Nelson Mandela memorial service
2013-12-10 18:05:39 UTC
Dignitaries from more than 100 countries, celebrities and tens of thousands of South Africans attend service in Johannesburg
Tens of thousands of South Africans and dozens of world leaders gathered in Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mande...
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 ...
Obama heads to South Africa for Mandela memorial
2013-12-09 19:50:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Monday to speak at a national memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. He was joined on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of Sta...
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-s...
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...
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 faili...
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 ...
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.
Soweto celebrates Mandela's life
2013-12-06 19:29:24 UTC
"One man came and unified the people," declared Bob Nameng, a youth organiser standing centre stage. "And this man is …?" Together the children pointed to the picture of a smiling, white-haired man and replied in unison: "Nelson Mandela!"
Madiba: Our Beloved Father of Freedom We Salute You!
2013-12-06 06:03:04 UTC
Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle for freedom and a hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95.
South Africa's first black president died in the company of his family at home in Johannesburg after years ...
US fast-food workers staging nationwide strike
2013-12-05 21:05:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.
Organizers say employees planned to forgo work in 100 cities, with rallies set fo...
Kerry seeks to soothe Israeli security concerns
2013-12-05 16:44:31 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Looking to soothe irritated relations with Israel, America's top diplomat on Thursday pledged to support the Jewish state's security throughout separate negotiations with Iran and the Palestinians — including Israel's demand that ...
Growing trend for 2014: Orchid as top color
2013-12-05 06:25:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Orchid is growing on us: A version of the purple hue is Pantone Inc.'s color of the year for 2014.
It follows this year's pick of emerald green.
Officially known as Radiant Orchid, the tropical shade is a color-wheel contrast...
Neo-Nazi: Hundreds of killings in Germany
2013-12-04 17:32:08 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of unsolved killings and attempted killings in Germany over the past two decades may have been committed by far-right extremists, officials said Wednesday.
The stark admission comes two years after police acknowledged tha...
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 inter...
Russian-US 'Megatons to Megawatts' draws to a close
2013-12-04 10:57:56 UTC
Russia started last week to draw the curtains on a 20-year-old nuclear non-proliferation program as it began to package its last batch of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to the United States under the long-standing “Megatons to Megawatts” program to co...
Hezbollah commander killed outside home in Lebanon
2013-12-04 12:16:34 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — A senior commander for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was gunned down Wednesday outside his home in southern Beirut, security officials said. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the killing, something officials there quickly denied.
Ukraine mass protests resume after govt wins vote
2013-12-03 18:39:59 UTC
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — With Ukraine's president out of the country and his opponents still boiling with anger, the country's political tensions Tuesday appeared mired in a standoff as large protest rallies showed no sign of letting up.
Detroit Bankruptcy: The City Needs Help
2013-12-03 18:05:09 UTC
A federal judge announced on Tuesday that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection – the first time in US history that a major city has been declared bust.
Judge Steven Rhodes of the United States bankruptcy court rejected an attempt by th...
Kiev protesters shout 'revolution' at parliament
2013-12-03 08:59:48 UTC
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators are outside the Ukrainian parliament shouting "revolution" as the legislature opens a session that could bring a vote of no-confidence in the government.
The parliament is to start its session dis...
UN: Syria crimes evidence 'indicates' Assad role
2013-12-03 03:48:32 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — A growing body of evidence collected by U.N. investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes, the U.N.'s top human rights official said M...
Taliban urge Karzai to reject US security deal
2013-12-02 20:39:02 UTC
The Taliban have urged the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, to turn a delay in signing a long-term security deal with the United States into outright rejection, in an unusually polite statement directed at a leader the insurgents have repeatedly de...
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, pos...
Cyber Monday draws $1.74B billion holiday dollars
2013-12-03 23:38:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber Monday is still on top.
Retailers from Wal-Mart Stores to Amazon started rolling out "Cyber" deals at the beginning of November, and kept them going on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. That led some to wonder if earlier sale...
Egypt police clear protesters; constitution agreed
2013-12-02 08:25:14 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Police fired tear gas to drive hundreds of supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president from Cairo's famed Tahrir Square on Sunday, as a panel tasked with amending the constitution adopted during his time in office agreed on change...