'Rainbow Nation' mourners swarm Mandela's mansion
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Along a street lined with walled mansions shaded by graceful jacaranda trees, mourners, black and white, by the thousands rubbed shoulders Monday outside the villa where Nelson Mandela died, placing flower bouquets and condolence notes on top of piles already knee-high. Others danced while singing praise for the anti-apartheid leader — a vivid example of the "Rainbow Nation" u...
South African police prepare for Mandela ceremony
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Workers busily constructed a stage Monday at the Soweto soccer stadium where world leaders will eulogize Nelson Mandela before tens of thousands of mourners, as police promised tight security.
S. Africa delays report on leader's home upgrades
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government says it is postponing the release of a report on controversial security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's private home because of the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Angry mobs attack in C. African Republic capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Dozens of young men stood waiting for storm clouds to pass, as wind stirred up swirls of red dust on the deserted street in Central African Republic's capital. Through the drizzle they spotted a man in a flowing white robe traditionally worn by Muslims, hand-n-hand with his adolescent son.
French come under fire in C. African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — French forces in troubled Central African Republic say they came under attack in a neighborhood of the capital but that the area has now been secured.
AP finds bodies of 6 after ethnic killings in Mali
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — The body of an old man known as The Last Arab of Timbuktu, the symbol of ethnic minority Arabs who died or disappeared in a backlash against the al-Qaida occupation, has been found buried in the desert.
Correction: Mandela Quotes story
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a story Dec. 8 about quotes from sermons on Nelson Mandela, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Qunu was Nelson Mandela's birthplace. Mandela's birthplace was Mvezo, a few miles away from Qunu. A corrected version of the story is below:
South Africans of all faiths pray for Mandela
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.
Friend: Mandela not on life support in final hours
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela wasn't on life support and had many family members and doctors close by in his final hours, a family friend who was at his bedside said Sunday.
Central African leader: I can't control fighters
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The rebel-leader-turned-president of Central African Republic acknowledged Sunday that he doesn't have total control over former allies who are accused of killing scores of civilians. He said even "an angel from the sky" could not solve all his country's probems.
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