'Fat man' says New Zealand visa decision 'totally unfair'
2013-07-30 06:26:37 UTC
A South African man who was told he was too fat to have his work visa extended in New Zealand has called the decision "totally unfair".
Immigration officials said Albert Buitenhuis's weight - 130kg (20st 6lb) - could put him at "significant risk" of health complications and be a drain on the c...
Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe And The Countries They Shaped
2013-07-30 05:28:34 UTC
As the ailing Nelson Mandela turned 95 this month, the international community celebrated his legacy and rooted for his recovery.
Just to the north in Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, 89, is running for re-election this week. He's looking to extend his 33 years in power, which have been mark...
Zimbabwe PM: No trust in free and fair poll
2013-07-29 16:06:33 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's prime minister says he doesn't trust the nation's state electoral body to conduct free and fair elections on Wednesday and he called for their resignation.
Speaking to more than 50,000 supporters at his last rally in downtown Harare, Prime Minister Morgan Tsv...
Police: Bomber kills 1 in Somali hospital attack
2013-07-28 07:46:53 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A bomber detonated a minivan laden with explosives outside a Turkish hospital in Somalia's capital on Saturday, killing at least one person and wounding more than three others, a Somali police officer said.
The bomber also died in the attack at the Al-Shifa hospital i...
Nelson Mandela film to be released soon
2013-07-27 07:01:27 UTC
CAPE TOWN, July 26 (Xinhua) -- An epic film based on the autobiography of former South African president Nelson Mandela will soon be released, it was learned here on Friday.
The news came as Mandela spent his 48th day in hospital for treatment of a recurring lung infection. He remains in a cri...
Mandela’s Wealth-Sharing Dream Fades in South Africa
2013-07-24 18:51:43 UTC
Prudence Moime looks up from stirring a pot of corn meal in front of her two-room shanty in northeastern South Africa and gazes across the surrounding rocky hillside. Just beyond her view lie some of the world’s best platinum deposits.
She says she waits in vain for some of the money promised ...
Johannesburg loses eatery with star-studded past
2013-07-23 20:11:46 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The name of the South African restaurant means "the back of beyond," but it was the place to be in its heyday, drawing Nelson Mandela and other global figures who perused a menu of ostrich casserole, deep-fried crocodile cubes and other regionally inspired dishes. Now Gramadoe...
In Mali, glitches threaten legitimacy of election
2013-07-22 14:36:35 UTC
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Oumou Sangare is used to getting what she wants. Unlike most of the people lined up outside the election office here, the wife of Mali's former ambassador to the United Nations is not accustomed to hearing the word 'no.'
Yet that's exactly what the elegant, middle-aged woma...
Mandela had spent 27 years in jail, and then - he had forgiven his jailers
2013-07-21 21:55:44 UTC
NELSON MANDELA turned 95 last week, spending his birthday in a Pretoria hospital where he has been fighting a lung infection since June. His illness unleashed a worldwide wave of international concern and well-wishes. The most revered statesman in Africa’s history may be physically in decline, bu...
Mugabe still fit to lead — First Lady Grace Mugabe
2013-07-21 17:53:20 UTC
First Lady Grace Mugabe has leapt to the defence of her husband President Robert Mugabe’s 33-year-old reign saying at 89, the Zanu PF leader deserves another five-year term.
Addressing a campaign rally in Marondera this week, 47-year-old Grace said Mugabe, who is seeking to extend his 33-year-ol...
Briton kidnapped near Nigeria's Lagos airport
2013-07-20 09:10:30 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A British national has been kidnapped near Lagos international airport, in Nigeria's commercial capital, the British Consulate-General reported Friday.
Diplomats are working with Nigerian authorities on the kidnapping, which took place earlier this week, said consulate sp...
Upbeat health report for Mandela on 95th birthday
2013-07-18 23:15:12 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hospital visitors say Nelson Mandela smiled and nodded Thursday — his 95th birthday — and South Africans celebrated upbeat reports about the former president's health after weeks of worrying that he was on the verge of death.
Children sang "Happy Birthday" at school assembl...
