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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford votes against Mandela street honor

Scandal-plagued Toronto mayor Rob Ford voted against naming a street in honor of Nelson Mandela on Wednesday before later claiming he had cast his ballot in error. Ford, who made worldwide headlines last year after admitting binge drinking and smoking crack, has been stripped of most of his powers. But…

Mandela estate estimated at $4.1 million

South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela has left an estate estimated at $4.1 million to be divided among his family, the ruling African National Congress, former staff and several local schools, a reading of his will revealed on Monday. Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said that Mandela’s family had accepted…

Nelson Mandela’s will to be made public on Monday

The dying wishes of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be revealed on Monday, the Constitutional Court announced. "The executors in the estate... invite you to a media briefing on the contents of his last will and testament," the……

Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Mandela at first South Africa show

Rocker Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band wowed fans on Sunday night opening their first concert in South Africa with a rousing tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. He kicked off the show in Cape Town with "Free Nelson Mandela", a song written by……

Nelson Mandela’s grandson in court on assault charges

Nelson Mandela’s grandson, a member of the South African parliament, appeared in court charged with assault on Thursday, after an altercation with a teacher late last year. Prosecutors read out formal charges against Mandla Mandela, 39, accusing him of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm as well…

Revealed: Margaret Thatcher ‘made no case’ for Nelson Mandela’s release

Scant evidence in official documents that prime minister pressured PW Botha to release ANC leader, as supporters claim Margaret Thatcher barely mentioned the plight of Nelson Mandela when she controversially invited the hardline South African president PW Botha to talks at Chequers on 2 June 1984, newly released Downing Street…

South African President Jacob Zuma sings controversial song at Nelson Mandela funeral

Khehla Shubane explains the controversy surrounding the song sung by Pres. Jacob Zuma at the funeral of Nelson Mandela.  …

If Nelson Mandela was not a saint, then who is a saint?

In many of the tributes paid in recent days to Nelson Mandela, it has been observed, approvingly, that he was no saint. Most know what it means, in ordinary language, to say of somebody with affection that he or she was not a saint. It suggests that…   [Image credit:…

Israeli PM Netanyahu knocked for skipping Nelson Mandela memorial

Netanyahu skips Mandela memorial. Israelis say ‘are you kidding?’ (via The Christian Science Monitor) Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Nov. 17. Fresh off a series of scandals over his high-flying lifestyle and expensive habits, the prime minister said Monday he would skip Nelson…

Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro at Mandela memorial

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday shook hands with Raul Castro, leader of long-time Cold War foe Cuba, at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Soweto. Obama offered the handshake before taking the stage to give his speech at the ceremony, in a new sign of his willingness to reach…

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