Pistorius trial: The pathologist's report
Oscar Pistorius knew what was coming - the detailed pathologist's report about the injuries sustained by Reeva Steenkamp. During a brief recess beforehand, the athlete's sister Aimee moved over briefly to sit beside him in the dock, and hugged him.
Then Professor Gert Saayman began, and the athlete leant forward in his seat, his hands - holding a white handkerchief - clutched over his head as if to protect himself. As he began to retch, a court orderly pushed what appeared to be a waste bin closer to Mr Pistorius's feet.
Twice the judge halted proceedings to ask if the accused was able to continue and if he could hear the evidence being presented.
The Pistorius family sat, stiffly, holding hands in the row behind him. From my position I couldn't see the reaction further along the bench, where some of Reeva Steenkamp's friends were seated.
Earlier in the morning, the pathologist had made a plea to the judge for the live broadcasting of the trial's proceedings to be suspended during his testimony, because of the graphic nature of the evidence, and in order to protect the dignity of the deceased and her relatives, and for the "good morals of society."
Pistorius trial: Be wary of certainties
If you are reading this you have probably been following the Pistorius trial this week. And if you've been following the trial, you've probably got a pretty strong view already about whether or not the athlete deliberately murdered Reeva Steenkamp.
But please, hear me out.
Pistorius trial: The battle that lies ahead
There are, it strikes me, not one but two Oscar Pistorius trials beginning in South Africa at Pretoria's High Court on Monday.
One is relatively straightforward - call it "The State v Oscar Pistorius".
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signs anti-gay bill
The new law is blunt and uncompromising. Having spelled out its definition of homosexuality - which includes touching another person "with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality" - the act concludes that convicted offenders will be sentenced "to imprisonment for life"
The offence of "aggravated homosexuality" - which includes having sex with "a person living with HIV" or being "a serial offender" - will also lead to life imprisonment.
CAR: Obituary for a village mayor
You will struggle to find Dewa Adamou's village on a map.
Take the road south-west out of the capital, Bangui, and keep driving until the tarmac runs out and the forest - giant pylon-like grey trees with broad green canopies - closes in on a lumpy dirt track.
CAR's militias face identity crisis
The three prisoners knelt in the dirt. Standing in front of them, Sylvestre Yagouzou angrily brandished a grenade that one of the men had been caught carrying in his pocket. Then he grabbed some of their amulets - leather necklaces with plastic pockets - and with a long knife began to slit each one open, looking for evidence.
It was an instructive scene; a sign that the Central African Republic's fearsome anti-balaka militia are starting to worry about their image and their position in the chaotic race to fill the local military and political power vacuum in this shattered nation.
CAR crisis: The church sheltering Muslims
Father Xavier Fagba wandered past the wooden pews inside St Peter's Parish Church in the small, shabby town of Boali in the Central African Republic, and patted a few children's heads before settling down to help a tearful six-year-old girl who had stubbed her toe.
In a country busily ripping itself apart in a bloodthirsty cycle of revenge, Father Fagba and his congregation are a remarkable exception - an unlikely group now bound together by a messy combination of high ideals and the purest desperation.