Today 07 December
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released Saturday two dozen Islamist women and girls convicted for staging a street protest after an appeals court reduced their harsh penalties, including prison terms of 11 years, to suspended sentences.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Force of nature. Father of all nations. A messiah of our times.
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 yet.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A silver and blue plaque with the words "Mandela's Place" mounted on the brick wall of a small, dilapidated row house is the only recognition of the world-famous statesman who once lived there: Nelson Mandela.
France on Saturday committed itself to helping establish and finance a pan-African military force capable of intervening in crises like the current conflict in the Central African Republic. A two-day summit attended by leaders of all but a handful of African states, concluded with French President Francois Hollande pledging to help the African Union turn its plans for a rapid reaction force, agreed in principle earlier this year, into reality. "We all agreed on the fundamental principle that it is up to Africa to ensure its own security," Hollande said. "For Europe to ensure its own defence, Africa must be able to ensure its own.
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