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A really short history of South Africa in 12 objects

A new show at the British Museum tells the story of a country Mapungubwe rhinoceros, 1220-90 This set of gold objects comes from the 13th-century kingdom site of Mapungubwe, the earliest kingdom in southern Africa, and are some of South Africa’s most important treasures — this is the first time the rhino


South Africa to leave international criminal court

South Africa has become the second nation in a week to signal its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court over its failure to arrest a Sudanese warlord, according to leaked papers. No country has ever left the court, which is pursuing President al-Bashir of Sudan over alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity