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Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial

By Nomatter Ndebele PRETORIA (Reuters) - The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the double amputee track athlete on Tuesday with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend, insisting he killed her deliberately after an argument. "You fired four shots through the door whilst knowing that she was standing behind the door," said prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known in South Africa as "The Pitbull" for his hectoring style of questioning.

Pistorius to start second week in witness box

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius returnds to the stand Monday for a fourth day of cross-examination after the prosecution lawyer accused him of knowingly shooting dead his girlfriend. The day will mark the start of the 27-year-old's second week in the witness stand in his defence against murder charges for Reeva Steenkamp's death on Valentines' Day last year. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel's relentless questioning has drawn tears and angry replies from the world-famous double amputee sprinter, who insists he shot Steenkamp four times by accident through a locked bathroom door.

Prosecution accuses Pistorius of tailoring evidence

The prosecution on Friday angrily accused Oscar Pistorius of tailoring evidence while rubbishing his account of why he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a fabrication. During a third day of intense cross-examination, prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused the 27-year-old of having a selective memory on incriminating details of the night he killed Steenkamp in the bathroom. The prosecutor nicknamed "the bulldog" also ripped apart the Paralympian's claim that he had rushed to the bathroom with a gun "out of instinct" that danger was lurking behind the door.

Pistorius trial - key points from day 20

South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel continued his fierce cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius Thursday, claiming the sprinter was lying and that his account of events was "impossible." Here are highlights from proceedings on the trial's 20th day:

Pistorius faces blistering cross-examination

South African Olympic star Oscar Pistorius faced fierce cross-examination at his murder trial Wednesday, with the prosecution demanding he admit his girlfriend's death was more than just a "terrible mistake." Prosecutor Gerrie Nel also told Pistorius that Reeva Steenkamp's head exploded when she was shot and tried to force him to look at a horrific police photograph of her injuries. The athlete has tearfully testified that the 29-year-old model died in his arms, after he shot her mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius faces blistering cross-examination

South African Olympic star Oscar Pistorius faced fierce cross-examination at his murder trial Wednesday, with the prosecution demanding he admit his girlfriend's death was more than just a "terrible mistake." Prosecutor Gerrie Nel also told Pistorius that Reeva Stenkamp's head exploded when she was shot and tried to force him to look at a horrific police photograph of her injuries. The athlete has tearfully testified that the 29-year-old model died in his arms, after he shot her mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius to take stand as murder trial resumes

Star Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand for the first time when his murder trial resumes on Monday under the glare of the world's media. As the defence opens its case, the 27-year-old Paralympian will give the court his first account of why he shot dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013. Pistorius has cut a lonely figure since his trial started on March 3, saying little since his "not guilty" plea besides the occasional "yes, milady" to Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill 79 in Nigeria

The death toll in an attack by Fulani herdsmen on a village in northern Nigeria's Zamfara State rose to 79 from 30, a governor spokesman said Sunday. "The governor and other officials were today at Yar Galadima village where they participated in the burial of 79 people killed in the attack by cattle rustlers," Nuhu Salihu Anka told AFP.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill 30 in Nigeria

Gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen stormed a meeting in northern Nigeria's Zamfara state and killed 30 people, police said Sunday. "Thirty people were killed and several others injured," Zamfara state police spokesman Lawal Abdullahi told AFP. "The incident happened in Galadima yesterday during a meeting of community leaders and representatives of vigilante groups" who were discussing ways to thwart armed robbers and cattle rustlers, he said. He said security forces had deployed to the area.

Rob Ford votes against congratulating Olympic athletes, then asks for re-vote

TORONTO - Rob Ford had an oops moment Wednesday when he voted against city council motions on naming a Toronto street in honour of Nelson Mandela and congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The controversial Toronto mayor — who was the only one to vote against the motions — later claimed he hit the wrong voting button in both cases and asked for a re-vote. "I guess I pushed the wrong button," Ford said. "Of course I support Nelson Mandela — I was the one who wished him a happy birthday ... and the Olympic athletes, of course I do," he said.
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