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Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Fake signer at Mandela event accused in mob attack

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Just when it seemed the scandal over the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial had run its course, a cousin and three friends say he was part of a mob […]

12/16/2013

Thamsanqa Jantjie gesticulates at his home during an interview with the Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Fake interpreter reportedly faced murder charge

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s government was confronted Friday with a new and chilling allegation about the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial: He was reportedly accused of murder 10 years ago. Officials […]

12/13/2013

President Barack Obama waves standing next to the sign language interpreter after making his speech at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Mandela ceremony interpreter called a ‘fake’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of […]

12/11/2013

President Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama thrills crowd as he honors Mandela (Photos)

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 […]

12/10/2013

Floral tributes to former president Nelson Mandela, pile up beneath a statue of Mandela on Mandela Square at Sandton City, in Johannesburg Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Athol Moralee)

South Africa begins life without Nelson Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — What next for South Africa? This racially charged country that, on Nelson Mandela’s watch, inspired the world by embracing reconciliation in all-race elections in 1994 is again in the global spotlight after […]

12/06/2013

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, right, leads a prayer service in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo)

Mandela to be buried Dec. 15

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Flags were lowered to half-staff across South Africa and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in the country’s vast rural grasslands commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and […]

12/06/2013

In this May 15, 2004 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela lifts the World Cup trophy in Zurich, Switzerland, after FIFA's executive committee announced that South Africa would host the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.     (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Major events in the life of Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 — Born to Hendry Mphakanyiswa, a Thembu chief, and Nosekeni Qunu in the Umtata district of the Transkei, at a time when virtually all of Africa was under European colonial rule 1940 […]

12/05/2013

In this Dec. 7, 2005, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" competition. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

Mandela in his own words

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic […]

12/05/2013

This  July 11, 2013 photo shows a detail of a painting of Nelson Mandela which has been in Klerksdorp prison since it was made in 2011 by a prisoner named Renato Booysen, who was later released, after being donated by the prison authorities to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Mandela inspired music, movies, poems

NEW YORK (AP) — Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was […]

12/05/2013

In this May 10, 1994, file photo, Nelson Mandela dances at a celebration concert in Pretoria, South Africa, following his inauguration as the country's first black president. (AP Photo/John Parkin, File)

Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white […]

12/05/2013

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