Obama to meet with Mandela family
2013-06-29 08:46:37 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit privately Saturday with relatives of former South African President Nelson Mandela, but doesn't intend to see the critically ill anti-apartheid activist he has called a "personal hero."
The White House did not disclose any det...
Barack Obama in South Africa amid vigils for Mandela
2013-06-28 18:50:12 UTC
Pretoria - US President Barack Obama has landed in South Africa, the second stop in his three-country tour of Africa.
Mr Obama said earlier he did not expect to see former President Nelson Mandela, who is critically ill in hospital.
Leaving Senegal, he told reporters on board Air Force One:...
Senegalese president defends anti-gay law
2013-06-28 17:51:40 UTC
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese President Macky Sall defended his refusal to decriminalize homosexuality on Friday, a day after publicly clashing with President Barack Obama on the issue at a joint press conference.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Sall said it was important for oth...
Obama uncertain about visit with Nelson Mandela
2013-06-28 16:20:29 UTC
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Barack Obama, in the midst of a historic tour of Africa, says he isn't certain about whether he'll be able to visit gravely ill Nelson Mandela when he arrives in South Africa.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Dakar, Senegal to Johan...
'Emotional' Pistorius resumes track routine
2013-06-28 16:14:23 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A bearded and much skinnier Oscar Pistorius was "overcome with emotion" as he pulled on his carbon fiber running blades for his first track training since the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, his agent said.
With a short beard and a blue hooded Nike sports top...
Obama sees a hopeful democratic example in Senegal
2013-06-27 05:13:03 UTC
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The hopeful story President Barack Obama wants to tell about Africa is represented in the first stop of his weeklong trip to re-engage the continent, in a country where democracy recently overcame an impending electoral crisis.
During his visit to Senegal on Thursday, Oba...
Madiba: Our Beloved Father of Freedom We Salute You!
2013-06-27 06:26:56 UTC
Summer solstice 2013, the longest day of the year, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela returns to critical care and the world prays the sun will not yet set on our beloved Father of Freedom. I use the term “our” beloved Father of Freedom, because the life and story behind Nelson Mandela is one that touche...
Obama making long-anticipated return to Africa
2013-06-26 10:16:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making a long-anticipated return to Africa, with the health of former South African leader Nelson Mandela hanging over the visit.
The first family is departing Wednesday for a weeklong trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania to promote democracy a...
South African archbishop prays for Nelson Mandela
2013-06-26 07:17:59 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African archbishop who visited Nelson Mandela in a hospital has offered a prayer in which he wishes for a "peaceful, perfect, end" for the former president and anti-apartheid leader.
There was no word early Wednesday on 94-year-old Mandela's condition, which was cri...
South Africa: Mandela family gathers at rural home
2013-06-25 19:30:13 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Members of Nelson Mandela's family and tribal elders gathered Tuesday at the former president's rural hometown in eastern South Africa, as concern grew for the leader who spent a third day in critical condition in a hospital, local media reported.
The office of President Ja...
Nelson Mandela's other names
2013-06-25 07:12:00 UTC
Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is sometimes called by other names with each having its own special meaning and story.
Rolihlahla – This is Mandela’s birth name: it is an isiXhosa name which means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but colloquially it means “troublemaker”. His father gave him t...
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, dies aged 95
2017-07-24 22:47:44 UTC
<a href="http://www.global-gathering.com/news/13647"><h3>Follow: Nelson Mandela dead at 95</h3></a>
<h3>Nelson Mandela led South Africa from apartheid to multi-racial democracy and will be mourned around the world</h3>
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle fo...
South Africa: Mandela ambulance had engine problem
2013-06-22 17:47:05 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An ambulance carrying Nelson Mandela to a hospital two weeks ago had engine trouble, so the 94-year-old was transferred to another ambulance for his journey to the hospital, the South African government said Saturday.
Care was taken to ensure the condition of the former pre...
Islamists drive 19,000 farmers from north Nigeria
2013-06-18 17:17:15 UTC
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants have driven 19,000 rice farmers from their land in northeast Nigeria while a military crackdown is preventing thousands more from working their fields, raising fears of imminent food shortages, officials warned Tuesday.
Food shortages would a...
Zimbabwe 'Cattle Bank' takes deposits that moo
2013-06-18 17:07:55 UTC
MARONDERA, Zimbabwe (AP) — William Mukurazita's deposit at the bank has four legs and moos.
Zimbabwe's first "Cattle Bank" has just opened its books in a unique kind of banking where owners bring in their animals as collateral against cash loans.
For many rural poor in this southern A...
Mali and Tuareg rebels to sign accord
2013-06-18 16:25:03 UTC
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The nation of Mali, which lost half its territory last year to rebels, has agreed to sign an accord with Tuareg separatists who still control the country's northernmost province, officials said Tuesday.
The agreement is to be signed Tuesday afternoon in O...
Syrian refugees in Egypt hit by break in ties
2013-06-17 04:17:48 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — The minute professional diver Mohammed Ibrahim, a Syrian, heard that Egypt's president had cut relations with Syria and closed its embassy, he jumped into a bus and traveled hundreds of kilometers (miles) from a Red Sea resort city to Cairo to try to get official papers for his l...
Egypt seen to give nod toward jihadis on Syria
2013-06-17 04:16:44 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Under Hosni Mubarak's rule, Egypt's authorities took a tough line on Egyptians coming home after waging "jihad" in places like Afghanistan, Chechnya or the Balkans, fearing they would bring back extremist ideology, combat experience and a thirst for regime change. In most cases, ...
Hardline Egypt cleric sentenced for burning Bible
2013-06-16 17:20:29 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says a hardline Muslim cleric has received an 11-year suspended sentence for tearing up and burning a Bible.
The Middle East News Agency says Cairo's Nasr City court sentenced Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Islam, on Sunday for blasphemy. His son was giv...
Regional leaders urge Zimbabwe poll delay
2013-06-16 05:08:29 UTC
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Regional presidents meeting at a special summit on Zimbabwe asked President Robert Mugabe to delay crucial elections he has set for the end of July while asking the nation to guarantee conditions for free and fair elections, officials said Saturday.
The summit t...
Egypt cuts relations with Syrian government
2013-06-16 05:05:50 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Islamist president announced Saturday that he was cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and closing Damascus' embassy in Cairo, decisions made amid growing calls from hard-line Sunni clerics in Egypt and elsewhere to launch a "holy war" against Syria's embattled r...
Dutch couple kidnapped in Yemen's capital
2013-06-16 05:02:28 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a Dutch couple is believed to have been kidnapped from the capital, Sanaa.
The officials say police received a phone call that prompted them check on the couple in their apartment. They broke down the door after no one answered and found ...
US-bound Egypt plane diverted after threat
2013-06-15 16:38:01 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — An EgyptAir official says a plane from Cairo bound for New York's John F. Kennedy airport has been forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger discovered a letter onboard threatening to blow up the aircraft.
Chairman of EgyptAir Tawfiq Assi says flight 985 had around 3...
Tanzania albinos hope for more govt help
2013-06-15 16:37:09 UTC
KABANGA, Tanzania (AP) — As an infant in rural Tanzania, Angel Salvatory was unusual. Snow white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes set her apart from others in her village. Those unique looks have also made her a target.
"Her father thought she was a gift from God," says Salvatory's mother...
In South Africa, talk of Mandela's mortality
2013-06-12 05:10:49 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years.
The meticulously preserved room ...