South Africa

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

People wanting to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela queue in downtown Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

100,000 gather but only half see Mandela’s body

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — An estimated 100,000 South Africans lined up in Pretoria to view Nelson Mandela in his casket but about a third of the overwhelming crowd was sent away without being able […]

12/13/2013

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

Interpreter at Mandela event: I was hallucinating

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, […]

12/12/2013

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

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)

Desmond Tutu home robbed; was at Mandela memorial

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Police in South Africa say retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home was robbed while he was away to attend a memorial honoring Nelson Mandela. A statement Wednesday from the South African Police Service […]

12/11/2013

President Barrack Obama speaks to crowds attending 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)

Obama: Make Mandela’s life work your own

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, […]

12/10/2013

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The world eulogizes Nelson Mandela

The rain that’s been falling today in Johannesburg hasn’t dampened the spirits of the tens of thousands who gathered to remember Nelson Mandela. Rain is seen as a blessing among South Africa’s majority black population. […]

12/10/2013

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

A man sells portraits of Nelson Mandela outside of the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Quotes from leaders, family at Mandela memorial

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. Here’s a selection […]

12/10/2013

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One to travel to South Africa for a memorial service in honor of Nelson Mandela on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

As student, Obama drew inspiration from Mandela

WASHINGTON (AP) — The comparisons are perhaps inevitable. President Barack Obama and former South African leader Nelson Mandela each served as their nation’s first black president, living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions. […]

12/09/2013

Brian Williams, anchor of "Nightly News" in New York.  (AP Photo/NBC, Justin Stephens)

Brian Williams is only network anchor in S. Africa

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s Brian Williams is anchoring his nightly newscast from South Africa early this week, covering the world’s mourning for Nelson Mandela, but he won’t have some of his usual company. ABC […]

12/09/2013

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