Nelson Mandela's remains transferred to air base
2013-12-14 09:03:27 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The remains of Nelson Mandela were transferred amid pomp and ceremony early Saturday to an air base for a farewell from the African National Congress before being flown to his home village for burial the next day.
The military handed over Mandela's flag-draped coffin to the...
100,000 gather to see Mandela
2013-12-13 19:12:30 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — An estimated 100,000 South Africans lined up in Pretoria to view Nelson Mandela in his casket but about a third of the overwhelming crowd was sent away without being able to file past the bier.
Many of the frustrated mourners fought back tears of disappointment on...
Many optimistic despite Mandela's passing
2013-12-12 19:19:37 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Nelson Mandela is gone, but many mourners waiting patiently for a chance to see Mandela for a last time on Thursday said they retain high hopes about South Africa's future. If the heady optimism of the days when South Africa's peaceful transformation to an all-race d...
Rights group: Nigeria ignores sectarian violence
2013-12-12 10:56:49 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Human Rights Watch accuses Nigeria's government of largely ignoring years of "mass murder" in two states by failing to prosecute known perpetrators who have burned victims alive and hacked or shot to death others because of their tribe or religion.
The New York-based advo...
Interpreter for Mandela event: I was hallucinating
2013-12-12 08:55:48 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation next to world leaders at Nelson Mandela's memorial told a local newspaper that he was hallucinating and hearing voices.
Thamsanqa Jantjie did describe his qualifications for being a sign language interpreter, but told The Star h...
Mandela's body arrives for viewing in South Africa
2013-12-11 21:34:41 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa — Officials estimate 2,000 people per hour passed Mandela's body at Union Buildings, where he was sworn in as president in 1994.
Surveying the never-ending queue from his wheelchair, Elias Nyembe reminisced about the day in 1994 when he cast his vote for the first time a...
Obama thrills crowd as he honors Mandela
2013-12-10 20:10:53 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
In a ...
Mourners in South Africa flock to Mandela memorial
2013-12-10 08:06:47 UTC
Mourners in South Africa flock to Mandela memorial
ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press
JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Joyous, singing South Africans gathered in the rain Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a massive memorial service that is expected to draw some 100 head...
Mandela memorial one of largest in generations
2013-12-09 20:38:35 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nearly 100 foreign leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans are expected to gather at a Soweto soccer stadium Tuesday to pay their last respects to former President Nelson Mandela, making the memorial service one of the largest and most prominent such gatherings in gene...
World leaders to speak at massive Mandela memorial
2013-12-09 19:58:17 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa prepared Monday for a massive memorial in a soccer stadium honoring Nelson Mandela, where an eclectic mix of world leaders will eulogize the anti-apartheid icon before a crowd of nearly 100,000 mourners.
As a prelude to the stadium event, United Nations Secreta...
IAEA will inspect Libya's yellowcake stockpiles
2013-12-09 19:54:08 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An inspection team from the U.N.'s nuclear agency will visit Libya to assess the thousands of barrels of yellowcake uranium that reportedly are being stored in a former military facility amid a "precarious" security situation in the country.
The International Atomic Energ...
French troops, Cent. African Rep. rebels battle
2013-12-13 09:57:07 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — French troops backed by a helicopter traded fire Friday with suspected former rebels in a neighborhood rife with sectarian tensions, within hours of the arrival of France's military chief in the Central African Republic capital.
The violence that has lef...
South Africans of all faiths pray for Mandela
2013-12-08 21:16:00 UTC
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman — from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing.
Mandela was rem...
Mandela's jailer praises the anti-apartheid icon
2013-12-08 09:54:44 UTC
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — He was with Nelson Mandela during all those years the anti-apartheid icon was imprisoned on Robben Island. And, like millions around the world, he has been hit hard by Mandela's death.
Yet this South African was not one of Mandela's fellow prisoners. Christo Bran...
South Africa set for week of Mandela commemoration
2013-12-08 09:10:21 UTC
South Africa is facing the challenge of organising one of the most complex international commemorations ever made for a world statesman – the week-long official mourning for Nelson Mandela.
Over the next seven days, the country will host scores of heads of state and other dignitaries for memor...
TATA MADIBA: Icon, Hero And Flawed Human
2013-12-07 19:29:43 UTC
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Force of nature. Father of all nations. A messiah of our times.
Yet Nelson Mandela, described so often as a gift, an icon, a legend and even a saint, was flawed like any other human. Mandela was aware of his failings, and he struggled to be recognized as a man ra...
France, AU send more troops to African nation
2013-12-08 02:15:39 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — France and the African Union on Saturday announced plans to deploy several thousand more troops into embattled Central African Republic, as thousands of Christians fearing reprisal attacks sought refuge from the Muslim former rebels who now control the coun...
South Africa begins life without Nelson Mandela
2013-12-07 07:20:52 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — What next for South Africa?
This racially charged country that, on Nelson Mandela's watch, inspired the world by embracing reconciliation in all-race elections in 1994 is again in the global spotlight after the loss of such a towering historical figure. It is a time not jus...
Song, dance, tears prayer for Mandela in S. Africa
2013-12-06 22:49:22 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans erupted in song, dance and tears on Friday in public and emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who bridged this country's black-white divide and helped avert a race war.
People of all colors hugged and shared emotiona...
South Africans pay tribute to Mandela
2013-12-06 09:40:41 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — People across South Africa are commemorating Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers as the government prepares funeral ceremonies that will draw leaders and other dignitaries from around the globe.
In a church service Friday, retired archbishop Desmond Tutu said the an...
Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, mourned world over
2013-12-06 06:39:46 UTC
In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the...
Clashes sweep CAR capital ahead of French troops
2013-12-05 16:55:06 UTC
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Fighting came to the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the new government just as the U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Chri...
Mandela putting up 'courageous fight'
2013-12-04 12:16:43 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela is not "doing well" but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his "deathbed," members of his family have told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview.
His daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, told SABC...
Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic
2013-12-03 22:42:01 UTC
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle.
The Nigerian cook survived by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket. A video of Okene's rescue in May — <a href="htt...
Islamic militants attack Nigerian air force base
2013-12-02 19:15:52 UTC
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of Islamic militants in trucks and a stolen armored personnel carrier attacked an air force base and international airport on the outskirts of a Nigerian city before dawn Monday, officials and witnesses said, possibly leaving scores of people dead in one of the ...