Today 10 December
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A half-century ago Nelson Mandela was taken as a prisoner to Robben Island, 11 kilometers (seven miles) across the bay from Cape Town, where he would begin serving a life sentence for plotting to overthrow South Africa's racist apartheid system.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — World leaders, family, friends and thousands of mourners who queued for hours to secure a seat in Johannesburg's FNB stadium paid tribute to South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - Tens of thousands of South Africans united in proud celebration Tuesday at a rain-soaked emotional memorial service to global freedom icon Nelson Mandela, attended by presidents and princes and watched by millions around the world. Close to 100 world leaders were believed to be among the crowd in the World Cup stadium in Soweto -- the crucible of Mandela's anti-apartheid struggle -- to bid farewell to a man whose life story earned uncommon universal respect.
Johannesburg (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande will later on Tuesday fly into Central African Republic, where Paris has sent troops to quell sectarian violence, a source said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans gathered Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela at a Soweto soccer stadium that was two-thirds full amid cold, driving rain.