TIME Africa

Pistorius Vomits Upon Seeing Images of Dead Girlfriend During Murder Trial

Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 13, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.
Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on March 13, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Getty Images

The double-amputee Olympian, on trial in South Africa for the murder of model Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, vomited after gruesome images of her body shortly after he shot her were inadvertently shown in the courtroom

The murder trial of South African olympian Oscar Pistorius turned gruesome again Thursday, when images displayed of his former girlfriend shortly after her death prompted the double-amputee known as “Blade Runner” to vomit in court.

The photos of Reeva Steenkamp appeared briefly on a number of TV screens as part of the prosecution’s case, seemingly by accident as a police official was moving through various images, the Guardian reports. They shocked Steenkamp’s supporters in the courtroom and made Pistorius, who has frequently appeared anguished and sick during the trial, distraught once again.

Pistorius is facing murder charges and the possibility of life in prison if he is found guilty. Prosecutors say he murdered his girlfriend after a fight, but Pistorius says he killed her by accident by shooting his gun through a bathroom door at what he thought was an intruder.

[Guardian]

TIME video

30-Second Tech Trick: How to Take a Screenshot on Your iPhone

Whatever you're looking at on your iPhone's screen can be captured as an image to be shared with others. Here's how.

TIME animals

Here’s An Otter Just Chowin’ Down On An Alligator

No big deal

Remember that very hungry snake we saw feasting on a crocodile earlier this week? Well, here’s an even hungrier animal putting that snake to shame. Florida’s Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge posted to its Facebook page a series of photos, taken in 2011, of an otter pouncing on an alligator and then just totally devouring him.

And here you thought otters were just cute and cuddly all the time.

TIME Venezuela

Venezuela Marks First Anniversary Of Chavez’s Death

While President Nicolas Maduro struggles to live up to his legacy

Supporters of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took to the streets across the country Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of his death from cancer.

A planned military parade in the capital city of Caracas was set to demonstrate current president Nicolas Maduro’s ability to mobilize the population, reports Reuters, as a series of violent anti-government protests continue to undermine his leadership.

Chavez was immensely popular among the poorest members of Venezuela’s population, thanks to his anti-American rhetoric and generous spending on slum projects. Yet barely a year after his death, his successor has faced a series of challenges from the protests, which have resulted in a reported 18 deaths. Maduro has been blamed for not doing enough to overcome many of the country’s problems, including rampant crime and spiraling living costs.

However, Chavez’s cousin Guillermo Frias claimed that although Chavez “changed Venezuela forever,” he insisted that “Maduro is also a poor man, like us. He’s handling things fine. Perhaps he just needs a stronger hand.”

[Reuters]

TIME Environment

These are 11 of the Oldest Things in the World

All that lives must die—but some organisms get a little more time on this Earth than others. For nearly a decade, the photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling around the world, capturing images of the oldest continuously living things in the world, part of an effort to “step outside our quotidian experience of time and start to consider a deeper timescale,” as she put it in a TED talk in 2010. Everything she has photographed for the project is at least 2,000 years old, if not much, much older. That includes something as unimaginably ancient as the Posidonia sea grass meadow, found in protected waters in the Mediterranean Sea, which may be 100,000 years old, and something comparatively younger, like baobab trees found in southern Africa. It is a record of survival, of those organisms—and they’re all plants, lichen or coral, as the oldest animals live less than 200 years—that beat the odds of genetics and simply lasted.

Sussman has a new photo book out that details her project, along with a foreword by the science writer Carl Zimmer. There’s a sense of wonder imbued in these photographs of organisms that seem to be a physical record of time, but there’s also a call to action. Many of these subjects of Sussman’s portraits are under threat from habitat loss or climate change or simple human idiocy. (Sussman has written movingly about the loss of the 3,500 year-old Senator tree in Orlando, destroyed in a fire that was almost certainly set on purpose.) “The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of our past, a call to action in the present and a barometer of the future,” Sussman has said—and the images that follow prove her out.

TIME Asia

North and South Korean Families Reunite

South Koreans crossed the border to meet family members they had not seen since the 1950-53 Korean war. The reunion may have been the last chance for many to see their loved ones.

TIME olympics

These Are The Most Unusual Pictures From Sochi

Sometimes the Winter Olympics can look a little odd.

TIME Ukraine

Ukraine’s Protesters Face Violent Crackdown in Kiev

A new round of violence broke out in Kiev on Tuesday as antigovernment protesters clashed with police outside Ukraine's parliament and the nearby headquarters of President Viktor Yanukovych's ruling party.

A new round of violence broke out in Kiev on Tuesday as anti-government protesters clashed with police outside Ukraine’s parliament and the nearby headquarters of President Viktor Yanukovych’s ruling party. Opposition medics told AFP at least three protesters were killed and more than 150 were injured, including dozens of police officers. The body count has gone up to at least nine reported deaths. The flare-up comes about three months after demonstrations began when Yanukovych spurned a long-anticipated E.U. association deal in favor of closer ties with Russia. The opposition continues to demand a new government headed by its leaders and sweeping reforms that put Ukraine back on its path toward greater integration with the E.U.

TIME olympics

Awe-Inspiring Photos from Day 13 of the Sochi Olympics

Cross country skiing, hockey and more from the 13th day of the Olympics.

Cross country skiing, hockey and more from the 13th day of the Olympics.

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