Today 09 December
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A police spokesman in South Africa says that "thousands" of police officers will be on hand for a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela in a Soweto soccer stadium.
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africa defeated New Zealand 17-14 to win the third tournament of the IRB Sevens World Series on Sunday, a timely tribute to recently deceased former president Nelson Mandela. A try from skipper Kyle Brown three minutes from the whistle was enough to seal a hard-fought victory over the Kiwis in the East Cape stadium named after Mandela. Scott Curry bundled over the line to open the scoring for New Zealand, who doubled their lead when Sherwin Stowers steamed past 'Bok playmaker Cecil Afrika.
Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) - Michael Clarke says his Australia still have plenty to do if they want not only to win back the Ashes from England but also to become the world's top Test team. Australia took a 2-0 lead in the five-Test series following a 218-run trouncing of England in the second Adelaide Test on Monday and are poised to retrieve the Ashes they lost in 2009 should they win the third Test in Perth starting Friday. The Australians have proved dominant on the usually pacy WACA wicket with victories against England in their last six Tests there. England's only win in Perth came in 1978.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa, Israeli media reported Sunday. Netanyahu had notified the South African authorities that he would fly in but cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved -- around 7.0 million shekels ($2 million) for his transport and security alone, pubic radio and the Haaretz daily reported. More than 50 heads of state and government have confirmed their intentions to travel to South Africa to pay their respects to the anti-apartheid hero who died last Thursday, South Africa's foreign ministry has said. US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will be among 80,000 people attending a vast memorial service Tuesday in the Soweto sports stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final.
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.
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