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Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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South African newspapers report series of new details about the case but police deny leaking information

South African model Reeva Steenkamp (left), and her former boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, who stands accused of her murder

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Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

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Court hears Reeva Steenkamp was shot through bathroom door as details of tragic scene emerge

Clockwise from top left: Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the police station, police enter the estate where Pistorius lives, the star with his gold medal after winning the men's 400 metres at the 2012 Games in London, the athlete with his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius: police reject claims he mistook model for burglar

Police said the shooting was being treated as a murder investigation following previous 'allegations of a domestic nature' at the address

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Andries Pretorius has declared his love of rugby culture in Wales

Wales call Pretorius of South Africa into Six Nations squad

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Nelson Mandela in hospital for tests

Nelson Mandela is undergoing medical tests in South Africa, it was revealed yesterday, as the former South African president was admitted to hospital. A statement from President Jacob Zuma's office said Mr Mandela was "doing well and there is no cause for alarm".

Tip leads South African police to $2 million stolen artworks hidden in cemetery

A tip from an informer has led South African police to a private cemetery where they found four paintings which had been stolen from a museum hundreds of miles away, authorities said.

Branden Grace hits 60 to equal European Tour record

The South African Branden Grace yesterday equalled the European Tour record with a round of 60 at Kingsbarns in the first round of the Dunhill Links Championship.

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