| Jan 31, 2015
| 4:00 PM
When I visited Cape Town in September, the tree buds were exploding, and golden-green blades were popping up in the pavement cracks.
The seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, so as Angelenos are lamenting the onset of fire weather, those...
| Jan 31, 2015
| 4:30 PM
"It's not really technical?" Liz asked Axel Zander, our cycling guide, as he shuttled the four of us to our drop-off point a third of the way up Table Mountain.
"There's some rocky sections, but I'll warn you," said Zander, the founder of Downhill...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 12:17 PM
If Greece and the Greek Isles have been on your list of destinations, Friendly Planet Travel has several options that range from packages that explore Athens and a variety of the islands to strictly Greek Isles cruises. There are also packages that...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 1:02 PM
Jackie Selebi, South Africa's ex-police chief and a former president of Interpol who was sentenced to 15 years in prison after his conviction on corruption charges, has died. He was 64.
Selebi died Friday in a Pretoria hospital after being in an induced...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 12:18 PM
There’s an air of glee and abandon when the looting starts. South African police have been reported to stand by and watch – or even help – when township people attack the shops of foreign migrants and loot.
The looters break open...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 7:36 AM
Yolande Korkie allowed herself to imagine embracing her husband, schoolteacher Pierre Korkie, when she was told Saturday he was about to be freed by militants holding him hostage in Yemen and would be home by Christmas.
Instead, she received his remains...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 10:20 PM
Few things are more frustrating than losing your keys or more gratifying than finding them, but Jonathan Rogers felt neither emotion when he found a Key to the City of Fort Lauderdale in South Africa.
Rogers saw a piece of history.
He says the key...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 2:01 PM
Joel Warren wants to build a school, but he needs some help. He plans to put the school in one of the poorest areas of Cape Town, South Africa.
Called Khayelitsha, the 30-year old township has a young population, a high crime rate and more than half...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 11:05 PM
The first glorious day of 2015 meant just one thing in Cape Town, South Africa: the beach. About 200,000 people headed for the city’s golden strands, 1,100 police were deployed, and by day’s end around 500 children had been lost, some as young...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 6:44 PM
In a sprawling warehouse five miles inland from the port of Newark, N.J., Special Agent Scott Doyle was dwarfed by the metal shipping container that had just arrived from Indonesia and was headed to Maryland. It held 14 tons of pasteurized crabmeat,...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 7:13 PM
Nelson Mandela's selfless brand of leadership surprised the world and won him universal accolades during his lifetime. After being confined to Robben Island for most of his 27 years in prison, Mandela became South Africa's first black president, and his...