Malema considers suing Maile for calling him a drunkard, womaniser
2013-07-17 11:09:24 UTC
At the press conference on Tuesday, the ANC Youth League's Gauteng chairperson, Leboganag Maile, blamed the league's former president, Julius Malema, for the youth league's financial problems.
"Where is the money of the ANC Youth League? The ANC Youth League owes [creditors] more than R50-mill...
Mandela situation sparks end-of-life discussions
2013-07-13 18:50:30 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Sean Davison's mother, a doctor, knew she faced an impending, painful death from cancer. Not willing to endure it, she chose to end her life by not eating. That attempt, Davison said, went terribly wrong.
"It went on for five weeks drinking a glass of water each day," said ...
South Africa: Mandela noted Bard's words on death
2013-12-07 09:23:28 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Facing death without fear appealed to Nelson Mandela, then a prisoner on Robben Island during white rule in South Africa.
In 1977, he signed his name beside a passage from "Julius Caesar" in an inmate's copy of the complete works of William Shakespeare. The lines are remini...
Nelson Mandela's grandson rejects bid to sack him as clan chief
2013-07-10 11:46:40 UTC
Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla has said he will resist moves to expel him as chief of the anti-apartheid icon's clan, even as the former president is critically ill and in hospital for more than three weeks.
King Buleyekhaya Dalindyebo, the traditional ruler of the Thembu people, of which Ma...
Nelson Mandela grand-daughters tweet about burial row
2013-07-10 11:29:32 UTC
Two grand-daughters of Nelson Mandela took to the social networking site Twitter for nine hours to answer questions about his health and the dispute over his burial site.
Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini said Mr Mandela, South Africa's first black president, "smiles" and the family rem...
Zimbabwe's prime minister accepts July polls
2013-07-07 21:52:18 UTC
MARONDERA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's prime minister said Sunday his party is ready to contest elections on July 31 despite worries that the poll is taking place before democratic reforms can be completed.
Speaking at a gathering to kick off his party's three-week campaign, Morgan Tsvangirai s...
Mandela grandson loses leadership role over feud
2013-07-07 01:34:55 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A tribal king in South Africa on Saturday removed a grandson of Nelson Mandela from his post of traditional authority while the former president is hospitalized in critical condition.
King Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo of the Thembu tribe said Mandla Mandela was being expelled "fro...
30 killed in school attack in northeast Nigeria
2013-07-07 00:03:56 UTC
POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants attacked a boarding school before dawn Saturday, dousing a dormitory in fuel and lighting it ablaze as students slept, survivors said. At least 30 people were killed in the deadliest attack yet on schools in Nigeria's embattled northeast.
Desmond Tutu urges Nelson Mandela's family to end feud
2013-07-05 10:04:44 UTC
BBC - Two leading South Africans have called for an end to a bitter row among members of Nelson Mandela's family over the reburial of three of his children.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said he hoped the public dispute could be resolved in a "dignified manner".
Archbishop Desmond Tutu...
Obama ends Africa trip by joining Bush at memorial
2013-07-02 08:48:58 UTC
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican predecessor President George W. Bush found common ground in Africa on Tuesday, honoring the victims of a terrorist attack in an unprecedented chance encounter a world away from home.
The U.S. presidents had a brief...
Obama asserts Mandela's values are Africa's future
2013-07-01 01:54:48 UTC
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Challenging African youth to seize a "moment of great promise," President Barack Obama declared Sunday that the future of the young and growing continent still rests in ailing South African leader Nelson Mandela's vision for equality and opportunity. Seeking to carv...
First family touring Mandela's island prison
2013-06-30 08:57:55 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama is paying tribute on Sunday to the man who inspired his political activism by taking his family on a tour of the island prison where anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell.
Obama's visit to Robben Island comes as M...
Graça Machel: so much more than a first lady
2013-06-29 19:15:28 UTC
The Guardian - As the world's thoughts turn towards Nelson Mandela, it is becoming clear that his wife too will take her place in history as a huge figure in the fight against poverty, illiteracy and injustice.
Shakespeare, in one of Nelson Mandela's favourite lines, now strangely apposite, sa...