Today 10 December
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africans who jeered their president at freedom icon Nelson Mandela's memorial service spoke of their disillusion at the failure of 20 years of democracy to yield a better life for all. Jacob Zuma was booed repeatedly by some among the tens of thousands of people gathered to bid a final farewell to the man whose shoes he has sometimes battled to fill. "They (South Africans) have gained freedom but have not had the gains of freedom. Zuma hasn't delivered on his promises," unemployed Ezekiel, 37, said as he exited Soweto's Soccer City stadium, which hosted the mass homage for Mandela.
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday shook hands with Raul Castro, leader of America's Cold War foe Cuba, in a rare gesture at the memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela. Obama offered the handshake before taking the stage to eulogise Mandela, but minutes later, made a clear swipe at states like Cuba, saying those who proclaim Mandela's legacy must honour its meaning by easing curbs on freedom. The handshake between Obama and the brother who took over the duties of longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was seen by millions around the world on live television.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunmen fatally shot two French soldiers in Central African Republic's volatile capital, officials said Tuesday, underscoring the enormous challenges of a new French military intervention that includes disarming thousands of rebels accused of attacking civilians
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - Enduring a day-long downpour, tens of thousands of South Africans took up the torch carried by their nation's founding father Nelson Mandela, passionately endorsing calls to perfect his Rainbow Nation. Because of torrential rain and confusion over logistics, the vast canopy of umbrellas in the stadium alternated with blocks of empty orange seats, but for those who did attend, it was a historic and poignant day. President Jacob Zuma -- whose tenure in office has been plagued by scandals -- was roundly and repeatedly booed, forcing ANC officials to call for order.