Press freedom and diversity have become the central themes in a row between media houses in South Africa over the transparency of the sale of Independ(...)

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and and then US president Ronald Reagan are seen at the  White House in February 1985.  Photograph/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama has led tributes from world leaders to Margaret Thatcher, saying: “The world has lost one of the great champions of (...)

Well-wishers have been leaving goodwill messages written on stones and placed inside planters outside of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela's residence in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is in hospital for a sixth day as he recovers from pneumonia. The government is expected t(...)

Jacob Zuma: African National Congress yesterday confirmed it had dissolved the leadership of its youth league, a move that purges it of members who opposed the president’s recent re-election as party president. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP Photo

At a press conference in Johannesburg ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the party’s National Executive Committee members had vot(...)

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