Today 07 December
The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression — and a changing world that makes it harder for anyone to approach Mandela's iconic power.
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - French troops patrolled the Central African Republic's tense capital on Saturday, as reinforcements crossed into the country as part of a UN-mandated effort to quell a wave of deadly sectarian violence. Around 200 French soldiers crossed the border from Cameroon to a triumphant welcome from thousands of Central Africans shouting "Thank you!" and "Save us!". As the nightly curfew was lifted early Saturday, Bangui's residents began venturing out onto streets that had been deserted since an explosion of violence two days earlier. At least 300 people were killed in Thursday's massacre and subsequent reprisals, the Red Cross has said, many of them clubbed or hacked to death.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court reduced Saturday harsh prison sentences given to 14 young Islamist women for protesting in support of the country's ousted president, reducing them to one-year suspended sentences, a defense lawyer said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa expects overwhelming crowds and a host of world leaders to attend services honoring late President Nelson Mandela, though with the ceremonies only days away officials acknowledged Saturday they couldn't offer any specifics.
There was a minute's applause before Manchester United's game with Newcastle United on Saturday as the English Premier League honoured former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday. Similar tributes are planned for the remaining six Premier League matches on Saturday, as well as fixtures in Scotland, the English lower leagues and the FA Cup. Banners honouring Mandela were held aloft during Celtic's Scottish Premiership game at Motherwell on Friday, which was also preceded by a minute's applause. A statement from the Scottish Professional Football League said: "We recommend that a minute of applause is held before all SPFL fixtures this weekend as a mark of respect for and to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela."