Racial violence spreads in S Africa

A wave of xenophobic attacks escalated in South Africa’s seething townships, with mobs beating and murdering foreigners.

The unrest has killed more than 20 people since it began last week and increased political instability at a time South Africa is struggling with dire power shortages, rising inflation and growing disaffection among the poor over President Thabo Mbeki’s pro-business policies. Full Story

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