July 6th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Caster Semenya can return to track, compete against women

Caster Semenya has been cleared to return back to the track.

South African world champion track star Caster Semenya, who was hampered by allegations regarding her gender, can return to her sport and compete alongside of other women, the International Association of Athletics Federations said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old track star was sidelined for 11 months because she was forced to undergo gender tests after she broke onto the scene with a stunning 800-meter victory at the world championships in August 2009 and controversy broke out over whether she is a man or a woman.

During the Berlin championships, where she won the gold in her first major event, Semenya attracted a lot of attention. Her muscular build, largely-improved times and widespread allegation about her gender sparked the IAAF to order the gender verification tests.

"The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect," the group said in a statement on the site. "Please note that the medical details of the case remain confidential and the IAAF will make no further comment on the matter

July 2nd, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Former S. African police chief convicted of corruption

South Africa's former police chief, Jackie Selebi, was found guilty Friday of corruption resulting from his relationship with a convicted drug trafficker, the state news agency in South Africa reported.

Selebi will face 15 years in prison when he is sentenced July 14.


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May 28th, 2010
03:46 AM ET

U.S. issues travel alert for South Africa

The State Department has issued a travel alert warning U.S. citizens in South Africa to be aware of increased terrorism risks during the World Cup, which starts June 11.


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April 25th, 2010
09:16 PM ET

Judge to attend grandson's bar mitzvah after all

A South African judge who said he planned to skip his grandson's bar mitzvah because of expected protests over the judge's role in a report that was critical of Israel has now decided to attend the event, he said Sunday.


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