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SA 'slave' found dead

South African police say Happy Sindane has been found stoned to death. The teen made headlines around the world when he claimed he had been kidnapped and enslaved by blacks.

A four-month inquiry in 2003 established that Mr Sindane was the son of a black domestic worker and the white man for whom she worked when the boy was born in 1983. Sindane had told reporters that he was a white slave. His black family said they had taken in an unwanted child and treated him as one of their own.

Rio tourist assaulted

TWO foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalised and one of them sexually assaulted on public transport after being picked up in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach neighbourhood, according to police.

Two men aged 20 and 22 have been arrested in connection with the incident.

US reality star dies

A cast member of the MTV reality show 'Buckwild' was found dead in rural West Virginia yesterday in a vehicle in a ditch along with his uncle and a third, unidentified person, authorities said.

Police said the bodies of cast member, Shain Gandee (21), his uncle David Gandee (48) and the third man were found near Sissonville, Kanawha County. Authorities had been searching for the men since Sunday morning.

Madonna in Malawi

MADONNA has arrived in Malawi for an unannounced visit. An aviation department worker said Madonna's jet landed at the Kamuzu International Airport in the country's capital, Lilongwe, early yesterday. It was not clear if she came with her children.

Madonna adopted two children from Malawi. She promised the court she would bring her adopted children twice "every two or three years".

Family visits Mandela

Former South African president Nelson Mandela (94) spent yesterday with family in the Johannesburg hospital where he was being treated for a fifth day for a recurring lung infection that developed into pneumonia.

A presidential spokesman said there was no significant change in Mr Mandela's condition after he had spent a restful day and was comfortable.

Irish Independent