
18 Feb
To preserve and honour the legacy of South Africa's iconic leader, Nelson Mandela, his home, which was a symbol of his presidency and struggle against apartheid, has now been transformed into a luxury hotel.
5 Mar
The world was shocked when the Omicron variant was discovered in South Africa last year. But life is almost back to normal there. The government has lifted most lockdown restrictions, and tourists are flocking back.
11 Mar
As commodity prices spike because of the war in Ukraine, South Africa's finance minister warns that the country might face fallout from inflation of food and oil prices, but that the conflict could also lead to a boost in the country's export revenue. Plus, there are warnings of a humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso's northern city of Djibo. Hundreds of thousands of people there are struggling to get food or water as jihadists besiege the city.
11 Mar
Police in South Africa say 72 people have been killed and over 1,200 have been arrested in unrest set off by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. In a statement Tuesday night, police Maj. Gen. Mathapelo Peters said many of the deaths were caused by stampedes when shops were being looted.
17 Mar
March 17, 1992: This date will forever be remembered in South Africa as the day when whites voted to end the apartheid system that privileged them and oppressed others. The country has seen momentous change since then — but is still wracked by injustice and poverty.
24 Mar
South Africa has eased rules on travel to the country, where the omicron variant was first identified in November. Meanwhile, China's most-populous city, Shanghai, reports record COVID-19 cases.
14 Apr
Floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rain have caused widespread damage around the port city of Durban. At least 45 people have been killed in recent flooding that hit the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, authorities said on April 12.
13 Apr
A government official says flooding in KwaZulu-Natal province has caused the deaths of 259 people. Many people are still missing and thousands of others have been displaced.
16 Apr
At least 306 people have been killed in flooding around Durban in South Africa. On a visit to the stricken city, President Cyril Ramaphosa described the devastation as a "catastrophe of enormous proportions". Also, Amnesty International accuses Mali of stalling war crimes and abuse investigations. And after the French city of Bordeaux, the international tour of an exhibition highlighting the African experience heads to Abidjan in Ivory Coast.